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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

Starlin Castro returns to the Disabled List, Tyler Wade recalled

Once again, 2B Starlin Castro is headed to the 10 Day DL with another hamstring injury. This is the same hamstring which suffered an injury in late June which resulted in him being sidelined from June 26 until last Saturday. In his six games since coming back, Castro hit .227 in his 22 AB with three strikeouts, two walks, and a double. The injury was sustained last Wednesday and once again leaves the Yankees with an open roster spot which will be filled by INF Tyler Wade who was called up today following Castro’s placement on the DL. Wade was also called up earlier in the season during Castro’s most recent DL-stint. During this period, he played in nine games and was an overall disappointment as he hit .107 with ten strikeouts, four walks, four runs, two doubles, and just one RBI. The Yankees clearly believe the 22-year-old can provide decent production as he receives his second call up of the season. Wade also provides the Yankees with some versatility, as he can play several positions on the diamond until Castro’s return.

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Article By: Connor Thoms