Well, that was a sobering series, wasn’t it?
For only the second time in Subway Series history, the Mets were swept by the the Yankees in Yankee Stadium in the Bronx after a brutal 5-4 loss that came after the Mets squandered a three-run lead.
Jon Niese started today and delivered a solid outing that was worthy of a win. Niese tossed seven solid innings and allowed no earned runs while notching six strikeouts. For the most part he kept the Yankees on their toes and off balance, and was able to pitch his way out of trouble a couple of times in the game. The Mets lefty had racked up 13 straight shutout innings over his last two starts going into the seventh inning.
Things looked good for the Amazins when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second, the big hit was a two-run double down the right field line by Jordany Valdespin who started at second base in place of Daniel Murphy.
The Mets were cruising along until the seventh, when after Andruw Jones reached on a throwing error by David Wright, Russell Martin smashed a two-run rocket just over the right field fence.
So, out comes Niese, in comes the bullpen, and I think you all know what happens next…
Bobby Parnell, our new setup man in name only, was victimized by some balls that were hit where they ain’t, but the bottom line was that the Yankees not only tied the game, but went ahead 4-3, and trust me when I say the damage could have been much worse.
Hope for a Mets win abounded in the top of the ninth when Lucas Duda led off with a booming double to get into scoring position. And wouldn’t you know it, Ike Davis drove him home with a clutch RBI double to right-center field to tie the game at 4-4. But things quickly soured when Omar Quintanilla grounded to short and Ike Davis was called out at third base. Ouch!!!
With the score still tied in the bottom of ninth, Russell Martin ended the game with a walk-off home run against Jon Rauch who remained in the game after cleaning up after Parnell in the eighth. The Yankees clinched the victory and the three-game sweep of the Mets. For Martin it was his second bomb of the game.
What a killer… The Yankees outscored the Mets, 17-7 in the series, and were out-slugged 8-2 in the home run department.
Oh God, how this bullpen is killing us… The Mets have now lost six of their last seven games… Things certainly look a lot more murky than it did a week ago. Some shoddy defense for sure, but also some terrible calls by Terry Collins… He’s beginning to really freak me out…
The Mets are off tomorrow so they can lick their wounds, and then head to Tampa Bay to open a three game series against the Rays on Tuesday night with Chris Young opposing Alex Cobb. The Mets better get their act together soon.