The New York Mets have lost five straight and nine out of ten as they head into a three-game set with the red hot New York Yankees this weekend in the Bronx.
At the beginning of the month manager Willie Randolph had his team fifteen games over .500, but they are now eight over the .500 mark and two games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies.The Amazins are coming off of a road trip where they lost 2 out of three to the Tigers and were swept by the Dodgers. In all six games they held the lead early on, but either saw their starting pitcher or bullpen hand the game to the opposition.
Conversely, the Yankees have won nine straight and find themselves 7.5 games back of the division leading Red Sox. At 33-31, their pitching and hitting is clicking on all cylinders. Their big four of Wang, Clemens, Pettitte and Mussina have pitched lights out and their offense has begun to wake up.
Tonight the Yankees' send Roger Clemens to the mound to face off against left-hander Oliver Perez. This will be the rockets second big league appearance since he made his debut last Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.