Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Mets 2
July, 2, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Forget about losing the Subway Series. The Mets lost something much more important on Saturday: Jose Reyes. Reyes was replaced by Ruben Tejada in the top of the third after he felt tightness in his left hamstring. He suffered the injury while beating out an infield single in the first, according to the Mets. There is no word yet on the severity of the injury. The good news is that it is not the same hamstring that limited Reyes to just 36 games in 2009.
The bad news? Reyes entered play Saturday leading the majors with 123 hits, 15 triples and a .352 batting average. Reyes also ranked second in stolen bases (30) and runs scored (65).
OH GEEZ! The Gee train tumbled off track on Saturday afternoon. Dillon Gee was strong through the first five innings of his first Subway Series start. But he fell apart in the sixth. It started with Curtis Granderson's solo homer, which broke a scoreless tie. After back-to-back singles from Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano drove in both with a two-run triple to right. Cano then scored on Nick Swisher's sacrifice fly. All of a sudden, the Yankees led 4-0.
Gee didn't help his cause at the plate -- in the bottom of the fifth, he hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Gee's final line: seven hits and four runs (all earned) in seven innings. He walked three and struck out seven. The four runs allowed tied a season high. The seven hits was one shy of a season high.
FLAT-OUT OFFENSIVE: Over a five-game stretch on their most recent road trip, the Mets scored 52 runs. Maybe they left their bats at LaGuardia Airport?
The Mets have scored just three runs in the last 18 innings. They were shut out for most of Saturday's game, tacking on two runs in the ninth. They also have just 11 runs scored in five games against the Yankees.
NO STOPPING NUNEZ: The Mets haven't been able to cool off Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez. Nunez is 7-for-8 in the first two games of Round II of the Subway Series after a 3-for-4 afternoon on Saturday. Nunez doubled twice off of Gee and hit a solo homer off of Tim Byrdak in the ninth on Saturday.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not appear and remained at 30 games finished on the season. He is on pace for 58 games finished, three more than the threshold for his contract to kick in at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT'S NEXT: R.A. Dickey will pitch for the Mets in the Subway Series finale on Sunday afternoon. Dickey beat the Yankees on May 20 in the Bronx, holding the Bombers to one run on three hits in six innings. He'll face Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.28 ERA). Dickey (4-7, 3.77) is 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in eight career starts against the Yankees. Teixeira (.222) and Granderson (.231) have struggled against Dickey. Rodriguez is batting .545 in 11 at-bats against the knuckleballer.