Rookie Nookie: Yankees 1, Mets 0

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The Yankees couldn’t get much going against Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom but the one run they were able to scratch out in the seventh was enough to get the win and help them earn the Subway Series split.

deGrom who was making his big league debut held the Yankees to that one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He earned the loss thanks to Alfonso Soriano‘s RBI double but he pitched a great game.

As for the Yankees and their pitchers, well, they were pretty much lights out tonight.

Starter Chase Whitley only pitched 4.2 innings but he made the most of them. He gave up two hits, walked two batters and struck out four. After Whitley exited the game, Joe Girardi called upon Dellin Betances to get the third out of the fifth inning and he did. He got Eric Young Jr. to ground out.

Betances came out for the sixth and set the Mets batters down in order with three strikeouts which was pretty impressive until he did the same exact thing in the seventh inning. It was amazing and slightly unfair to the Mets’ batters. Betances was dealing. His curve was working and he was throwing 98 mph heat. You can’t do much when a pitcher is on like that.

The next guy out of the bullpen, Adam Warren, didn’t fare as well as Betances giving up a hit and walk but he also struck out two. David Robertson was brought in with two outs in the eighth and runners on the corners with David Wright at the plate. After not pitching since last Friday in Milwaukee, some people (mostly on Twitter) were a little worried that D-Rob would be rusty. He wasn’t and got Wright to ground out to end the inning.

He came in to close out the game in the ninth and got Curtis Granderson to ground out while striking out Chris Young and Lucas Duda swinging

Ballgame over, Yankees win.

Some notes:

  • Derek Jeter was 0-4 in his last Subway Series game and was replaced defensively by Brendan Ryan late in the game. It was part of a double switch in the eighth.
  • Whitley didn’t get the win but he left the game with a 0.00 ERA and 1.000 BA thanks to his one hit in his one at bat.
  • The Yankees bullpen line: 4.1 IP, 10 K, 1H and 1 BB
  • More on Betances: Four of his six strikeouts were looking. He was throwing a 98 mph fastball and the Mets couldn’t do anything against his knuckle curve. Knees were buckling. He earned the win so he’s now 2-0, has a paltry a 1.61 ERA, has 39 strikeouts in 22.1 IP which works out to a 15.72 K/9, 0.82 FIP and 1.23 xFIP. Yeah. Amazing.
  • The Mets scored 21 runs at Yankee Stadium during the first two games of the Subway Series and were only able to collect a total of seven hits while being held scoreless in the latter two games.
  • The last time the Yankees shut out the Mets twice during the Subway Series was back in 2009.
  • Robertson earned his seventh save of the season.
  • Courtesy of Katie Sharp of ESPN Stats and Info: Before tonight, only other time in last 100 yrs Yankees threw a shutout with 14+ K and 3 hits or fewer allowed was 7/30/97 vs A’s

Tomorrow, the Yankees are back home to start a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

[The GIF of Betances' six strikeouts courtesy of the Pinstripe Alley GIF account on Twitter]

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.

One thought on “Rookie Nookie: Yankees 1, Mets 0

  1. John Cee

    Was that Jaclay deWeaverholz on the mound for the Mets? Dang, the kid looked good. Talk about a prototypical pitcher’s build. The Mets could have a fine rotation going forward.
    Whitley looked very good, too. It would be great if the Yanks found a gem there…

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