On Deck: Sunday May 18, 2008 Mets-Yankees

New York Mets (21-19) at New York Yankees (20-23) 8:05pm

Oliver Perez (3-3) vs. Chien-Ming Wang (6-1)

TV: ESPN           Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets can get a two game sweep tonight at Yankee Stadium. But they have to go through Wang to do it, who’s the Yankees ace pitcher. You never know which Perez will show up for the Mets. We’ll just have to see how he looks tonight.

Santana, Mets Top Yankees 7-4

Johan Santana went 7.2 innings for a much needed Mets win today. Willie Randolph might have needed this win more than anyone else to retain his job. As usual, Santana gave up some long balls to Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, and Bobby Abreu. But he powered through to keep the Mets in the game. That’s been his MO this season.

On offense, David Wright and Carlos Beltran had three hits each. Jose Reyes and Wright homered off Kyle Farnsworth in the three run seventh inning that blew the game open for the Mets.

Billy Wagner came in for Santana in the bottom of the eighth to get an unusual four out save. Wagner has said that he doesn’t like to pitch more than one inning but after the last week, the Mets needed to lock down this win.

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On Deck: Saturday May 17, 2008 Mets-Yankees

New York Mets (20-19) at New York Yankees (20-22)   1:05pm

Johan Santana (4-2) vs. Andy Pettite (3-4)

TV: SNY Radio: WFAN

What to watch: Supposedly the Mets cleared the air in the clubhouse. We’ll see if that lasts. The fans and blogs are calling for Willie Randolph to be fired but Omar Minaya gave him a vote of confidence before the rainout yesterday. Oh… by the way two of the biggest names in pitching over the last ten years are on the mound in this game.

On Deck: Friday May 16, 2008 Mets-Yankees

New York Mets (20-19) at New York Yankees (20-22) 7:05pm

Johan Santana (4-2) vs. Darrell Rasner (2-0)

TV: SNY Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The good thing for the Mets is that the Yankees are struggling as badly as they are. Santana comes in once again to stop the bleeding. That’s become his job with the Mets. Rasner is an average pitcher but consistently throws strikes. So the Mets need to be ready to start hacking because Rasner doesn’t typically walk a lot of batters.