The train is getting ready to leave the station. The 2014 Subway Series comes to a close tonight, with the Mets hosting the Yankees one last time this season.
The Mets took the first two games of this series, extending the winning streak against their intracity rivals to six games, before the Yankees finally snapped that streak last night with Masahiro Tanaka's dominating four-hit, complete-game shutout -- the first shutout of his big league career, and probably far from his last.
After hitting another homerun last night, hie fourth of the season, Yangervis Solarte is tied with the Major League lead in batting average, hitting a crisp .336 this year. That average is also good four fourth in all of the Majors. Solarte has been, well, it's hard to explain. This kid came out of nowhere as a career minor leaguer, and has been the Yankees' best offensive player to this point.
Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira is continuing to show us that his surgically repaired right wrist is healthy and there are no lingering issues, as he also went deep last night, his 8th of the season, and 7th in his last 15 games since coming off the DL.
This is the Mark Teixeira that we wanted, but didn't really expect. Either way, I'm not complaining.
Tonight's lineup against New York:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann 1B
- Alfonso Soriano RF
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Chase Whitley P
Same lineup as last night, minus Masahiro Tanaka, of course.
Making both the start and his Major League debut tonight for the Yankees is right-hander Chase Whitley, who was called up earlier today when the Yanks placed Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list.
Whitley is getting the chance to start tonight because of the piling injuries in the Yankees' rotation, with three of their five starters to begin the season currently on the disabled list. He's been one of the Yanks' best starters down in the minors this season, posting a 2.39 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Scranton.
Whitley is a guy with a low-90s fastball, and a pretty good changeup. So what out for that pitch dropping down on hitters.
The Mets, meanwhile, will also have a guy, in Jacob deGrom making his Major League debut tonight.
deGrom is the Mets' 13th ranked prospect, according to MLB.com. After starting the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, he went 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA. deGrom is making his big league debut just one night after Rafael Montero made his debut, giving up three runs in six innings last night.