Thursday, December 2 2021
Pete Alonso fired up rounding bases home uniform

Pete Alonso fired up rounding bases home uniform

The Mets and Yankees play a three-game series at Citi Field starting on Friday night.

Here are five things to watch…

It’s now or never

By blowing a late lead against the Nationals last Sunday in Washington, D.C. and squandering two games in Miami against the Marlins, the Mets head home to open a tough stretch trailing the Atlanta Braves by 5.0 games instead of 2.0 or 3.0.

The Mets going 4-4 on their road trip against the Nats and Marlins could be the final nail in their postseason chances if they don’t have a big series against the Yanks in Queens.

And for New York to gain any ground on the Braves this weekend — with Atlanta about to face the Marlins — the Mets will likely need to win two of three against the reeling Yanks or pull off a sweep.

Diaz has struggled over the last week after being close to perfect from late July to early September, blowing his last two save chances and allowing the game-winning hit in extras on Wednesday after coming in with the automatic runner at second base.

Luis Rojas has stood by Diaz, and he’ll likely get the first save chance against the Yanks should one arise.

And despite bellowing from many that Diaz is awful (he isn’t) and that the Mets should trade him after the season (they shouldn’t), how he’s performed overall for the last two seasons has earned him the right to continue as closer right now.

Cole left his start early on Tuesday due to a minor hamstring issue. And though he’s progressing well toward a return, he won’t be back in the rotation until Monday or Tuesday, meaning he’ll miss the Subway Series.

That is good news for the Mets, who will face Jordan Montgomery on Friday and Corey Kluber on Saturday.

The Yankees have yet to announce who will start on Sunday night.

Megill (starting Friday) and Walker (starting Saturday) have been up and down lately.

For Megill, his minor struggles are understandable because he has already thrown the most innings he ever has as a professional.

For Walker, he’s in the midst of a huge innings increase from the 53.1 he tossed during the shortened season in 2020 after missing most of 2018 and 2019 due to injury.

Alonso is hitting .389/.425/.889 during his current nine-game hitting streak.

During that stretch, he has 10 extra-base hits — three homers, five doubles, and two triples.

With 32 home runs for the season, Alonso has an outside shot to reach 40.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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