NEW YORK (PIX) — The red-hot Mets roll into the Bronx Friday evening with a chance to break a franchise record for most wins in a row when they face the Yankees.
Mets right hander Jacob deGrom (2-1) will face unbeaten Michael Pineda, who takes the mound for the Yankees who have quietly won six of their last seven, but remain overshadowed by their Subway Series rivals.
On Thursday, the Mets closed out a perfect 10-0 homestand by beating Atlanta 6-3 to cap a run that has vaulted the Amazins to the top of Major League Baseball. After the game, reporters asked manager Terry Collins if these Mets are truly different, and if the oft-trampled hopes of their fans were safe to spring anew in 2015.
"First of all, that was one of our goals coming out of spring training, we said we've got to change the mindset," Collins said, speaking about his players as well as the fans. "I think it sends a huge message to our fans that what we said what we meant. We’ve got a long way to go, we’ve got a lot of games left but it’s really nice to come out and get our fans excited, and we know that they are."
The beauty of April baseball is that anything can happen, and Mets fans are finding out that anything looks pretty good this year. "It brings back memories from when I was a kid, come on Mets lets do it again this year!" one woman told PIX11 outside Citi Field. The Mets are selling out games and the average television viewership has nearly doubled since last year, closing in on the Yankees' numbers, according to the New York Times.
It's not just the fans who are reveling in the string of wins heading into their series at Yankee Stadium.
"I'm excited for the atmosphere, (my) first Subway Series," said Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who came over from the Colorado Rockies during the offseason. "We'll see hopefully we'll continue to play good baseball. Big bats, no big bats, as long as we play good baseball we'll have a chance."
Overshadowed by their Queens rivals, the Yankees have stabilized after a difficult start to the season. The Bronx Bombers have lived up to their moniker recently, belting 21 home runs in 16 games. Mark Teixeira is swinging the heaviest bat right now, hitting five, and Stephen Drew and A-Rod each clubbed four.
It will be a special night for the Yankees as the club honors longtime outfielder Bernie Williams, 46, who is set to fill out league papers Friday making his retirement official.
The Yankees will retire his number, 51, and dedicate a plaque to Williams in a pre-game ceremony.
Williams will throw out the first pitch; the Yankees and Mets play on WPIX at 7:10 p.m.