Mets Game 39: Loss To Yankees

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After breaking out in the Bronx, the Mets sluggers are quieted in Queens.

Mets Game Notes

Yes, the Mets lost — even though Eric Young, Jr. was at the top of the lineup “in the middle of everything” and despite the fact Anthony Recker was catching. Go figure.

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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