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New York Yankees vs. New York Mets: Clarke Schmidt vs. Carlos Carrasco

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The rubber match under the lights in Queens.

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The Yankees won ugly last night, and after a bad week, they have the chance to end on a high note, winning the Subway Series with a victory tonight. They’ll ask Clarke Schmidt to have a strong first outing of the season, and hope for some fireworks against a very bad Carlos Carrasco.

In fact, tonight will be just the second career MLB start for Schmidt, who’s coming off 15 solid innings of rehab work with Triple-A Scranton after missing most of 2021 with an elbow strain. The righty features a strong sinker-slider combo with a slightly underwhelming fastball, and has topped out at 80 pitches and 4.1 innings in the minors this season. The Yankees haven’t announced a pitch or inning limit yet, although I expect to hear one around game time, and also that Schmidt likely won’t face the lineup much more than one full trip through. Andrew Heaney lurks in the bullpen.

That means the Yankees are gonna have to get to Carrasco, which is very doable. Cookie has lived up to his nickname in 2021, with a 5.88 ERA and 4.50 FIP. He’s had significant trouble with home runs this season, allowing almost 20 percent of all his fly balls to leave the park, and after the Yankees clubbed four homers last night, they’ll be well-positioned to repeat that tonight.

Game’s on ESPN so, find a record or podcast you like while you watch.

How to watch

Location: Citi Field — Flushing, Queens, NY

First pitch: 8:05 p.m. ET

TV broadcast: ESPN

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Online stream: MLB.TV

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