For the first time since June 7th, Domingo German will take the mound on a big league stage. After about one month on the IL the Yankees are getting back one of their best pitchers of the first half. Bullpen games have netted the Yankees positive results so far, but they’ll surely be happy to pause the strategy for now with five starters back in the fold.
On the other side, Jason Vargas will make his second start against the Yankees this season, this time on his home turf. He was able to pitch for a quality start and did receive a win last month in the Bronx, but will now have to face Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Didi Gregorius.
Vargas could be the right candidate for the Mets as they look for a Subway Series win today, considering he has produced the lowest ERA of the staff so far. He hasn’t produced those numbers in grand style with a 7.71 K/9 rate and 3.86 BB/9 rate, but his ability to keep the ball in the park is the best of all Mets starters and could provide the difference against the Yankees sluggers.
After the Yankees lost their home run streak in Citi field last night, they will look to start a new one hopefully avoiding a two-game sweep as they return from London. As mentioned, Vargas has done a good job avoiding home runs this year, but with the three additional sluggers the task will be a lot harder this time around.
With the right-handed German on the bump the Mets have moved up a few left-handed in Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto. Conforto had been going through a slump but was able to get the big hit for the Mets to secure the 4-2 win over the Yankees. Additionally, Cano hasn’t been having the season the Mets expected, but if both these players turn it around, they could put a halt to the rumors of the Mets selling ahead of the trade deadline.
Tonight’s game can be seen on YES, ESPN, SNY, and fuboTV, or heard on WFAN and WADO. First pitch will be at 7:10 PM ET. Lets Go Yankees!