Game 75: Sweep the Mets!


The Yanks go for the sweep tonight, in their first chance since back-to-back sweeps in May against the Twins and Orioles. It seems strange that the Yankees, with the third-best record in baseball, have only swept two series all year (not counting the two games against the A’s). They’ve been winning a lot of series, which is always nice, but when you have a chance for that sweep you’ve gotta convert.

The Yanks will get a chance against Livan Hernandez. As we noted last time the Yanks faced Livan, they’ve beaten him up pretty good over his career. In 35 career innings Livan has allowed 27 earned runs, including 10 home runs. More of the same, please.

One Yank who could use the run support is Chien-Ming Wang. He hasn’t gotten much of that this year. While it would be a stretch to say he pitched well in his last few starts, the lack of run support hasn’t made them look any better. A quality five- or six-inning performance tonight, combined with a good heap of run support, could be just what Wang needs.

This is it for Interleague play. There is no consensus among fans regarding these interleague games, but count me as one against them. I’d far rather see the Yankees take the 18 games they’ve played against the NL and give them six more series against AL opponents. My favorite part about baseball used to be that there were two leagues, completely separate, until the one meeting in the World Series.


1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Melky Cabrera, LF
8. Brett Gardner, CF
9. Chien-Ming Wang, P

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Yeah, I wish interleague play would go the way of the dinosaur, but the way it keeps drawing fans, it’s not going to happen.

    • Why don’t you like it?

      • The same reasons Joe outlined. I’d much rather see them play A.L. teams and on a whole, I think it’s just a tired concept. Do we really need to see the Jays playing the Marlins or the Royals playing the Pirates or the Padres playing the Mariners? Even Yankees v. Mets isn’t as exciting anymore, IMO.

  2. Jersey says:

    I have a good feeling about Wang today.

    Which means this is going to end poorly, because I’m always wrong.

    • Bill says:

      I have a good feeling as well. The Mets have a very depleted lineup that Wang can take advantage of. The Yankees lineup should be able to pound Livan like they usually do and give Wang a cushion. I think we’ll see the old Wanger tonight.

      • Jersey says:

        That’s what I’m hoping for. I think six strong is doable, and would be HUGE for Wang.

  3. Bill says:

    Interleague is awful and needs to go. These Yankees-Mets games were cool at first, but now they’re just like any other game. I hate watching the Yankees play in NL parks, except in the World Series of course.

    And just look how it gives some teams a major disadvantage. The NL East teams got screwed this year having to play the best division in baseball for interleague. The AL Central and West aren’t very good so having to play 4 really good teams and the Orioles is tough. Probably why we’ve seen the whole NL East struggle so much of late.

    • Januz says:

      I am not a supporter of interleague play. However, there is nothing wrong with 6 games against the Mets, and 156 games against the AL.

  4. e mills says:

    I’m not a fan of interleague except for the fact that the Yankees should beat up on, imo, inferior teams in an inferior league

  5. Salty Buggah says:

    Those pesky Rays are coming on strong…

  6. dan says:

    Any word on JB Cox?

  7. Salty Buggah says:

    Eww ESPN = Bad luck?

  8. mustang says:

    I feel like no-no today

  9. lovintheyankees says:

    inter league play is annoying but it is what it is. as for wang i don’t know i just hope we can score enough runs for him. i hope he pitches the way he did in2007 against the mets and not like last years start.

  10. Only thing that bothers me about interrleague is AL pitchers hitting in NL parks.

  11. Jamal G. says:

    You know what I don’t get about some of the criticisms of inter-league play? People love to say, “Oh, these intra-city games aren’t exciting any more, they’re just like every other game.” Well, if it does feel like “every other game”, then why the complaints? The games count just the same as intra-league games, so why the fuss? They’re still playing games against other MLB clubs.

  12. Dela G says:

    LETS GO YANKEES! I got my derek jeter shirt on and i am ready to root for a 5th straight W

  13. Oh, btw–

    In the starting line ups, the Yankees have 7 players with an OPS of .800 or better and an 8th at .790.

    The Mets have two.

  14. kavi shah says:

    Wang has the flu…great…

    Anyone else think Joe Morgan is the worst color commentator in the game? (besides Steve Phillips)

  15. Metsuck says:

    Why is Gardner hitting 8th? So he can steal before Wang hits?

