By Mike Harrington
Masahiro Tanaka is 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA and the Yankees need him to pitch well tonight more than any of his other starts this season. Tanaka is the starter against the Mets in Citi Field, and the Yankees have looked dreadful in getting swept in the Bronx in the first half of the Subway Series.
In last night's affair that stretched nearly four hours, the Yankees endured a 12-7 drubbing that left both New York teams at 19-19. But they feel quite a bit different.
The Mets are battling, have won three straight and getting reinforcements coming from the minor leagues with Rafael Montero making his MLB debut tonight on the mound. The Yankees have dropped four straight -- even though they've scored 23 runs in those four games -- and the injuries are piling up, notably to CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran.
In the Daily News, Andy Martino said it's the austerity Mets that feel good about themselves while the big-money and breaking-down Yankees are trying to figure out how they can get healthy.
The Mets have won six straight in the Subway Series and Kevin Kernan write in the Post that even a visit from Babe Ruth's Hall of Fame plaque couldn't save the Yankees.
It wasn't all good for the Mets. Zach Wheeler had an 11-4 lead and couldn't get the five innings in to get the win.
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