Whitley and company pitch shutout in 1-0 victory over Mets

Chase Whitley

There were a lot of firsts in this final game of the 2014 Subway Series: It was the first time two pitchers were making their Major League debut. It was also the first time Chase Whitley had a hit in the Major Leagues. But the best “first” of them all was Whitley and the Yankees bullpen combining for the shutout as the Yankees beat the Mets 1-0 at Citi Field in Queens, New York. The 1-0 shutout was the first time the Mets lost 1-0 in Subway Series history.

Chase Whitley made his debut for the Yankees, going 4.2 innings while giving up two hits and striking out four. Dellin Betances had the most impressive outing of the night, going 2.1 innings and striking out six batters. Adam Warren followed afterwards with 0.2 innings while striking out two and David Robertson got the four out save, striking out two and notching his seventh save of the season in seven attempts.

The difference in this game was the top of the seventh inning when Mark Teixeira walked, Brian McCann grounded into a force out and Alfonso Soriano doubled to center field, scoring McCann and going to third on the throw.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will take the train back to the Bronx and will welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates for a three game set. David Phelps will make the start for the Yankees while Edinson Volquez will make the start for the Pirates. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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7 Responses to Whitley and company pitch shutout in 1-0 victory over Mets

  1. David K. says:

    Is it just me or is everyone ignoring the fact that Derek Jeter looks like he needs a fork stuck in him? He looks completely done. He had perhaps the worst few games I've ever seen any player have. Always swings at the first pitch but can't even get the ball out of the infield and hits into double plays every time there are guys on base. Why doesn't Girardi rest him for a game or two? Why does he have to hit second? Why doesn't Girardi use the hit and run or the run and hit with Jeter up? That way maybe we can cut down on the double plays. The way he's playing this year, there's no way he should be hitting at the top of the lineup. He can't throw or even catch the ball either: remember the throw from Tanaka that Jeter botched in the 9th inning on Wedneday?

  2. hotdog says:

    Is Whitely the real deal…anyone know what scouts are saying about his prospects?

    • John says:

      He has had decent stats in the minors but never got much attention. Baseball America ranked him as the Yankees #29 prospect in 2011. He was mostly a relief pitcher until this year and minor league relief pitchers tend to be overlooked. He has a couple of decent pitches and seems willing and able to throw strikes. Maybe he's the pitching version of Yangervis Solarte. Can lightning strike twice for the Yankees this year?

    • Mike Sommer says:

      Saw where scouts liked him, but maybe not as a starter….

  3. BrooklynPaulie says:

    I agree on Jeter. He's been maddening to watch over the last several seasons (even before he hurt his ankle). I love the guy, and I'm thankful he's been a Yankee for the past two decades. However, because of his legendary status, I think he's forgiven far too much by the fans, media and, of course, Girardi. Girardi always talks about making decisions that put the betterment of the team first. He talks about Jeter's team first mentality. Yet he lacks the fortitude to drop Jeter in the lineup. Of course Jeter is not going to volunteer so we have a guy who's a rally killer batting in a critical spot in the order. He just seems to roll over everything. When he comes up with a runner on base, I find myself cringing. And that's to say nothing of his statuesque defense.

    I do think he's picked the right time to retire. While we've been spoiled for a long time by this exceptional player and dignified ambassador to the game, it would be sad to watch him decline further into a shell of what he once was.

  4. Michael R says:

    Jeter's only had 40 games after missing nearly all of last year, so let's give him another 40, though my hunch is that both of you are right. My guess is that he has never fully recovered, and by that I mean he has lost strength and flexibility in his legs and ankle., not that he is in pain. Needless to say he had no range before the injury so he is definitely a defensive liability. I still think (hope) he'll end up hitting around .270.

  5. Mike Sommer says:

    He's leaving at the right time. I surely don't want to show Derek the door, and that comment was not meant as such, but here we are, 1/4 of the way in, and Derek, hitting second, has just 9 runs scored, 8 RBI and 5 XBH. All you need to do is multiply by four to see what kind of pace he is on. He hasn't shown power, hasn't attempted to steal a base. His batting average of .254 is almost 60 points below his career average of .312. His OPS+ of 79 is almost 40 below his career average of 116. At forty, no one expected his career average year of .312-16-78 and 21 SB, but he isn't close. He hasn't fallen to 1973 Willie Mays (who started his final campaign 5 for 53) or Steve Carlton (who in his last four years, went 16-37, 5.21 and bounced around) level, and we hope not to see that. But if he continues at this pace, he'd be a #2 hitter with no power (4 HR, 20 total XBH for the season), no SB ability (hasn't even attempted), would hit in the mid-.250s, and would both score and drive in less than 40 runs. I hope he picks it up and retires on a good note. But I certainly hope not to see much more of a decline. Sad to say, but it does look like he picked the right time to go out.