  16. fresh says:

    might be a little off topic but… with the reported interest of the philadelphia phillies in wang to patch up one of the holes in their rotation (ofcourse assuming he gets the sinker sinking again to the point where it would be a asset in that ballpark) maybe we could get jason donald as the centerpiece of a nice little package from them… what does everyone think?

    • Dela G says:

      i hope the yankees never trade wang. His stuff can be incredible, and i don’t want to see him going crazy in the NL. This isn’t andy pettite here, this is a dominant #1/2 pitcher (when healthy)

    • TurnTwo says:

      where did you hear this from? i find it incredibly hard to believe anyone would show interest in Wang right now, no matter depleted their pitching may be.

    • AndrewYF says:

      Wow, a future utility player at best for Wang.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Yeah I saw that too. Since Wang is still under control next year as well, I’d hope they land more than Donald. Otherwise just keep him.

      • AndrewYF says:

        Wang is under control for the next two years. He was a super-two, and this is his second arbitration year.

        He’s still very valuable.

  17. Metsuck says:

    Don’t trade Wang. He will be consistently good in our HR friendly ballpark. If you have a solid SP going, you can win with the Pirates lineup

  18. Billy says:

    ajax just went deep. i think wang will pitch well tonight

  19. Ivan says:

    Im not oppose Interleague play, infact, im fan of it. It’s really cool in my opinion, and besides, the games count.

  20. Mike Axisa says:

    Livan only throws 84!!! He can’t be a successful pitcher with that fastball!!!

  21. Thomas says:

    Just missed a homer.

  22. Accent Shallow says:

    This Jeter fella is pretty good.

  23. Dela G says:

    and jeter gets his first hit as a 35 year old

  24. Billy says:

    i thought it was gone off the bat

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    He crushed that pitch. That’s probably in the bullpen in the Bronx.

  26. mustang says:

    Flu over back to being great

  27. cjc says:

    oh Morgan is such a douche

  28. Salty Buggah says:

    NIce start

  29. BigBlueAL says:

    Already with the fucking bunts.

  30. e mills says:

    yea bunting…christ

  31. cjc says:

    wtf nick seriously why would you play for one run in the first of a wang game against livan stupid

  32. Dela G says:

    joe morgan is a complete moron :/

  33. Thomas says:

    First inning, Livan vs. Wang, why are we bunting?

  34. UWS says:

    Every time Yankees bunt, God kills a puppy. Please, think of the puppies!

  35. Dela G says:

    HAHAHAH why the hell do you go for third..

    dumbass mets

  36. Mike Axisa says:

    Thanks D-Murph. Fundamentals kid.

  37. Metsuck says:

    This Daniel Murphy fella is pretty good

  38. ARX says:

    Murphy, the gift that keeps on giving

  39. Jackson says:

    Wow the Mets play some terrible defense

  40. Drew says:

    Gotta love the Mets

  41. cjc says:

    daniel murphy keith hernandez you are not

  42. Jamal G. says:

    Is that ruled a hit or fielder’s choice?

  43. mustang says:

    Seriously the mets are horrible defensively

    • Thomas says:

      Well, in their defense they are missing the best centerfielder in baseball, their starting shortstop, and their firstbaseman (who sucks but still outfields Murphy).

      Of course, they did plan to have Murphy at second and LF with Tatis/Sheffield also in the field.

  44. Dela G says:

    that curveball put me to sleep…

    good god that was slow

  45. Jamal G. says:

    Steve Phillips: “I was wrong… ”

    How many of us said “no shit” before he finished that sentence?

  46. AndrewYF says:

    Is that a Yankees Suck chant?


    • DGeezy says:

      its hilarious, their team has been an absolute joke and ironically they somehow chant ‘yankees suck’

  47. Dela G says:



    Murphy killed the Mets there

  49. Mike Axisa says:

    And Tex makes ‘em pay.

  50. BigBlueAL says:

    How many runs needed to feel safe with Wang on the mound??

  51. e mills says:

    Joe Maddon gonna have to think about the shift on Tex next time

  52. UWS says:

    This is why you should never ever bunt against Livan. Ever.

  53. Ivan says:

    Yeah Teix.

