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Game 82 Preview: Yankees vs. Mets

After defeating the cross-town "rivals" 5-2 yesterday, and for the fourth consecutive time this season, the Yankees look to sweep away the Mets before Derek Jeter rejoins the team in Cleveland. 

Yankees starting lineup: 1) Brett Gardner LF, 2) Curtis Granderson CF, 3) Mark Teixeira 1B, 4) Alex Rodriguez 3B, 5) Robinson Cano 2B, 6) Nick Swisher RF, 7) Russell Martin C, 8) Ramiro Pena SS, 9) Freddy Garcia P

Mets starting lineup: 1) Angel Pagan CF, 2) Justin Turner 2B, 3) Carlos Beltran RF, 4) Daniel Murphy 3B, 5) Jason Bay LF, 6) Lucas Duda 1B, 7) Josh Thole C, 8) Ruben Tejada SS, 9) R.A. Dickey P 

Today, Freddy Garcia will attempt to conjure up a correct balance of smoke and mirrors in order to beat the Mets. R.A. Dickey will oppose him. 

Garcia is coming off a passable start at the stadium. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and only striking out one. It's an understatement to say that the defense behind him and the bats picked him up. He had a great June, even despite his start against Boston, allowing only 10 runs in 28.1 innings (6 runs in 26.2 innings if you turn a bling eye to the Boston game). 

Knuckleballer Dickey is also coming off of a fantastic June for a team that is expected to hover around the .500 plateau all season long. In his five games, he averaged 7.0 innings per outing and only 2 earned runs in each as well. Dickey pitched against the Yankees at the stadium earlier this season in the only game the Mets won, pitching 6.0 innings and allowing one run. 

Garcia vs. current Mets

Dickey vs. current Yankees

Notes: 

1) A wild Lance Pendleton has appeared at Citi Field. A move is forthcoming. Yes, more mop-up men. 

2) Eduardo Nunez is out of the lineup with a tight hamstring. It's a shame, he's playing fantastic baseball right now. 

3) Here is your weather report for today's game. Looks like thunderstorms/rain on and off. 

Game thread will be up at 1:00pm.