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Nunez to the Mets? Why not?

April, 1, 2014
Apr 1
HOUSTON -- Hmmm, which team in baseball could use a starting shortstop?

Maybe one that has gone out of its way to say that their current starting shortstop is not that great? Eduardo Nunez to the Mets, anyone?

Nunez is not perfect. If he were, the Yankees wouldn't be designating him for assignment. But he still is just 26 years old, and even Brian Cashman, the man who made the decision to get rid of him, thought that Nunez could benefit and strive someplace else.

"He possesses a great deal of talent," Cashman said. "You can dream on him. We have, as a potential everyday shortstop. All that talent is still there."

It remains to be seen if Nunez could really be an everyday player. He is unsteady in the field and not as good of a hitter as some think. Still, his career OPS is .692, while Ruben Tejada's is .642.

If you are the Mets, it is a perfect buy-low move. Would Cashman care about dealing Nunez to the Mets? If the Boss were around, he might. But Cashman is more practical, and if the Mets offered the most, I think he would do it.

Question: Should the Mets go after Nunez?

Senator Leiter? Al would be interested

June, 4, 2013
[+] EnlargeAl Leiter
Getty ImagesAl Leiter is a long shot to replace New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
With the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can appoint Lautenberg's replacement. While a long shot, former Yankees and Mets pitcher Al Leiter has been mentioned for the job.

“Who wouldn’t be interested if the governor of your state for whatever reason of their due process thought [you were] worthy, in their opinion?” Leiter, currently an announcer both for the YES Network and the MLB Network, told “So, yeah, I would be interested.”

Leiter, 47, has known Christie, a Mets fan, for a long time. Leiter, like Christie, is a Republican. He has campaigned for Christie in their home state. He was a member of Christie's transition team after the election and served on the New Jersey Sports, Gaming and Entertainment Committee. Leiter was also nominated by Christie and approved by the state Senate to be a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Commission.

During the last presidential election, through his connection to Christie, Leiter attended fundraisers for Mitt Romney.

The appointment by Christie is expected to become a big national issue because of the Jersey governor's presidential aspirations. Christie said on Tuesday that there will be a special election this year to allow voters to choose Lautenberg's long-term replacement.

Collins: 'Tremendous frustration' lifts

May, 30, 2013
For the first time in his three seasons at the helm, Mets manager Terry Collins sensed despair setting in last weekend.

What a difference a five-game winning streak -- including sweeping a season series from the Yankees for the first time in Subway Series history -- makes to change the team’s psyche.

“Due to what we’ve gone through in the last three weeks, the hardest thing I’ve done is try to keep these guys positive,” Collins said after the Mets beat the Yankees 3-1 Thursday in the Bronx. “That’s the biggest part of this job. It wasn’t about changing stances or shuffling bullpens. It was about trying to keep the guys in the clubhouse positive.

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The Empire State Building shines in blue and orange Thursday night after the Mets swept the Subway Series.

“Look, you’ve got to work your way out of it. Everybody goes through some bad times. You’ve got to work your way out of it. That was the hardest part of this, because you could sense there was tremendous frustration. Guys were down. You heard some of those guys that I had been with for three years now start to say, ‘I don’t know if I can do this. I can’t do it anymore.’ You can’t listen to that, because it’s a long, hard season.

“That’s why these games meant so much to us. This series -- I know it was the Subway Series -- but this series, coming out of that win against Atlanta, meant something. Then, when you come back against the best closer that’s ever pitched, I mean, that’s got to lift your spirits. I don’t care who you are.”

The Mets entered Sunday with a 17-29 record. They’re now seven games under .500, but the hole is not quite as deep.

Collins said he had tried everything in recent weeks to no avail. The last straw of desperation was threatening people. Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada were confronted with the possibility of imminent demotions. Dillon Gee, who pitched into the eighth inning Thursday and retired the final 15 batters he faced, was told his rotation spot was in jeopardy.

