Mets vs. Yankees: The 2011 Subway Series Part 1 Preview

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Mets vs. Yankees: The 2011 Subway Series Part 1 Preview
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Beginning today, the Mets and Yankees will square off in Part 1 of the 2011 Subway Series. The Yankees will be hosting the series this weekend, while the Mets will host Part 2 in early July. 

According to MLB.com, R.A. Dickey will be pitching the first game for the Mets on Friday, with Chris Capuano pitching Saturday and Mike Pelfrey pitching Sunday. The Yankees' scheduled rotation has not been released yet. However, based on the rotation so far, it would be logical to predict that Freddy Garcia will pitch on Friday, with AJ Burnett starting on Saturday and the rookie Ivan Nova on Sunday.

So far, the Mets and Yankees' seasons have not been too different. While the Mets are 21-22 (as of Friday, May 20), the Yankees have fared slightly better at 23-19. 

Each team has had different expectations going into this season. The Yankees, who had a rare disappointing offseason after failing to sign Cliff Lee, have always maintained their one and only team goal, which is World Series Championship or bust. 

The Mets, on the other hand, have had other issues regarding the financial status of their owners, and an injury bug that has simply kept stinging the team. As a result, this year is more or less a rebuilding year. Their expectations and goals are not as high as the Yankees. Nonetheless, if the Mets can finish with around 82-85 wins and contend for at least part of the season, 2011 will not be a complete failure like 2009 and 2010 were. 

The Subway Series is always a fun time for both teams, the media, and especially the fans of each team, who enjoy the fight for bragging rights over who the best team from New York really is. Here is an in-depth preview of what to look for during the Subway Series this weekend.

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