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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 119 - Yankees at Mets - Severino vs Matz - 7:10 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 119 - Yankees at Mets - Severino vs Matz - 7:10 PM

Game 119 - New York Yankees (64-55, 29-33 Road) at New York Mets (53-65, 26-33 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYY - Luis Severino (9-5, 3.32 ERA) vs NYM - Steven Matz (2-6, 5.54 ERA)

TV/Radio: WPIX/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:10 PM

A pair of young pitchers coming off pivotal moments in their development will square off Thursday night when the New York Mets host the New York Yankees in the finale of the Subway Series at Citi Field.

Mets left-hander Steven Matz (2-6, 5.54 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (9-5, 3.32). The Yankees will be going for a sweep of the four-game season series after earning a 5-3 victory Wednesday night.

Matz and Severino lost their previous starts, albeit in wholly different fashions. Matz had one of his best starts during a nearly two-month winless stretch Saturday, when he gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Phillies 3-1 in Philadelphia.

It was only the second time in his past eight starts -- a stretch in which he is 0-5 with a 7.68 ERA -- that Matz allowed two runs or fewer. Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday he believed the solid start provided proof to the 26-year-old that he can pitch when he is at less than 100 percent.

Matz underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, had bone spurs removed from his left elbow last October and didn't debut this season until June 10 because of left elbow inflammation.

"You're talking about a guy (who has) had (multiple) elbow operations -- you're never going to be 100 percent," Collins said. "Out of 30-something starts, you're not going to feel good a majority of the time. You've got to learn how to get through it. And I think his last start really did that."

Severino, who made his first All-Star team this season, endured the worst start of his career Saturday. He allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings as the Yankees fell to the Boston Red Sox 10-5 at Yankee Stadium. The 23-year-old entered Saturday having allowed just eight runs (six earned) in his previous six starts, a stretch in which he went 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA.

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/16: Binghamton Routs Erie 14-5

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/16: Binghamton Routs Erie 14-5

Mets AAA - Las Vegas 4, Fresno 3: Cody Decker hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Las Vegas 51s to a 4-3 win over the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday. The home run by Decker scored Travis Taijeron to give the 51s a 4-2 lead. Fresno answered in the bottom of the inning when Tyler White hit a solo home run to get within one. Logan Taylor (2-1) got the win in relief while Dayan Diaz (4-3) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game. Alberto Baldonado retired the side in order for his first save of the season. For the Grizzlies, White homered and singled, driving in two runs. Colin Walsh singled three times. BOX

Mets AA - Binghamton 14, Erie 5: Kevin Taylor had four hits, while Matt Oberste and Patrick Mazeika recorded three apiece as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies beat the Erie SeaWolves 14-5 on Wednesday. The Rumble Ponies swept the three-game series with the win. Taylor singled four times, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple. Oberste singled three times, driving home two runs. Binghamton started the scoring in the first inning when Taylor hit an RBI single and Kevin Kaczmarski scored on a double play. Binghamton later scored in three additional innings, including a seven-run fifth, when Oberste hit a two-run single and Mazeika hit a two-run double to help put the game away. Drew Smith (3-1) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Erie starter Spencer Turnbull (0-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game. BOX

Mets A (ADV) - Clearwater 6, St. Lucie 4: Mark Laird and Jose Gomez scored on an error in the fourth inning to help the Clearwater Threshers secure a 6-4 victory over the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday. The error started the scoring in a five-run inning and gave the Threshers a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Zach Green hit a two-run double and then scored on a ground out by Austin Bossart. Following the big inning, the Mets cut into the deficit with three runs in the top of the next frame, including a single by Wuilmer Becerra that scored Jhoan Urena. The Threshers tacked on another run in the fifth when Emmanuel Marrero hit a solo home run. Luke Leftwich (1-6) got the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while St. Lucie starter Nabil Crismatt (4-12) took the loss in the Florida State League game. Seth McGarry retired the side in order for his 17th save of the season. Urena homered and singled twice, scoring two runs for the Mets. J.C. Rodriguez singled twice, also stealing two bases. Despite the loss, St. Lucie is 6-3 against Clearwater this season. BOX

Recap: 2017 Season - Game 118 - Yankees (5) at Mets (3) - Gregorius Breaks It Open, Yanks Win Third Straight

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  W: T. Kahnle (2-3)   L: P. Sewald (0-5)   S: D. Robertson (14)

Recap: 2017 Season - Game 118 - Yankees (5) at Mets (3) - Gregorius Breaks It Open, Yanks Win Third Straight

The third of four games this season between the New York Yankees and New York Mets was time capsule-worthy, in that it provided a succinct summary of 2017 baseball in the Big Apple.

Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge hit a ball a really long way and struck out, the Mets absorbed multiple injuries and bad breaks, and the Yankees' bullpen proved to be the far superior one.

Didi Gregorius laced a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning Wednesday night for the Yankees, who received 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief from a trio of pitchers in a 5-3 victory over the Mets at Citi Field.

