Mets clinch 2013 Subway Series; blow Yankees out 9-4

Heathcott & Austin homer in Thunder win
The inevitable Vernon Wells discussion begins

Remember when the Yankees were the only team in baseball without a three-game losing streak? Like 36 hours ago? They’re now riding a four-game losing streak after getting embarrassed by the Mets on their home turf Wednesday night. The Amazin’s walked away with a 9-4 win to officially clinch the 2013 Subway Series.

(Al Bello/Getty)
(Al Bello/Getty)

Thanks For Coming, David
Apparently David Phelps felt bad for Phil Hughes following his seven-run, two-out disaster two weeks ago, so he decided to join him in the sub-one-inning start club on Wednesday. The Mets hung five runs on the utterly ineffective Phelps, who recorded just one out before being lifted. He allowed those five runs on four hits and two walks, including the two-strike, two-run single to the awful Ike Davis that ended his night. Jayson Nix deserves an assist booting a routine would-be inning-ending double play when there were just two runs on the boards.

Phelps is the first Yankees starter to record just one out in a game without being injured since … wait for it …. Alex Graman in July 2004. Jeff Karstens and Darrell Rasner left starts after one out in 2007, but they were both hurt. Maybe Phelps still had some lingering soreness in his right forearm after being hit by a line drive last time out, but he came through all his usual between starts workouts just fine. Starts like this are usually just a fluky off-night, which is what I’ll consider it for Phelps unless word gets out that he’s still hurting. Would have been nice if the game wasn’t over before the line got a chance to hit, however.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Four Runs? Wow, They Broke Out
You knew the Yankees had mentally checked out for the night when the top three hitters in the lineup were retired in order on five pitches by Jeremy Hefner in the third. Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner popped up on the first pitch while Robinson Cano struck out on three pitches, the last of which was an 89 mph fastball at his eyes for a whiff. That’s when it seemed like everyone was playing just hard enough to get the game over and not embarrass themselves.

Joe Girardi ran the white flag up the pole in the sixth, when he let Chris Stewart bat with men on first and second with two outs. The Yankees had already scored two runs in the inning and Hefner’s pitch count was up around the century mark, so that was their best chance to get back into the game. Rather than use David Adams or even the slumping Vernon Wells, Stewart was allowed to hit. He flew out weakly to left, ending the inning and the team’s best (only) chance to get back into the game.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Leftovers
Preston Claiborne cleaned up Phelps’ mess in the first and retired all five men he faced. Adam Warren (three runs in two innings) and Ivan Nova (one run in five innings) did the long relief duties to spare the rest of the eight-man bullpen. Nova struck out the side on nine pitches in the eighth and looked very sharp overall. He really locked himself into that backup long reliever role. Claiborne, by the way, is the first Yankees rookie since 1916 to start his career with ten walk-less appearances.

Brennan Boesch hit a solo homer for the Yankees’ first run, then he beat out an infield single in the sixth to plate their second run. Nix singled in another run two batters later and Cano blooped in a garbage time run in the ninth. The 5-6-7 hitters went a combined 7-for-12 while the other six hitters went 5-for-27. The Yankees have now scored just nine runs in their last four games, and miraculously they were a David Robertson inning and a Mariano Rivera inning away from winning two of them.

I think my favorite part of the game was the YES booth — specifically Michael Kay, I don’t want to put this on David Cone and Al Leiter — trying to spin all the recent losing as a good thing because the soon-to-be activated injured players won’t have to feel the pressure of trying to maintain the winning. That’s a real thing that was said on television, poisoning the youth of America.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com is the place to go for the box score and video highlights. FanGraphs and ESPN have some more stats and the standings, respectively. The Red Sox lost and the Orioles won, so the Yankees are tied with Boston in the loss column atop the AL East (the Sawx are technically in first by percentage point) while Baltimore climbed to just two back in the loss column.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees have already been embarrassed this series, but they’ll try to avoid the ultra-embarrassment of being swept (!) in a four-game series (!!) by the Mets (!!!) on Thursday night. Vidal Nuno and Dillon Gee is your pitching matchup. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the carnage live.

