Stadium way too friendly to Mets
The Mets may not want to go back to Citi Field for the final two games of the Subway Series. They were very comfortable at Yankee Stadium the past two nights and made the Yankees awfully uncomfortable at the same time.
The Mets entered the series with one of the poorest offensive records in the major leagues and averaging only 3.9 runs per game. They blistered Yankees pitching for 21 runs and 24 hits, including six home runs, in the two games combined at the Stadium.
As New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica quipped to me Tuesday night in the press box, “What kind of rivalry is it if one team wins all the games?”
It has not been much of a rivalry recently. The Mets won all four games last year and have taken the first two this year. The Yankees will rely on Masahiro Tanaka to turn the tide Wednesday night. The Mets will counter by starting one of their top pitching prospects, Rafael Montero, a righthander who will make his major-league debut.
Pitching has not been pretty in the series thus far. Neither starter Tuesday night lasted long enough to qualify for a victory. Yankees lefthander Vidal Nuno gave up seven runs (five earned) on only four hits but also four walks and a hit batter in 3 1/3 innings. Mets righthander Zack Wheeler was given leads of 4-0 and 7-3 but could not keep the Yankees at bay and was gone after 4 1/3 innings in which he allowed five runs, seven hits and six walks.
Matt Daley, a Triple A Scranton callup, was the Yankees’ most effective pitcher with three shutout innings of one-hit, one-walk, three-strikeout relief, but it was largely in a mop-up capacity. The righthander lowered his ERA from 27.00 to 8.31. Considering the state of the pitching staff, Daley’s work was well appreciated by manager Joe Girardi.
The skipper was confused as to why he was ejected from the game by plate umpire Jerry Layne. “I got thrown out and still don’t know why,” Girardi said. “There have been plenty of times I have been thrown out of games when I certainly deserved it, but I didn’t say anything this time.”
The game lingered for 3 hours, 58 minutes, and not much of it was pretty for the Yankees except for the home runs by Brian McCann, who had three hits and three RBI, and Yangervis Solarte, so maybe Girardi ended up with the best seat in the house.