Sunday, May 22, 2011

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Mets lose rubber game with Yankees

The Mets lost to the Yankees this afternoon by the score of 9-3 The Mets will be kicking themselves tonight when they realize they wasted a golden opportunity to win 2 out of 3 from the Yankees. After scoring 3 runs to take a 3-1 in the Top of the 2nd, the Mets couldn't capitalizing on several scoring opportunities which allowed Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova to stick around a lot longer then he should have. The Mets had 2 runners in 3 separate innings and failed to score each time.

The Yankees finally got to Mike Pelfrey in the Bot of the 7th. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single right through the legs of Pelfrey, who then walked the next hitter Chris Dickerson setting the table for the Yankees. Francisco Cervelli then squared to bunt the runners over but Pelfrey drilled him in his shoulder loading the bases for Derek Jeter. Like Jeter has done to the Mets time and time again, he came through with a 2 RBI single up the middle tying the game at 3-3. Then after a Curtis Granderson SAC and an IBB to Mark Teixeira, A-Rod stepped to the plate and hit a dribbler down the 3rd baseline for an infield RBI single to put the Yankees ahead 4-3. The Yankees then broke the game wide open scoring 5 more runs in the inning, highlighted by a Robinson Cano 2-run single.

Game Notes:

-Willie Harris went 3-4.
-Jason Bay went 2-4.
-Pedro Beato gave up his first 2 runs of the season.
-The Mets are now 0-9 in rubber games agains the Yankees in Yankee Stadium.

The Mets inability to get the big hit cost them big time today. They had many scoring opportunities to extend their lead but failed to do so as they had 11 hits on the day. The Mets have now scored 3 runs or less in their last 6 games and desperately miss David Wright and Ike Davis' presence in the middle of their lineup.

Terry Collins has done a fantastic job with this ball club so far in 2011. However, I think today he made a mistake by leaving Pelfrey in a few hitters too long. I thought he should have pulled Pelfrey after Gardner led off the 7th with a 1B. Collins chose to leave him in and paid for it as he walked the next hitter Chris Dickerson and then hit Francisco Cervelli who was trying to bunt. Pelfrey as we all know gets rattled easily and tends to self destruct during these times. I was shocked that Collins left him in.