  54. Salty Buggah says:


  55. YankeeScribe says:

    Citifield = Bandbox

  56. cjc says:

    yeah you’re right joe the yanks won’t hit livan like they did redding because he hits the corners you add so much to the broadcast douche

  57. mustang says:

    It’s like watching the bad news bears guys dropping balls and kicking balls around.

  58. Dela G says:

    holy crap, that last pitch to alex should’ve been a strike… :O

  59. cjc says:

    lets go robbie

  60. Salty Buggah says:

    Livan should walk Alex EVERYTIME, even with the bases juiced.

  61. Metsuck says:

    I ******* can’t stand Morgan and Phillips. But Miller is solid, one of the best

  62. Ivan says:

    Hey Montero hit his 1st AA homer.

  63. Jamal G. says:

    Steve Phillips: “Daniel Murphy is an inexperienced infielder – converted outfielder into an infielder.” Yeah, except that he was a third basemen for the majority of time throughout his MiL career; idiot.

    • cjc says:

      details details

    • Yankee1010 says:

      It only matters what position he first occupied when he was a major leaguer, because that’s the only time Phillips would have ever even possibly seen him. Hence, the “Joba was a reliever that was converted to a starter.”

      How is it that Steve Phillips was allowed to run a major league team?

  64. Dela G says:

    John Miller is the best in baseball on tv

    by far

    the SF giants are so lucky to have him

  65. Salty Buggah says:

    Here’a a chance for Robbie to improve his RISP numbers

  66. Metsuck says:

    I LOVE MURPHY!!!!!

  67. Dela G says:


  68. cjc says:

    ugh cano with risp

    • Bill says:

      Oh please. He scorched that ball and it was a good play by the 2B. Some of it is just variance and bad luck. He hit it hard and right at somebody, can’t blame Cano for that.

    • Jackson says:

      Cano stung that ball and Castillo made a good play, I’m not sure what else he can do there

    • Yankee1010 says:

      I think that Cano does press too much with RISP and the bases loaded. However, he smoked that ball. He was just unlucky there.

  69. RollingWave says:

    LOL LOL LOL Murphy is true Mets (TM)

  70. Jackson says:

    Good lord Daniel Murphy. He is a butcher

  71. Metsuck says:

    Cano Ripped that ball

  72. Jake says:

    All aboard the Failcraft carrier for mr. murphy.

  73. I know you can’t get an error, but that’s an error. As Kay would say.

  74. UWS says:

    When did Yankees trade for Murphy? Because he’s clearly not playing for the Mets.

  75. mustang says:

    Listening to Joe Morgan may lower your baseball IQ

  76. Metsuck says:

    Phillips is an idiot

  77. Jose says:

    I love this hilarity that won’t even show up in the box score.

  78. Drew says:

    At least with the calf thing, and now the flu, JD’s body is getting some rest. Also with the break coming up, he should be good to go after the ASG.

  79. Dela G says:

    cano! keep your head up

  80. Dela G says:


    3-0 yankees

  81. Metsuck says:

    Again, why is Gardner hitting so low in the lineup?

  82. Metsuck says:

    You’re stunting his speed that way…in front of the pitcher

  83. lovintheyankees says:

    i just hope wang doesn’t go and give it up

  84. Dela G says:


  85. BigBlueAL says:

    For some reason this season Cano thinks he is a base-stealer.

  86. Drew says:

    me no like

  87. Professor Oak says:

    Cano screws with us twice in 1 inning!

    • Metsuck says:

      Calm down…He crushed that ball, and he was told to go…When he steals, it comes from the bench

    • e mills says:

      Bring back Glenallen Hill!

      • BigBlueAL says:

        LOL. He did have an amazing first couple of weeks when he got to the Yankees. Eventually he became Glenallen Hill again but he did have an impact at first.

  88. Jake H says:

    I don’t understand that unless he thought it was a hit and run.

  89. Professor Oak says:

    Cano is great, but why can’t he have baseball smarts? =(

  90. Salty Buggah says:

    I feel like we should have had more runs but I guess 3 is pretty good too.