“I tried everything that I knew to try, and it wasn’t working,” Collins said. “The pats on the back. The ‘hang with ’em.’ Trying to take the pressure off of them. All of the things that you try to do. … It wasn’t working.

“So you just had to say, ‘Hey, look, it’s got to be now. It’s got to be stepped up right this minute.’ And they did.”

Said closer Bobby Parnell, who threw the final pitch of the 2013 Subway Series: “It means a lot to us. Any four games means a lot to us. We need to start winning some ballgames. We did it here. And we’ve got to carry it down to Miami with us.”

Wright vs. Cano: Who is better?

March, 14, 2013
David Wright/Robinson CanoDavid Santiago/Getty ImagesDavid Wright and Robinson Cano meet in a WBC battle on Thursday night.
Robinson Cano enters Thursday night once again putting up numbers that seem more fitting for a Wiffle Ball Classic. Just like last September in the Bronx, when he hit .615 (24-for-39) in the final nine games of the regular season, Cano is abusing pitchers with ungodly numbers.

He is 16-for-26 so far in the Wiffle World Baseball Classic, which, wouldn’t you know it, works out to be a .615 average.

Meanwhile, David Wright hit a grand slam to beat Italy in the first round and has added another six RBIs, which gives him the most of any player in the tourney with 10. His average isn’t shabby either at .438.

The Mighty Cano vs. Captain America.

Get used to it, New York baseball fans.

This is the theme of Thursday night’s matchup, but it could be the foundation of a renewed Yankees-Mets rivalry over the coming years. If Cano re-signs with the Yankees, he will become the new face of the franchise. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez may still be around, but it is Cano, 30, who is the undisputed best player and, if inked, will be here for the long haul.

Wright, also 30, will be on the Mets’ marquee into the 2020s. His eight-year, $138 million deal guarantees that. If the Mets’ young pitching can eventually lead to a renaissance, Wright will have a chance to win a ring or two and really be the Mets' Jeter.

Wright and Cano are similar players. In 2012, according to FranGraphs, they both were worth 7.8 Wins Above Replacement. On Thursday, they will be the leading forces for each of their countries -- the USA and the Dominican Republic, respectively. They both have a special pride in doing so, and as key figures on the Big Apple baseball teams, they make for one of those beautiful New York baseball debates.

QUESTION: Who would you rather have over the next eight years? Cano or Wright?

Source: Yanks pessimistic about Hairston

January, 8, 2013
The Yankees are pessimistic about signing free agent Scott Hairston, a source with knowledge of the club's thinking said. Despite Hairston's agent, Casey Close, saying that the Mets and Yankees are two of the finalists for Hairston, the Yankees don't expect he will end up in the Bronx.

The source said Hairston will be able to get more at-bats elsewhere so it is unlikely he will sign with the Yankees. In the Bronx, Hairston would be the fourth outfielder, playing behind lefties Curtis Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner. If Hairston were to sign with a team like the Mets, he likely could play every day.

If Hairston doesn't sign with the Yankees, then the fourth outfielder spot will come out of a spring-training fight between Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler.

Yankees, Mets vie for Hairston

January, 7, 2013
Scott HairstonKim Klement/USA TODAY SportsWill Scott Hairston end up in the Bronx, Queens ... or somewhere else?
It appears that the bidding for free-agent outfielder Scott Hairston mainly involves two teams: The Yankees and the Mets.

According to Casey Close, Hairston's agent, talks are continuing with both teams and Hairston expects to make a decision about where he will play in 2013 in "a matter of days."

A Met for the past two seasons, Hairston had the best year of his career in 2012, batting .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI. He played 131 games in the outfield for the Mets, most of them in left-field.

"I think he's a good fit for either team," Close said. "But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him."

