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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Game Preview: Mets look to take series on ESPN

It all comes down to this, the Mets have one win, the Yankees have one win. Tonight is the night that the fans of New York will know who is the better team at this point in the season. Tom Glavine will take the mound for the Mets, while Aaron Small takes the mound for the Yankees. Small was the first ever Yankee to go 10-0 in his first season with the Yankees, however thus far this year Small has an 8.71. Glavine, on the other hand, has a 2.43 era with a 6-2 record.

Game Preview:
Notes:

1) The Mets pitching staff leads the majors in strikeouts by 30 with 344 punch-outs.
2) With Tom Glavine's two strikeout game against the Cardinals on Tuesday he passed Sandy Koufax for 37th all time in strikeouts with 2,397.
3) Last year against the Yankees Glavine went six innings and allowed only two runs.
4) The likely catcher in tonight's game for the Yankees is Kelly Stinnet, who is only 2-14 against Glavine in his career.
5) Glavine is lucky that both Matsui and Sheffield are hurt, combined the two outfielders have a .323 average with five home runs and 12 rbi's against Glavine in 60 at bats.
6) Although Glavine has dominated lefties this season Jason Giambi is 3-8 against the 40 year old in his career.
7) Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Cairo, and Johnny Damon are all 1-3 against Glavine in their careers.
8) In 10 games against the Yankees Kazuo Matsui has a .325 batting average with two of his eleven career home runs against them, to go along with his ten rbi. The team Matsui has the most rbi against is the Braves with twelve, however he has played 29 games against the Braves.
9) David Wright has been extremley succesful against Yankee pitching throughout his short career, in fact in 31 at bats Wright holds a .419 average.
10) Aaron Small has never started against the Mets.

On this date in 1986:On this date in 1986 the Mets scored four times in the first inning, led by a two rbi doubles from Howard "HoJo" Johnson and Darryl Strawberry. Ron Darling pitch seven innings of two run ball on three hits, while improving to 5-0 in the process.

Game Result Prediction:
Mets 6 Yankees 3
WP- Tom Glavine
LP- Aaron Small
H- none
SV- Duaner Sanchez

Game Play Predictions:
1) Glavine will throw seven innings.
2) The Mets will have at least two home runs.
3) Duaner Sanchez will pitch tonight, most likely in the ninth.
4) Glavine will strike out five tonight.
5) Aaron Small will retire the first 7 batters succesfully.

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