FIRST PITCH: From the moment the New York Mets announced that they were calling up Rafael Montero, the most anticipated game of this week's Subway Series became the third one, the first of the two games at Citi Field, the one Montero would start against the New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka.
The one the two teams are going to play Wednesday night, with Montero's first major-league pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
If anything, the Mets' big wins in the two games in the Bronx figure to only increase their fans' anticipation for the Montero debut. Everyone wants to know if the offensive outburst was simply a product of Yankee Stadium, or whether the Mets can see it carry over to the games at Citi Field.
Wednesday's news reports:
• The second game of the Subway Series had none of the drama of the first one. Tuesday's 12-7 Mets win did have plenty of offense, including home runs by Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy. Read more on the game in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record, Wall St. Journal and MLB.com.
• The big negative for the Mets Tuesday was the performance of starter Zack Wheeler, who walked a career-high six and couldn't even get through the five innings required for him to record a win. Read more on Wheeler in the Post, Daily News, Times.
• The big question is whether the Mets offense will carry over to the much-larger dimensions at Citi Field. Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post says it's hard to know if it will. But columnist Richard Justice at MLB.com says it's a good sign. Daniel Murphy is hitting everywhere. Read more in Newsday.
• Montero won't be the first rookie to debut in a Subway Series game. Dan Martin of the Post caught up with Tyler Clippard, whose debut for the Yankees came in 2007 at Shea Stadium. Montero said Tuesday he's looking forward to it. Read more in the Post, Newsday, Star Ledger, Wall St. Journal and MLB.com.
• Does the grass always look greener on the other side of town, or at least in the neighboring borough? Columnist Mike Vaccaro of the Post says that in baseball terms, it often does.
• As Adam Rubin wrote Tuesday, Mets minor leaguer Cesar Puello missed games last week because of a Biogenesis-related matter. There's no indication he's in any trouble himself. Read more in the Daily News.
BIRTHDAYS: Dick Tidrow, who finished his career with the 1984 Mets and went on to help build the San Francisco Giants into a two-time champion, turns 67 today ... Takashi Kashiwada, whose lone major-league season was with the 1997 Mets, turns 43 ... Brian Lawrence, who made six starts for the 2007 Mets, turns 38.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Just a thought..Maybe the #Mets should play in #Yankee Stadium the rest of the season. #lovingthelongball #shortporch
— Boomer Esiason (@7BOOMERESIASON) May 14, 2014
YOU'RE UP: What are you expecting from Rafael Montero in his big-league debut?