It is expected that if Hairston returns to the Mets, he will play every day, while with the Yankees he will start out as a backup to left-fielder Brett Gardner and rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki. And he is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal, which could be a hang-up for the Yankees, who have shied away from multi-year deals this off-season due to the $189 million payroll limit for 2014 imposed by owner Hal Steinbrenner.

Ike: I thought it was going to be caught

June, 23, 2012
When Ike Davis hit his long drive in the first inning Friday night, he thought it had a chance to go out. But as he watched Nick Swisher drift back into the right field corner, Davis felt like he had made the last out of the inning instead of hitting a three-run homer.

"I thought he was going to catch it," Davis said.

Instead the ball went in and out of Swisher's glove and over the wall.

"I just couldn't jump high enough," Swisher said.

Davis rounded the bases, excited that his first ever at-bat against Andy Pettitte ended in a home run.

"It is a good feeling," Davis said.

For Davis, it is his fifth homer of the season with at least two men on (four three-run shots and a grand slam), tying him with Oakland's Brandon Inge for the major-league lead. Davis is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with three homers and 15 RBIs in his past 12 games.

Jon Niese built on his seven inning, two-run no-decision against the Yankees a little less than two weeks ago. Niese found the ball to be a little slippery on this wet night. The only time he really had trouble during his 6 1/3 innings of work was when he shook off catcher Mike Nickeas in the sixth against Alex Rodriguez. Nickeas wanted a fastball in, and Niese opted for a cutter. A-Rod deposited the cutter over the center field wall. Still, besides that and Andruw Jones' solo homer, Niese gave up nothing else.

Lucas Duda's single in the fifth inning means he has reached base in a career-high 22 straight games.

• Overall, the Mets' starting staff is 7-4 with a 2.40 ERA in the past 12 games.

• With his second-inning single, David Wright extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is hitting .378 in that span. Wright also had an RBI double on the night.

Double Play: Subway Series storylines

June, 22, 2012
We asked our bloggers, Mark Simon and Katie Sharp from ESPN Stats & Information, to take a closer look at the most intriguing storylines of this series.

What intrigues you most about Friday’s game?

Sharp: Can the Yankee lefties take Jonathon Niese deep?

Niese has allowed one home run to the 46 left-handed batters he’s faced this season, but that longball came in his most recent start against the Reds.

Yankee lefties have combined to hit 11 homers off same-handed pitchers, the most among all MLB teams. Curtis Granderson has seven of them this year, but has yet to homer off Niese in six career at-bats.

Simon: Will the Mets be able to resist Andy Pettitte’s slider.

Of the 20 sliders Pettitte threw with two strikes to Mets hitters, only four ended up in the strike zone. Yet, Pettitte recorded seven strikeouts with the pitch.

The Mets were actually better than most teams in terms of knowing when to chase that pitch (they swung at 41 percent of his out-of-zone sliders), but they’ll either need to be better, or avoid getting to those counts in the first place to have a successful night.

What intrigues you most about Saturday’s game?

Sharp: If Ivan Nova can continue his remarkable streak of excellent pitching performances in road interleague games.

Nova is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in four career interleague starts away from Yankee Stadium.

He is the first pitcher to start his career winning his first four road interleague starts while allowing no more than one run in each outing. The only other pitcher with a streak like that at any point in his career is Jamie Moyer, who had a similar four-start streak from 2002-04.

Simon: How many fly balls Chris Young allows that would have been home runs or extra-base hits in Yankee Stadium.

Young’s style is such that he allows a lot of fly balls, with a batted-ball breakdown of 36 flies, 22 grounders and 10 liners. In Yankee Stadium, about one of every seven fly balls leaves the park. In Citi Field, the rate is about one of every 12.

To his credit, Young has not allowed a homer in his first three starts. I’d expect that to change on Saturday night.

What intrigues you most about Sunday’s game?

Sharp: Can the Yankees solve R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball?

Dickey shut down the Yankees in two starts against them last year (two earned runs over 11 innings), but this is the first time he faces them in 2012.

