Yankees 4 Mets 3
Through the first two-thirds of the game, it looked like it might be an easy win for the Mets. But, we found out why you shouldn’t count your chickens before they hatch.
Mets Game Notes
Chris Young‘s smoke, mirrors, and voodoo act stymied the Yankees through six. But the seventh was another story, as the Bronx Bombers blasted three runs to chase Young from the mound, then added another when Eric Chavez hit a Jon Rauch 0-2 pitch into the left field stands. It was stunning to see the big sluggers of the Yankees swinging through 83-MPH, chest-high fastballs against Young. Is he throwing just slow enough to throw batters off? Maybe his pitches move more than they seem to be from the centerfield camera? Maybe there’s something to the theory that his height and closer release point add a “foot” to his fastball? I don’t know; is there a physics expert out there who can prove that theory one way or the other? I can’t believe his height is adding 10 MPH (i.e., shortening reaction time to what would be a 93 MPH fastball from someone 6’2″, for example), but maybe I’m way off base. It looks like Young is throwing BP, yet he gets outs.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a ball near where Chavez’s tater landed for his seventh homer of the season. However, Captain Kirk also struck out three times; he’s now struck out 73 times in 230 at-bats. As much as I love Kirk, that’s way too many swings and misses — that’s about 200 Ks in a full 600-at-bat season. Despite all the whiffs, I still want to see him starting every day in centerfield.
What’s with Daniel Murphy‘s porno mustache? He looks like Matt Dillon in There’s Something About Mary.
Jeremy Hefner threw a clean inning of relief in the top of the ninth. Maybe he can be a decent reliever?
Usually, it’s the Mets who make errors but hit in the clutch and the Yankees who avoid miscues and can’t hit with runners in scoring position. But in this game, the Yankees made two errors and the Mets were 1-for-14 with RISP.
Though, it was a poor defensive play that wasn’t charged with an error that hurt the Mets: Lucas Duda completely bungled a routine fly ball off the bat of Nick Swisher that fell safely, bounced past Duda, and turned into a double; about a minute later, Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer to tie the ballgame.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.