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  • Mattchu12

    Very excited to see if the David Phelps fanclub eats crow after saying Phelps should replace Hughes in the rotation when Pineda returns considering Hughes’ sub-one inning start was their main example of how Hughes sucks.

    • Monty

      Can’t totally blame Phelpsy… Nixy shouldn’t have been playing third. Adams should have been in there. Nix should have been in the press box with those other two bird brains Sterling and Suzyn, they’re the ones who think he’s such a great baseball player. Ok so he had two hits.. big deal he hasn’t had two hits in 6 weeks.

      • FAI

        Shoulda woulda coulda….the only positive thing Phelps did tonight was serve a tasty meatball.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      Off of his performance tonight, you’ve gotta keep Nova & Phelps or Claiborne sent down depending on whose got options, etc.

      IMO, you put Nova back in the rotation in Phelps’ spot — not because Phelps got clobbered tonight — but because Nova has the better arm and stuff and projects out to being at least a middle of the rotation guy if he can get and keep it together. Personally, I think Nova could be a top of the rotation guy w/more discipline, stamina, and experience. Big question will be how patient the Yankees are with him.

      As for shortstop, tough spot, but as many seem to be looking for the Captain to come to the rescue, I’d personally rather have Nunez come back healthy & see what he can do. He’s a much better hitter than he showed early, & I thought his “D” was ok.

      Right about now, a lot of Yankee fans are missing Francisco Cervelli — who’d of thunk it?

      Put me in the I’m worried about Mariano camp as his stuff the other night was flat, bendy, & obviously very hittable. No question he’s lost velocity, but if his stuff loses that late break, he’s just another guy. If that’s the case, wonder how he’ll adjust? I was told years ago he had an unbelievable change-up but didn’t need to use it in a game for obvious reasons and he never has. We shall see what we shall see, but if he can’t close out games like Mo, this club ain’t going anywhere but home in October.

      This club in bigtime need of some right-hand hitting pop, so Tex & Youk coming off the d/l will be huge if they’re really healthy. Here’s hoping that they are!!!

  • JohnnyC

    So Chris Stewart has some kind of incentive clause in his contract for games played or plate appearances? That must be it, right?

    • Evan3457

      No. It’s that his backup is a considerably worse hitter right now, despite his “potential”. If that’s possible.

  • Eddard

    The pitching always has to be great or this ballclub will struggle. They were up until recently we saw Robertson crack, Mo crack and it’s even seeped into Dave Phelps, who has lost his BG monicker for now.

    Youk and Teixera are coming back just at the right time to give a much needed boost to the offense. Unfortunately, Cervelli, Grandy and Jete are the more important guys to get back because their replacements are so awful.

    Every offense goes through ups and downs, it’s the pitching that carries you through. El Nuno will stop the bleeding tomorrow, they’ll take 2/3 from the Sox and order will be restored.

    • GreenArm

      dude you are PMA as hell and I love it. don’t let folks get you down.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I almost picked Phelps up for my fantasy team today. Talk about a bullet dodged. He almost fooled me into thinking he’s more than an average starting pitcher.

    • SDB

      Yeah, I was _this_ close to streaming Phelps as well – grabbed Bronson Arroyo instead, who wasn’t a whole lot better – but at least he lasted more than 0.1 IP.

  • forensic

    Well, this series sure has sucked. This game especially, since it was the game that was most tilted in favor of the Yankees.

    I keep thinking they’re bring Teixeira back a little early given his constant early season struggles and that he has two swings to work on and try to get the bad AB’s out of the way before he’s up with the big club, but then I look at the lineups and numbers of these guys and say he couldn’t be any worse than most of them and at least he adds a switch-hitting presence to the middle of the lineup. Hopefully the wrist hasn’t taken too much away from him. It’ll certainly help getting Youk back too.

