Which sets up nicely for the M-n-M battle.
"It'll be exciting, definitely something to watch for the fans," said Mets manager Willie Randolph.
While those in attendance Friday night got a plethora of hits and runs, things should unravel a bit differently Saturday afternoon.
Martinez has faced the Yankees more because of his days with Boston and owns a 11-10 record against the Bronx Bombers with a 3.13 ERA (71 earned runs in 204 innings) and 249 strikeouts in 30 starts. More importantly, the 5-foot-11 right-hander has kept the current Yankees lineup befuddled, holding them to a combined .211 batting average with only 17 home runs allowed in 427 at-bats.
Alex Rodriguez has had the most success against Martinez with a .280 average in 50 plate appearances, but only one home run. He has held Jeter to a .250 average with three homers in 80 at-bats. Everyone else of substance is well below that.
"Moose" brings much of the same to the table. While Mussina has faced the Mets considerably less, the 6-foot-2 righty has still stepped up to the challenge.
Mussina has compiled a 5-2 record in eight games with a 4.01 ERA. But, in his last three starts against the Mets, he has faltered a bit with a 1-2 record, most recently the 8-5 loss last year in which he gave up four earned runs in six innings.
But Mussina is back in sharp form this year, starting out the season on a tear with a 6-1 record and a 2.56 ERA. And, more importantly, in this series against the Mets, Mussina has kept the current lineup on its heels. The Mets have managed a combined .224 batting average against him with 11 home runs in 224 at-bats. Mussina also owns a 2-1 record at Shea Stadium.
Add to the factor that they have nearly identical records against each other, Mussina at 3-3 and Martinez at 3-4, and the matchup only looks that more colorful.
"It's a little bit different," said Martinez, comparing his days with the Red Sox to the Mets. "But, it's still the Yankees and it will still be fun."
NYM: Pedro Martinez (5-0, 3.19 ERA)
Martinez made short work of the Yankees last season in his two outings, picking up a win and a no-decision in 15 innings. Martinez, who has held the current Yankees lineup to a career .211 average, allowed two runs and six hits in the Mets' 6-4 win last year and one run and four hits in a 5-3 loss.
NYY: Mike Mussina (6-1, 2.56 ERA)
The Moose has made three starts against the Mets in the last
two seasons with a 1-2 record in those games. The Yankees lost last year, 8-5, when Mussina pitched six innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs with seven strikeouts. But Mussina has compiled a 5-2 career record against the Mets in eight games with a 4.01 ERA.
Player to watch
Carlos Beltran is the only current Met close to positive production against Mussina, with a .292 average in 24 at-bats. Five of Beltran's seven hits, though, have been for extra bases, with a triple and a home run.
Interleague by the numbers:
All-time record versus Yankees: 20-29
All-time club Interleague record: 75-74
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Sunday: Yankees (RHP Aaron Small, 0-1, 8.71 ERA) at Mets (LHP Tom Glavine, 6-2, 2.43 ERA), 8:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Phillies (RHP Gavin Floyd, 4-2, 5.71 ERA) at Mets (RHP Steve Trachsel, 2-4, 4.33 ERA), 7:10 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Wednesday: Phillies (LHP Cole Hamels, 0-0, 3.18 ERA) at Mets (TBA), 7:10 p.m. ET