Mets Game 37: Win Over Yankees
Mets 9 Yankees 7
Mets come back in dramatic fashion to win Game One of the 2014
World Subway Series.
Mets Game Notes
Imagine if all these Mets sluggers played their home games in the Bronx instead of Citi Field? Makes one want to renovate Citi Field and play in Yankee Stadium for a few years, such as when the Yankees made Shea Stadium their home in the 1970s. Doesn’t Danny Meyer need to build a few more restaurants around Shea Bridge or something?
Huge win for the Mets, who started the ball rolling with their huge win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. As manager Terry Collins intimated, the Mets have high energy and that Sunday win was what they needed to get going. Or, it could just be that Ryne Sandberg handed the Mets the game on Sunday, and the current Yankees are not quite the Yankees we remember from a few years ago.
Is it me or were the Mets players way more excited and juiced up to play in this game, than were the Yankees? No, it’s not me. For the Yankees, the Subway Series has always been just another series.
Curtis Granderson pretty much had to hit at least one homerun in these two games at his previous home park — I mean, if he can’t hit any at Yankee Stadium, where will he hit them? Is anyone else secretly expecting a 3-HR display from the Grandyman on Tuesday night?
And, speaking of the Grandyman, did anyone watch the YES broadcast? I’m sooooo curious to know how John Sterling called the blast — did he say, “the Grandyman can”?
Travis d’Arnaud‘s solo shot looked like a mistake. It seemed like d’Arnaud was taking a safety swing at a flat slider that might have moved off the plate, and next thing he knew, the ball got caught into the jet-stream and drifted over the fence. He looked genuinely surprised to see the ball carry into the seats. I guess that’s what they mean when they talk about this park.
I was miffed by David Wright‘s approach at the plate in this game. Yankee Stadium plays exactly to his strength: driving the ball to right field. Wright knows he’s having trouble hitting the long ball, knows there’s a jet-stream and short porch in right, has great ability to hit the other way, yet, he was muscling up, collapsing his front leg Reggie Jackson style, and trying to pull long flies. All he had to do was exactly what d’Arnaud did — poke an outside pitch to right, and watch the ball float over the fence. I get (but don’t agree with) why Wright muscles up in Citi Cavern, but in a park like this? Just make contact. For goodness sakes, even the pop-gun power of Eric Young, Jr. plays at Yankee Stadium.
After the Mets went ahead 9-7 in the top of the 8th, Gary Cohen asked if “you can ask” Jenrry Mejia to go out to start the bottom of the inning, to which Ron Darling replied, “no, you cannot, not after him being a starter and asking him to get one out.” Hmm … actually, the question SHOULD HAVE BEEN: “Mejia threw 101 pitches on Friday night. Can you ask him to completely ignore the body’s healing process and put him on the mound on his third day of rest, when a 101-pitch effort requires at least four days of rest?
Ironically, one of the reasons Mejia preferred to be a starter was because it is a regular routine, and he felt that his arm injuries were due to being misused as a reliever. Huh.
What was Daniel Murphy thinking attempting to steal second base with two out, Granderson at the plate, and the Mets down by one? Oh, wait, why in the world would Murphy be “thinking”? For once, GKR threw a little bit of criticism toward Murphy for a boneheaded play — though, Keith Hernandez softened it by suggesting that “the manager can always put the stop sign on.”
Very strange to see the Yankees deviate from their historic and hallowed uniforms; those white-billed caps reminded me of black-and-white cookies.
I found it hilarious that Gary Cohen described the contract given to Brian McCann as a “terrible contract,” considering the contract the Mets gave to Curtis Granderson. People in glass houses …
The Yankees are pretty banged up right now. In addition to several players on the DL, Mark Teixeira has a leg issue, Ichiro Suzuki is hobbling, and now, in this game, Carlos Beltran hyperextended his elbow. Yet, they somehow have a barely winning record. I stand by my belief that Joe Girardi is a much more effective manager than he’s generally given credit for.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Yankees do it again in the Bronx on Tuesday night at 7:05 PM. Zack Wheeler faces Vidal Nuno. Prior to the game, Nuno will be exhibiting his latest fashions, including a line of designer jeans and new scent of men’s cologne. Oh, wait — wrong Vidal.