It’s easy to forget, but New York Mets outfielder Fernando Martinez has played in the Subway Series before.
“I played in 2009,” the 22-year-old said. “I had [two] hits off Andy [Pettitte].”
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Martinez will get another opportunity against the New York Yankees this weekend.
Manager Terry Collins said before Thursday afternoon’s game that Martinez would be inserted into the lineup as the designated hitter on Friday and Saturday.
“That’s good,” Martinez said. “I’m very excited. I just want to play. I’m just gonna prepare and be ready for tomorrow.”
Martinez has served as the DH in four games this season for Triple-A Buffalo, so he understands the routine.
“I just prepare my mind and be grateful for anything,” Martinez said. “Even if it’s an at-bat or just a couple innings [in the field]. I’m gonna be ready for anything.”
In 17 career at-bats versus Yankees' pitching, Martinez has three hits.
Two of them, as he recalled, were off Pettitte on June 13, a 6-2 Mets' victory.