    • FAI

      Yeah, I don’t understand why they seem to be freaking out to get Tex back; it’s not like Overbay is unbenchable, but it’s hard to believe that adding Tex after only two rehab games is really going to bring that much of a jolt to the offence.

      Same goes for Youk.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    No more pitching duds, please.

  • Bobtaco

    The Sox lost and the O’s won, you have it reversed in the write up…

  • Chris

    Serious question…do they sell these dudes’ jerseys at the stadium?

    Dudes like Stewart, Nix, Wells, Overbay?

    • WhittakerWalt

      I bet they do. I saw a guy wearing a WOMACK jersey at the game once.

      • vicki

        wrong on many levels.

        i own a loverbay jersey. it was a matsui jersey a few years ago.

        • Chris

          I meant the shirt jerseys with the name.

          • vicki

            i know. i disdain the names on the jerseys. if people want to fly flags everlasting for the tony womacks and chris stewarts of the world they should get the blue tees. and probably some therapy.

            i did laugh pretty hard when i saw a pepitone in spring training this year. so there are exceptions.

            • Mandy Stankiewicz

              Ha! I bought an official (no name) 33 jersey after David Wells threw his no-no. The last few years it’s me, and the hoards of young, suburban female Swisher fans rocking the double Ruths. Here’s hoping Pronk has a great year…

      • trr

        Dooley, where are u now?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I doubt it, but there’s nothing stopping you from having one made. I’ve seen everything from Bubba Crosby shirts to a simple Sox “Varivaginatek” shirt.

  • Pinkie Pie

    There’s no way they can lose again tomorrow right? Dillon Gee’s ERA is north of 6.

    • Evan3457

      Yeah, they can. Hefner didn’t have a win this year.

      Until tonight.

      • Pinkie Pie

        But not even Hefner has been as bad as Gee. Hefner’s ERA+ is 20 points higher than Gee’s.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m still trying to figure out a way to get Nix and Ichiro out of the line up and get Pronk, Tex, Youk and Loverbay in there at least against LHP… best I can come up with is:

    CF Gardner
    3B Youk
    2B Cano
    DH Pronk
    1B Tex
    LF Wells
    RF Adams
    C Stewart/Romine
    SS Nix/Brignac

    Thoughts?

    • FAI

      Eat the $ and DFA Ichiro; re-call Neal from SWB and let Boesch play everyday against righties.

      vL
      CF Gardner
      3b Youk
      2b Cano
      1b Tex
      DH Pronk
      LF Wells
      RF Neal
      C Romine
      SS Brignac

      Hard to believe that you could throw Adams in the fire out there in RF and expect him to succeed; let him be one of the IFs on the bench who subs at 3rd when Youk/Tex DHs and Pronk sits against tough lefties. Brignac’s D at SS outweighs anythign that Nix supposedly brings to the table; as for Loverbay, tough luck for him.

    • Pat D

      Thoughts? No thoughts.

      • trr

        No matter how u slice it, C and SS remain a black hole, we are playing 7vs.9

  • vicki

    all i want out of life is for chris stewart to start the all-star game. how do we make this happen? please vote. and tell your friends to vote, and tell them to tell their friends to vote.

    • FAI

      did they really put him on the ballot instead of Cervelli? Shame.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’ll be much easier to just award the NL home field for the WS.

  • JohnnyC

    They fired the scout who recommended Igawa. The genius who foisted Stewart on the gullible Cashman should be re-assigned to the Antarctic.

  • FAI

    “Nova struck out the side on nine pitches in the eighth and looked very sharp overall. He really locked himself into that backup long reliever role.”

