Coincidentally, both pitchers have pitched 92 innings and walked 30 batters this season.
The rest of their season numbers are not much further apart. Thus far, Sabathia has 76 strike-outs, compared to 59 for Santana. Santana has only given up seven home-runs, with a 3.13 era, and Sabathia has been taken deep 12 times, with a 4.0 era.
Neither southpaws are pitching their best stuff. There is one fact that separates the two and it’s Queens and the Bronx.
In games where Santana pitched and put the Mets in line for a win, he got absolutely no run support from the Mets hitters.
Sabathia has just pitched poorly or just pitched well enough, but got wins because the Yankees scored runs. The only game Sabathia looked like his 2009 form was his 8th inning no-hitter, back on April 10th. He did win his last start against Roy Halladay, but the Yankees line-up played the bigger part in that.
Derek Jeter, who was out of the line-up on Saturday with bruised heel, is a Santana killer and holding a .433 average. Don’t ya know, Robinson Cano is the hottest hitter in baseball, but is 8-20 with a .400 average against Santana. Otherwise, Santana dominates Teixeira, Arod and Swisher, making his afternoon look much easier.
This game will depend on the Yankees improving on the mound and behind the plate.
The Mets don’t just have to stay themselves, but cannot afford to be lazy at all.
Winner of this game, wins the series, and team’s colors will shine atop the Empire State Building.
NEW YORK METS