Yankees 4 Mets 0
After breaking out in the Bronx, the Mets sluggers are quieted in Queens.
Mets Game Notes
The Mets had four hits, no walks, struck out 8 times, and saw all of 114 pitches as Masahiro Tanaka delivered pretty much as advertised. He didn’t even get to a three-ball count, nor did he allow an extra-base hit, until the sixth inning. It was his first MLB complete-game shutout. The first of many, it would seem.
Similarly, Rafael Montero, in his MLB debut, also delivered as advertised. His control was very good and his composure even-keeled as we’ve been told. Will he be a solid mid-rotation starter? Hey, can we see him a few more times first?
There was some talk about the Mets hitting a few balls that “would’ve been out of Yankee Stadium.” Yes. There were also a few balls hit by the Yankees that would’ve been out of their home park. It’s a different ballgame between the two locations.
Mets made several mistakes in this game, motivating Ron Darling to quip, “you hit four home runs a game, it makes up for a lot of mistakes.” Agreed, and exactly the reason my tone was so bitter in games one and two. I don’t enjoy “home run derby,” I like well-played ballgames.
Maybe the Mets should bring in their fences another 40 feet. Or maybe the front office should have considered the home field dimensions and built a team accordingly. Oh crap, did I type that out loud? Sorry!
Next Mets Game
The final game of the subway series begins at 7:10 PM on Thursday night. Headliners Jacob DeGrom and Chase Whitley hook up on the mound. Who?
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