NY Yankees (52-52) at NY Mets (54-50)
When: Monday, August 1st 2016
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: ESPN
The New York Yankees and New York Mets begin a four-game home-and-home series Monday night at Citi Field as both teams are trying to stay in the playoff hunt. The Yankees seem to be giving up on this season, but don’t tell that to manager Joe Girardi, who insists his team is not waving the white flag. The Bronx Bombers traded 2/3 of their back-end bullpen over the last few days leaving them with just Dellin Betances. The Yanks dealt away Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, but received a prospect haul from the Cleveland Indians on Sunday in exchange for Miller that includes highly-touted prospects Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield. “We needed to have an extreme return for us to complete and finalize,” general manager Brian Cashman told reporters.” The Yankees did acquire RHP Tyler Clippard from the Arizona Diamondbacks to help fill the holes left in the bullpen. The Yankees were swept in St. Petersburg over the weekend and have lost four in a row overall to drop back to .500. They are 5.5 games out of the Wild Card. The Mets are struggling also, breaking a four-game skid with a 6-4 win over Colorado on Sunday. The Mets enter the week 2.5 games behind the Miami Marlins in the race for the second National League wild card.
Pitchers: Yankees – CC Sabathia (6-8, 3.95 ERA) | Mets – Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.12)
CC Sabathia snapped a six-start winless streak by beating the Houston Astros 6-3 last Tuesday. He held Houston to two runs and four hits in 6.2 innings. The veteran lefty allowed at least four earned runs in each of his previous six starts. Sabathia is 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets.
Logan Verrett will get his first crack at the Yankees and will be looking for his victory since April 26th. Verrett joined the rotation out of the bullpen in July and has been pretty decent despite being winless. Verrett received a no-decision in each of his last three starts despite posting a 3.44 ERA in that span, including three runs and five hits over seven innings against St. Louis on Wednesday. Verrett is 2-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 16 games – three starts – at home.
Neither team is playing particularly well, but at least the Mets showed some life yesterday with six runs. The Yankees have only scored eight runs total in their last four games and have scored more than three runs only twice in the last ten. I’m calling for the Mets to take the opener in this year’s Subway Series.
Pick: Mets -105