Mets Game 45: Win Over Yankees
Mets 6 Yankees 4
Jerry Manuel keeps his job for at least another week, maybe two.
Jason Bay continued his red-hot hitting — he is about as locked in as a batter can be right now — and Johan Santana put forth perhaps his best, most clutch outing of the year as the Mets beat the Yankees and won their first “rubber match” of 2010.
Johan Santana was spectacular through 7 2/3, allowing only 1 earned run on 6 hits and 3 walks, striking out three, relying predominantly on fastballs up and well-placed changeups down. He cruised from his first pitch through his 86th, but quickly lost his command in the eighth as the Yankees loaded the bases on two walks and a single. However, Pedro Feliciano came in and struck out Robinson Cano on three straight sliders — perhaps the sharpest he’s thrown all season.
Meanwhile, Jason Bay continued to carry the Mets on his back, hitting 2 homeruns in as many at-bats, walking once, and getting plunked (unintentionally). He scored two and drove in three. For those who were up in arms about Bay for the first month and a half of the season, you were told he was “streaky”.
Jose Reyes had another two hits and is starting to look a little better at the plate. Remember he sat on a couch for over a month.
Luis Castillo was a late scratch from the lineup and Alex Cora took over the #2 hole. He made all of us eat crow with another clutch 2-out, 2-RBI single, followed by a stolen base. Championship ballplayer, or performing well enough in spots to create that illusion? You decide.
There are rumblings that Castillo will need to go on the DL shortly. If so there’s an outside chance that Cora’s vesting option for 2011 automatically kicks in based on games started (he needs to start 80, he’s started in 17 thus far).
Ryota Igarashi, who was activated from the DL a few hours before game time, came on in the ninth to protect a 6-1 lead. He proceeded to throw the ball all over the place and allow the Yankees to rally, forcing Jerry Manuel to bring in K-Rod. Iggy’s final line was 1/3 inning, 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 18 pitches.
Francisco Rodriguez caused everyone a minor heart attack en route to his 8th save. He threw 21 pitches in the process, following up his 5-out, 28-pitch performance on Saturday night. That’s 49 pitches in two days and 63 pitches over the last four. The Mets have an off day on Monday but will that be enough rest before they face the Phillies on Tuesday?
Next Mets Game
As just mentioned, Mets have off on Monday then start a three-game set vs. the first-place Phillies in Flushing on Tuesday at 7:10 PM. R.A. Dickey takes the mound against Jamie Moyer in what promises to be the MLB game with the lowest average MPH per pitch.
I have to admit I was way against the JBay signing, but I just like the look of this guy. Not phased by NY at all, totally confident that the power will come and you know what if it doesn't, he's going to be undeterred by it. I played with a guy like this once… didn't always win but he has g-a-m-e inside him. I'm a fan starting tonight… he looked like he was totally expecting those two dongs.
Reyes coming out of it? He's back to the black bat which is good and not popping up– color me optimistic.
Iggy was less than stellar but I kind of liked the outing anyways. We need someone throwing wild heat out in the pen, at least to keep the other teams on their toes (nice buzz shot to Cano).
Finally— the K monster. Another 2 or 3 tonight? I believe he's now on pace for 225? That k in the first inning was laughable. Forgive me if I'm not impressed with him ripping a double up 5-0… the kid is obviously spooked in the big situations. Solid glove tonight. TRADE HIM– he'll bring the most back. No, I-dude, I don't hate him
wohjr: somehow I doubt you'd be impressed if Wright went 5 for 5 with 5 home runs. Maybe you don't hate him but you clearly don't like him and single him out at every possible opportunity. But since you are so adamant on trading him and have harped on the subject for so long, I have a question. What specifically do you trade him for? How much are you looking to get back in a Wright trade? And who do you play at 3B in the interim?
Lets keep it going and take 2 of 3 against the Phillies.
He was dissecting the play where Gardner was running out a ground ball and there was a razor close play at first with Davis. Basically Davis stretched out and caught the ball and at some point his foot slid off the bag.
So, they freeze framed the replay and Joe Morgan analyzed it for us brilliantly, when Davis caught the ball with foot on the bag, Joe morgan “see there his foot is off the bag”. Huh? Then the freeze frame played to the next sequence where his foot slides off the bag, Morgan “and now it’s on the bag”.
What?!?! I think he was trying to explain how his heel wasn’t on the bag, and then eventually Davis brought it back, but not in the replay frame that was showed
I hate to turn into Mr. Mustache of the daily news who criticizes sports media, but that sequence with Joe Morgan was just terrible…
Do you also not understand that, if the fences were lowered or brought in, for every additional home run it would provide the Mets, it would also be providing the opposition? How does that work in the Mets' advantage – especially considering homer-happy clubs like Florida, Washington, and Philly all reside in the Mets division? It seems to me like a smaller CitiField would work more in the advantage of the away team rather than the Mets.