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MLB Picks: Subway Series kicks off in New York

by Alexander Banks on Thursday, May 15th, 2008

MLB Gameday Friday - “Subway Series” kicks off in New YorkCity bragging rights will be up for grabs beginning on Friday, as the New York Mets will visit their crosstown rivals, the Yankees , at Yankee Stadium in interleague Major League Baseball action. 

New York Mets at New York Yankees – 7:05 PM ET

Two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana (4-2, 3.10) has won his last three decisions, but he did not have his best stuff in a 12-6 win at home over Cincinnati , as he allowed three runs on ten hits over six innings. The ten hits Santana gave up was his highest of the season so far, but he has brought so much more to the Mets than just numbers. The team feels more confident with him on the mound, and the Mets' offense has averaged seven runs over Santana's last five starts. Last year with Minnesota, Santana faced the Yankees only once , scattering two runs on four hits over seven innings for a 6-2 win in New York. 

27-year-old Darrell Rasner (2-0, 3.00) has been a pleasant surprise since being called up from the minor leagues because of the injury woes in the Yankees' starting rotation. Rasner gave up a pair of runs on four hits over six innings of a 5-2 victory over Detroit, while striking out four. Rasner has been battling to stay in the major leagues over his three-year career, and if he keeps this up, he may earn a regular spot because of the Yankees' young struggling pitchers. Rasner did not fare well in his only meeting against the Mets in 2007, giving up two runs on two hits while failing to register an out during a 10-7 loss at Shea Stadium. 

The Yankees have taken three of their last five meetings against the Mets, but their rivals never had an ace on Santana's level. Santana's familiarity with the Yankees while playing in Minnesota will give him an edge over Rasner, who may still be thinking about his poor performance against the Mets last season. The Mets should get a big-time showing from Santana, and grab the opening game of this highly anticipated “Subway Series” on Friday.

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