  91. I’m happy with the inning, but, Robbie…seriously? Or maybe Melky missed a sign?

  92. Yankee1010 says:

    Livan is having trouble and Cano decides to get thrown out by 5+ feet and let him out of it? He’s attempted 7 stolen bases and been thrown out 3 times. Come on, Robbie.

    • TurnTwo says:

      do you really think he went on his own?

      • Yankee1010 says:

        It might have been a hit and run. However, it’s not like it’s out of the realm of possibility for Cano to make a less than questionable decision on a baseball field.

    • pat says:

      It could have been a missed hit and run, hitters count, junk baller who has to throw a strike. You don’t know everything that happened.

  93. Salty Buggah says:

    That caught stealing hurts as Livan was missing his spots and was down 2-0 to Melky.

  94. DGeezy says:

    we’ve given wang a 3run lead before he throws a pitch(ran livans pitch count to 29pitches), hes pitching against a weak lineup, & having him pitch the final game in a series we’ve won…we’ve done all we can do, hopefully he goes out there and shuts him down.

    • Dela G says:

      he needs about 6-9 runs i bet to make sure everything goes smoothly

      he got screwed in the ATL and against WSH

  95. Dela G says:

    alright wang, lets hope you can get the first three of the order down

  96. pat says:

    Team spirit should have been someone tellin Murphy to keep his head up.

  97. Drew says:

    it’s great team spirit. When we suck, we suck together.

  98. Metsuck says:

    Ball isn’t sinking early…damn Flu

  99. Mike Axisa says:

    Thanks for batting Dan Murphy;s .316 OBP leadoff, Jerry.

  100. mustang says:

    They have team spirit and are down by 3 runs that’s good Joe.

  101. Salty Buggah says:

    are you guys worried about his velocity? its 91-92 instead of 94-95

  102. Dela G says:

    oh my, cora got tattooed

  103. It’s okay; he’s just setting up the DP possibility.

  104. zs190 says:

    Ugh, this far in for a 3-1 pitch?

  105. lovintheyankees says:

    great now we have to watch wang give it right back

  106. UWS says:

    Wang isn’t filling me with confidence here…

  107. Dela G says:

    they’re hitting coach sells hotel rooms too?

  108. Metsuck says:

    ball is going left to right, not up and down

  109. Metsuck says:


  110. Dela G says:

    nice K by wang

  111. I’m loving the uptick in K’s for Wang. I also love how he throws a dirty slider right as Morgan is saying how Wang doesn’t have enough movement on his pitches yet.

    • zs190 says:

      It’s still worrisome though. You can get them to chase that slider out of zone this early in the game. If he doesn’t command the sinker/4 seamer, they are not going to chase it later on.

    • Jose says:

      Wang bumped his K/9 this season up to 7.18 compared to a career average of 4.17. I like that, it means maybe he can start going to those secondary pitches sometimes instead of just the sinker. Maybe this will help in his starts where the sinker just doesn’t have as much movement as it usually does.

  112. Metsuck says:

    everyone can’t hit a pitch when they are chasing…Morgan needs to shut it

  113. lovintheyankees says:

    shyt sheffield, man i know we’ve held down the mets but he has given us tough at bats and at times makes us pay

  114. Salty Buggah says:

    His location seems off and is kinda up in the zone with some pitches.

  115. Jackson says:

    Wow, you guys are some amazing talents scouts that you’ve all figured out what kind of stuff Wang will have tonight after like 8 pitches

    • Salty Buggah says:

      though wang is a guy that you can tell if he’s gonna throw bad if he begins bad.

    • pat says:

      Well they’re showing gun speeds so it’s not that difficult to see he’s not sitting mid nineties.

      • Jackson says:

        I wasn’t talking about velocity, people were saying his sinker wasn’t sinking or he wasn’t locating while he was facing the second batter of the game

  116. Ivan says:

    Ok Morgan, that was moronic

  117. Dela G says:

    HAHAHAHA sheefield looked FOOLED

  118. lovintheyankees says:

    and here come the mets great~!

  119. TurnTwo says:

    “thats smart baserunning. it’s early in the game, you play how (pause) your team plays.”

    thank you for that nugget, joe morgan.

  120. Dela G says:

    cmon wang, you can get through this

    just one good sinker

  121. Sam says:

    Was Joe Morgan seriously looking for a sac fly with 2 outs?

