The Mets lost two of three games to the Yankees in their Subway Series in early June at Citi Field. They look for revenge coming out of the All-Star break in the Bronx.
Though the Mets have the second-worst record in the National League and face the Yankees, who have the second-best record in baseball, whoever wins this weekend's series will be the toast of the town, at least for the weekend.
Here is how each team stacks up for this weekend's three-game series.
Friday: Noah Syndergaard vs. Domingo German
Syndergaard (5-1, 2.97 ERA) returned from a strained finger last Friday by throwing five innings of one-run ball in a win over the Nationals. Prior to going on the DL, Syndergaard had thrown at least six innings in six of seven starts, going 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA from April 20 to May 25. In four road starts, Syndergaard has a 2.84 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings.
German (2-5, 5.49 ERA) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings when he faced the Mets on June 9. Including a relief appearance, he has struggled in his last five outings, going 0-1 with a 7.85 ERA, allowing 16 runs and 24 hits in 18 1/3 innings.
Saturday: Steven Matz vs. Sonny Gray
Matz (4-7, 3.38 ERA) threw six innings of three-run ball when he faced the Yankees on June 9. He has lost his last two starts, giving up three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Nationals on July 12. When he pitches with six or more days of rest, Matz is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts, while he has a 3.00 ERA in 13 starts with less rest.
Gray (6-7, 5.46 ERA) threw six scoreless innings in his last outing on July 11, however in his previous three starts, he was 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA. Gray has performed well on the road, going 4-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 10 starts away from Yankee Stadium, but at home, he is 2-3 with an 8.25 ERA. He has allowed eight home runs in 36 innings at Yankee Stadium, whereas he has surrendered just three homers in 54 2/3 innings on the road.
Sunday: Jacob deGrom vs. Masahiro Tanaka
The Mets' lone All-Star, deGrom (5-4, 1.68 ERA) has pitched into the eighth inning in six of his 19 starts this season, including his loss to the Yankees on June 8. DeGrom, the MLB's ERA leader, has a 0.56 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 16 innings in two July starts, although both of those games were no-decisions. He has recorded a quality start in each of his last 11 starts, going 2-4 with a 1.59 ERA in that timeframe.
Tanaka (7-2, 4.54 ERA) has allowed five runs and 12 hits in 10 2/3 innings since returning from the disabled list with a hamstring injury he suffered while running the bases in a June 8 game against the Mets. The 29-year-old Tanaka threw five innings of one-run ball when he faced the Mets at Citi Field last month. In four career starts against the Mets, Tanaka is 1-2 with a 3.08 ERA.