    Hahaha

  • Kramerica Industries

    trying to spin all the recent losing as a good thing because the soon-to-be activated injured players won’t have to feel the pressure of trying to maintain the winning. That’s a real thing that was said on television, poisoning the youth of America.2

    Gotta love those inane Kay-isms, eh?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It’s amazing, isn’t? Wouldn’t there be more pressure on the DL guys since they have to come and be saviors?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        They replaced whatever gets fed into Kay’s headset during games with Greg’s thoughts during a game thread.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ivan Nova with the 4th immaculate inning in Yanks history.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Which ties the A’s, Astros and Dodgers for the most as a team.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Last one was A.J., I believe.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Also it’s pretty funny how stuart a shows up for the first time in forever with the Yankees getting blown out by the Mets.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s exactly as expected. Stu loves his Metropolitans.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    So I was one (perhaps the only one) of the idiots who predicted Ichiro would have a better triple slash than Schierholtz at the ASB. I’m eating my crow early, Yanks shoulda made a stronger play for Nate.

    I’m no Boesch fan by any means but at this point I say play him over Ichiro 90% of the time. One of the things Ichiro still has going for him is his speed and he barely even uses it. I’d rather hope for Boesch to launch a bomb like he did tonight and K his 3 other AB’s than watch Suzuki ground out to 2B/SS 3 times a game (2 hit game tonight notwithstanding)

    At least Boston lost. We better tag Gee tomorrow!

  • J

    Ichiro has 8 RBI’s this year… And this is the guy hitting 6th in the lineup a lotta nights. Remember the days when Cano hit like 7th or 8th in the lineup?

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Michael Kay… trying to spin all the recent losing as a good thing because the soon-to-be activated injured players won’t have to feel the pressure of trying to maintain the winning.”

    In fact, why bother winning from now until all the wounded players come back? That way no harm, no foul.
    Michael Kay is truly the Office Dullard.

  • Pour some cougar on me

    I remember in 2009, Melky Cabrera hit .274 with 13 homeruns, and was considered the weakest link in the lineup.

    Flash forward to 2013, and the Yankees would kill a man for that type of production

  • Get Phelps Up

    http://www.milb.com/gameday/in.....de=gameday
    Off topic, but the Mariners AAA team just went nuts tonight.
    And the final out was Greg Golson flying out to Abe Almonte.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Brian must be in years right now.

  • stuart a

    i usually show up when Cano is stinking.

    Swinging at pitches out of the strike zone and the dopes on TV think he is the next Miguel Cabrera, which he is not.

    he has never carried a team for a month let alone 2 weeks. he is a very nice player, the contracts associated with him are albert pujols insane…..

    • WhittakerWalt

      “he has never carried a team for a month let alone 2 weeks.”

      Wrong, as usual.

  • stuart a

    yankees are quite a bit below AL avg offensively. there pitching has been very good.

    the nix error tonight was huge. when you hit 230 or so and you are a utility guy you need t omake the routine plays.

    ichiro not only can’t he he does it quickly usually. that 2 year deal probably came from the genius talent evaluator randy levine or 1 of the steinny boys for some off the field reason…

    ichiro is horrible…i call up musteiller or neal, why the hell not?

    susan and sterling want to see boesch get more ab’s, i don’t I read that book already. he is undisciplined hack, you are looking at a under 300 obp guy. he stinks…

    • pop

      +1

      • TomH

        -2. He’s a language polluter.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Well, let’s see…

      Offensively, they’re getting absolute shit from the catching position. The outfield has been pretty much smoke and mirrors made to look better by Gardner’s being solid, at least, and a slumping Vernon Wells. They’re playing third-stringers at SS and 3B (yet one is the brightest spots on the team), and the first baseman looks impressive because he’s had some clutch hits and hasn’t hit like Doug Mientkiewicz. Then there’s the streaky all-universe second baseman, who just can’t do everything.

      Yeah, that’s a bad offensive team, and I don’t mean that sarcastically. When all things go bad, it looks as bad as what it looks like right now.

      Makes it easy to forget that this bad offensive team just kept us competitive until the end of May, which is much longer than anyone here expected them to.

      • TomH

        Makes it easy to forget that this bad offensive team just kept us competitive until the end of May, which is much longer than anyone here expected them to.

        True, true, a thousand times true. Good pitching and the special high that sometimes comes from donning the pinstripes can sometimes do that. However, the bloom may now be coming off those roses (am I mixing metaphors?) It really is a pitiful looking lineup these days, and with Sabathia struggling and with question marks around Pettitte, it’s hard not to be gloomy.

