Mets drop the ball, literally, as Yanks win again

Lots and lots and lots of rain
Musings on the Nady/Marte trade

As the second inning unfolded, I couldn’t help but laugh at the Mets. The errors simply reminded me of the Mets of my youth, that 1993 team that lost 103 games and featured Anthony Young amidst a record-setting losing streak.

The errors started early. David Wright threw the ball away on the first play of the inning, allowing Melky Cabrera to advance to second. Five batters later and with the Yanks sporting a 2-0 lead, Johnny Damon hit a tailor-made double play ball to Alex Cora who promptly threw it into right field. On the next play. Mark Teixeira hit a roller to first, and Nick Evans just couldn’t field the ball. He flat out dropped it. When the dust settled, the Yanks had a 4-0 lead, and it would be enough as the Yanks downed the Mets 9-1.

After the game, Mike Pelfrey, the Mets’ starter, tried to remain diplomatic about the Amazins’ fielding woes. It was easy to read between the lines. He was frustrated. “You can’t give that team six outs or how many ever outs we gave them,” Pelfrey said.

Despite the Mets’ ineptitude — Bobby Parnell topped it off by dropping the ball while coming set on the mound later in the game — Friday night was all about the Yanks. On the one hand, we had CC Sabathia. Five days ago, Sabathia was yanked from his start against the Marlins with bicep soreness in his throwing arm, and the Yankee Universe sat on edge to find out if Sabathia would emerge from this hiccup unscathed. On Friday, he he settled our nervous stomachs.

Over seven innings, Sabathia was nearly flawless. He gave up three hits and one run — all of them in the 5th inning — and struck out eight. He threw 99 pitches and 67 of them were strikes. He utterly dominated the Mets. With that win, Sabathia improves to 7-4 on the season with a 3.55 ERA. He has been, in other words, as good as advertised.

On the other side of the ball was the Yankee offense, fronted by an unlikely cast of characters. With Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter out with a flu-like virus going around the Yankee clubhouse, the lineup started with Brett Gardner and ended with Frankie Cervelli, Ramiro Peña and CC Sabathia. While Cervelli went hitless, the rest of those four did not. Sabathia went 1 for 4 with an RBI, and Peña went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.

The story of the night though was the Yanks’ lead off hitter. Brett Gardner went 5 for 6 with two singles, a triple and a Citi Field home run. He scored three runs, drove in two and stole a base. On the season, in 152 at-bats, he is hitting .303/.374/.441 and leads rookies in average, on-base percentage, runs scored and stolen base. Somehow, some way, Joe Girardi has to get Gardner in the lineup on an everyday basis. He’s certainly deserved.

And finally, we get to A-Rod. Left for dead a few days ago, A-Rod went 1 for 2 with a booming home run and three walks. Slowly, surely he is turning everything around. Now the Yankees just have to make sure he rests enough to remain as fresh as he’s looked over the last few days. He is, by the way, 18th in walks in the AL despite missing six weeks of the season.

When the dust settled tonight, the Yanks retired the Mets in order in every inning but the 5th. They’ve won three in a row, scoring eight or more runs in each game. Only two teams in all of baseball have better records. Sounds good to me.

Lots and lots and lots of rain
Musings on the Nady/Marte trade
  • Joe

    Ben, CC gave up three hits and one run; you reversed them in this recap.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Oops. Corrected.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        By the way, in case anyone’s interested, click here for a list of every starter in MLB history to give up exactly 3 earned runs on 1 hit. Only 132 pitchers have done it before. That’s a rare typo indeed.

        • Rob H.

          fitting that Whitey Ford was the first to do it.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    You know, if we played in a division that didn’t involve the Red Sox, I don’t think any of us would have been nearly as worried as we were.

    • Jake s

      This is it right here. It gets frustrating because the Red Sox don’t seem to go through extended slumps, and they definitely don’t mess around with teams they should beat like the Yankees do.

      • Jamal G.

        The Red Sox went 2-4 against the Mariners and Mets where Johan Santana and Felix Hernandez started just one game total between the both of them. Oh, and Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado were already injured by then.

        • Salty Buggah

          and I believe they have yet to face Halladay, right?

          • Jamal G.

            They’ve yet to face Doc in both TOR series; did not face Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson in the DET series, and faced Dontrelle Willis in that series; and missed Josh Johnson in the FLA series.

            • Salty Buggah

              damn, they’ve been very lucky then

    • TurnTwo

      exactly. keep it all in perspective. despite an early team slump, and some inconsistent play, the Yankees still hold the Wild Card lead in the AL as of tonight… and i think we would all argue that their best play is still ahead of them.

