A Sneak Peak at the New York Mets at New York Yankees Opening MLB Odds Pick & TV InfoTime: Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET Venue: Yankee Stadium, New York National TV: MLB Network Opening line: Yankees -115, Mets +105 (7.5 runs)
.@bw51official will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday’s game vs. the Mets. pic.twitter.com/MkmEtHh2SK — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 22, 2015For the first time in many years, the Mets look like the clear best team in New York, not the Yankees. The club from Queens leads the NL East and has been the best team in the National League. The Mets haven’t made the playoffs since 2006 but looked for an 11th straight win Thursday vs. Atlanta. That would tie a team record. The Yankees look rather mediocre and probably miss the playoffs for a third straight year. They haven’t done that since 1992-94. Their dynasty started in 1995. Last season the Mets and Yankees split four meetings, each winning two on the other’s field. Second baseman Daniel Murphy led the Mets with a .313 average in those four games with a homer and four RBIs. Former Yankee Curtis Granderson hit .267 with two homers and five RBIs. Yangervis Solarte, now with the Padres, led the Yankees with a .400 average and two homers vs. the Mets. Brett Gardner was 6-for-17 with a homer and five RBIs. Mark Teixeira hit .308 with a homer and two knocked in. The Bombers lead the all-time regular-season series 60-43. It’s a nice matchup of young pitchers. Jacob deGrom, the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, is on the mound for the Mets. Some wondered if that success was a bit of a fluke, but deGrom has put those doubts to rest thus far with a 2-1 record and 0.93 ERA that’s among the NL leaders. In his first start of the season, deGrom allowed a two-run first inning home run in Washington to Ryan Zimmerman and lost the game. He has not allowed a run since, taking an 18 1/3-inning scoreless streak into this game. DeGrom made one start against the Yankees last year and took the loss, allowing one earned run and four hits over seven innings, striking out six. The Yankees’ Brian McCann is 1-for-3 off deGrom. Jacoby Ellsbury is 1-for-3 with a double. Gardner is 0-for-2 with a walk as is Teixeira. It seems like Yankees starter Michael Pineda has been around forever, but he’s 26 years old just like deGrom. Pineda (2-0, 5.00) has been inconsistent this season. He had two pretty good starts, allowing three earned runs or less, but had one in Baltimore where he allowed five runs and nine hits over 6.1 innings. The offense bailed him out in that one. Pineda didn’t face the Mets in his limited action in 2014 and never has. In fact, only two current Mets have faced him in a regular-season game: Granderson (0-for-1 with two walks) and Michael Cuddyer (1-for-5).