The Yankees were supposed to have today off. The Subway Series was supposed to end on July 22nd. Rain, however, had other plans and forced this mid-August makeup. Now the Bombers will take on the Mets in a one-game matchup, pitting the teams’ best pitchers against each other.
Luis Severino gets the ball for the Yankees in what will be a pivotal showing. The right-hander is trying to pitch his way through arguably the worst patch of his career. Across his last six starts, Severino owns a 7.31 ERA with a 5.74 FIP. He allowed an alarming number of home runs (2.53 HR/9) over that stretch. He’s also seen a drop in whiff percentage, so his usual swing-and-miss stuff appears flat.
The good news, however, is that Severino seemed to click something into gear against the White Sox. He labored in the early innings but picked it up to finish strong. He managed to pitch seven innings, the deepest he made it into a game since July 1st. Hopefully he can build off that success.
The last time Severino pitched against the Mets, they tagged him for two runs over five innings. He struck out seven, however, so it wasn’t exactly a bad start. The Yankees will probably need him to, at minimum, repeat that performance. Runs will come at a premium as the Amazins’ have their ace on the bump.
Last week, reports surfaced that the Mets would skip Jason Vargas’ scheduled start to let Jacob deGrom pitch against the Yankees.
The Mets will bring Jacob deGrom back early (on regular rest) to have him start at Yankee Stadium next Monday instead of Jason Vargas.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 8, 2018
The 30-year-old is in the midst of a Cy Young worthy campaign, pitching to a ridiculous 1.77 ERA. His peripherals are just as good. He owns a 2.20 FIP, 10.81 K/9, and microscopic 0.47 HR/9. He gives the Mets length, too, doing all of this over 152.1 innings.
The Yankees faced deGrom earlier this year. He took a tough-luck loss, allowing three runs over eight innings. Two of those came via an eighth inning Brett Gardner home run. Here’s hoping that the Yankees can repeat that level of success. If nothing else, they can try to wait deGrom out and then pounce on the Mets’ shaky bullpen.
Tonight’s game will air exclusively on ESPN, as it’s a makeup from the rained out Sunday Night Baseball. Streaming is available on the WatchESPN app. You can also still get in the door at Yankee Stadium, as StubHub has a few tickets left. You can purchase yours by clicking here.