After taking two of three games at Citi Field in June, the Yankees look for more Subway Series success against the Mets at home.
The Yankees, who own the second-best record in baseball, take on the Mets, who have the second-worst record in the National League, in their second Subway Series of the season.
Here is how each team stacks up for this weekend's three-game series.
Friday: Domingo German vs. Noah Syndergaard
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.
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.
Saturday: Sonny Gray vs. Steven Matz
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.
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.
Sunday: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Jacob deGrom
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.
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.