      • ArodMVP217 FTW!

        plus we don’t suck out of fenway, and we don’t become flat in augosto and septiembre. when you are so gritty and you always give 110% like the Blusox, it is only natural to slow down in the second half

    • BigBlueAL

      Playing in a division with the Blue Jays and Rays doesnt help much either.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        Not To mention the Balt–damn that’s twice…

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m pretty excited to face Redding and Livan. Hopefully Wang can finally get his shit together on Sunday.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Wang hasn’t exactly been horrible his last two starts, it’s just that the Yankee offense was worse.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        6 ER, 10 innings, Braves, Nationals. That’s not anything they’re celebrating back in Taiwan.

        • DaveinMD

          He’s pitched in some bad luck. Two of those runs against the Nats don’t happen if Pena doesn’t drop the ball at second the ump doesn’t miss a blatant call. His groundball rate is there. He just needs a few bounces to go his way.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            I was at the Natn’ls game. He would have been fine had he gotten that call…

          • Accent Shallow

            I know he hasn’t been awful, but I’m hoping for some results.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        On the plus side, he’s pitching in Citi Field so he can just throw and let the ballpark keeping everything on the right side of the fence.

      • mustang

        Agree I think he will be fine.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        In his last four starts, while CMW was in the game the team scored the following amount of runs for him:

        6/4 – 1 run
        6/10 – 1 run
        6/17 – 1 run
        6/23 – 0 runs

  • DaveinMD

    They need to put Posada or even Damon behind A-Rod. With Cano behind him, no one is going to give A-Rod anything to hit. I’d either move Swish to 2 and Damon to 5 or put Posada there.

    • Giuseppe Franco

      I think Posada hitting fifth is the best idea. He’s got the power and the fear factor in his favor that Cano simply doesn’t.

      I don’t like Cano behind A-Rod at all. He’s never been a good situational hitter or one who hits well with men on base.

      • Giuseppe Franco

        Actually, a red hot Matsui hitting fifth is the best idea of them all if he ever gets on a hot streak and his knees don’t explode.

  • cult of basebaal

    Ben didn’t even mention the best part of Alex’s evening (no, not going home with Kate Hudson), the multiple great plays he made at 3rd. Seriously, he made more good plays at 3rd tonite than he had in all the combined games before this one.

    Meanwhile, I’m so very, very glad not to be a Met’s fan …

    • Accent Shallow

      I was pretty psyched about this.

    • D-Fence

      Amen! Arod was killin at 3rd pillow last night!

  • DaveinMD

    They need to rest Alex one of the next two nights. Don’t run him into the ground again.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      He’ll rest Monday when the team’s off. With half the lineup out with the flu, they need him in there, and everyone says he’s ok. I’m as hesitant as you are, but I think it’ll be ok.

      • DaveinMD

        He clearly wasn’t ok before the two days of rest. He couldn’t hit a fastball. The rest clearly helped.

        I don’t exactly trust the Yankees on injury news. They say Joba’s velocity is fine too. Yet it never recovered from the injury in Texas.

        • Drew

          He had off this Monday, he’ll have off next Monday, I know he got a new hip but the dude ain’t 65yrs old. He does not need 2 days off every week.
          Also, with Ransom back, Al can have some DH days and he’ll be good to go.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          Just DH Al for th…hmm…stupid interleague play…

  • Salty Buggah

    Gardner>>>>Ellsbury (with a .81 WPA for Gardy to a -.21 to Tacoby) as of now but no one is dying over him. And everyone time the best CFers are brought, Ellsbury is always lumped in there for some reason by the MSM.

    With Grit Gutner, Cashman says fuck you Theo.

    • Salty Buggah

      If Gardy can keep anything close to his current stats, I will be ecstatic.

    • Jamal G.

      No, more like Jacoby Ellsbury > Brett Gardner; but SSS and MSM overreaction over 2007 Jacoby Ellsbury >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the real Jacoby Ellsbury.

      • Salty Buggah

        How is Jacoby>Gardy? I think you maybe referring to their career but I was saying as of now (this season), Gardy>>>Ellsbury.

  • mustang

    Went to the game tonight and as much as hurts for me to say this I liked Cififield over the New Yankees Stadium.
    1-The parking $18 next to Citifield compared to $25 two blocks away at the Stadium.
    2-Food prices were much better.
    3-The crowd was younger more blue-collar more into the game.
    Just the overall layout of the park seemed more fan friendly to me.
    The only two beefs it needs more of a Mets signature (signs, symbols, whatever) and I didn’t like the way the right field wall curves in and out.
    I was looking for reasons to hate it and I like it so much I’m going again to next years Subway Series.

