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Friday, May 20, 2011
What2Watch4: Mets vs Yankees (Friday)

By Mark Simon

A few tidbits to ponder heading into the first Subway Series matchup at 7 tonight. In honor of our Yankeemetrician colleague (whose similar notes can be found here), feel free to refer to these at "Metsie-Yank-trics."

Freddy Garcia Matchup to Watch
Carlos Beltran is 14-for-31 against Freddy Garcia and has been consistently good against him. He was 7-for-his-first-15 and is since 7-for-his-last-16 against him. Of the 86 pitchers that Beltran has faced at least 20 times, his .452 batting average against Garcia ranks sixth-best (Kyle Lohse tops his favorites list, .541).

Of the 124 hitters that Garcia has faced at least 20 times, Beltran is his third-toughest, batting average-wise. Raul Ibanez (.559) and Travis Hafner (.455) rate tougher.

R.A. Dickey Matchup to Watch
Cleanup hitters are just 5-for-24 (.208) with two walks against R.A. Dickey this season. But he’s struggled with the No. 6 and 7 hitters, who are a combined 18-for-43 (.419 BA) with five walks.

Dickey won’t have to worry about the hitters who have given him the most trouble this season. Pitchers are 6-for-13 against him in 2011.

Bay Watch
Jason Bay is hitting a Ted Williams-esque .406 against the Yankees over the last two seasons. In that span, he rates in the top 3 against the Yankees in batting average (2nd), on-base percentage (.500, 1st), and slugging percentage (.739, 3rd).

Bay is a .342 career hitter against the Yankees, sixth-best among active players with at least 100 plate appearances.

K or BB-Rod
Over the years, the Yankees have gotten to Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez by waiting him out. In 36 1/3 career regular season innings against the Yankee , Rodriguez has issued 24 walks (in contrast, Mariano Rivera has walked seven Mets in 34 innings).

Chances of shutout about equal
Although the Yankees lead the all-time regular season series, 42-33, they only have one more shutout than the Mets in that span. The Yankees have seven. The Mets have six.

Did You Know? Roger on That!
Of the 14 Mets who have at least 50 plate appearances against the Yankees in Subway Series regular season matchups, the one with the highest batting average is Roger Cedeno, .323.