Monday, May 24, 2010
Are the Mets back on track?
By Ian Begley
The Mets limped into this weekend’s Subway Series with their manager’s job in jeopardy after a 2-6 road trip.
Jerry Manuel appears safe -- for now -- after the Mets won a series against the Yankees for the first time since 2007 and the eighth time in the 13-year history of interleague play thanks to Johan Santana’s dominant performance tonight in a 6-4 win.
For more on Santana, who outdueled Yankee ace CC Sabathia, check out Ian O’Connor’s column after the game.
Santana must have been sweating out the ninth. The Yanks had the tying run on first in the ninth but Francisco Rodriguez struck out Alex Rodriguez to end it.
The Mets now head into this week’s three-game series against Philadelphia having won three of their last four. Their 8-14 May has been a disaster, but they’re just five games back of the Phils.
The Yankees, on the other hand, got a dud from Sabathia, who allowed five earned runs in five innings. Check out Andrew Marchand’s take on Sabathia later tonight.
Jason Bay did plenty of damage against the big lefty, hitting two homers to triple his 2010 home run total (3). For more on Bay’s power surge, check out Adam Rubin’s column later.
There’s plenty of blame to go around for the Yanks, who have dropped six of their last 10 heading into a three-game series in Minnesota, their first trip to Target Field. One culprit? The Yanks 3-4-5 hitters had just one RBI all weekend. I’ll have more on that.