  122. Jake K. says:

    Joe Morgan: “You play the way…your team plays.” Sigh.

  123. Bryan V says:

    Two flyball outs. Interesting.

  124. mjkj says:

    Everything is up

  125. Drew says:

    Wanger had no control that inning. Hopefully he comes out stronger next inning.

  126. DGeezy says:

    we got out of the inning unscathed but im still concerned that wang’s sinker isnt sinking

  127. Professor Oak says:

    The Mets finally get a hit before the fifth inning, but failllllll to score! Poor Metsies!

  128. Salty Buggah says:

    I want some mo runs!

  129. Accent Shallow says:

    More runs, plz.

  130. Bryan V says:

    Now Schneider can’t throw the ball back to the mound. Can any of the Mets fielders actually field or throw?

  131. Professor Oak says:

    Is it me or has every one of Livan’s strikes been lucky calls out of the zone? It seems that way on Game Day anyway…

  132. Dela G says:

    is it the redwings or red hawks joe?

  133. That was a swing by the guy I like to call “Bad Melky.”

  134. Professor Oak says:


  135. And while Miller is talking about the AL Central, Gardner has already seen three pitches.

  136. Metsuck says:

    why is gardner hitting infront of wang

  137. Bryan V says:

    Last inning, I was thinking…

    I kinda wish we got 3 outs before Melky came up, so that it would be Melky-Gardy-Wang in the next inning. So chances are, we start the 3rd at the top of the lineup.

  138. Metsuck says:

    2-1 on Wang….hahhaha

  139. Accent Shallow says:

    Man, Yankees pitchers keep getting robbed!

  140. Dela G says:


  141. Nice play, Fernando.

  142. Metsuck says:


  143. RollingWave says:

    Hah, that woulda been a hit in any normal defensive alinment

  144. Bill says:

    Thank God the CF caught that. The last thing we need is Wang running the bases.

    • Pasqua says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I’ve never openly rooted AGAINST a ball, hit by a Yankee, falling in before. But I did right there.

  145. Metsuck says:

    Maybe it was a good thing for Wang to not get the hit…Kevin Long needs some serious credit. Our pitchers look like they actually know what they are doing up there.

  146. Metsuck says:

    please don’t show this…

  147. Metsuck says:

    that 83 mph pitch looks nice

  148. Dela G says:

    there’s that 94 MPH heat!

  149. Metsuck says:

    He’s been super slick the last three nights

  150. Doug says:

    And there’s our first worm burner.

  151. Mike Axisa says:

    A-Rod looks much better defensively now than he has the past month or so.

  152. Maybe he hasn’t been able to do that because he’s had 83 plate appearances, Steve.

  153. Metsuck says:

    Livan is getting every call…Wang is not getting a single low strike

    • Dela G says:

      its been this way the entire weekend. Mets pitchers keep on getting the outside calls

  154. Bill says:

    Did you guys know that the Mets have team spirit? A very important thing to have is that team spirit.

  155. Bryan V says:

    Should Joe take ARod out?

  156. mvg says:

    Morgan: “And that’s the thing everybody forgets, that A-Rod was a Gold Glove shortstop.”

    Who forgets that, Joe????? What self respecting baseball fan has honestly forgotten that??????

  157. You’re tired from hearing about his workout, Steve, because you’re less of a man than Alex Rodriguez is.

  158. Who’s forgotten that A=Rod was a gold glove SS Joe? Who are these people?

  159. Dela G says:

    damn it wang

  160. The Evil Empire says:

    A Rod cringing. Oh no.

  161. I know Castillo doesn’t hit for any power whatsoever but shouldn’t he be batting higher in the order w/his OBP skills/speed?

  162. Bryan V says:

    Now those outs are vintage Wang.

  163. Metsuck says:

    See it in IMAX…definitely worth the 14 bucks

  164. lovintheyankees says:

    ok yanks need to score more runs 3 isn’t going to be enough

  165. Zach says:

    Anyone notice Carlos Marmol has 38BB in 35IP this year? that’s atrocious

  166. “(Team Here) Sucks” chants when said team is ahead are so lame.