Raul Ibanez and Alex Rodriguez have been able to hit Dickey in the past. Ibanez is the only player with three homers off the knuckleballer; A-Rod is 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles against him.

However, the Yankee switch-hitters (Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher) have not had much success against Dickey, going a combined 3-for-21 (.143) with six strikeouts and seven groundouts.

Simon: CC Sabathia's hitting.

Sabathia is 2-for-14 and hitless in his last nine at-bats as a Yankees hitter in regular-season play. That’s not like him. Prior to coming to the Yankees, Sabathia hit .259 with three home runs in 59 at-bats.

R.A. Dickey needs to know that grooving an 85 mile-per-hour fastball over the middle, like he might do against other pitchers, is not necessarily the best option against Sabathia.

FanSpeak: Mets better than Yanks?

April, 10, 2012

Just when you thought you know the answers about New York baseball, they change the questions! The Mets started fast and the Yankees started slow. What's going on?

From Mets on brink of matching club-best start:

"Mets 4-0. Yup the Mayans were right. 12-21-2012 is inevitable!!!"
- gregnicegoose

Ed.'s note -- World on the brink? No, it’s only four games. Plus, the Mayans didn't care much about baseball. They had their own ball game -- a little like soccer but much more exciting.

From Jeter still sets tone for Yankees:

"Gee, so the Yankees aren't going to go 0-162, huh? I guess we can all relax now."
- LIExile

Ed.'s note -- Relax? Not while the Yankees are under 500!

From Martin yelled at Andino because ...:

"I respect players who stick up for their teams. But let's put our big-boy pants on and get real here... stealing signs is part of the game and always has been."
- mnearguy

Ed.'s note -- Stealing signs is part of the game, trash talking is part of the game and so is getting fired up. That's baseball!

From Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Nats 3:

"mets spent their off season money on the bullpen...bullpen in baseball is like special teams in football...not a sexy unit , often overlooked, but a strong special teams/bullpen will net you plenty of wins and keep you in the game."
- jaxton01

Ed.'s note -- Appreciate the analogy but the bullpen is even bigger than special teams.

From Mets marketing: Are freebies selling out?:

"Know who else gives out freebies?

"Drug dealers. To get you feeling good about a thing that is absolutely bad for your health. Kind of like believing in the Mets."
- BirishB

Ed.'s note -- After calling a few rehabilitation centers, we have not found any suitable detox for Mets fans.

From Facebook:

"How about cranky Yankee fans just worry about their own 1-3 team at this point. Let Mets fans be happy with their start. If it was the other way around you'd be making fun of the Mets for starting 1-3 and gloating that the Yankees are 4-0."
- Brad Reiter

Ed.'s note -- Yankee fans: lay off the Mets fans! They have had it rough and they should enjoy this good start.

"Most Mets fans are saying the Mets will win it all. The NL east standings will be completely different a week from today with the Marlins and Phillies being the top two teams."
- Andrew Temoltzi

Ed.'s note -- What Mets fans are you talking with, Andrew? Has anybody else been hearing from these people?

What are the Mets' and Yankees' records going to be at the end of the season? Make your predictions in the comments section below. (Hey, at least you know we're paying attention.)

Mets staffer bleeds Giants blue

February, 5, 2012
Jay Horwitz has been working for the Mets for more than 30 years.

But his relationship with another New York sports franchise dates back much further.

Horwitz, the Mets' VP of communications, has been attending Giants home games since the late 1950s. He's been to all five of the team's Super Bowl appearances and will be at Lucas Oil Stadium this evening to watch what he hopes is their fourth title.

"I don't golf, I don't travel that much," Horwitz said earlier this week, "this has been my passion."

Horwitz has followed the Giants from Yankee Stadium to the Yale Bowl to both versions of the Meadowlands. In other words, he's a lifer.

He says he started going to games in the late 1950s and purchased season tickets in 1962, which means he's been through both the lean years and the championship seasons.

