Yankees-Mets Subway Series matchups

Yankees catcher Brian McCann and Mets catcher Travis Yankees catcher Brian McCann and Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud are seen in this Newsday composite. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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As the Yankees and Mets get ready for four games in four nights beginning Monday night at Yankee Stadium and continuing Wednesday at Citi Field, here are position-by-position matchups:

CATCHER

Travis d'Arnaud vs. Brian McCann

Neither has produced much offensively so far. McCann has the track record and d'Arnaud has the potential. Check back in September to see which one picked it up.

Edge: Even

FIRST BASE

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Lucas Duda vs. Mark Teixeira

Freed from the shadow of Ike Davis, Duda has put up essentially the same numbers as Teixeira, who gets points for returning with some pop from his wrist surgery.

Edge: Even

SECOND BASE

Daniel Murphy vs. Brian Roberts

Murphy continues his career trajectory as a solid-yet-unspectacular player. Roberts, after a slow start, has picked up some big hits lately.

Edge: Mets

SHORTSTOP

Wilmer Flores/Ruben Tejada vs. Derek Jeter

Seriously? Jeter would still win this matchup when he's 50 and has been retired for 10 years.

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Edge: Yankees

THIRD BASE

David Wright vs. Yangervis Solarte

Solarte and the Mets captain each have two homers and Wright leads Solarte in RBIs, 21-20. The Mets might as well fold up shop if they don't win this one.

Edge: Mets

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LEFTFIELD

Chris Young vs. Brett Gardner

Both players have lived up to their 2013 numbers. That's good news for the Yankees and not so much for the Mets.

Edge: Yankees

CENTERFIELD

Juan Lagares vs. Jacoby Ellsbury

Lagares has been the Mets' best player despite missing two weeks with a hamstring problem. So too for Ellsbury. He gets the nod for not getting injured -- yet.

Edge: Yankees

RIGHTFIELD

Curtis Granderson vs. Carlos Beltran

Beltran hasn't been spectacular, but Granderson has struggled so much it doesn't matter. Perhaps two games in friendly Yankee Stadium will help the Grandy Man.

Edge: Yankees

STARTING PITCHING

In order, matchups likely are Colon vs. Kuroda, Wheeler vs. Nuño, Tanaka vs. Mejia, Aceves vs. Gee. Yankees have big edge with Tanaka (it's unclear if Mejia will even start). Mets starters have been better overall.

Edge: Mets

BULLPEN

Even in the post-Mariano era, the Yankees still have a deep bullpen. The Mets don't really know who is pitching in which roles and how their relievers will fare from day to day. Tough to win 90 like that.

Edge: Yankees

BENCH

The Mets have made two moves in the last few days, adding Flores and Eric Campbell to boost the offense. The Yankees have gotten prime bench work from Ichiro Suzuki and John Ryan Murphy. The Yankees will lose their DH (Alfonso Soriano) in the two games at Citi Field. But the flip side is historically bad Mets pitchers will have to bat.

Edge: Yankees

MANAGER

Terry Collins vs. Joe Girardi

As long as Laz Diaz isn't the plate umpire, the Yankees should have the edge in the dugout. Collins does the best he can with what he has.

Edge: Yankees

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