Mets Game 50: Win Over Yankees
Mets 9 Yankees 4
Jeremy Hefner earns his first victory of 2013 while the Mets are on the verge of sweeping the big bad Yankees in a four-game series.
Mets Game Notes
Seriously, could it be any better for Mets fans? Could it possibly be any better for the Wilpons, who before this surprising turn of events was looking at a summer of empty seats in Citi Field?
Both casual and serious Mets fans will be energized by this series win over the Bronx Bombers. Rejoice. Enjoy. Savor. Immerse yourself in the moment. But please, don’t let it warp the reality, or raise expectations.
Yes, the other team was in those classic pinstripes, and the game played only footsteps from the hallowed ground of Monument Park. But it was David Phelps on the mound, not C.C. Sabathia. It was David Adams or Jayson Nix at 3B, not Alex Rodriguez or Kevin Youkilis. Reid Brignac — not Derek Jeter (or even Eduardo Nunez) — played shortstop. Batting cleanup was not Mark Teixeira but Lyle Overbay. The former Detroit Tiger in the outfield was not Curtis Granderson, but Brennan Boesch. If you had told me back in March that the Mets would win three of four from the Yankees in this series — and be poised to sweep — I would have laughed. But considering what the current Yankees roster looks like right now, it’s far from surprising. In short, the Mets could not have picked a better time to play the Yankees — and, to their credit, they took this gift bull by the horns.
Yet, Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada still look like non-MLBers. It seems like every day, Tejada finds a new way to surprise me with his mind-numbing vapor locks and bizarre decisions. I mentioned this before only half-jokingly, but now I’m serious: is he dealing with something serious off-the-field, like girl problems? His focus is nonexistent.
As for Davis, yes he had two more hits, added on to two from the day before. At least one of those four was a gift from the official scorer. None have really showed me anything especially promising, other than the outcome — the process looks pretty much the same, despite tons of hype re: his video-watching and weight-shift adjustments. He has a big, complicated swing and an enormously wide stance that works against him — at some point, he might be able to get all that complexity to work together and put him on a hot streak. Until then, it’s hard to imagine any kind of consistency.
Happy to see Hefner finally get a win. He works hard, has a tremendous attitude, and has deserved better. Difficult not to root for him.
Daniel Murphy remains red-hot. At the moment, his offense is making up for his fielding limitations and baserunning blunders.
Did anyone else have the thought flash through his/her mind that the Yankees would hit seven straight singles against LaTroy Hawkins in the bottom of the ninth, combine them with a half-dozen defensive indifferences, and win the game? Perhaps, just for a moment, that thought crossed your mind.