PHILADELPHIA — Yeah, the Mets have heard about the Judge’s Chambers. This may be the first time the Mets see the Yankees’ young slugger Aaron Judge live, in person in all his pin-striped glory, but they get the highlights every night.
“Well I am not naive, I can tell ya that. I haven’t seen him a lot. I watch and see the replays. I haven’t seen him play. I am certainly aware of what he has done,” Mets manager Terry Collins deadpanned. “It’s pretty impressive. I am hearing about all phases. I am hearing how good a defender he is. Obviously a guy that size, you know he’s going to have big-time power. I salute him.
“I am just hoping he falls in a huge slump starting tomorrow.”
Judge is actually hitting just .161 since the All-Star break, but still ranks second in the MLB with 35 home runs.
The Subway Series doesn’t have as much sizzle for the Mets this season with their season having disintegrated before they arrive in the Bronx Monday night, but it still has some interest. Judge and his monster bat is one and certainly there will be some interest in the comparison to the Mets’ own young slugger, Michael Conforto.
Well, not for Conforto himself.
“It’s not something that I’m focused on. I know it’s out there and it’s been a thing all year,” said Conforto, who slugged his 26th of the season Sunday in a 6-2 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.” Our goal is to go in there and win and I look at that as kind of a distraction so I’m going to stay focused on playing the best I can, executing and not worrying about all that stuff.
“We’ll just go out there and try to beat them.”
For kids like Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith it will be the first time they get the buzz that goes with a big game in the big leagues.
” hey obviously are playing for something. When you have young players like we do, if you are going to play at this level, you get a chance to get exposed to Yankees-Mets rivalry in that city. you’ll get a lot out of it,” Collins said. “You’ll learn a lot. You’ll learn a lot about the intensity of Mets fans and New York fans in general. It’s important for these young guys to be a part of it.”
For Curtis Granderson, it will have a feel of a little nostalgia. The former Yankee is in the final year of his contract with the Mets and unsure about his future in the game.
“Actually I just thought about that recently, it could be the last time I am in it like that,” Granderson said of the Subway Series.” I know the fans are going to be excited about that, the weather should be good and the atmosphere should be lively and intense, wouldn’t expect anything else.”
Jacob deGrom threw his second bullpen Sunday morning and reported no issues with his arm. The righthander said he is expecting to make his scheduled start Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
DeGrom left his last start after taking a line drive off the back of his upper right arm.
Right-hander Kevin McGowan was called up Sunday to bulk up the bullpen. He took the roster spot of Neil Walker, who was traded to the Brewers Saturday night.
McGowan was 5-4 with four saves and a 4.06 ERA in 44 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this year.
“He’s got a good arm. Again I don’t get too caught up in pitching stats in Vegas and with Coast league,” Collins said. “We’ll just tell him, your stuff is good enough. That’s what got you here. Pitch your game. You’ve gotta have confidence in ability to make a pitch here. If he has that, he’ll do fine here.”