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New York Subway Series Preview

The Subway Series begins tonight in the Big Apple and the Yankees have owned this series in the recent past, which is why they are favored tonight even though the Mets are at home.

New York Yankees (25-16) at New York Mets (20-22)

Bovada has the Yankees as the away favorites in this game posted at -165 with the Mets at +145 and a run total of 9.

Tonight’s game is the first inter-league game of the season for both clubs and each could use a series win, as each is really struggling. The Mets did win their last game, but are only 3-7 in their last 10 games and are in last place in the NL East six games back of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees have lost 3 straight, including their last two to Tampa Bay, are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and are in second place in the AL East five games back of Tampa Bay.

The last time the Mets hosted the Subway Series they were swept by the Yankees.

The Yankees have won their last four games against their cross-town rivals.

In their last games both teams played yesterday, but with different results, as the Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 while the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 10-7.

Last season the Mets were tied with four teams for the worst inter-league record (5-10) while the Yankees were 10-8 and also have the best inter-league record of all time.

On the Hill for the Mets in tonight’s game is Hisanori Takahashi (3-1 3.12 ERA), who gave up two earned runs in three innings in a no decision in his last outing. On the mound for the Yankees tonight is Javier Vazquez (2-4 8.01 ERA), who in his last outing only pitched 1/3rd of an inning giving up no earned runs, but still got the win.

Tonight will be Hisanori Takahashi’s first major league start.

Vazquez has struggled this season after coming over from Atlanta in the off-season and he went 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in two starts against the Mets last season.

The Yankees’ pitching is the main reason they have been losing, as in their last five games they have given up an average of eight runs per game.

Dating back to last season the Mets are 0-5 in their last 5 inter-league games and the Yankees are 7-1 in their last eight inter-league games on the road.

Game 2 tomorrow is a sweet pitching match up, as Mike Pelfrey (5-1 3.02 ERA) is slated to start for the Mets and Phil Hughes (5-0 2.25 ERA) is slated to start for the Yankees. The series finale on Sunday is a match up of staff Aces, as Johan Santana (3-2 3.72 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Mets and CC Sabathia (4-2 3.43 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Yankees.

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