  167. Salty Buggah says:

    The only thing that is stopping our offense is lack of BABIP luck

  168. Bill says:

    All Derek Jeter does is win baseball games. LOL! I’ve never laughed so hard at a baseball game than tonight. THANK YOU STEVE PHILLIPS AND JOE MORGAN!!!!!

  169. 1. Ozzie Smith was the best defensive SS. Ever. That’s why he stayed at SS.
    2. Most SS don’t move off of SS because their offense doesn’t play anywhere else.

    I understand that these guys cater to the casual baseball fan but wouldn’t it be, you know, common-sensical for them to bring these points up?

  170. Salty Buggah says:

    Why does Livan keep getting that damn outside call and Wangy isnt?!!!!!!!

  171. Bryan V says:

    Still hitting the ball hard.

  172. Metsuck says:

    He has a cannon, I’m sure he could play LF or RF and be awesome

  173. pat says:

    Ugh two balls that were absolutely SMOKED.

  174. Professor Oak says:

    Mets Fans: “Yankees Suck”

    Yankee Fans: “Mets Suck More”

    ^ I’d love to hear that.

  175. Salty Buggah says:

    we are crushing the ball, those will land soon.

  176. lovintheyankees says:

    i know wang has been successful in the past but this year he isn’t getting it done and the offense has to tack on because it’s not like its sabathia or aj pitching. so he will need more runs and going down like that is not good

  177. Mike Axisa says:

    You got that everyone? The red stitching is on top of the ball.

  178. Jake H says:

    Joe morgan = moron

  179. Jake K. says:

    Wang needs to turn the middle side topwise. Topwise!

  180. Metsuck says:

    The Mets have the second highest payroll…wtf

  181. Rob H. says:

    b/c Reyes, Delgado, and Beltran are equal to Tex, A-Rod, and Jeter.

    Thanks Joe.

  182. Bryan V says:

    I have to say though…it is nice knowing that I’m smarter than the guys calling the game.

  183. Bryan V says:

    HBP and BB to a guy batting .257….ugh

  184. Metsuck says:

    How is Reyes that much better than Gardner? I know he gets on base more, but does he really hit that much more?

  185. Perez being on the DL probably helps the Mets, no?

  186. Jake H says:

    it’s frustrating when a guy doesn’t throw strikes.

  187. LiveFromNewYork says:

    They are not the stupidest sportscasters. They’re the stupidest people on the planet.

  188. Zach says:

    sick play

  189. e mills says:

    suck on that range Phillips

  190. Metsuck says:

    Jeter should be an outfielder…He can’t play SS anymore

  191. I love how excited this team gets. I <3 Alex.

  192. TurnTwo says:

    Good, quick turn by Robbie.

  193. Professor Oak says:


  194. Salty Buggah says:

    nice first pitch DP

  195. OOOOOOooooooooof I thought he was going to destroy that fist pitch.

  196. Zach says:

    dont go there jon

  197. Bryan V says:

    Oh no! Tell me Jon did not say that.

  198. Metsuck says:

    A-Rod is too big now to play SS

  199. Bryan V says:

    Put ARod in CF!?!?!?!?!?!

  200. Salty Buggah says:

    Wang never got that strike 2 call to A-rod

  201. donttradecano says:

    So my facebook status today was Brett Gardner has more hits Friday than the mets have all series.

    I get comments from a met fan how they have beaten the red sox more times than yanks, and i need to be reminded which team is more important to beat. And in every comment he brought up the red sox.

  202. Metsuck says:

    He is on

  203. Dela G says:

    a-rod with the base hit! wooo!

  204. mvg says:

    Did Miller seriously suggest putting the guy who gets scared of pop ups to center field? I honestly can’t tell if he’s fucking with us or not…

  205. Rob H. says:

    that almost cut the second base ump in half.

  206. Livan kinda looks like a frog.

  207. pat says:

    Hahahah you know you’re doing something wrong when my mom from the other room goes “No fucking way idiots” when these guys are talking about jeter and arod switching positions.

  208. Jake H says:

    Is that cano’s typical swing now?

  209. Jose says:

    Alright, Posada played some 2B in the minors, move him to 2B. Cano to SS. Jeter to 3B. Arod to DH. Angel Berroa to C.

  210. lovintheyankees says:

    can’t cano doing anything right>?

  211. Nick Swisher has this team hooked on Red Bull.