MLB: Mets vs. Yankees Series Betting Preview

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 27, 2020 in

This weekend, the New York baseball scene will be abuzz, as the New York Mets and New York Yankees renew their rivalry in the 2020 version of the “Subway Series”. With last weekend’s first installment postponed due to the Coronavirus, this will be the first time that these two teams meet. Last weekend’s games were scheduled to be played at Citi Field, so this weekend, the Mets will travel to the Bronx to play at Yankee Stadium. Let’s take a closer look at this matchup so you can make your bets against their MLB odds.

MLB Betting: Mets vs. Yankees Series Preview (Friday Game)

The New York Yankees are currently sitting in 2nd place in the American League East standings. They are 1 game behind the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees are 10-3 on the season when playing at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have been hit hard by injuries. They have lost most of the middle of their lineup due to injuries. Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and DJ LeMahieu are all out this weekend. Aaron Judge recently came off of the IL, and should be ready to go. Before his injury, Judge was mashing the ball, hitting 9 homers with 20 RBIs. The Yankees are hoping that Judge picks up right where he left off prior to his injury.

The New York Mets are 12-16 and sitting in 4th place in the National League East. They are only 4 games behind the top team in the East, so they’re still in the pennant race. The Mets have had injury problems of their own. Starting catcher Tomas Nido and their young, up-and-coming infielder Andres Gimenez will miss the Yankees series due to injury/illness.

The Mets will take their 7-7 road record to the Bronx this weekend.

As of this writing, Michael Wacha is scheduled to come off of the Injured List to start for the Mets. Wacha is 1-2 on the season with a 6.43 ERA. He has struck out 18 batters in his 14 innings pitched. Wacha last pitched on August 7th, taking the loss to the Florida Marlins. We’ll see if he’s ready to take the ball on Friday night.

The Yankees are scheduled to send JA Happ to the hill. Happ has not had a good start to the 2020 season. He’s 1-1 with a 6.39 ERA. He’s only thrown 12 innings this season, striking out 6. In his last start on August 16th, he threw 5 ⅔ good innings against the Red Sox and earned the victory. Happ has been unhappy with his role on the team, as he feels that the Yankees are cutting his innings to keep him from earning a $17 million option. We’ll see how this all plays out.

Whenever these two teams meet on the diamond, we always seem to have some fireworks. It’s unfortunate that this game will be played in an empty stadium, as the New York fans are always very passionate about their teams. We’ll see if the resurgence of Robinson Cano and the breakout year being had by Dominic Smith will be enough for the Mets. The Yankees will need some of their bench players to help Aaron Judge in the lineup. As always, when the Mets and Yankees get together, we should see some exciting baseball.