Mets Game Preview: (7/2/21) @ New York Yankees (41-39)

New York Yankees, New York Mets

The New York Mets and New York Yankees begin their newest installment of the Subway Series, but both teams are in the midst of their own turmoil. Both teams also have the same amount of wins, but the Mets are in first place while the Yankees sit in fourth. If the rain holds off, first pitch from Yankee Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Mets come off a back-breaking loss against the Atlanta Braves after tying the game in the ninth. The Braves never hit a ball out of the infield but still scored the game-winning run in the bottom half. Over the last 30 days, the Mets have the third-worst scoring offense in all of baseball. This included the second-worst average (.215) and fifth-worst slugging percentage (.372).

The Yankees allowed seven runs in the ninth to blow their win against the Los Angeles Angles. It caused a rippling effect throughout the organization as fans want Aaron Boone fired, but owner Hal Steinbrenner will not commit to any dramatic changes. In the loss to the Angles, Aroldis Chapman allowed a game-tying grand slam and has come back to Earth after his fantastic start to the season. On May 23, he let up his first run of the season and has a 10.13 ERA and three blown saves since.

Pitching Matchup

Taijuan Walker makes his 15th start of the season as he takes the mound for the Mets. Walker was once again brilliant in his last start and would have pitched even better if he could get Aaron Nola out. He pitched five innings, allowing three hits, one run, and struck out five. Walker is ninth in the NL with his 2.38 ERA but allowed seven runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings at Yankee Stadium last season.

Jordan Montgomery starts for the Yankees and has been a consistent arm in a year with nothing behind Gerrit Cole. In 15 starts, he has a 4.06 ERA and has done great at limiting walks with just 2.5 walks per nine innings. Montgomery battled through six innings, holding the Boston Red Sox to three runs on eight hits.

Matchups To Lookout For

Taijuan Walker vs. Rougned Odor: 6-for-13 (.462), Home Run, 2 Strikeouts

Jordan Montgomery vs. Kevin Pillar: 2-for-11 (.182), 3 Strikeouts

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