Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Chris Stewart C
Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67)
Kuroda vs. Mets
Ruben Tejada SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda LF
Marlon Byrd RF
Rick Ankiel CF
John Buck C
Ike Davis 1B
Matt Harvey RHP (5-0, 1.93)
(Harvey has never faced any hitter on the Yankees)
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9, ESPN and SNY
WEATHER: It has rained almost the entire afternoon and is raining again now. The groundscrew removed the tarp and raked the infield, but the rain returned and the field is covered as of 6:50 p.m. No official word, but we’re not starting on time, folks. Having said that, the forecast claims it will dry up soon. Temperatures will hover in the high-50s with light winds.
UMPIRES: HP Brian O’Nora, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Adrian Johnson, 3B Fieldin Culbreth
FIRST NO MORE: The Yankees dropped out of first place with Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Mets and the Red Sox 9-3 win over the Phillies. They had been at least tied for first since beating the Rockies on May 9.
THE DARK KNIGHT OF GOTHAM: If we ever get underway, the Yanks are scheduled to face Matt Harvey, the 24-year-old phenom whose 0.83 WHIP is the best in baseball. He has never faced anyone on the Yankee roster in 20 starts, which have almost all been either good or brilliant. Harvey has a 2.30 ERA in his career and has posted 144 strikeouts in 129.1 IP while allowing just 83 hits.
TWO’S THE LIMIT: The Yankees have lost two straight, meaning they enter tonight with a chance to lose three in a row for the first time all season. According to Elias, the Yankees haven’t been this deep into a season without a three-game losing streak since 1955. They lost their third straight in game No. 58 that year.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: According to the Mets, first pitch is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. The rain is very light and the Mets say the forecast looks good.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: First pitch: 8:41. The delay was 1:31.
Also, Rivera threw out his ceremonial first pitch to John Franco. Mets PA deemed them “two of the greatest closers in baseball history.” I’ll leave the punchlines to you…
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Both Harvey and Kuroda have been terrific. That Harvey-Cano encounter was the best moment of the night, but Harvey struck out Cano on a slider.
Harvey has been as good as advertised, painting the black with 98-mph heat and throwing all four pitches effectively for strikes. Kuroda has been nearly as sharp. He has retired 11 of 12 since Murphy and Wright had consecutive singles in the first.
Watch for Gardner in his next at-bat. He’s had two strong swings against Harvey so far.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Per Yankees PR on Twitter, the go-ahead single by Overbay was his ninth go-ahead RBI of the year, tying Travis Hafner for the most on the team.
Kuroda has continued to pitch great. He threw a splitter to strike out David Wright with Ruben Tejada on second. He then picked off Tejada to end the sixth.
Terry Collins was the luckiest Met of all. He doesn’t have to watch his awful team anymore. He was thrown out arguing the call.