The Yankees were beat in back-to-back games in Citi Field earlier this week, but didn’t fare any better when the Subway Series shifted to Yankee Stadium as they were beat 9-4 on Wednesday night.
The Mets jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning when David Phelps was knocked out in the very first inning. It didn’t end there though as they tacked on another run in the third and a couple more in the fourth to make it 8-0.
The Yankees did manage to pull within five after a run in the fourth on a Brennan Boesch home run and two in the sixth on Boesch and Jayson Nix RBI singles. However, they would never get closer than that as the Mets coasted through the final five innings.
• The Yankees offense wasn’t completely shut down for a change. Four different players had multi hit games with Brennan Boesch leading the way with three hits and Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki, and Jayson Nix each had a pair of hits. The team had zero walks though so despite all the hits there weren’t a lot of big opportunities.
• A comeback wasn’t really happening despite signs of life from the offense because of the tack on runs against Adam Warren, who gave up three runs in two innings.
• Preston Claiborne continues to pitch well. He tossed 1.2 scoreless innings and his ERA and WHIP are both down to 0.61 on the season.
• Perhaps the biggest silver lining Wednesday night was Ivan Nova. His line: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR. He did give up five hits and a run in his final inning, but he was the victim of some bad luck that inning and managed to escape trouble without things getting out of control.
• This opens up big questions as to who the fifth starter in the rotation should be. Phelps replaced Nova when he went on the DL and only stayed in the rotation because he was pitching well. Then tonight we saw Phelps struggle and Nova pitch well. Perhaps Joe Girardi goes with the hot hand.
Another thing to take note was that the Yankees turned to Adam Warren before Nova tonight. Perhaps that’s a sign that they like Warren more than Nova at this point. Or maybe tonight’s game changes all of that. Either way it does seem like the Yankees could at least justify putting Nova back in the rotation.
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