Horwitz insists that he never boos the Giants (perhaps adhering to his PR principles) but it must have been tough to stay positive on Nov. 19, 1978 -- the date of the original Miracle at the Meadowlands (or as Giants fans refer to it, "The Fumble).

Horwitz says he broke his wrist, his binoculars and his radio after Herm Edwards -- then a Philadelphia Eagles defensive back -- scooped up a botched handoff by Joe Pisarcik and ran it into the end zone to give the Eagles an improbable win. Horwitz says it was easily his toughest day as a fan.

But he was also there for the Giants' first Super Bowl win in 1987, their second in 1991, their loss to the Ravens in 2001 and their win over the Patriots in 2008.

"I've got a good streak going," Horwitz said.

That streak nearly died this week.

Horwitz fractured his ankle in September and was forced to spend six weeks in a rehab facility. He missed the entire Giants regular season but was well enough to attend their win over Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs.

Because he's worked for the Mets since 1980, Horwitz is die-hard by definition. So there was no way he was going to miss seeing his Giants in the Super Bowl.

In a sense, the trip has helped show Horwitz that he's healthy again.

"It proves that I'm back to normal," he said.

The only thing that would make it sweeter for Horwitz, of course, is a Giants win.

"They're 3-1 with me there, hopefully they'll be 4-1," Horwitz said.

Video: Army drops in

May, 21, 2011

Before Saturday's Subway Series game, the Army Golden Knights parachuted into Yankee Stadium.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Yankees 1

May, 20, 2011

Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: With a 2-1 victory, the Mets improved to 22-22 on the season. They reached .500 for the first time since they were 4-4 on April 9, after being as many as eight games under.

BIG RED: Justin Turner went 3-for-4 and drove in the Mets' opening run with a fourth-inning single that scored Fernando Martinez. Turner tied the franchise rookie record with an RBI in six straight games, matching the streak by Ron Swoboda in Aug. 1965. Turner also extended his hitting streak to seven games. He has 11 RBIs during the six-game streak. Turner upped his season average to .364 (20-for-55).

HE'S A WINNER: R.A. Dickey picked up his first win since his season debut on April 3 at Florida. He had gone 0-5 with two no-decisions in seven starts. Dickey departed with a 2-1 lead after six innings. His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP. The lone run came on a solo homer to the short porch in right field by Mark Teixeira in the third inning.

KARMA: Jose Reyes was charged with an error in the fifth inning on a play in which the Mets appeared to get the shaft. On Brett Gardner's leadoff grounder, first base ump Jeff Kellogg -- seemingly incorrectly -- ruled Reyes' throw pulled Daniel Murphy off first base. It was the previous night in Flushing when a throw from Turner really did pull Murphy off the base, but Jayson Werth was called out by ump Phil Cuzzi and the Mets moved within one out of a 1-0 win against the Nationals.

Reyes and the Mets escaped Friday's ensuing threat anyway. With two outs and two on, Reyes dove up the middle to field Alex Rodriguez's grounder and threw in time to first to end the inning.

Murphy got retribution, too. He led off the next half-inning and gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with a solo homer to right field. Back in the No. 2 hole for the first time in 10 days, Murphy snapped an 0-for-9 drought with the long ball off Freddy Garcia.

O YES: Left-hander Mike O'Connor, promoted May 4 when Pedro Beato landed on the disabled list, tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He has now thrown 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out seven. Jason Isringhausen was equally as dominant in a clean eighth inning. The Mets bullpen has allowed only six earned runs in 51 1/3 innings in May, for a 1.05 ERA.

K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez notched his 15th straight save since blowing his first opportunity of the season. K-Rod's longest streak as a Met is 16, which opened his Mets career and ended with Luis Castillo's dropped would-be game-ending pop fly in the Bronx.

Rodriguez has now finished 18 games this season. He needs to finish 37 of the Mets' remaining 118 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. K-Rod is on pace for 66 games finished, 11 over the threshold for that vesting option to kick in.

