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New York Yankees vs. New York Mets: Jordan Montgomery vs. Taijuan Walker

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The Subway Series kicks off on Friday night with the Yankees needing a rebound.

New York Mets vs New York Yankees Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

Have you missed the Yankees since Wednesday night’s disaster?

Have you missed the neverending chatter about the Subway Series that takes over social media and sports talk radio every time it rolls around?

The answer is both is probably “No,” but hey, baseball is baseball and assuming the rain holds off, there will be baseball in the Bronx tonight.

Seeking to build off his 3.77 ERA month of June, Jordan Montgomery gets the ball for the Yankees as they once again try to snap out of a malaise. They’ve lost five of their last six games and remain 13-20 overall since sweeping the White Sox in mid-May. The only AL teams with a worse record in that span are the Rangers, Royals, and Orioles — none of whom really entered 2021 with championship aspirations. The Yankees are nine games back in the AL East and five and a half out of even a Wild Card spot, trailing even the Mariners. It’s bad.

On the other side of the ball, the Mets lead the NL East, though that’s more of an indictment on the rest of the division than their excellence. They were bad in April (9-11), great in May (17-9), and mediocre in June (15-15). All that adds up to a record only five games above .500 despite the claim on first-place (two ahead of the Nationals). Of course, that’s better than the Yankees, so whatever, they’re probably the favorites tonight behind Taijuan Walker, who has a 2.38 ERA, 2.93 FIP, and 1.034 WHIP in 14 starts this year.

The Yankees will be without Clint Frazier tonight, who landed on the IL battling vertigo. Outfielder Tim Locastro, acquired yesterday from the D-backs, will take his roster spot, though Miguel Andújar gets the start in left field. Otherwise, the lineup is about normal.

How to watch:

Location: Yankee Stadium - Bronx, NY

First pitch: 7:05 pm ET

TV Broadcast: WPIX, SNY, MLB Network (out-of-network only)

Radio Broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Online Stream: MLB.tv

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Update

7:16pm ET: We are indeed starting off in at least a delay. No ETA has been mentioned yet.

8:12pm ET: Still nothing! Great stuff.

8:37pm ET: Banged. Enjoy your night.