Mets look forward to excitement generated by Subway Series

Ichiro Suzuki pauses before taking batting practice to

Ichiro Suzuki pauses before taking batting practice to chat with Mets manager Terry Collins before an interleague game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (Credit: AP / Kathy Willens)

Each year, the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants play the Bay Bridge Series, one of a handful of geographic rivalries that highlight baseball's interleague slate.

Mets outfielder Chris Young conjured up that experience Sunday on the eve of his first taste of the Subway Series, which begins Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm assuming it's going to be the same type of energy," said Young, who spent last season with the A's. "It's always a lot of fun no matter if you and that team are rivals or not. You know the fans are going to come out. You know it's going to be close to a sold-out game. You know the adrenaline is going to be flowing and that the people are going to be bringing the energy."

He added, "That's probably what I'm most excited about."

The Yankees hold a 54-40 edge in 94 regular-season games against the Mets, who are 5-9 at the new Yankee Stadium. However, the Mets will go into the four-game set -- two games at Yankee Stadium followed by two games at Citi Field -- with some momentum after Sunday's 5-4, 11-inning win over the Phillies.

"The energy in the Subway Series is an animal of its own," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "But to go in on a positive note is big, especially to get us off what's happened here in the last six days."

By rallying against the Phillies, the Mets avoided extending their losing streak to six. They halted the streak just in time to face the Yankees, again whom they swept four games last season.

"I look forward to the Subway Series every year," Mets catcher Anthony Recker said. "It was a lot of fun last year and hopefully we can produce a similar outcome."

Collins will lead his team into the Subway Series for the fifth time. Even as a visiting skipper -- first with the Astros and then with the Angels -- Collins sensed a "different energy level" in both of New York's ballparks.

"And when you play each other, it's something you've got to experience," Collins said. "I think our guys relish the challenge ahead of them."

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