Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Preview: Game 39
New York Yankees (19-19) at New York Mets (19-19)
Pitching Probables - Masahiro Tanaka (5-0) 2.57 ERA vs Rafael Montero (MLB Debut)
TV - SNY/ESPN - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM
Preview:The Undefeated Masahiro Tanaka (5-0) has been one of the bright spots in a depleted Yankee Rotation. He has been exactly as advertised and maybe more to the Yanks.
While Mets top prospect Rafael Montero doesn't have nearly the same pedigree Tanaka has, but the club is hoping he can provide a similar impact.
Tanaka will oppose Montero, who is set to make his big league debut as the Subway Series shifts to Citi Field on Wednesday night.
After going 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2013, Tanaka (5-0, 2.57 ERA) has baffled big league hitters with his nasty arsenal of pitches. The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his first seven starts, and his 8.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio is the third-best mark in baseball.
Tanaka was at it again Friday, yielding two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 5-3 victory at Milwaukee.
Tanaka struck out seven and walked one, throwing 71 of his 108 pitches for strikes.
Tanaka will get his first look at the crosstown Mets (19-19), who are eager to see what they have in Montero. The 23-year-old right-hander went 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA while striking out 41 over eight starts spanning 41 2/3 innings at Triple-A Las Vegas.
The future appears to be now for the Mets, who also recalled highly-touted Jacob deGrom on Tuesday.
The Mets (19-19) return home seeking a season-best fourth straight win after sweeping a two-game set at Yankee Stadium. Curtis Granderson went a combined 4 for 8 against his former team, belting a two-run homer in Monday's 9-7 victory and a three-run shot in Tuesday's 12-7 win.
The Mets are 6-0 against the Yankees since the start of last season, outscoring them 37-21 during the second-longest winning streak between these teams. The Yankees put together seven straight victories in the series spanning the 2002 and '03 seasons.
The Yankees (19-19) have surrendered 32 runs during a season-worst four-game skid.
Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte is 14 for 28 with two homers and nine RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.
David Wright has hit safely in 11 straight, going 20 for 51 (.392) with eight extra-base hits and 10 RBIs. He's batting .364 with two homers and eight RBIs in his last 11 against the Yankees.
Happy Recap: Game 38 - Mets (12) at Yankees (7) - Granderson, Murphy, Wright - Do Damage in the Bronx
W: D. Matsuzaka (1-0) L: V. Nuno (1-1)
HR: NYM - C. Granderson (5),D. Murphy (3) NYY - B. McCann (5),Y. Solarte (3)
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Recap:Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit three- run homers and the Mets beat the Yankees for a sixth straight time, jumping on Vidal Nuno early and cruising to a 12-7 win on Tuesday night.
Murphy knocked in four runs and David Wright had three hits, two RBI and two runs scored for the Mets, who have won three in a row overall.
Zack Wheeler gave up five runs on seven hits and six walks in 4 1/3 innings for the Mets and Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0) earned the win with 3 2/3 innings of relief work.
The Mets won the opener of the four-game series 9-7 on Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The last two games of the home-and-home will be played at Citi Field.
Brian McCann hit a two-run homer and Yangervis Solarte added a solo shot for the Yankees, who have lost a season-high four in a row. McCann had three hits and three RBI.
Nuno (1-1) gave up seven runs -- five earned -- on four hits and four walks in just 3 1/3 innings. The lefty's ERA climbed nearly a full point to 6.43.
Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran missed the game after being diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow. Beltran left Monday's game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. The team will wait to see if a cortisone shot works before deciding if surgery is necessary.
The Mets had two four-run rallies in the first five innings.
Granderson's three-run blast to right field punctuated a first-inning flurry and Murphy's three-run shot high off the netting on the right-field foul pole to make it 11-4 in the fifth.
Wright had an RBI single in the first and a leadoff double in the third, scoring a run. He hit an RBI single in a two-run fourth after Alfredo Aceves relieved Nuno.
Wheeler labored, too, putting the first two Yankees batters on base in the first, though the damage could have been worse. Jacoby Ellsbury hit into a double play before Mark Teixeira's RBI single and McCann's two-run homer to right got the Yankees within 4-3.
