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New York Yankees vs New York Mets Lineups: Preview and prediction (August 16, 2017)

The Subway Series has been all Yankees so far. Can the Mets push for a split by winning tonight?


The Yankees took last night’s game 5-4 in a nail-biter.

The Bronx Bombers took the lead in the bottom of the third on an Aaron Hicks single that brought Ronald Torreyes home, and then the floodgates opened. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run shot to right center in the bottom of the fourth, and Gary Sanchez mashed a solo blast to left center in the bottom of the sixth. That was all she wrote for Jacob deGrom who would end up taking the loss.

At 4-0 it looked like that was it for the Mets too, but they clawed two runs back in the seventh on a Dominic Smith homer, and then two more in the ninth on an Amed Rosario home run off the ailing Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees hung on though, winning 5-4.

Game 3 Starters – Jaime Garcia (LHP) vs Robert Gsellman (RHP)

Garcia has been less than impressive in his two starts as a Yankee. He was chased after 4.2 innings, and five earned runs, by the Indians and then lasted 5.2 innings with three earned runs against the Red Sox. Admittedly, those are two tough teams, but that’s a 6.97 ERA with a slash line against of .293/.388/.488.

On the other side, Robert Gsellman has not been good either. In 14 starts for the Mets, he is posting a 6.38 ERA with a 1.639 WHIP. He has been forced into the role due to injuries, but that doesn’t mean we should sugarcoat his performances.

Hopefully, this tough season doesn’t ruin Gsellman’s confidence. Last year in seven starts he posted a 2.42 ERA, but this year it’s clear he is, at least in the short-term, a bullpen arm.

Lineups

Yankees LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Gardner, LF
19
.249
.343
Hicks, CF
12
.283
.387
Judge, RF
36
.290
.421
Gregorius, SS
18
.308
.333
Sanchez, C
21
.277
.352
Headley, 1B
7
.270
.350
Frazier, 3B
19
.210
.330
Torreyes, 2B
3
.290
.311
Garcia, P
2
.220
.281
Mets LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Conforto, CF26.282.389
Cabrera, 2B9.259.329
Cespedes, LF15.280.332
Granderson, RF18.228.331
Flores, 1B14.281.317
Walker, 3B10.268.343
Rivera, C5.290.330
Rosario, SS2.255.271
Gsellman, P0.130.222

Who’s hot, and who’s not

Gary Sanchez has picked up his bat in recent weeks, hitting five homers, with eight RBI, and posting a .341 average in the last two weeks. Didi Gregorius has also been hot, batting .351 with a pair of bombs.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Aaron Judge, who is batting just .182 as he struggles to connect with a heavy dose of high pitches.

The Mets have had a good power streak in recent weeks, with both Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson mashing five homers in the last 15 days. However, they don’t have a single player batting over .300 in that time. 

Prediction: Yankees 6 – 4 Mets

The Yankees are probably without Chapman after he tweaked a hamstring last night, but that might be a good thing given his recent form. I expect the offenses to come to work tonight given the pitchers that are going, and that will favour the Yankees.

 

 

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

New York Yankees vs New York Mets Lineups: Preview and prediction (August 16, 2017)

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