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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.

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/15: Carrillo's Grand Slam Leads Vegas To Win Over Fresno

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/15: Carrillo's Grand Slam Leads Vegas To Win Over Fresno

Mets AAA - Las Vegas 6, Fresno 5: Xorge Carrillo hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, leading the Las Vegas 51s to a 6-5 win over the Fresno Grizzlies on Tuesday. Jamie Callahan struck Preston Tucker out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season. The grand slam by Carrillo capped a five-run inning and gave the 51s a 5-1 lead after Josh Rodriguez drew a bases-loaded walk earlier in the inning. After Fresno added three runs, the Grizzlies tied the game in the sixth inning when Tony Kemp hit an RBI single, scoring Colin Walsh. The 51s took the lead for good in the seventh when Matt Reynolds hit an RBI single, scoring Gavin Cecchini. Kyle Regnault (4-0) got the win in relief while Reymin Guduan (5-5) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game. BOX

Mets AA - Binghamton 5, Erie 3: David Thompson hit a two-run home run and had two hits, driving in three, and Casey Delgado allowed just three hits over 8 1/3 innings as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies topped the Erie SeaWolves 5-3 on Tuesday. Cory Burns struck Gabriel Quintana out with runners on second and third to end the game for his 18th save of the season. Delgado (10-5) allowed three runs while striking out five and walking three to pick up the win. Trailing 1-0, the Rumble Ponies took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth inning. Tomas Nido hit a two-run double and then scored on a double by Thompson en route to the two-run lead. The Rumble Ponies extended their lead in the seventh when Thompson hit a two-run home run. Erie saw its comeback attempt come up short after Quintana hit a solo home run in the eighth inning and Mike Gerber scored on a ground out in the ninth to cut the Binghamton lead to 5-3. Matt Crouse (6-6) went seven innings, allowing five runs and seven hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out four and walked one. BOX

Recap: 2017 Season - Game 117 - Mets (4) at Yankees (5) - deGrom Not Sharp, Mets Fall Short In Ninth

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  W: S. Gray (7-7)   L: J. deGrom (13-6)   S: A. Chapman (16)

Recap: 2017 Season - Game 117 - Mets (4) at Yankees (5) - deGrom Not Sharp, Mets Fall Short In Ninth

Sonny Gray's home debut for the New York Yankees was a stress-free night.

The latest outing by struggling closer Aroldis Chapman was not, and also created a possible injury concern.

Gray pitched effectively into the seventh inning, but Chapman allowed a two-run homer to rookie Amed Rosario in the ninth as the Yankees held on for a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Using a deceptive delivery, Gray (7-7) took a shutout into the seventh before giving up Dominic Smith's first career home run, a two-run shot. He allowed two runs and five hits in six-plus innings before exiting to a nice hand from the sellout crowd.

"It was a fun game overall and anytime you come away with the win it makes it that much better," Gray said.

It wasn't as enjoyable for Chapman, whose ERA is 13.51 in his last three appearances.

Two nights after allowing a game-tying homer on a 103 mph fastball to Boston rookie Rafael Devers, Chapman allowed an infield hit and Rosario's second career homer on a 2-1 slider.

He recorded two ground ball outs to notch his 16th save in 20 chances, but after the game said he felt some tightness in his hamstring after running off the mound to cover first base on the game's final out.

Chapman also said through a translator that "it's nothing to worry about." The Yankees said no tests are planned and manager Joe Girardi did not even know which hamstring it was.

Before Chapman's latest adventure, Gray delivered a third straight effective showing as a Yankee.

Gray allowed two earned runs or fewer for the ninth straight start. It is the longest streak in the American League and the second-longest in the majors, one behind Philadelphia's Aaron Nola.

"The delivery's so deliberate and then all of sudden there's action," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's really a tough guy to get too much timing on."

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Gary Sanchez hit a solo homer off Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the sixth. Aaron Hicks had an RBI single in the third, and Sanchez lifted a sacrifice fly in the eighth as the Yankees remained 4 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

Before Tuesday, the Yankees did not score when Gray was pitching in his first two starts for them. Prior to Hicks' hit, the Yankees were 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position when Gray was on the mound.

DeGrom (13-6) made his 100th career start. He allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings against the opponent he made his major league debut against on May 15, 2014, at Citi Field.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 117 - Mets at Yankees - deGrom vs Gray - 7:05 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 117 - Mets at Yankees - deGrom vs Gray - 7:05 PM


Game 117 - New York Mets (53-63, 27-31 Road) at New York Yankees (62-55, 34-22 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Jacob deGrom (13-5, 3.21 ERA) vs NYY - Sonny Gray (6-7, 3.39 ERA)

TV/Radio: WPIX/SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:05 PM

Many things have gone wrong on the mound for the New York Mets this season.

Jacob deGrom is among the few things to go well.

The Mets will start deGrom on Tuesday against the New York Yankees, who will unveil Sonny Gray to fans at Yankee Stadium for the first time.

DeGrom is 13-5 with a 3.21 ERA after allowing four hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 10-0 win at Philadelphia on Thursday. He struck out nine but exited early after getting hit with on the triceps by a line drive from Nick Williams.

Manager Terry Collins confirmed the right-hander is ready to start.

In his past 11 starts, deGrom is 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA. He has totaled 85 strikeouts while issuing 16 walks in that span, and his nine wins in that period are the most in the majors.

"We always talk and we have for a long time that if you are the number one guy, you step up, and Jake's done that all season," Collins said. "This stage, he's used to this stage. He's pitched in big games in the playoffs. He's pitched in huge games in the World Series and the All-Star Game. If there's one guy you feel comfortable sending out there on this stage, it would be him."

The 2014 National League Rookie of the Year has pitched well for a team with a collective 4.89 ERA and one that is missing Noah Syndergaard (lat) and Matt Harvey (right shoulder).

DeGrom made his major league debut against the Yankees on May 15, 2014, at Citi Field. He took the loss despite allowing one run and six hits in seven innings of a 1-0 defeat.

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