New York’s Subway Series commences this week as the Mets face the Yankees to continue their bitter intercity rivalry.
The series, which starts tonight at Yankees stadium will see several players face their former employees.
Five current players in the two clubs' rosters have played for both sides of the city - Bobby Abreu, Carlos Beltran, Bartolo Colon, Kyle Farnsworth and Curtis Granderson.
Both sides have begun 2014 relatively well without being spectacular, the Yankees sit on a 19-17 record while the Mets have a slightly worse 17-19 record.
The Yankees will be glad to start the Subway series, a four-game contest where two games are played at each stadium, after they lost every encounter against the Mets last year.
Despite both sides' uninspiring start to 2014, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com about the excitement around the Subway Series:
“I think people get very excited about it. I think sometimes people might think the intensity levels get very high when you get to the ballpark.”
The Mets meanwhile have not confirmed whether Jenry Mejia will play any part in the series after struggling this season. In his last three outings he’s produced a 9.82 ERA but the Mets haven’t got a like-for-like replacement in their ranks.
Their city rivals have their own problems after C.C. Sabathia was placed on the disabled list and will miss the whole series. Sabathia has a knee inflammation which will see him out of action for at least two weeks.
Even if the injury is only short term, it has hit the Yankees hard after they lost Ivan Nova to a Tommy John surgery for the season and Michael Pineda to a back strain until June.
Despite each sides' pitching problems the majority of the familiar faces will be there, including Derek Jeter, who will start his final season of Subway Series on Monday.
The famous series has been held in New York since 1997 when inter-league clashes increased to spice up major league baseball.
Last year, the Mets took a 4-0 whitewash against the Yankees, their first of its kind in history. The Yankees recorded the same feat in 2003 with a 6-0 whitewash. The two sides met in the World Series in 2000 and the Yanks took it 4-1.
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