Game 63: Mets at Yankees

Yesterday’s 6-2 loss to Fernando Nieve and the Mets was embarrassing. However, the Yankees can not think about that anymore because they have a tough challenge today, Johan Santana. We have to forget about yesterday, and move on. Some fans may think that there is no way the Yankees will win today, but even though Santana is a great pitcher he is beatable. Johan is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his career against the Yankees. Those are pretty good numbers, but he has not been lights out against them. Plus, he is known or giving up a bit too many home runs (in 2007 he had the Major League record for home runs allowed with 33), and with the Yankees being home run hitting team, and having a home run friendly stadium, it appears to be a favorable match up for the Yanks. I’m not saying the Yankees want to face Santana, I’m just saying they can beat him. Plus, he is coming off a not-so-great start against the Phillies in which he gave up 8 hits and 5 runs in 7 innings pitched. The key to today’s game is actually going to be AJ Burnett. So far he has not had a very good Yankee tenure. He has drifted between great and bad, but never in between. Pitching against the Mets could help AJ, I looked up yesterday’s starting lineup for the Mets and looked up their career numbers against Burnett and they aren’t too pretty. Luis Castillo is 0-7 against Burnett, Alex Cora is 0-8, Beltran has a .167 AVG in 12 AB’s, David Wright also holds a .167 AVG in 12 AB’s, Sheffield however has a .400 AVG in 5 AB’s and he has 2 home runs,  Ryan Church has a .200 AVG in 5 AB’s, and the rest (Tatis, Santos, and Martinez) have not faced him. We’ll have to wait and see, the game starts at 1:05. Here is the starting lineup via PeteAbe for the New York Yankees:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

DH Hideki Matsui

CF Melky Cabrera

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the hill, the aforementioned Allan James Burnett

Burnett

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One thought on “Game 63: Mets at Yankees

  1. Wow! You were right the Yankees did mess up Santana, and Burnett is dominating the Mets. I love your website, keep up the good work.

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