Yankees' Pitching Did A Job On Amazin's Over Final 2 Games Of Subway Series


By John Schweibacher
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After a stretch where they went 14-5, the Mets have dropped four of their last five games, losing series to both the Marlins and Yankees at Citi Field.

The Mets lost the rubber game of the Subway Series against the Yankees, 11-2 on Sunday night.The Yanks broke the game open with five runs in the sixth inning and five more in the eighth.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, those were the Yankees’ highest-scoring innings in the 19 games they have played at Citi Field. Previously they had scored five or more runs in an inning only once in 33 regular season games against the Mets at Shea Stadium. That came in the top of the fifth on June 28, 2003, a game in which the Yanks led 9-0 and hung on for a 9-8 victory.

The Yankees topped the Mets 5-0 on Saturday afternoon. It was the third time in the last four meeting between the clubs at Citi Field in which the Amazin’s did not score a run.

Seven Yankees pitchers combined on the shutout, the most ever in a single game against the Mets. According to baseballreference.com, there had been four other games in Mets’ history where six pitchers combined to hold them scoreless, including one earlier this season, and two that came less than a week apart on the same homestand three seasons ago:

· 7/1/15: Cubs 2, Mets 0; Lester, Strop, Rondon, Motte (win), Russell and Grimm (save)
· 9/12/12: Nationals 2, Mets 0; Lannan (win), Garcia, Stammen, Mattheus, Burnett and Storen (save).
· 9/7/12: Braves 3, Mets 0; Maholm (win), Durbin, Avilan, Venters, O’Flaherty and Kimbrel (save)
· 9/23/98: Expos 3, Mets 0; Pavano (win), Young, Maddux, DeHart, Telford and Urbina (save)

Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Juan Uribe homered for the Mets in the 5-1 win on Friday night. The Mets have hit 72 home runs since Aug. 1, behind only the Blue Jays league-wide.

Mets Home Runs Since Aug. 1:

· Yoenis Cespedes 17
· Travis d’Arnaud 8
· Curtis Granderson 7
· Michael Conforto 7
· Daniel Murphy 6
· Wilmer Flores 5
· Juan Uribe 5
· Kelly Johnson 4
· Lucas Duda 4
· Juan Lagares 3
· Michael Cuddyer 2
· David Wright 2
· Ruben Tejada
· Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Dee Gordon went 4-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in the Marlins’ 9-3 victory at Citi Field on Tuesday and went 2-for-5 in Miami’s 6-0 win Wednesday night. Overall, Gordon went 35-for-82 (.427) in 19 games against the Mets this season. Gordon’s 35 hits were the most ever against the Mets in a single season. The previous high by an opposing player against the Mets Mets was Curt Flood’s 32 in 1963.

Most Hits vs. Mets Single Season:

· 35 Dee Gordon (Miami, 2015)
· 32 Curt Flood (St. Louis, 1963)
· 31 Juan Pierre (Florida, 2004)
· 31 Andre Dawson (Montreal, 1979)
· 31 Maury Wills (L.A. Dodgers, 1962)

Justin Bour went deep in both of the Marlins’ wins at Citi Field last week, giving him four home runs and 11 RBIs in 39 at-bats against the Mets in 2015. But Bour did not play favorites with his spoiler work as he also hit four against the Nationals and drove in 12 runs in 52 at-bats.

The Mets trailed the Marlins by two runs in the sixth inning last Monday night, but Travis d’Arnaud homered to tie the game and David Wright hit a go-ahead double in the seventh to give the Mets the lead in an eventual 4-3 win.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the second time this month that Wright has delivered a game-winning RBI in the seventh inning or later. The other came Sept. 7 in Washington. Wright had only three game-winners in the seventh inning or later in the previous three seasons combined:

· 5/31/14 at Philly (RBI single in 14th)
· 7/5/12 vs. Philly (RBI single in ninth)
· 5/17/02 vs. Cincinnati (RBI double in eighth)

Happy Recap: Steven Matz. The rookie left-hander became first pitcher in Mets’ history to allow two runs or fewer in each of his first five career starts, after giving up just one in the win over the Yankees on Friday night.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Blanked. After being shut out just once since the All-Star break, (by Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, 3-0, on July 23) the Mets have been shut out twice in their last four games.