WHAT’S NEXT: Blister-free Chris Capuano (3-4, 4.78 ERA) opposes Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett (4-3, 3.99) in Saturday's 7:10 p.m. game.

Series preview: Mets at Yankees

May, 20, 2011

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The Mets oppose (l to r) Freddy Garcia, A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova this weekend.
METS (21-22, fourth place/NL East) vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (23-19, second place/AL East)

Friday: RHP R.A. Dickey (2-4, 5.03) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (2-2, 3.40), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Chris Capuano (2-0, 4.44) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (3-5, 3.92), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 4.44) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (3-5, 3.92), 1:05 p.m. ET

Yankees short hops

Jorge Posada, who had the recent dust-up over his removal from the lineup, started at first base Thursday in Baltimore, with Mark Teixeira serving as DH. Posada has been taking groundballs at first base since Eric Chavez landed on the disabled list. Posada (.183, 6 HR) has now made 29 appearances (16 starts) at first base in his career.

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Jorge Posada asked out of the lineup last Saturday.

• Catcher Russell Martin is tied with the Dodgers’ Rod Barajas and Blue Jays’ J.P. Arencibia for the major league lead in homers by a catcher with seven. Martin signed a one-year, $4 million contract as a free agent.

• Teixeira had a better March/April than is customary for him, hitting six homers with 16 RBIs and 16 walks. He has slowed this month, hitting .250 with four homers in 72 at-bats.

• Second baseman Robinson Cano’s selectivity at the plate has declined this season. He has struck out 27 times in 160 at-bats, after striking out 77 times in 626 at-bats a season ago.

Derek Jeter, whose public support of Posada irked the front office, will have his own uncomfortable situation at some point when he gets deemphasized in the batting order and potentially asked to move off shortstop. For now, Jeter has 2,970 hits. Next on the MLB all-time hit list: No. 28 Sam Rice at 2,985, followed by No. 27 Roberto Clemente at 3,000.

Chris Dickerson was beaned Wednesday. He was struck by a fastball from Mike Gonzalez in the 15th inning and suffered a concussion.

Alex Rodriguez was due to get his ailing hip checked out again Friday.

• Left fielder Brett Gardner began the season leading off against right-handed pitching, with Jeter batting second. But Gardner’s slow start sent him to the bottom of the order, with Jeter exclusively leading off and Curtis Granderson batting second. Gardner is hitting .385 in 11 games (nine starts) since May 8. That has allowed his average to climb from .212 to .266.

• Granderson (.270, 14 HR, 32 RBI) has been the most consistent performer on the Yankees since last August, which coincides with hitting coach Kevin Long revamping the center fielder’s swing.

• Right fielder Nick Swisher has a $10.25 million club option for 2012, but isn’t producing at a level to justify the Yankees exercising it. In addition to a limited arm, Swisher is hitting .223 with two homers.

Mariano Rivera has blown three saves in 16 chances this season, but is 20-for-21 in his career against the Mets.

Freddy Garcia is not a Mets fan. He made two starts with Triple-A Buffalo in 2009 when Tony Bernazard essentially released him, then told Omar Minaya that Garcia had decided to walk away. Garcia went on to go 12-6 last season with the Chicago White Sox.

A.J. Burnett had a solid April (4-1, 3.93 ERA), which he normally does. He then imploded in his most-recent start in the sixth inning at Toronto and was charged with six runs in 5 2/3 innings. He surrendered three homers.

Ivan Nova and Garcia beat Bartolo Colon for the final two spots in the rotation out of spring training. Now, with Phil Hughes out, Colon is in as well, although he does not face the Mets this weekend.


