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Preamble: It's a battle of aces tonight at Citi Field as the New York Yankees take on the New York Mets, but one of those aces isn't one you would normally imagine. While the Yankees' C.C. Sabathia is having a typically great year with a 9-3 record and a 3.55 ERA, his opponent tonight, R.A. Dickey might be the best pitcher in baseball right now with his 11-1 record and 2.00 ERA. Beyond that, Dickey has allowed just one earned run in 42 2/3 innings and has pitched consecutive complete game one-hitters .
Oh yeah, and one of those one-hitters probably would have been a no-hitter if it weren't for an umpiring mistake.
Overall it has been a pretty good stretch of pitching for R.A. Dickey, especially considering the fact that he's not a flame-throwing young ace or an established Cy Young Award winner like his teammate Johan Santana (who recorded the first no-hitter in Mets history a few weeks ago). Dickey's a 37-year old knuckleball pitcher, and formerly literature major, who spent the offseason writing a best-selling book and climbing Mt. Kilmanjaro . R.A. Dickey climbs mountains, can quote Faulkner and throw the knuckleball for strikes. What I'm saying, I guess, is this guy's a pretty interesting dude.
He's got a tough task ahead of him, not only does he have to outduel Sabathia but he has to pitch against the New York Yankees, which is never an easy assignment. After a chaotic beginning of the season, the Yankees are re-emerging as the team to beat in the American League East, two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (yes, the Orioles are still in this race somehow). Meanwhile, the Mets are looking up in the National League East standings to find themselves three down another somewhat surprise team in the Washington Nationals.
Beyond just their place in the standings, when these two teams play against each other in interleague play, they play for hometown pride (although you would never hear either team admit it). Whoever wins this game wins the Subway series and the two teams are playing for the privilege of not being lambasted in the back pages of the New York papers.
So there's a lot on the line here, especially for R.A. Dickey . First pitch is at 8:00pm EST. You can contact us with comments, predictions or jokes by tweeting @HunterFelt or emailing email@example.com .
Preamble: The big news in the MLB at the moment involves the New York Yankees' rivals, the Boston Red Sox who have traded their one time All-Star third baseman Kevin Youkilis to that other hosiery based team, the Chicago White Sox for Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge.
7.47pm: I just realized that former Red Sox manger Terry Francona is going to be calling this game for ESPN, which certainly has to be difficult for the Yankees fans watching, not that Francona has exactly seen eye-to-eye with the current Red Sox management after they fired him.
This is rather odd that we're both going to be covering the same game, considering the fact that one of my hobbies is covering games while impersonating him
Lineups: Tonight's lineups are as followed, keep in mind that we are under "AL Pitchers Hitting Alert!" although it's not the same since Sabathia played for the Milwaukee Brewers a few years back, it's not the same sort of novelty as usual.
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