Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 29th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (20-29) at New York Yankees (30-21), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Mets - Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76)
NY Yankees - David Phelps (3-2, 3.96)
(Sports Network) - The New York Mets eye their first four-game winning streak
of the season on Wednesday, as their Subway Series against the Yankees shifts
to the Bronx for the next two games.
That may be easier said than done for the Mets, who lost all three games at
Yankee Stadium a year ago. In fact, since recording a sweep in the Bronx in
2008, the Mets have since dropped nine of 12 there.
The Mets, though, won the first two legs of this odd four-game set in
thrilling fashion and on Tuesday they came through with three consecutive hits
against Mariano Rivera during a two-run ninth-inning rally that gave the club
a dramatic 2-1 victory.
Daniel Murphy greeted Rivera (0-1) with a bloop double down the left-field
line in the bottom of the ninth and David Wright followed with a single up the
middle to bring home the tying run. Lucas Duda then dropped in a base hit to
right that plated Wright.
"I've struggled lately, there's no going around it," Duda admitted. "I got
jammed and it went over (Robinson) Cano's head and we scored."
Remarkably, each of the Mets' last six triumphs have come in their last at-
bat. They downed the Yankees by a 2-1 count in Monday's opener on Murphy's
tie-breaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Mets honored the retiring Rivera by having him toss the ceremonial pregame
offering to his former counterpart on the other side of town, John Franco, but
weren't as gracious in handing the 43-year-old his first blown save in 19
chances this season.
"That's the game of baseball, anything can happen," Rivera said of his blown
save. "It happened quick."
Both teams received outstanding starting pitching, as Hiroki Kuroda tossed
seven scoreless innings for the Yankees, while Mets phenom Matt Harvey allowed
just a run and struck out 10 batters in his eight innings.
Hoping for that same type of effort on Wednesday, the Mets will pin their
hopes on righty Jeremy Hefner, who is 0-5 with a 4.76 ERA. Hefner did not get
a decision on Friday against Atlanta, but he pitched well, surrendering two
runs and three hits in six innings of a 7-5 loss.
"I was so excited that he pitched so well after he's been so down about not
winning a game," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
This will be Hefner's first-ever start against the Yankees, who will turn to
righty David Phelps.
"It's going to be fun. It's something you watch on TV," said Hefner, who
pitched a perfect relief inning against the Yankees at Citi Field in 2012.
"Obviously, I grew up watching the old Yankee Stadium, but it's pretty much
the same -- it's the same locations, same dimensions and everything."
Phelps won his second straight start on Friday against Tampa Bay, as he
allowed four runs and six hits in a career-high 7 2/3 innings to run his
record to 3-2 to go along with a 3.96 ERA.
Since joining the rotation on May 1, Phelps has gone 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA.
The Yankees took five of six from the Mets last season.
05/29 10:30:43 ET