Subway Series Week is here

With the shift to two 15-team leagues in Major League Baseball this year that has led to inter-league play on a daily basis, the Subway Series has gone from a six-game, separate-weekend series to a four-game, home-and-home set on consecutive dates Monday and Tuesday nights at Citi Field and Wednesday and Thursday nights at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees are 22-18 on Memorial Day since 1971 when the holiday began being celebrated on the last Monday in May following the National Holiday Act of 1971. They did not play on Memorial Day in 1973, 2004 or 2005. The Yankees are 7-4 on Memorial Day since 2000. This year marks the first time they will play an inter-league game on Memorial Day. The Yanks are playing on the road on Memorial Day for the third straight year and seventh time in the past eight seasons.

The Yankees lead the all-time series at 54-36, a .600 winning percentage, including a 25-20 (.556) mark in Queens. They are 8-4 at Citi Field after having gone 17-16 at Shea Stadium. The Yanks have won nine of the past 11 games between the clubs, 19 of 27 and 36 of 60 since the start of 2003. Last year the Yankees were 5-1 against the Mets with a three-game sweep at the Stadium and winning two of three at Citi Field. The Yanks are 8-2-6 in season series against the Mets, whose only season series victories were in 2004 and 2008.

Probable starting pitchers for the games in Queens are the Yankees’ Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.51 ERA) vs. the Mets’ Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.80 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. Monday on YES and a marquee pairing of the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67 ERA) and Mets heralded rookie Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.93 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday on Channel 9.

For the games in the Bronx, it will be the Yankees’ David Phelps (3-2, 3.96 ERA) vs. the Mets’ Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday on YES and the Yankees’ Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93 ERA) vs. the Mets’ Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Thursday on YES. All games will be carried on WCBS-880AM Radio and WADO-1280AM Radio in Spanish.

Other inter-league items about the Yankees:

Derek Jeter is the all-time leader in hits (345) and runs (195) and ranks fourth in doubles (55).

Alex Rodriguez is the all-time leader in RBI (198) and ranks second in hits (307), third in runs (183) and fourth in home runs (51).

Mariano Rivera is first in saves (72) and has converted each of his past 28 save opportunities in home inter-league play games dating to June 14, 2001. Mo has not allowed a run in home save chances over that span covering 28 innings in which he has allowed six hits, two walks and a hit batter with 34 strikeouts.

CC Sabathia is tied for third in victories (23).

Andy Pettitte has made the most starts (53).

Sabathia and Pettitte are tied with each other for the second-most strikeouts (266).

Yankees pitchers have batted a combined .097 (32-for-330) with eight doubles, 11 RBI and 40
sacrifices in 330 inter-league at-bats. They have only two hits (singles by Pettitte and Ivan Nova) in their past 49 at-bats dating to June 23, 2010 at Arizona.

Yankees pitchers have never homered in inter-league play. The last Yankees pitcher to hit a home run in a regular-season game was Lindy McDaniel Sept. 28, 1972 off Tigers lefthander Mickey Lolich in the top of the ninth in a 3-2, 12-inning victory at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium.

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