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NY Mets at NY Yankees
When: 8:05 PM ET, Sunday, July 22, 2018
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

The New York Yankees have accumulated 26 hits through their first two games of the second half, but they have just one win to show for it and now must face New York Mets' ace Jacob deGrom in the series finale at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night. The Yankees stranded 14 runners in a series-opening loss but got enough big hits in Saturday's 7-6 win, surviving a meltdown by closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning.

Didi Gregorius' RBI triple opened the scoring in a four-run fourth and Aaron Judge added his 26th home run in the seventh for the Bronx Bombers, who are aiming to extend their series unbeaten streak against the Mets to nine straight (6-0-2). Yoenis Cespedes was given Saturday off for the Mets after homering in his return from the disabled list Friday night. Michael Conforto tried to carry the load with a solo shot along with two runs scored, and the 25-year-old outfielder has seven RBIs with six runs scored over his last five games. DeGrom is 1-4 with a 3.67 ERA in his career against the Yankees and has given up 11 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings at Yankee Stadium.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (5-4, 1.68 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54)

DeGrom leads the majors in ERA by a comfortable margin and is coming off another scoreless outing. The 30-year-old did not get a decision despite holding Philadelphia to five hits and one walk while fanning seven in eight frames of a 3-0 win July 11 - the fourth time in his last seven appearances that he's thrown eight innings. One of those eight-inning starts came against the Yankees on June 8, when deGrom allowed three runs (two earned) in a 4-1 loss.

Tanaka was knocked out after 4 1/3 innings in his return from the disabled list July 10 at Baltimore, but recovered in solid effort at Cleveland five days later. He held the Indians to two runs over 6 1/3 innings and received a no-decision, extending his unbeaten streak to 11 straight starts. The one-time All-Star left his start at the Mets last month with hamstring injuries after five strong innings and has a 3.08 ERA in four career matchups.

WALK-OFFS

1. Judge is 6-for-9 with two runs scored and no strikeouts in the series.

2. The Mets dealt RHP Jeurys Familia to Oakland Saturday for minor leaguers RHP Bobby Wahl and 3B William Toffey, along with international pool money.

3. The Yankees recalled IF/OF Brandon Drury from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and he went 1-for-4 on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Yankees 3, Mets 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
NY Mets 40-56 L1 19-32 21-24 19-20 8-15 8-12 5-9
NY Yankees 63-34 W1 34-14 29-20 24-17 13-4 16-6 10-7
Last Meeting
NY Mets NY Yankees
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/21/18 NYM 6 NYY 7 .161 1 .591 .333 1 .935
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Mets B. Nimmo .250 4 1.080
NY Yankees M. Andujar .474 9 1.211
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Mets T. Frazier 2 2 3
NY Yankees A. Judge 2 3 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Mets 3.48 .190 41
NY Yankees 3.68 .250 56
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Mets A. Cabrera .280 100 .820
NY Yankees M. Andujar .287 94 .819
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Mets A. Cabrera 17 46 53
NY Yankees A. Judge 26 68 61
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Mets 4.30 .228 850
NY Yankees 3.54 .254 964