The Mets are awful this season. They really are. They have one of the worst offenses in baseball, one of the worst bullpens and, on nights when Matt Harvey isn’t pitching, one of the worst rotations too. Still, they somehow managed to sweep the Yankees in the road-and-home four game Subway Series.
What does that make the Yankees? Bad? Not exactly. Inconsistent? Maybe. Unlucky? Definitely.
That’s basically what went on here. Yes, this Yankees offense is not as good as it was in April and certainly not as good as it was last year, but they aren’t this bad either. It was mostly bad timing in that all the bats are in a slump at the same time and it just so happened that they got swept in a four game series and are currently on a five game losing streak. It’s not pretty, but it happens.
ON TO THE GAME
Similar to the first two games at Citi Field, the Yankees actually got a decent performance from their pitching staff, but the offense failed to show up and they lost 3-1 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.
Vidal Nuno started, went six innings, and only gave up two runs on a two-run shot by Marlon Byrd. Aside from that he was impressive. Shawn Kelley gave up just one run in 1.1 innings and the rest of the bullpen did its job.
Dillon Gee, who entered the game with a 6.34 ERA, has really struggled all season, but he pitched well, extremely well, as he struck out 12 over 7.1 innings. His only mistake was giving up a third inning solo shot to Robinson Cano. Aside from that he was great and the bullpen did it’s job perfectly.
• Joba Chamberlain, who was activated on Wednesday, finally returned to action after missing nearly a month. It typically takes Joba a little while to shake off the rust, but he was great Thursday night pumping in 98 mph fastballs and mixing his slider and curveballs well. He gave up just one hit and struck out three in 1.1 innings.
• Vernon Wells has turned to shit. He’s hit just .219/.250/.365 in his last 25 games. In his last 14 games, he’s hit .151/.196/.245.
• Lyle Overbay is also falling apart. In his last 19 games, he’s hitting just .221/.270/.382. Earlier in the year he was mashing righties and struggling against lefties. That trend has stopped and now he’s really not hitting much of anything.
• The Yankees have almost no patience at the plate these days either. They walked just two times in the entire Subway Series while striking out 40 times. Yup that’s a 40:2 K:BB ratio.
• I can’t think of anything good to say except that the Yankees are 30-23 which considering the amount of injuries they’ve had is solid. And Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are both coming back on Friday.
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