Mets Talking Big As Subway Series Continues
The Yankees certainly didn’t intimidate the Mets by sweeping them in the 1st round of the Subway Series. Both Mets closer Frank Francisco and Mets manager Terry Collins had very bold things to say from a team that got steamrolled by the Yankees just two weeks ago.
“I can’t wait to face those chickens,” Francisco told The New York Post when asked about playing the Yankees in this weekend’s Subway Series at Citi Field. “I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.”
Yes, Francisco struck out the side against the Yankees once on May 21, 2004. Maybe that is Francisco’s career highlight considering he is most known for throwing a chair into the stands rather than his pitching. It is really tough talk coming from a guy with a sparkling 5.14 ERA this year. He might want to worry about improving his pitching rather than what the Yankees are. Maybe this kind of talk can be respected if it came from guys like David Wright, Johan Santana or R.A. Dickey. Of course those professionals are smart enough to know that when you got swept the last series you are in no position to egg on your opponent. Terry Collins was not as brash as Francisco, but he also took a shot at the Yankees when talking about the two teams’ ballparks.
“Our ballpark plays a little bit differently than theirs,” Collins said.
Collins backtracked a little by saying the Yankees can hit HR’s in Citi Field to, but his point was that they will not hit no cheapies in this series. I always find it funny when other teams whine about the dimensions of Yankee Stadium. The Yankees don’t push the fences back when their opponents are batting. Some Braves players were calling it a joke during batting practice, but they actually took advantage of it and won the series against the Yankees. The Mets are only 24th in MLB in HR’s, so since they could not take advantage they had resort to blaming the stadium. Even Mets radio announcer Howie Rose had sour grapes calling Russell Martin’s homeruns in the series finale “pop up’s”. Maybe the Mets would have a point in whining about the dimensions of Yankee Stadium if the Yankees didn’t have any success on the road. This year the Yankees are 21-13 on the road and have hit the 3rd most HR’s in MLB on the road. They are only 1 HR behind the Blue Jays and the Mariners believe it or not for 1st. Meanwhile, Citi Field is not the reason the Mets don’t hit HR’s because they are only 25th in MLB in road HR’s.
Perhaps the Yankees can use this to fuel them to sweep the Mets again. The Mets obviously still feel like they are the little stepchild and their words prove that. The Yankees have no need to engage in this kind of talk because they have a 52-35 record against the Mets and 4 championships since interleague play began in 1997. The Mets deserve a lot of credit for their season so far this year. They have greatly overachieved and are only 3.5 games behind the Nationals for 1st in the NL East. However, despite their success this year, they feel they have a lot to prove in the battle for NYC. Let’s see if they can back up their talk and actually prove it on the field against the Yankees.