Saturday, May 19th, the Yankees and the Mets were in the middle of a set at Shea, where the Mets ended up taking two out of three and and the Bombers found themselves four games under .500 and 10.5 out of first. In counterpoint, the Metropolitans were 13 games over .500 and 2.5 games atop their division. It is common knowledge that the Yankees fortunes sank even further until the arrival of June, which coincided with the resurgence of several formerly missing components of the Bronx battery.
28 days later, the
flesh-eating uninspired, offensively-flat zombies that were roaming the field have been vanquished, at least temporarily*. Though last night’s fantastic pitching duel between Oliver Perez and Roger Clemens ultimately ended the Yankees’ longest winning streak since 2005, the Yanks are still nine and one in their last ten and are a slightly more optimistic one game over .500.
The Bombers continue to play host their cross-town brethren, who were a contrapuntal one and nine in their last ten prior to their triumph last night, but are still 2.5 games ahead of the Braves in the NL east and nine games over .500. Tom Glavine, who defeated the Yankees in his start at Shea in May, gets the ball today for the Mets. The Yankees were able to reach Glavine but couldn’t seal the deal, gathering nine hits and three runs in six innings in a rowdy affair that eventually wound up 10-7. Detroit knocked him around in his last start, sending him after four and a third innings in which he gave up nine runs.
The Yankees counter with Tyler Clippard, who is 3-1 but has given up 14 earned runs in 23.7 innings for a 5.32 ERA to go along with a 1.606 WHIP; he’s allowed four home runs in his five starts. Clippard made his major league debut against the Mets in the last series, winning his start while going six innings and giving up one run while striking out six. Clippard was dismal in his last start, when Pittsburgh sent him to the showers after three and two thirds and six runs, whereupon the Yankee pen came in and held the Bucs down while the Yankee bats ran away with the game. Lineups follow. Comment away.
*Including last night’s shut-out, the Yanks have scored 102 runs in their 15 games since May 30th (6.8 r/g).
Before last night’s 0-4, Bobby Abreu had at least one hit in his previous 13 games, and seven of those games were multi-hit performances.
Jorge Posada‘s single last night tied him with Cleveland’s Victor Martinez for the lead in most hits (75) as a catcher in the majors; Jorge’s 21 doubles as a catcher lead the majors. His career high season hit total was 145 in 2000, his season-best doubles total was 40, in 2002.
Melky had a down week, with four hits in 21 at bats since June 8th.
Lineups, with stats courtesy of baseball-reference.
|New York Mets|
|1 J. Reyes, ss||.318/.401/.464|
|2 C. Beltran, cf||.273/.356/.462|
|3 D. Wright, 3b||.287/.377/.504|
|4 C. Delgado, 1b||.221/.289/.398|
|5 P. Lo Duca, dh||.293/.342/.365|
|6 S. Green, rf||.303/.358/.465|
|7 R. Castro, c||.222/.306/.389|
|8 R. Gotay, 2b||.295/.340/.477|
|9 C. Gomez, lf||.250/.269/.328|
|New York Yankees|
|1 J. Damon, dh||.254/.346/.349|
|2 D. Jeter, ss||.335/.414/.458|
|3 B. Abreu, rf||.268/.362/.372|
|4 A. Rodriguez, 3b||.306/.405/.669|
|5 J. Posada, c||.349/.407/.558|
|6 H. Matsui, lf||.295/.379/.482|
|7 R. Cano, 2b||.270/.309/.415|
|8 M. Cabrera, cf||.247/.314/.346|
|9 M. Cairo, 1b||.231/.281/.269|