    • mustang

      I also enjoyed the beat down, but it was like they played a AAA team.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’ll certainly agree with you with points 2 and 3. I noticed that the crowd at Citi last weekend was younger than Yankee Stadium. It’s odd though because the cheapest Mets tickets are more expensive than the cheapest Yankees tickets by a lot. Same with the Citi equivalent of the Grandstand. Meanwhile, the food is better and a better value at Citi.

      As for the parking, for me, it’s a swipe of a MetroCard. Can’t beat the price.

      In the end, though, Citi suffers because, well, the Mets play there, and I don’t root for them.

      • Salty Buggah

        In the end, though, Citi suffers because, well, the Mets play there, and I don’t root for them.

        And that’s what matters most, right?

        • mustang

          Yes.

          But even as a bias Yankees fan I have to give them credit for the job they did with the place. It’s not planners fault that the Mets suck ass..lol

          • Salty Buggah

            Yea, I agree it does look good, though I’ve never been there but on TV. Maybe those designers should just hit/field/pitch for them.

      • mustang

        “In the end, though, Citi suffers because, well, the Mets play there, and I don’t root for them.”

        Agree. I try so hard not to like it , but the place won me over. Take out the right field wall curves and put in the Great Hall and I would trade up.
        It did have a little too much Jackie Robinson for my taste. No offense to anyone.

        • mustang

          Change;
          too much Jackie Robinson not enough Mets.

    • jim p

      Citifield is weird though. A friend took me to that rain-delayed game last Saturday, so we ambled over to sit directly behind home plate in the 2nd deck. And you could still not see the outfield corners. I’m told you lose seeing at least one corner no matter where you sit, and if you sit in the middle deck in left, you can’t see the scoreboard or the out-of-town board as well.

      Odd you’d build a park where most of the fans can’t see the field. Haven’t been to Yankee Stadium yet, I know some seats near the scoreboard are obstructed, but is the rest like “Chapter 11 Field”? Where you are automatically excluded from seeing all possible plays?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        Nah. For the most part, the sightlines at Yankee Stadium are stellar. They’re a big improvement over the old park.

        At Citi last Friday, I sat down the first base line in the upper deck and could see everything clearly. I also felt much closer to the action than I did at Shea.

        • mustang

          Flying over head you would feel closer to the action than at Shea.

          New Yankees Stadium > Old Yankees Stadium

          Citifield >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Shea

      • mustang

        Talking about the out-of-town board it’s cool that you can follow the play by play on the board.

  • J

    wondering what you folks think?

    keep rotation as is, and keep phil in bullpen for rest of the year, throwing 40-50 pitches every 3 days? would that be bad for his arm or hurt his development in anyway?

    • Drew

      Philly needs more innings. Him in the pen is temporary IMO.

  • josh

    i think that phil hughes should be starting in the minor leaguyes every fifth day at this point. i would be ecstatic if he could do it in the bigs right now but that doesnt seem to be a possibility right now. he is the future of the organization, he should be develope like it. ilove joba in the rotation bu to be honest i think the yanks would be a better team right now if hughs were starting and joba in the pen but ultimateley i want both of them to start. if hughes finishes with 90 innings this year i dont see how he could pitch 200+ next year. this organiztion seems so conflicted about winning now Vs. building a rotation for the future.

    • Drew

      Jeopardize Joba’s development for Hughes but not vice versa? I don’t understand. Neither should be in the pen until they reach their limit.

      • josh

        i agree with you. but i am very confused why hughes’ development is being jeopardized for joba’s. both absolutely should be starting but why are they seem to be contradicting themselves with hughes and jobas roles. is this gonna hurt hughes development or am i overreacting

  • Dela G

    GRIT GUTNER WAS EFFING MONEY TONIGHT

  • crawdaddie

    Hughes isn’t going anywhere and if they pitch him five innings a week out of the bullpen, he’ll have enough innings this year that 180 next year won’t be a problem. Going back down to Scranton just to accumulate innings is not the right way to go when I rather he faces ML hitters everytime out and increases his confidence level that he is as good as previously advertised.

  • Pete c.

    The Yanks need this mojo when they play Boston. Three errors, one inning last night. The loss last fri. Think the Yanks are in the Metsies heads?

  • Billy

    I was watching the Mets broadcast last night and Darling said Gardner reminded him of Dykstra. Sign me up!

  • Mike HC

    It has seemed like A-Rod is more willing to take the walk in situations with RISP. In the past, he may have chased pitches, but he has been patient this year. I’m sure there are stats out there to either support of contradict this, but it just looks that way from eye.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      He’s got a .453 OBP w/RISP this year with a .405 mark for his career, so it’s up slightly.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    CMW must not swing at any pitches on Sunday. If I see him on those base paths, I’m going to go immediately to Queens and beat him with a whiffle ball bat.

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