It's good to be back at home. The Yankees just finished up a six-game road trip that was worse than their 3-3 record suggest, and now they back at home for a four-game home-and-home series with the New York Mets for the 2014 Subway Series, the last of Derek Jeter's career.
The first two games of the series will be tonight and tomorrow in the Bronx, with the final two games on Wednesday and Thursday in Queens.
The Mets are looking to continue their Subway Series winning streak of four-games, which is the longest in the series' history. The Mets swept all four games from the Yankees last season, but are still just 40-54 all-time against the Yankees, including 17-30 ay Yankee Stadium.
There will be quite a few headlines to watch for over the next four games, including Curtis Granderson's return to the Bronx as a Met, and Carlos Beltran's first game in Queens as a member of the Yankees, the team he really wanted to play for before signing with the Mets in 2004.
One of the may story lines to watch this week is the return of Curtis Granderson to the Bronx. The Grandy Man spent four seasons in pinstripes before leaving as a free-agent this past winter, signing with the Mets on a four-year, $61 million contract.
Granderson hasn't gotten off to a hot start for the Mets this season, but he has been much better at the plate lately, hitting .308 with 12 hits in his last 11 games.
Tonight's lineup against New York:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Carlos Beltran DH
- Brian McCann C
- Alfonso Soriano RF
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Kelly Johnson 1B
- Brian Roberts 2B
Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup after telling reporters yesterday that his legs were pretty tired, so Joe Girardi gave him the day off. Girardi also told reporters today that Teixeira's left groin a little tight, but he doesn't have any concern with the issue, and hopes that he'll be able to play tomorrow.
It should also be mentioned that General Manager Brian Cashman said on the Michael Kay Show that CC Sabathia will see Dr. James Andrew tomorrow for a precautionary visit, and he is hoping Sabathia, who was place on the 15-day DL yesterday, will only need to 15 days to get back to being healthy.
Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the Yankees on Monday night, making his eighth start of the season. He hasn't been very good for the Yankees in what will probably be his final season, but he's coming off of a solid start in Anaheim last week, in which he held the Los Angels Angels to just one runs over 7.2 innings -- it was basically his best start of the year.
The Bombers will be facing another former Yankee tonight, in Bartolo Colon, who is just two weeks shy of turning 41. In five of his seven starts this season for the Mets, Colon has been quite good, posting a 2.65 ERA with 28 strikeouts and two walks.