        Of course, gloom comes easy to me. Is it true the universe is slowly cooling down?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Of course, the game had to be punctuated by Nova coming in and throwing five strong. Back to ROTATION WARZ with him we go. This happens because God hates us.

    Never let it be said that the New York Yankees are not charitable.

    • Pinkie Pie

      Would you prefer if he had pitched like shit? Not trying to be snarky, but if he earns his way back to into the rotation then good on him.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Of course, dude.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Watched mostly on the Mets station so I could get Cohen and Hernandez instead of Kay, though I like Leiter and Cone. Just can’t handle Kay’s talk-show announcing approach and silly nonsense. Not to mention the endless one-sentence ads — happened to catch a “Lincoln lineup” change somewhere in the middle, the last straw last night.

    • WhittakerWalt

      You’re lucky you don’t have to listen to the radio broadcasts. EVERYTHING is sponsored by something.

  • mike

    I suppose everyone would have signed up for this at the end of spring training, especially with Granderson and Tex taking longer than projected to return to the lineup, and Youk being shelved for what seems like months.

    However, i think the last week is demonstrating how fragile the team is, and i feel the team ( and we as fans) are gasping for air before we reach the finish line…

  • steves

    Those 3 Met fans in the front row behind the Yankee dugout should have met the same fate that Elaine did in the Seinfeld episode when she sat in Steinbrenner’s seats wearing the Orioles cap (and they would have in the pre-moat days!).

  • Mike HC

    This was definitely one of the worst games of the year.

  • mt

    I have already checked out and am looking forward to Red Sox series -the most important thing about last night is that Red Sox lost last nigh.

    Remember we have extended the “can the 2006 All Stars hold down the fort” time frame longer than we initially expected before the season started> Also we have added new injuries like Youk, Nunez, Pettite, Cervelli and Grandy (again) – supposedly before season we would have killed for a .500 record without Grandy/Tex/Arod/Jeter – it may be the .500 record is going to be achieved by starting off .600 like we did for a while and then .400 or less recently – it’s a bummer but it may now be evening out, especially with those 2 killer 2-1 losses after we normally won games like that earlier in year.

    I can’t stand when we play Mets in general because of course whenever Mets win they are all now excited about their shitty team – we will probably lose tonight 2-1 or do an 8-3 or 9-4 blowout special again. Nuno may have to pitch a shutout to win.

    This offense is dreadful so I am just hoping at a minimum we take 1 of 3 from Red Sox and maybe (fingers crossed) can eke out 2/3 from Cleveland with good pitching – and hopefully offense can start stabilizing on West Coast (after Tex and Youk have had some ML Abs starting Friday to get kinks out). Of course the Angels and especially A’s have all started playing better than they were at their absolute worst but we’ll see.

    Even though Tex/Youk may be back on Friday we still are in keep head above water mode – still too many others injured. Grandy re-injury was a killer since Wells/Ichiro sliding now and Tex/Youk replacing Adams/Overbay who both have not been the main part of the problem. Cano needs to go into beast mode at some point.

    Lester is now pitching (whose record at YS3 is pretty good) against us and Bucholtz (coming off injury) is iffy for Sunday.

  • The Other Sam

    “trying to spin all the recent losing as a good thing because the soon-to-be activated injured players won’t have to feel the pressure of trying to maintain the winning.”

    This is why I came here today, because I was thinking the same thing. And I would add the spin that Tex and Youk are going to fix everything is equally mind boggling.

    • Guns

      I’m glad someone else is bringing this up. What exactly do people think Teix and Youk are at this point in their careers. I think people forget that Youkilis is totally cooked and went on the DL after amassing a staggering 107wRC+ and -0.1 WAR. Not only is Teixeira a slow starter but he’s also in decline, coming off a wrist injury, and a career-low .345wOBA last season. He’s simply not a huge upgrade over Overbay except he should provide a nice lift against LHP.