Mets Game 83: Loss to Yankees
Yankees 5 Mets 2
Jose Reyes left the game with a “tight hamstring” and will have an MRI taken ASAP. Anything else that happened on this particular afternoon is secondary in importance to Mets fans.
Mets Game Notes
Dillon Gee was cruising along through the first five frames, blanking the Yankees on a pair of hits. He did not have command of his curve, but he showed it, and had the Bronx Bombers swinging and missing at his change-up, which was especially effective both inside and outside the strike zone. However, it all came apart in the sixth, when the Yankees erupted for four hits and four runs. What happened? I think it was a combination of the Yankee hitters getting a “feel” for Gee and some questionable pitch selection by Gee / Josh Thole. For example, why are you throwing a 90-MPH chest-high fastball over the outside half of the plate to Alex Rodriguez on an 0-2 count? We went over this in the last game recap: you can get A-Rod to chase up and out of the zone IF your heater is in the mid-90s. To add, you probably will prefer to put it middle-in, not middle-out, where he still has an extra fraction of a second to catch up to it.
Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon looked like his old self — meaning, the guy I remember throwing 95-MPH BBs at the knees back in 2005. How that happened and whether it can be considered performance-enhancing is up for debate.
Where did all the offense go? The Mets are hitting .125 with RISP in their last three games. They didn’t score until the ninth inning, When the Yankees brought in newly reacquired reliever Sergio Mitre, who, with a 5-0 lead, proceeded to walk the first batter he faced on four pitches. If Mitre keeps up those kind of habits, he will not be long for the pinstripes.
With this loss, the Mets drop to a game below .500. In contrast, the first-place Phillies are 22 games over .500, and the Wild-Card leading Braves are 13 games above .500. But hey, there is a lot of season left.
Next Mets Game
The final game of the Subway Series will begin at 1:10 PM on Sunday afternoon. R.A. Dickey goes to the mound against former Met Freddy Garcia.