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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.

Yankees Rumors: Yankees have contacted Marlins about David Phelps and AJ Ramos

With a need to upgrade in the bullpen, the Yankees have once again reached out to the Miami Marlins about acquiring the services of right-handers AJ Ramos and David Phelps, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
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Both relievers are set to be free agents after next year, and would be huge additions to a Yankees bullpen that has already blown 17 saves this month, and a number of other games as the Yankees have struggled mightily over the last month.

Phelps, 30, is in his third season with the Fish after playing three with the Yankees to begin his career. While last season was his best yet, Phelps has gone 2-4 with a 3.68 ERA, and 48 strikeouts in 44 innings. He’s also held opponents to a .245 batting average and has a 1.27 WHIP.

Ramos, also 30, has is in his fifth career season, and third as the Marlins’ closer. He started slow, but now has a 2-3 record with a 3.51 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. The former All-Star has also held hitters to a very strong.198 batting average against.
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The Yankees have become very desperate for bullpen help as they have also been linked to Brad Hand and Brandon Maurer of the Padres recently. The Yankees have also been in talks with the Marlins about the services of Justin Bour and Martin Prado, so it is looking like the Fish and Bombers may be trade partners as we close in on the July 31 trade deadline.

Article by: Chad Raines