Dickey vs. Yankees (career: 2-1, 2.66 ERA)
Francisco Cervelli .667, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Brett Gardner .667, 2 RBI, 1 K, 3 PA
Alex Rodriguez .625, 1 RBI, 2 K, 8 PA
Robinson Cano .333, 1 BB, 4 PA
Curtis Granderson .300, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
Mark Teixeira .167, 1 K, 6 PA
Derek Jeter .125, 3 K, 8 PA
Russell Martin .000, 2 PA
Jorge Posada .000, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 PA
Nick Swisher .000, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 7 PA

Capuano vs. Yankees (career: 0-1, 11.25 ERA)
Alex Rodriguez 1.000, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 PA
Russell Martin .636, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 11 PA
Andruw Jones .333, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 19 PA
Mark Teixeira .333, 3 RBI, 1 K, 6 PA
Derek Jeter .000, 1 BB, 3 PA

Pelfrey vs. Yankees (career: 2-2, 4.70 ERA)
Russell Martin .750, 1 BB, 5 PA
Curtis Granderson .500, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 PA
Nick Swisher .429, 7 PA
Brett Gardner .400, 2 K, 10 PA
Alex Rodriguez .300, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 12 PA
Robinson Cano .273, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 12 PA
Mark Teixiera .263, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 20 PA
Andruw Jones .200, 1 BB, 1 K, 7 PA
Chris Dickerson .200, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 PA
Jorge Posada .200, 1 BB, 2 K, 6 PA
Derek Jeter .167, 1 K, 7 PA
Francisco Cervelli .167, 1 RBI, 2 K, 6 PA

Garcia vs. Mets (career: 1-1, 2.63 ERA)
Ronny Paulino 1.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 PA
Carlos Beltran .452, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K, 35 PA
Scott Hairston .400, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 6 PA
Jose Reyes .333, 3 PA
Willie Harris .250, 3 K, 13 PA
Jason Bay .000, 1 BB, 4 K, 8 PA

Burnett vs. Mets (career: 4-6, 3.36 ERA)
Scott Hairston .667, 3 PA
Jason Bay .381, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 23 PA
Carlos Beltran .263, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 20 PA
Jose Reyes .000, 3 K, 17 PA
Daniel Murphy .000, 2 BB, 6 PA
Willie Harris .000, 2 BB, 2 K, 5 PA
Fernando Martinez .000, 1 K, 3 PA

Nova vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Last series results

Yankees won, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium, June 18-20, 2010 (AP game recaps)

Mets 4, Yankees 0: Hisanori Takahashi outpitched Javier Vazquez in their second low-scoring duel this season and the Mets extended their winning streak to eight games with a victory over the suddenly slumping Yankees. With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Francisco Rodriguez struck out Derek Jeter and retired Nick Swisher on a foulout to end it. David Wright scored in the first with a nifty slide and made a key defensive play at third base. Angel Pagan added a two-run double in the eighth and the Mets opened the second Subway Series of the year with their third consecutive victory over the defending World Series champs. Pedro Feliciano pitched out of trouble in two late innings and Rodriguez got two outs for his 16th save in 19 chances, preserving the Mets' 12th win in 13 games. The Yankees, tied with Tampa Bay atop the AL East, were shut out for the second time in their ballpark, which opened last year. The Mets, who trail first-place Atlanta by a half-game in the NL East, improved to 13-2 in June and matched their longest winning streak of the season. They also won eight straight from April 22-30. Perhaps most surprising, this latest surge has come away from cavernous Citi Field. The Mets were 8-18 on the road before opening 7-0 on this nine-game trip for their longest road winning streak since they won a club-record nine in a row in June 2006. The Mets also are 9-1 against AL teams this year, giving them the most interleague wins in the majors. Overall they are 19-5 since May 22 the best record in baseball during that stretch. Takahashi (6-2) is a big reason why. Promoted from his long relief role to help an injury-depleted rotation, the 35-year-old rookie from Japan is 3-1 in six starts. Painting corners and keeping the Yankees off balance with an effective changeup, Takahashi yielded four hits in six innings. The left-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth when Wright barehanded Jorge Posada's chopper and threw him out at first, prompting several fired-up Mets including Wright and Takahashi to pump their fists and scream.

