ATLANTA — Francisco Lindor is aware of the Yankees have struggled, based mostly on snippets he catches on TV within the Mets clubhouse.
But so far as the specifics, the shortstop stated he doesn’t know a lot. Told the Yankees aren’t hitting, Lindor may empathize.
“We’re not hitting either,” Lindor stated because the Mets ready to complete a sequence with the Braves on Thursday.
There you’ve got the bond that connects the outer-borough rivals as they put together for Round 1 of this season’s Subway Series, which commences Friday at Yankee Stadium.
The Mets will enter because the NL East’s first-place workforce. The Yankees, in the meantime, are barely above .500 and trying to begin a turnaround that may get them again within the AL East race — they’re 9 video games behind the Red Sox.
Lindor, who was acquired from Cleveland final offseason, is not any stranger to massive video games in The Bronx — with the Indians, he performed in two playoff sequence towards the Yankees — however understands this might be totally different.
For Lindor, a part of the joy stems from enjoying towards Gio Urshela, whom he considers his greatest pal from their days along with the Indians.
“I talk to Gio a lot, but we don’t really talk about baseball,” Lindor stated. “So it’s not like, ‘Hey bro, how is the team doing?’ We talk about how he is doing, about how he is feeling at the time, but most of our conversation, it’s not about games.”
James McCann, who arrived as a Mets free-agent signing over the winter, will be a part of Lindor in getting a style for the primary time of the Subway Series. McCann has some body of reference from enjoying with the White Sox, who face the Cubs each season in a heated metropolis rivalry.
“The North Side and South Side Chicago fans don’t mix too well when they get in the stands,” McCann stated. “But New York is a whole different level, so I am looking forward to it.”
McCann recalled watching the Yankees and Mets play within the final Subway World Series in 2000. McCann, who was then 10 years previous, recalled the frustration of the series ending in five games. He stated he doesn’t bear in mind rooting for both workforce, however wished a seven-game World Series.
McCann was requested what names he remembers from the 2000 World Series.
“Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens, obviously all the Yankees guys, how many times they went to the World Series in a row,” McCann stated. “But I was just a baseball fan. I loved it.”
Though the Yankees and Mets managed to play six occasions in final 12 months’s pandemic-shortened season, the very fact followers weren’t permitted within the ballpark made it a different kind of event.
Restrictions have now been lifted, permitting for the potential of a full home for three straight video games at Yankee Stadium.
“I hope it will be a fun atmosphere,” stated Gerrit Cole, who’s scheduled to pitch Saturday towards Marcus Stroman. “It’s nice that it is happening over the weekend, get the kids out to the park. And hopefully it will be an electric atmosphere filled with a bunch of New York fans in general. And we’ll put on some good games and hopefully play well.”
Jacob deGrom isn’t scheduled to look within the sequence after going through the Braves on Thursday. But the Mets have a strong secondary possibility to steer off the sequence in Taijuan Walker, who has pitched to a 2.38 ERA in 14 begins this season.
The right-hander acquired two further days of relaxation for this begin, however supervisor Luis Rojas stated he didn’t finagle his rotation with the concept of getting Walker the ball within the Subway Series highlight.
“We’re not matching up,” Rojas stated. “We are just trying to give guys an extra day or two to be smart about keeping the guys fresh out there and that’s where it came from.”
— Additional reporting by Peter Botte