The roles have reversed from last year’s Subway Series, when the Yankees had just waved the white flag and the Mets were still chasing the playoffs. Both teams are reeling right now, though, and tonight’s pitching match-up represents something close to the bottom of the barrel for both teams. Nevertheless, this series represents an opportunity for the Yankees to get back on-track against a subpar team, with the added (and somewhat artificial) drama of an inter-borough rivalry.
Here’s the lineup that Luis Cessa will face tonight; and here’s the group that will square-off against Rafael Montero:
- Brett Gardner, LF
- Aaron Hicks, CF
- Aaron Judge, RF
- Didi Gregorius, DH
- Gary Sanchez, C
- Chase Headley, 1B
- Todd Frazier, 3B
- Ronald Torreyes, 2B
- Tyler Wade, SS
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST, and will be broadcast on both YES and ESPN (for those out of market fans).
Injury Updates: CC Sabathia (knee) threw a bullpen session today and was “very encouraged.” He’s expected to throw one more bullpen session, then come off the 10-day DL as soon as he’s eligible (Saturday) … Starlin Castro (hamstring) ran the bases today and is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday … Greg Bird (ankle) and Matt Holliday (back) both took batting practice again. Bird will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday.
Roster Move: To get Cessa on the roster, the Yankees sent down Caleb Smith.