"We've got probably, if not the best, one of the best bullpens in the game right now (after) the acquisitions we've made," Judge said after Tommy Kahnle, Adam Warren and David Robertson combined to quiet the Mets. "Have your starter go a strong five innings, six innings and just hand it over."

The formula looked pretty solid against the Mets, who are springing leaks everywhere at the end of a lost season. With infielders Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes scratched after batting practice because of rib cage injuries, Mets manager Terry Collins had to start catcher Travis d'Arnaud at third base.

It was the first professional appearance at the hot corner for d'Arnaud, who switched positions with second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera a whopping 22 times in order to minimize the possibility of the ball being hit to him. The shuffling worked as d'Arnaud had only one chance, a pop-up to second base that he caught in the ninth.

"I told him before the game, look, I've seen this done before," said Collins, who said he once had to employ a similar strategy as a minor league manager.

"Not that it's always going to work, but it was the only opportunity we had."

But Collins could not hide his bullpen, which entered Wednesday with the fifth-worst ERA (4.64) in the majors.

Paul Sewald (0-5) relieved starter Robert Gsellman with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth and gave up a go-ahead sacrifice fly to Chase Headley.

The Mets tied the score in the bottom of the inning when Yoenis Cespedes walked, went to third on a double by Michael Conforto and scored on d'Arnaud's sacrifice fly.

The Yankees benefited from a charitable call by home plate umpire Chad Whitson in the seventh, when Ronald Torreyes delivered a leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury drew a one-out walk.

Aaron Hicks worked the count full against Sewald and drew ball four on a pitch that appeared to land squarely in the strike zone, according to pitch charting technology. Sewald managed to retire Judge on a pop-up before Gregorius doubled down the right field line.

"I thought it was strike three," Collins said. "You get him out, Judge pops up, we're out of the inning. We don't have to go through Didi. Anytime you've got a chance to get out of an inning and you let a good team at this level have extra outs, you're going to have a tough time stopping them."

Kahnle (2-3), who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox with Robertson on July 18, earned the win by retiring both batters he faced in the sixth. Warren allowed one hit over two innings before Robertson earned his 14th save, and his first since the trade, with two strikeouts in a hitless ninth.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 118 - Yankees at Mets - Garcia vs Gsellman - 7:05 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 118 - Yankees at Mets - Garcia vs Gsellman - 7:05 PM

Game 118 - New York Yankees (63-55, 28-33 Road) at New York Mets (53-64, 26-32 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYY - Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.50 ERA) vs NYM - Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.16 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:05 PM

If the New York Yankees hold a close lead over the New York Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field, there might be some concern about Aroldis Chapman.

The Yankees closer had his hamstring tighten up on him as he covered first base for the final out Tuesday in his team's 5-4 win over the Mets at Yankee Stadium.

"It's nothing to worry about," he said through an interpreter.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said no tests were scheduled, and he didn't even know which hamstring it was.

"I think you're always worried when there's a hamstring issue," Girardi said. "You worry about him overcompensating somewhere else and hurting his arm."

Any kind of leg injury might be concerning, further compounding the concern fans hold about the left-hander based on his recent outings. Chapman is 16-for-20 in save opportunities, but in his past two saves, he walked the first three hitters Friday against the Boston Red Sox, then gave up a two-run homer to Mets rookie Amed Rosario on Tuesday.

Those outings, along with the homer Boston rookie Rafael Devers hit off his 103 mph fastball to tie the Sunday game, give Chapman a 13.50 ERA in his past three appearances.

"He's searching a little bit right now," Girardi said. "He's too good. He's like some of the other guys (in the bullpen) that had some troubles this year and he'll be really good again, I'm telling you."

The Yankees are hoping the next chance occurs Wednesday, should the game follow a similar formula as the first two of the Subway Series. The Yankees hit five homers in getting two wins at Yankee Stadium, two of the long balls coming from Gary Sanchez.

The catcher heads to Citi Field with 21 homers despite missing most of April. He also has five in his past 11 games and is hitting .440 (11-for-25) in his past seven games.

"I just think he's in a really good spot," Girardi said. "We've seen him get really, really hot, and it happened to be in the month of August last year, and hopefully that carries over the rest of this month and next month."

Last season, Sanchez was just starting his major league career when the teams met for four games Aug 1-4. This year, it is the careers of Mets rookies Rosario and Dominic Smith that are just beginning.

Rosario hit his second homer in the ninth inning off Chapman on Tuesday, two innings after Smith hit his first homer off Sonny Gray. Rosario is batting .255 (12-for-47) through his first 14 games, while Smith is at .235 (4-for-17) though his first five games heading into his home debut.

"You can't have a better scenario for young player development than put them in pressure situations," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I believe that at any level. There is a time they need to be challenged, and when they come up here, you need to challenge them with big opportunities like tonight."

The Mets hope Smith and Rosario can help them get some more wins. The Mets are 4-8 in their last 12 games, and they were outscored 26-5 in four losses during their last homestand.

Jaime Garcia makes his third start for the Yankees on Wednesday, seeking his first win with his new team.

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