The Yankees, despite losing two straight, are playing great baseball and are in first place in the AL East with a 41-27 record. They’ve won 10 of their last 12.
Their city rivals, the Mets, aren’t doing too shabby either. They’re 6-4 over their last ten and have won three in a row ahead of Friday’s first pitch.
The first game of the series sees Andy Pettitte come up against Jonathon Niese.
Pettitte has been excellent since returning to the team, going 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA while striking out 46 batters and walking only 12. In his career he’s 8-5 with a 3.66 ERA against the Mets.
For the Mets, Niese has settled down nicely and has allowed only nine earned runs over his last five starts. Close to two weeks ago he went into Yankee Stadium and pitched seven tremendous innings, holding the hosts to seven hits and no runs.
We don’t foresee a lot of runs on Friday, meaning the UNDER 8.5 may be the way to go.
On Saturday night Ivan Nova will be pitching for the Bronx Bombers, while Chris Young gets the nod for the Mets.
No pitcher gets as much as run support as Nova, who is an amazing 9-2 despite a mediocre 4.32 ERA. Still, he’s allowed no more than one earned run in each of his last three starts.
As for Young, he’s starting to find his feet again after dealing with injury problems over the past few seasons. A lot of the action will be coming on the Yankees for Saturday’s game, but we think the Mets may actually be the right side.