Showing posts with label Inter-League. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inter-League. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mets new schedule reduces Yankees Interleague games in 2013

According to ESPN NY's Adam Rubin, the Mets and Yankees, who annually have played six games a season since 1999, have a new format beginning next season.

The teams only will meet four times -- two times apiece in each ballpark. The 2013 games will occur consecutively, on May 27 (Memorial Day) and 28 at Citi Field, then May 29 and 30 in the Bronx.

MLB's new schedule tries to make the difficulty for all division opponents comparable. While the Mets maintain the four games with their natural rival -- the Yankees -- they otherwise exclusively play the American League Central, trying to make it equitable with the other National League East teams, who also line up for that division.

When the Mets play the Yankees, the Phillies will play their natural rivals, the Red Sox. The Braves will face the Blue Jays. The Marlins will face the Rays. And the Nationals will face the Orioles.

The Mets and Yankees likely will play six games a season in the years the AL East and NL East line up for interleague play.

Subway Series games are typically the best attended, so the reduction of one home game against the Yankees seems to hurt the Mets at the box office. The Mets averaged 41,559 fans per game at Citi Field this season for the three-games against the Yankees.

 For the Mets 2013 full schedule, click here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Interleague, All-Stars, Gee, Bay, Francisco, Dickey

Mets News an Notes:

Union chief Michael Weiner confirmed Tuesday that interleague matchups between natural rivals -- including the Mets and Yankees -- will be limited to three or four games a season going forward, not six.

The exception will be in years when, for instance, the AL East and NL East line up to play. In those seasons, a six-game, home-and-home slate will still be played.

Dickey eventually entered the All-Star Game in the sixth and surrendered a hit and plunked a batter, but he coaxed a double-play grounder from Miguel Cabrera and escaped the inning unscathed in what ended as an 8-0 NL victory. Carlos Ruiz, who caught Dickey, got through the knuckleball receiving fine while using Thole's oversized mitt. David Wright, meanwhile, replaced Pablo Sandoval and went 0-for-2. Collins, who was a coach on Tony La Russa's staff, made a ninth-inning pitching change.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 76 - Mets at Rangers

New York Mets (37-38) at Texas Rangers (40-36), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Mets - Mike Pelfrey (4-5, 4.70) Texas - Matt Harrison (5-6, 3.16)

Mike Pelfrey tries to follow up his first complete game of the season tonight when the New York Mets open a three-game interleague series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Pelfrey went the distance to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday, holding them to a run and five hits, while striking out five without walking a batter.

"It doesn't happen much these days as it did in the past, but it's fun to go out there and finish what you start," said Pelfrey, who has never faced the Rangers.

The road, though, has given Pelfrey problems this season, as he is just 1-5 away from home this season with a 6.75 ERA in eight starts.

Pelfrey's road woes could continue tonight, as he faces a lethal Rangers' lineup that has given National League pitchers fits this season, especially Nelson Cruz and reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton.

Cruz is batting .400 with two homers and six RBI in six interleague games this season, while Hamilton has hit .375 with two homers and eight RBI. He also has a 17-game interleague hitting streak at home.

The Rangers were denied a series sweep of Houston in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday, as Neftali Feliz blew his fourth save of the season, surrendering four runs in the ninth in the 5-3 loss.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 70 - Angels at Mets

LA Angels of Anaheim (33-37) at New York Mets (34-35), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Joel Pineiro (2-3, 4.03) New York Mets - Chris Capuano (5-6, 4.40)

The bounces continue to go against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Nobody knows that as well as starting pitcher Joel Pineiro.

Pineiro takes another crack at the 100th victory of his career this evening as the Angels visit Citi Field for the first time to take on the New York Mets in the first of three straight encounters.

In position to post a three-game sweep over the rival Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, the Angels instead saw the game slip away on a odd bounce in the seventh inning. Locked in a scoreless game, Seattle's Carlos Peguero hit a ball up the middle with two outs that looked to be an easy force play. However, the ball hit the corner of second base and bounced into the outfield, scoring two runs.

Los Angeles couldn't recover and lost a 3-1 decision, falling for the 10th time in 14 games.

"It was unfortunate. We had the out, but the ball hit the bag and that's all part of the game," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "If we're doing some of the things that we can do on the offensive end, then it's something you absorb and move on, but right now the margin between winning or losing is very tight and if you don't get a break, you're going to pay a big price for it."

Erick Aybar knocked in the lone run for the Angels, who opened a 12-game road trip with the series, and Ervin Santana took a tough loss after yielding two runs over 6 2/3 innings.

It has also been a tough go of it for Pineiro, who is 0-3 with a 5.50 earned run average over his last six outings. The Angels had lost each of the right- hander's last five starts before breaking through with a 7-5 victory over Kansas City on Saturday. Pineiro himself got a no-decision, yielding five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.

Though Pineiro remains winless since May 10, he insists the win milestone is not influencing his pitching.

"I wanted a win, but for the team," Pineiro told Los Angeles' website. "I don't care if it's 300, 100, whatever. Just so I could get back on track and do what I'm supposed to be doing -- going out there and giving the team a chance to win and keeping them in there. Honestly, that 100 [milestone] has nothing to do with the situation that's going on."

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