The right-hander gave up an RBI single to Brett Gardner in the fourth but escaped any more trouble when Derek Jeter grounded into an inning-ending double play. He came out after Alfonso Soriano's RBI single in the fifth, which pulled the Yankees within 11-5.
Solarte led off the eighth with a homer off Matsuzaka and Lucas Duda hit an RBI double in the ninth for the Mets.
The game was almost four-hours old when members of the grounds crew were called out in the ninth inning after Mets reliever Jeurys Familia was having trouble throwing off the mound. They put down dirt in front of the rubber and raked and watered it.
Familia walked two and gave up an RBI single to McCann for the final margin.
The Mets swept the Subway Series last year after winning just three of the previous 14 meetings ... The Yankees placed right-handed pitcher Shawn Kelley on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lumbar spine retroactive to May 7. He has been hampered by the back injury for over a week and underwent an MRI on Friday. The team recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Happy Recap: Game 37 - Mets (9) at Yankees (7) - Mets Four HR Night, Duda's defense wins it for Mets
W: J. Mejia (4-0) L: M. Thornton (0-1) S: K. Farnsworth (3)
HR: NYM - T. d´Arnaud (3),C. Granderson (4),E. Young (1),C. Young (3) NYY - B. Gardner (2)
Recap:Chris Young capped a three-run eighth inning with a tiebreaking two-run homer to send the New York Mets past the New York Yankees, 9-7, on Monday in the opener of their annual Subway Series.
The Mets trailed 7-4 after six innings before Eric Young, Jr. stroked a two- run homer in the seventh off Alfredo Aceves to get the visitors within one.
Lucas Duda laced an RBI single off Matt Thornton (0-1) in the eighth to tie the game, and after Preston Claiborne replaced Thornton on the mound, Chris Young clubbed Claiborne's second pitch into the seats in left for a 9-7 lead.
After striking out Alfonso Soriano to end the seventh, Jenrry Mejia (4-0), who was sent from the starting rotation to the bullpen earlier Monday, worked around a pair of singles in the eighth to maintain the Mets' margin.
Kyle Farnsworth entered for the Mets in the ninth and issued a leadoff walk to Derek Jeter and a one-out single to pinch-hitter Mark Teixeira that left runners on the corners.
However, Farnsworth was able to secure his third save of the season by getting Brian McCann to ground into a game-ending 3-5-3 double play.
Curtis Granderson returned to Yankee Stadium for the first time since signing with the Mets in the offseason and slugged a two-run homer, while Eric Young, Jr. finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored in the Mets' fifth straight win over their cross-town rivals.
Brett Gardner hit his second career grand slam in the setback, while Yangervis Solarte collected three hits, an RBI and two runs scored for the Yankees, who have lost three straight overall.
Jeter registered his first three-hit game since Sept. 30, 2012 in the loss.
The Mets manufactured a run in the first on David Wright's RBI groundout that scored Eric Young, Jr. for a 1-0 lead, but Gardner's grand slam in the second gave the home team control.
The Yankees started the second with three consecutive singles, including Alfonso Soriano's 1,000th career American League hit, making him just the seventh player in MLB history to compile 1,000 hits in each league.
Mets starter Bartolo Colon briefly slowed the hit parade by retiring the next two batters, but Gardner jumped on a first-pitch fastball and scorched it into the seats in right for a 4-1 lead.
Travis d'Arnaud smacked a one-out solo shot in the fifth to trim the margin to two before Granderson followed Wright's leadoff single in the sixth with a drive over the wall in right-center field to tie the game.
The Yankees answered with three runs in the home half, as Soriano stroked a ground-rule double before scoring on Solarte's single to right.
Kelly Johnson then sliced a triple into the gap in left-center field to score Solarte, but the Yankees first baseman was caught in a rundown between third and home when Brian Roberts followed with a grounder to short.
After Gardner extended the inning with a single to right, Carlos Torres took over on the mound for the Mets. With Jeter at the dish, Gardner took off for second and d'Arnaud's throw sailed into center field, allowing Roberts to race home for a 7-4 lead.
