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.

Game Notes

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.

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  1. wohjr May 24, 2010 at 4:07 am
    Best start of the year by Zohan. Stuff was no better but he had the je ne sais quoi– the attitude– that makes bulldog Santana so enjoyable to watch. Lets keep it rolling!

    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

  2. wohjr May 24, 2010 at 4:09 am
    ps- 2 out of 3 from the Yanks– you ain't a fan if that doesn't put just a FLEETING smile on yer face!
  3. isuzudude May 24, 2010 at 10:40 am
    So much for Jason Bay not being able to hit home runs at CitiField. For all you folks crying for the Mets to lower or bring in the fences, please look at their record at home. They are obviously using the dimensions to their advantage, and all the malarkey about Citi "getting in their head" and "taking their power away on the road" is nothing but garbage. For every David Wright circa 2009 and Jason Bay circa 2010, there's a Jeff Francoeur circa 2009 and a Rod Barajas circa 2010. If you build a team with above average speed, above average outfield defense, and a pitching staff who limits walks and induces flyballs, you're going to win a ton of games at home. So let's try to use our home field to our advantage instead of being envious each time the Phillies or Yankees hit 20 home runs in a game at their home parks and whine that the Mets should be doing the same.

    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?

  4. MikeTomaselli May 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    Wright has a good series with the bat and the glove, is on pace for over 120 RBI and 30 HR and all you care about is a few Ks. GET OVER IT.
  5. MikeTomaselli May 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    On point, as usual, 'dude. I always thought Bay was a good signing because I knew he could handle it and he obviously can carry a team at times. Right now with his defense (a surprise and big plus) he's the best signing this team has made since Beltran (offensive player). Also Johan is clearly still clutch, clearly still dominant at times, and clearly still the Ace. I remember all the overreaction after the Phils game where people, on here, declared he just isn't clutch. I laughed then and I'll laugh now. If I had to summarize Mets fans in one word, I'd choose OVERREACTION. Johan is not a Cy Young pitcher anymore, but he is still an Ace and still a money pitcher (again see September 27, 2008).

    Lets keep it going and take 2 of 3 against the Phillies.

  6. Nick May 24, 2010 at 10:07 am
    Aside from the utter madness of suggesting you trade one of the premier young third basemen, albeit struggling with his game, did anybody catch Joe Morgan last night in the 9th or maybe 8th inning? Is he retarded or what?

    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…

    • BurritoMan May 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm
      I think he was referring to Gardner not getting his foot on the bag before Ike had the ball in his glove. I will agree that watching these games on ESPN is like pulling teeth.
  7. gary s. May 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm
    good series for bay.i'm still not convinced he's going to produce the rest of the year though.he had 1 homer for 42 games coming into this series and was horrible with men on base.let's see how he does for the next 42 for the dimensions at citicavern, we will always disagree on that.i think it's just too depressing for your big hitters to lose 10-12 home runs a year in your own ballpark.i never expected the new ballpark to be a launching pad like philly is, i just don't understand why they didn't stick to the shea dimensions, which were fair to power hitters and your pitching staff.u have to admit that the ball that cervelli hit should have been a horme run if not for the stupid design of the fence on the left field foul pole.what is the purpose of gimmicks like that?
  8. isuzudude May 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    I'm not understanding. Are you complaining that the opposition had a home run robbed by the dimensions? If that doesn't reinforce the idea of "home field advantage," I don't know what does.
  9. Nick May 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm
    Ohhhhh, I take back what I said. That makes enormous amount of sense now. Oops. My apologies to Joe Morgan, I guess I'm prejudicing him from the numerous stories of faulty commentating.
  10. gary s. May 25, 2010 at 4:32 am
    what happens when that dopey wall on the left field foul pole costs us a game??i don't like gimmicks.don't u feel that the shea dimensions were fair and if copied at citifield, they would not have screwed up their best player (wright) ?
  11. isuzudude May 25, 2010 at 11:15 am
    haha I guess we wouldn't be having this disagreement if I did feel that way, gary. The quirky dimensions give CitiField a unique feel aside from any other ballpark in the majors, and if the Mets are able to learn what parts of the ballpark are friendly, and which aren't, they can use that as a huge advantage. Shea was definitely fair, but it was boring. The outfield wall, the nooks and crannies, the RF overhang – they all give Citi a special flavor you can't get anywhere else. To me, it's not a bad thing. And, even if I was against the dimensions, I'd prefer to have the Mets adapt to them and work with them instead of lobbying for them to change and stubbornly refuse to change my style of play to best suit the park I play half my games in.

    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.

  12. gary s. May 26, 2010 at 4:41 am
    i'm starting to think u were the architect for citifield …lol