The New York Yankees played the first of two exhibition games against the Mets on Saturday night, and it ended in a win despite being without several stars.
The New York Yankees have finally played a team other than the New York Yankees, and it ended in a win. The Bronx Bombers played the first of two exhibition games against their crosstown rivals, the New York Mets.
The Yankees and Mets played on Saturday night at Citi Field in Flushing and will play once again at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Sunday night. The Yankees entered the exhibition game without Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Aaron Hicks, and others.
With this, Michael King got the start for the Yankees and went four innings allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk to go with it. This could be a sign of what’s to come for the Yankees as they may enter the 2020 season without a starting pitcher to fill the fifth rotation spot.
Clarke Schmidt was believed to start the season out of the rotation, but now that the Minor League seasons have been cancelled, he might just be in the rotation to start the season. However, with the uncertainty surrounding Masahiro Tanaka following injury a couple of weeks ago, we might just see Michael King get some time on the Yankees, especially with the minimal rest the Yankees are given this season.
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Aside from King, we saw Clint Frazier hit a BOMB of a home run to the second deck, we saw Miguel Andujar in left field, and saw some other interesting decisions from Aaron Boone, which could be a sign of what’s to come in 2020.
But the biggest takeaway from Saturday night’s exhibition game was the fact that the Yankees were able to leave Citi Field with a 9-3 win over the Mets. This is actually a very good sign because we’re going to see the Yankees’ stars get a lot of rest in 2020 seeing they will be playing 60 games in 67 days.
It is because of this that we will see some interesting starting lineups like the one we saw on Saturday night, and the fact that they were able to beat a team they will play a tenth of their games against this season, is definitely a good sign.
The Yankees and Mets will face-off once again on Sunday night in the Bronx at 7:05.