I think this was the kind of game we were expecting to see when the Yankees finished their trade deadline sell-off. Well, maybe not with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, but he was off his game again last night and the bats were nowhere to be found against Jacob deGrom.
Tanaka didn't have this trademark command and the Mets bit him with the long ball early. Alejandro De Aza got the scoring started with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 3rd and Travis d'Arnaud popped a solo shot in the 5th to make it 3-0. While this was going on, the lineup managed a meager 2 hits against deGrom.
The game really got out of hand in the 7th, when the Mets put together 4 hits in a 5-batter span to plate 2 more runs and knock Tanaka out of the game. Richard Bleier came in and mucked things up worse, giving up a base hit to Yoenis Cespedes and a double to Neil Walker to put 2 more runs on Tanaka's ledger. That's an ugly line.
Naturally the Yankees didn't go out with a shutout. Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run in the top of the 9th, his 12th of the year, to give them their token run. It's almost amazing how they have the ability to score that meaningless run in losses like this. Maybe that's the next market inefficiency.
- Team batting performance against deGrom and Co. last night: 6-32, 2 XBH, 2 BB, 1 R, 10 K.
- The 7 earned runs charged to Tanaka in 6.1 innings are a career worst for him. That surely won't stir up more talk about him pitching on regular rest vs. extra rest.
- Alex Rodriguez got to pinch hit in the 9th and popped out to make the final out of the game. With Gary Sanchez set to be called up today and start at DH against a lefty pitcher, it could be the last time we see A-Rod hit for a while. He's definitely on limited time as part of the active roster.