Scouting the Yankees

Posted: May 27, 2013 in News

By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

The Mets play their next four games against their cross town rivals, the New York Yankees. The Yankees are in first place in the American League East but in unlikely fashion. Superstar players like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira are all out for the foreseeable future.

Also key players like Kevin Youkilis and Curtis Granderson have missed most of the season. So how have the Yankees been so successful? Well their starting pitching has been fantastic. Hiroki Kuroda continues to get better with age and has been the Yankees best pitcher. Kuroda will face the Mets tomorrow.

Youngsters like David Phelps and Vidal Nuno have also held up their spots in the rotation nicely. Yankee closer Mariano Rivera has 18 saves already or the same number of wins the Mets have.

Offensively the Yankees have been paced by perennial MVP candidate Robbie Cano. His supporting cast has been players like Travis Hafner, Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells. Those three have been players who have had a lot of success in their careers but have certainly over achieved to this point.

The series starts off Monday night with Jon Niese facing Phil Hughes. Niese and Hughes have struggled this year. Hughes especially with the long ball.

How will the Mets fare in their 4 game series vs. the Yankees?

  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – That was an exciting win last night thanks to Wright, Murphy, Niese, Lyon and Parnell. Also, thanks to Izzy for teaching Parnell the knuckle curve. AS for Davis, Duda and Tejada it was, unfortunately, more of the same from those players. Kuroda is tough so Harvey will need to put up 7, 8, or hopefully 9 zeros, depending on his pitch count, if the Mets have any hopes of winning tonight or at least spliting the season series with the Bombers. Of course, the unexpected can and usually does happen. Lets hope the unexpected is good not bad news for the Mets. As for the pop up to end the game last night, I am sure glad that it was David Wright camped under it instead of poor old Luis Castillo. Lets win again tonight and Lets Go Mets! Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      I think this analysis is perfect Mike. Perhaps the most important thing Izzy did in his second tour with the Mets was teach Parnell that nasty knuckle curve. I was worried for a while in this game, the Mets made Phil Hughes look like Verlander on steroids. I don’t think Phil Hughes is anything more than a 5th starter or a good reliever and he has pitched worse than that in 2013. Nice to see the captain get it started and Murphy got his revenge for the go ahead RBI. Plus now we have a Harvey day. Thanks for the comment Mike!!

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