Subway Series recap: Mets/Yanks split

May, 16, 2014
May 16
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In the end, everyone got a little something from this year’s Subway Series. The New York Mets won two games, the Yankees won two games, and both teams got positive glimpses at their futures.

Among the statistical highlights:

Home not so sweet for either team
The Mets lost consecutive games by shutout again, failing to net more than four hits in either game. The last time they had that happen in their home ballpark was in 1999. The only other instances before that came in 1963, when it once happened in three straight games, than happened in two other pairs of consecutive games.

The Yankees lost consecutive home games despite scoring at least seven runs for the second time in as many seasons (they had a streak of three straight in 2013). From 1933 to 2012, that never happened to the Bronx Bombers.

The kids were alright
Four young pitchers looked pretty good in this series -- two from each team.

Dellin Betances struck out six Mets in 2 1/3 innings in Thursday’s win. That gives him 51 strikeouts in 30 career innings pitched, which Elias notes is the second-most of any pitcher to debut in the modern era (Craig Kimbrel had 54). That’s a rate of 15.3 per nine innings. Betances got all six strikeouts with his breaking ball. Opponents have 41 outs (32 by strikeout) and only five baserunners against that pitch this season.

Chase Whitley pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in the series finale and did well to keep the ball away from Mets hitters. 53 of his 74 pitches were on the outer half of the plate or off the outside corner. Eleven of his outs came on pitches to that area.

Whitley is the second Yankees pitcher since the end of World War II to go at least 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut. The other was Sam Militello against the Red Sox in 1992 (seven innings of one-hit ball).

Jacob deGrom allowed one run in seven innings and got the first hit by a Mets pitcher this season (snapping their 0 for 64 start). He became the first pitcher in Mets history to allow no more than one run over seven innings who took the loss in his debut (a captip to my colleague, Jason Starrett, who pointed out that the last Mets starter to allow one run to lose his debut was current Mets broadcaster Ron Darling in 1983).

deGrom averaged 93 mph with his fastball, which peaked at 95. He threw the pitch for strikes 66 percent of the time.

Rafael Montero allowed three runs in six innings in his Mets debut. He was particularly tough on right-handed hitters, holding them hitless in eight at-bats. He also retired 10 of the 12 hitters against whom he got a two-strike count.

Aaron Boone described Montero’s secondary stuff as work-in-progress on the ESPN Wednesday night telecast. He threw 13 of 34 changeups and breaking balls for strikes.

So long, farewell
Derek Jeter went 4 for 15 with three walks in the series and finished his career with a .364 batting average against the Mets. He finished with 131 hits in 88 games against the Mets, one hit shy of averaging 1.5 hits per game against them for his career.

Series MVPs
It’s fairly easy to make an argument for Masahiro Tanaka or Yangervis Solarte as the most impressive performers in this series (Katie Sharp and I recapped their game on Wednesday here).

But also worthy of props on the Yankees side was Brett Gardner. Not only did Gardner go 6 for 17 with a grand slam and five RBIs. He also saw a whopping 98 pitches in his 19 plate appearances, better than five per plate appearance.

The Mets best hitters in the series were Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson, who combined for nine hits and nine RBI. Granderson took advantage of pitches where he likes them. All four of his hits (including both homers) came on pitches on the outer-third of the plate or off the outside corner.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187