Aceves replaced Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda to start the seventh and walked d'Arnaud before Eric Young, Jr. smacked his first homer of the season two batters later to bring the Mets within 7-6.
With his 1,000th AL hit, Soriano became the first player in MLB history to accrue 1,000 hits, 500 runs, 500 RBI, 100 homers and 100 stolen bases in each league. Frank Robinson, Dave Winfield, Vladimir Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Lee are the other players with 1,000 hits in each league ... Granderson spent four seasons with the Yankees before signing with the Mets in the offseason ... The Mets homered in four straight innings for the first time since May 19, 2005 at Philadelphia ... Kuroda allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings ... Colon yielded seven runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits over 5 2/3 frames ... The Yankees entered the game 16-0 this season when leading after seven innings.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Tonight's Starting Lineups - Subway Series - Game 37
- Eric Young Jr., lf
- Daniel Murphy, 2b
- David Wright, 3b
- Curtis Granderson, rf
- Bobby Abreu, dh
- Lucas Duda, 1b
- Chris Young, cf
- Travis d'Arnaud, c
- Ruben Tejada, ss
Mets Starter - Bartolo Colon, RHP
- Brett Gardner, lf
- Derek Jeter, ss
- Jacoby Ellsbury, cf
- Carlos Beltran, dh
- Brian McCann, c
- Alfonso Soriano, rf
- Yangervis Solarte, 3b
- Kelly Johnson, 1b
- Brian Roberts, 2b
Yanks Starter - Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
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Preview: Game 37
New York Mets (17-19) at New York Yankees (19-17)
Probable Pitchers - Bartolo Colon (2-5) 5.36 ERA vs Hiroki Kuroda (2-3) 4.43 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:05 PM
Preview:The Mets will try to extend their longest winning streak in series history Monday night when they face the Yankees in the 2014 Subway Series opener.
The Mets won all four meetings with the Yankees (19-17) last year, marking the first time they had ever won four straight in the series. The Yankees, who were held to one run in three of those losses, had previously won 11 of 14 meetings.
Granderson hit 115 home runs for the Yankees from 2010-13, the 13th-most in baseball during that span. He was a two-time All-Star with the Yankees, but alienated the fanbase by saying, "A lot of the people I've met in New York have always said that true New Yorkers are Mets fans," at his introductory press conference with the Mets after agreeing to a four-year deal worth $60 million.
Given Curtis Granderson's comments in the offseason, he's unlikely to receive a friendly welcome in his return to the Bronx.
Granderson has struggled with his new club, hitting .185 with three homers and 38 strikeouts in 35 games.
The Mets (17-19) had tallied nine runs during a five-game losing streak prior to Sunday's 5-4 win over Philadelphia in 11 innings.
Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer in a three-run ninth inning to force extras, and Ruben Tejada drove in the winning run in the 11th with a bases-loaded single. Murphy has collected at least one hit in seven of eight while slugging .853 with 10 runs scored.
The Yankees have dropped two in a row and seven out of 11 following Sunday's 6-5 loss in Milwaukee. Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth -- his sixth in 12 games -- but Mark Reynolds responded with an RBI single for the Brewers in the bottom half.
Girardi could especially use a good outing from Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.43 ERA) considering the state of the rotation. CC Sabathia was placed on the disabled list Sunday, joining the already sidelined Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda.
Kuroda's winless streak reached four starts despite a strong performance Tuesday, when he struck out a season-high eight while limiting the Angels to three runs -- one earned -- and five hits over 7 2/3 innings in a 4-3 victory. Kuroda is 2/3 with a 2.50 ERA in six starts against the Mets since 2010.
Another former Yankee in Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.36) will take the mound for the Mets. He gave up three runs in seven innings in Tuesday's 3-0 loss at Miami after yielding seven runs and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss at Colorado on May 1.
The veteran right-hander went 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in two starts versus the Yankees last season with Oakland.
Derek Jeter is hitting .368 in 84 career games against the Mets -- his highest against a team he's faced at least 10 times. He's also 15 for 39 off Colon, though he's only had three at-bats against him since 2008.
David Wright, 16 for 41 during a nine-game hitting streak with six doubles, is 7 for 20 off Kuroda.