The Yankees and Mets will square off for the 78th, 79th, and 80th times this weekend at Citi Field. The Yankees lead the all-time series, winning 46 of 77 contests. Last season, the Yankees won five of six games against the Mets, outscoring them 44-17. Three-time gold glove winner, Luis Castillo famously dropped Alex Rodriguez’s pop up on June 12th to give the Yankees their seventh walk-off win of the season. On June 28th, Mariano Rivera recorded his 500th career save. There is bad blood within this rivalry, so expect fans of both sides to be out in full force this weekend in Queens.

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The Mets are still looking for their first win against the Yankees at Citi Field. The Yankees swept the Mets last year, outscoring them 18-3 in their three game set.

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Friday, 7:10 PM, YES/SNY: Javier Vazquez (2-4, 8.01 ERA) vs. Hisanori Takahashi (3-1, 3.12 ERA)

Last Start:
Vazquez: Loss, seven innings, two runs, seven strikeouts (at Detroit)
Takahashi: Has not started a game this season.

Career Stats:
Vazquez: 9-8, 3.38 ERA (23 starts);
3-3, 3.53 ERA at Shea Stadium
Takahashi: No career appearances vs. Yankees;
3-1, 3.60 ERA at Citi Field

***Lefty Jonathon Niese was slotted to start on Friday night, but has been placed on the disabled list.

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Saturday, 7:10 PM, YES/SNY: Phil Hughes (5-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Mike Pelfrey (5-1, 3.02 ERA)

Last Start:
Hughes: ND, five innings, five runs, three strikeouts (vs. Boston)
Pelfrey: Win, 7 2/3 innings, two runs, three strikeouts (at Atlanta)

Career Stats:
Hughes: 0-0, 0.00 ERA (Two Appearances);
0-0, 0.00 ERA at Citi Field
Pelfrey: 1-1, 5.40 ERA (Two Starts);
19-18, 3.82 ERA at Shea Stadium/Citi Field

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Sunday, 8:05 PM, ESPN: CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.43 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (3-2, 3.72 ERA)

Last Start:
Sabathia: ND, seven innings, one run, five strikeouts. (vs. Boston)
Santana: ND, seven innings, two runs, four strikeouts. (at Atlanta)

Career Stats:
Sabathia: 2-0, 1.20 ERA (Two Starts);
2-0, 1.20 ERA at Shea Stadium/Citi Field
Santana: 4-2, 4.40 ERA (Eight Starts);
22-7, 2.27 ERA at Shea Stadium/Citi Field

Side Notes:

In his only start against the Yankees last season, Santana was touched up for nine runs in only three innings.

Jason Bay enjoyed playing against the Yankees last season, driving in 13 runs in 14 games while hitting a .392 clip.

Since 1997, the Mets have only won 2 of 14 series against the Yankees.

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Enjoy a fun weekend of baseball in the city. Fans, try not to kill each other.