There was a battle this weekend, good people. You might not have even realized it was happening, but the very foundation of New York City was held in the hands (and legs, and bats, and gloves) of 2 titans of local sport. For years they’ve battled for city supremacy, with the evil empire from the Bronx reigning supreme time and time again. But not this year. Not with the Mets poised to strike while the empire was down. Not with The Dark Knight and The Guy With The Hair and that third baseman who’s not A-Rod and that young catcher who always gets hurt and Curtis Granderson‘s rotting corpse and the closer who got pinched for steroids. Surely this was the year that the Mets would take back the city, reclaim it as their own, and vanquish the evil empire back from whence they came. Or maybe not, since they played like a JV high school team last night and got beat. …
Here is your game thread.
Ten years ago tonight, Alex Rodriguez had himself quite a game.
That day, April 26, 2005, the Yankees were facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on a seemingly ordinary Tuesday evening in the Bronx. Carl Pavano (I know, I know) was starting for the Yankees and looking for his second win of the season while Bartolo Colon was starting for the Angels.
Pavano, who didn’t get injured in this game, got the first two outs, gave up a single to the third batter of the night, Vladimir Guerrero, and then got Garret Anderson to groundout to first for the final out.
Colon started things off in the bottom of the first by walking Derek Jeter but got two quick outs after Bernie Williams popped out to foul territory by third base and Gary Sheffield hit a fly ball to centerfield. He gave up another walk to Hideki Matsui which set the stage for A-Rod.
With the count 2-2, Rodriguez hit Colon’s fifth pitch of the at bat out of the park for a three-run home run.…
The middle game of this Subway Series was expected to be the one that went the Mets’ way. Matt Harvey is a god on Earth with a 3-0 record, CC Sabathia is an old bum with an 0-3 record. That was the story being told at least, and once the game started that was basically how things played out. Like the first game on Friday, this one was over early.
Sabathia just didn’t have it yesterday. He couldn’t throw his fastball for strikes down in the zone and missed badly with it at times. He also didn’t seem to have good command of any of his other pitches and that led to him having to throw more fastballs. That’s not the best strategy when you’re working in the high 80s, and the Met hitters picked up on it pretty quickly. They got on the board quickly with a Lucas Duda solo home run and really put the hurt on CC in the 4th, when they scored 4 runs with 2 outs on a triple-single-homer string of at-bats. …
Here’s the game thread.
Sorry it’s so late.
Mayberry, Jr. LF
This is amazing, mainly because it’s going to annoy so many people – our very own William Tasker being one of them. Some of the Yankees, spurred on by Brett Gardner of all people, are growing mustaches.
Here are the tweets from some of the writers about the mustache squad:
Brett Gardner said he started the Yankee mustache trend, other guys followed suit – headley, mccann, rogers, ellsbury.. Trying to get ARod.
— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) April 25, 2015
Yankees players have a group mustache thing going. Betances thinks he might have the worst.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 25, 2015
Lots of mustache talk in the #Yankees clubhouse this morning. Brett Gardner seems to be the driving force. Dellin Betances is struggling.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 25, 2015
Betances has been growing it for a week. It is almost non-existent.
— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) April 25, 2015
“Until my wife says, hey, you’ve got to shave it off, I’m going to keep growing it,” Betances.
Hey, remember how the Mets were the greatest team in the history of baseball and they were going to take over the city and run the Yankees out of town and Matt Harvey was going to be elected mayor for life? Yeah, that was fun while it lasted for about 10 minutes last night. It wasn’t Harvey on the mound, it was Jacob deGrom, and he got tattooed by the suddenly very deep and dangerous Yankee lineup while Big Mike showed him what being a stud righty pitcher is all about. Fun times.
The Yankees didn’t waste any time getting to deGrom, as Mark Teixeira cracked a 2-run home run with 2 outs in the 1st to put his team up 2-0. That was all Michael Pineda would really need, but the Yanks didn’t stop there. Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first homer of the year to lead off the bottom of the 3rd, then a single and a walk put more ducks on the pond for Teix. …
Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are your lineups.
|New York Mets||New York Yankees|
|Curtis Granderson, RF||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Lucas Duda, 1B||Alex Rodriguez, DH|
|Michael Cuddyer, DH||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||Brian McCann, C|
|Eric Campbell, 3B||Carlos Beltran, RF|
|Wilmer Flores, SS||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Kevin Plawecki, C||Stephen Drew, 2B|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Jacob deGrom, SP||Michael Pineda, SP|
I know the Subway Series is this weekend and the city is all abuzz about it because both teams are hot right now, but I want to take a quick break from that for a second to talk a little Rangers hockey. I love what I’ve seen from them so far in this opening series with Pittsburgh, love it. And I love it because they haven’t even really played that well. I’d say Pittsburgh has probably outplayed the Rangers for 60-70% of the series thus far, and they’re still down 3-1. At home, with a chance to close out tonight and get a little rest, and with their best playoff hockey presumably ahead of them is a great place to be. I’ll be beer drinking and live tweeting that game tonight, so if you’re a Ranger fan, feel free to join me. Now onto the links!
– On Tuesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes looked at what the 2017 Opening Day roster might look like if the Yankees built strictly from within and filled spots with their own prospects.…