Mets Game 48: Win Over Yankees
Mets 2 Yankees 1
Savor this one, Mets fans — it may be the highlight of the season.
Mets Game Notes
For the second straight game, the Mets won but the starter who deserved the win came away with a no-decision.
Jonathon Niese put forth perhaps his best effort of the 2013 season, and did so against one of the toughest opponents he’ll face all year. He allowed just one run on 8 hits and a walk in 7 innings.
The Mets did not draw a walk until Jordany Valdespin‘s pinch-hit base on balls in the 8th inning.
Daniel Murphy stroked a 3-1, chest-high, middle-of-the-plate fastball into centerfield to drive in the winning run.
The Mets were lucky to catch David Robertson on an off-night. Robertson had terrible command. No, I’m not going to give the Mets hitters credit — not after seeing them make Phil Hughes look like an in-his-prime-and-fully-juiced Roger Clemens.
Who the heck is David Adams and what is he doing batting fifth for the Yankees?
Why was Ruben Tejada leading off?
Shame on Brett Gardner for not running hard out of the box on his fly ball to left that got by a diving Lucas Duda. He should have been hustling, and if he had, there was an outside chance he could have collected an inside-the-park homerun.
Kudos to Brett Gardner for stealing a homer from Daniel Murphy.
Look at Bobby Parnell, all grown up and earning saves against the big bad Yankees. If he keeps this up through July and the Mets don’t trade him for players for their future, then there likely isn’t any plan other than cutting payroll and keeping costs down — because he’ll fetch a decent prospect if he continues to dominate, and the Mets won’t be needing a lights-out closer in 2014.
David Wright‘s solo blast tied the game, and it was a “no-doubter.” Or was it? It looked like it might’ve been an out if the fences were at their original dimensions. I think the Mets did themselves a disservice by moving in the fences. The current dimensions have done a pretty good job of limiting homer-happy offenses like the Yankees and Reds. If the fences were in their original position, and the Mets built a team based on speed, defense, and pitching, they might have had an extreme advantage at home — much like the St. Louis Cardinals of the 1980s and KC Royals of the 70s.