BOOM TANAKALAKA: Yankees 4, Mets 0

AP Photo

AP Photo

Sure, the big story about tonight’s game should be Masahiro Tanaka‘s complete game shutout but the real big story is my brother going to his first Subway Series game since 2012, you know, the last time the Yankees won a Subway Series game? Yep. So you can all thank him for his mojo. He’s the reason Tanaka only gave up four hits in nine innings with eight strikeouts. His name is James and you can leave your messages of gratitude in the comments below.

All kidding aside, what a performance by Tanaka. He’s the Yankees’ new stopper and he’s now 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA. He also hit a single in his final at bat of the game in the top of the ninth. He can do it all!

Helping out the Yankees on offense were Brian Roberts, Yangervis Solarte, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter.

In the top of the second, Solarte walked with two outs and Roberts followed that up with an RBI triple to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, Solarte hit a line drive homer into the right stands to extend the to 2-0. Roberts followed with another two-out triple but was stranded on the bases when Tanaka grounded out. In the sixth, Teixeira added to the lead with a solo shot of his own that traveled past the 375 foot sign and into the bullpen. Jeter hit an RBI single that scored Brett Gardner in the seventh.

Tanaka looked like he barely broke a sweat during his 114-pitch performance.

The Good

  • #TANAK. Forget the pitching: He has more base hits this season than all of the Mets pitchers combined. They’re sporting a big fat 0fer for the 2014 season.
  • Solarte is still doing well and it’s mid-May. He is leading the AL in batting average and was fifth in the Majors behind Troy Tulowitzki, Charlie Blackmon, Chase Utley and Seth Smith. He sitting at .336/.414/.521.
  • Teixeira’s home run was his eighth of the season.

The Not-So-Good

  • Jacoby Ellsbury seems to be mired in a bit of a slump and his batting average has fallen to .285 which isn’t terrible but he was hitting well above .300 two weeks ago.
  • Brian McCann was 0-4 and his batting average has dipped to .223. Yikes.
  • Alfonso Soriano also seems to be in a slump but he played right field tonight and seemed okay out there.

The Ugly

Terry Collins made another crack about Yankee Stadium in his postgame comments. He said, “We hit 3 [Home Runs] tonight. Just in the wrong ball park.” Dude, just stop it already. We get it. Yankee Stadium is a hitter’s park and Citi Field isn’t. Here’s an idea for you: instead of being like an adolescent and saying bitchy things about Yankee Stadium, how about complaining to your front office about signing guys who can’t hit home runs in your home ballpark. Clearly it can be done as shown by both Solarte and Teixeira tonight.

Tomorrow, it’s the matchup all of baseball is quaking in anticipation for: Chase Whitley vs. Jacob deGrom. I know, you’re all waiting with bated breath for it.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.