Robinson Cano is on a tear at home, and the New York Mets have already seen the evidence.
Another big performance from Cano may be just what the New York Yankees need to continue their success in the Subway Series on Saturday night in the Bronx.
Cano is hitting .396 with six homers and 14 RBIs in his last 15 home games, and continued that impressive stretch in a 9-1 victory over the Mets (32-27) on Friday. The three-time All-Star second baseman hit two homers off Johan Santana, who was making his first start since throwing the Mets' first no-hitter last week.
Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones also went deep, giving the Yankees (32-25) 27 during an 11-4 stretch that has them within a half-game of AL East-leading Tampa Bay.
They lead the majors with 88 home runs, and have hit 15 while outscoring the Mets 47-18 during a 7-2 run in this rivalry.
Phil Hughes (5-5, 4.96 ERA) didn't need very much help in his latest performance, which was the second complete game of his career.
The right-hander outpitched reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander on Sunday, tossing a four-hitter while striking out eight in a 5-1 win at Detroit.
"It feels great. The big thing here has been pitch count and not going very deep into games," said Hughes, who has completed at least six innings in just four of his 11 starts. "My fastball was staying more true, had some good life on it. I just felt a lot better overall."
Hughes is 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA in four games - two starts - in the Subway Series, and that victory came in his only home start on June 19, 2010. He allowed three runs and five hits, including two homers, in seven innings of that 5-3 win.
The Mets have dropped four of five thanks in part to a .185 average after mustering just two hits Friday.
David Wright will try to rebound from his 0-for-3 performance in the opener, but he's in a 5-for-38 funk over his past 10 meetings with the crosstown rivals. Despite his hitless Friday, the All-Star third baseman is batting a major league-best .419 with 20 of his 33 RBIs on the road.
Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.48) takes the mound looking to turn in a fifth straight quality start. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 27 1-3 innings over his last four outings.
"I had a pretty good stretch last year at the beginning of the year, but I think I feel better right now than I did at that point last year," Gee told the team's official website. "The ball is coming out of my hand great. My arm feels great. I'm locating, and I'm throwing my pitches for strikes."
Gee was solid again Monday, allowing three runs and six hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings against St. Louis.
He's entering his Yankee Stadium debut with a 3-0 record and 3.76 ERA in four starts on the road.
Gee was charged with a 5-2 loss at home in his only meeting with the Yankees on July 2, allowing four runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.