Vidal Nuno is keeping it simple.
The Yankees left-hander is focused on his fastball command and using his repertoire around the strike zone. He thinks about his throwing program and workouts, and he avoids thinking about losing his spot in the starting rotation when Andy Pettitte comes off the disabled list, possibly as early as next week.
On Thursday night at 7:05 ET, he'll concentrate on beating the Mets, who will be watching closely from the visitors' dugout as starter Dillon Gee tries to give the Amazin's a fifth straight win and wrap up this year's Subway Series with a clean four-game sweep of the Bronx Bombers.
"Honestly, I'm a rookie, so I've got to prove myself day in, day out," Nuno said. "That's just what I've got to do to show that I belong here and I can have a job.
"The only thing I control is my workouts and everything, my throwing programs, so that's the only thing I think of. ... I come in and do what I did to get ready."
Nuno, who signed as a Minor League free agent in 2011 and has been one of the most pleasant surprises for the Yankees this season, has made two starts across four appearances, posting a 1.93 ERA with seven strikeouts. He has a 1.64 ERA and five strikeouts in his two starts.
"I don't think about overpowering guys, just because that's not how I pitch or anything," Nuno said. "When I do that, my ball's flat and I just kind of get hit hard and just not in the zone."
Gee is coming off a rough start against the Braves in which he gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings. He allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings against the Yankees in his last start against them, last June 9. The right-hander struck out five and walked three in that outing.
Like Nuno, Gee could use a strong outing to secure his spot in the rotation. Gee has gone five straight starts without recording an out past the fifth inning, and he's allowed at least four earned runs in six of his 10 starts this season.
Mets: Wright elevates game against Yanks
• David Wright's home run on Monday was his ninth against the Yankees, the most by a Mets player against their crosstown rival.
• Daniel Murphy has at least one hit in 14 of his last 16 games, batting .412 with two home runs and 10 RBIs during that span. He notched his 17th double of the season in Wednesday's 9-4 win.
Yankees: Jeter takes a step forward
• Shortstop Derek Jeter, recovering from a fracured left ankle, played catch during batting practice on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, and he could begin swinging a bat next week and fielding ground balls hit directly at him.
There is no timetable for Jeter's return.
"I just started throwing today," Jeter said on Wednesday. "I've got another test in the next week and a half, and after that, I'll know [more]. I can't run. I can't do anything like that until the next test. We'll wait to see what happens."
• Robinson Cano is 2-for-6 with a triple, two RBIs and a walk in his career against Gee.
• The Mets are 6-1 in Interleague Play this season.
• The Israeli national soccer team will play the Honduran national team at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at Citi Field.
• Throughout the Subway Series, the Empire State building is being lit in the winning team's colors for 30 minutes to celebrate each game. On Thursday, the building will shine at the end of each inning with the leading team's colors.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.