In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more different.
The second-place Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon Drury, Ronald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team.
The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, they are 16-31, and have been mired in one of the worst offensive funks in the history of the franchise. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend.
Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series:
Friday: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Jacob deGrom
Tanaka has been inconsistent for the Yankees this season, though he has been given tremendous run support en route to a 7-2 record (see again why the won/loss stat for pitchers should cease to exist). He has a 4.79 ERA in 67.2 innings with 65 strikeouts and 18 walks.
DeGrom has been the best pitcher in the National League, with a league-leading 1.49 ERA and 1.03 WHIP to go along with 98 strikeouts in 72.1 innings (12 starts). He only has four wins because of the Mets' combination of poor offense/poor relief behind him -- the 1,276th example why the won/loss stat for pitchers should be blasted into the sun.
Saturday: Domingo German vs. Steven Matz
German stepped into the rotation once Jordan Montgomery went down with an elbow injury and should be there until the Yankees trade for another starter as expected. This season, German has a 5.44 ERA in 41.1 innings with 44 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Matz has been terrific lately, with a 2.32 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over his last six starts. Overall, the left-hander has a 3.42 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 48 strikeouts in 52.2 innings (11 starts).
Sunday: Luis Severino vs. Noah Syndergaard
After finishing third in Cy Young voting last season, Severino has taken another step forward this year. The Yankees ace has a 2.20 ERA in 86 innings with 102 strikeouts and 22 walks. He's thrown nine consecutive quality starts.
Syndergaard hasn't been his usual dominant self, but his numbers are still pretty damn good. He has a 3.06 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 76 strikeouts in 64.2 innings (11 starts). He will be making his first start since leaving his most recent one on May 25 due to a strained finger.