The latest in the Subway series was already a little lackluster. The Mets (31-35) haven’t had as good a season as the Yankees (38-29). But then the series suffered a massive blackout. Aaron Judge (toe) and Pete Alonso (wrist), who lead their leagues in home runs, will both miss the series with injuries.
That being said, these teams tend to embark on opportunities to play against each other, and there’s a reason both matches are broadcast nationally. Even if recent performances haven’t lived up to expectations, there are big names in pitching matchups.
Severino vs. Scherzer
Luis Severino (0-1, 5.75 ERA) started the season in four games for the Yankees after starting the season on the disabled list. He was in great form in the first two games, striking out 10 batters in 11 his 1/3 innings and allowing only two earned runs. However, he has struggled in the last two starts.
Max Scherzer (5-2, 3.71 ERA) has also had mixed results, pitching at least six innings while allowing 1 or 0 earned runs in three starts and five or more in the other three starts. I forgave Conceded points. He also missed time with a 10-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s rules for sticky substances.
Gerrit Cole (7-1, 2.84 ERA) had a great year in every way, but his most memorable start came after the Yankees’ loss. Cole has started six games this year, posting a 2.00 ERA, and the Yankees have won all six games this year, when the team lost the last game. As usual, if Severino can’t tame the Mets on Tuesday, Cole will break the slump.
For Cole, Justin Verlander (2-3, 4.85 ERA) would be a good choice. Verlander showed tenacity and talent, joining Scherzer as the highest-paid pitcher, but he shined in three of his seven starts. . Now that he’s 40, it’s reasonable to wonder whether we should change our expectations of him, but Verlander has proven such doubts wrong time and time again.