Yankees 5, Mets 3: Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson each hit a two-run homer, Phil Hughes became the American League's second 10-game winner and the Yankees ended the Mets' eight-game winning streak. The matchup between rising star pitchers with 9-1 records was won with the long ball. Hughes gave up two early home runs to Jose Reyes, but Mike Pelfrey yielded homers after allowing the leadoff batter to reach in the third and fourth innings of his worst start in six weeks. When given the lead, Hughes (10-1) held it a hallmark of his season. The 22-year-old right-hander has not allowed an opponent to tie or take the lead once the Yankees went ahead in 12 of his 13 starts. The only time his teammates failed to give him the lead was against the Mets and Pelfrey (9-2) on May 22, his only loss. The win ended the Yankees' three-game skid and tied Hughes with another budding star, Tampa Bay's David Price, who is 10-2, for the AL lead in wins. Hughes allowed five hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out four and threw a wild pitch. Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth, rebounding from a poor performance against the Phillies in which he gave up three runs without getting an out. Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances. The Yankees scored more runs than they had in their past three games overall (four) without the help of shortstop Derek Jeter, who was a late scratch from the lineup because of bruised heel. He was hurt running to first the previous night. With Alex Rodriguez serving as the designated hitter, the left side of the Yankees' infield was manned by 25-year-old rookie Kevin Russo at third base and 24-year-old second-year backup Ramiro Pena at shortstop. Reyes homered on the game's second pitch but the Yankees answered in the bottom half. Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher hit singles to put runners on first and third with none out before Teixeira grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, allowing Gardner to score. Reyes connected in the third after Hughes walked No. 9 batter Henry Blanco for his sixth multi-homer game. The ball just cleared the right-field wall several yards from where his first drive went out. Swisher leaped but did not get his glove over the top of the wall. Teixeira tied it with a two-run drive an out after Gardner got his second single to start the bottom of the inning, and Granderson hit a long homer to right after Pelfrey walked Posada leading off the fourth for a 5-3 margin. Pelfrey let the leadoff batter reach in five of his seven innings. He gave up five runs, the most he's allowed since giving up six to the Phillies on May 1, which ended the Mets' other eight-game winning streak this season. Reyes was retired in his final two at-bats. In the fifth, he was brought to one knee swinging at a 2-2 curveball for an inning-ending strikeout, and he grounded out to first in the eighth.

Yankees 4, Mets 0: CC Sabathia was dominant over eight innings in his rematch against Johan Santana, and Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam to help the Yankees beat the Mets to secure a Subway Series split. Sabathia, denied a shot at his first shutout of the season by a 22-minute rain delay in the eighth, allowed four hits. The Yankees won the final two games of the interleague series between crosstown rivals to even the season series at three games apiece. The win, combined with Tampa Bay's loss, moved the Yankees into sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time since April 21. The Mets took two of three from the Yankees in Queens in May. The former Cy Young Award winners also matched up in the finale of the series at Citi Field with Santana giving up a run in 7 2/3 stellar innings to beat Sabathia, who was knocked around for six runs. But Santana faltered in the third inning this time, giving up Teixeira's fifth career grand slam. The Yankees loaded the bases with none out on three singles, two infield hits including Nick Swisher's perfect bunt that caused Santana (5-4) and second baseman Ruben Tejada to collide at first. Sabathia (8-3) twice induced double plays and struck out six in winning his fourth straight start. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth to complete the four-hitter. Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees' lineup after missing a game because of a bruised heel and had an infield hit in the third and a double in the fifth. Santana still has not found success at the new Yankee Stadium. He gave up nine runs over three innings in one start last year, his first at the ballpark. This time, he allowed eight hits and four runs in six innings. Across the street at the old Yankee Stadium, he had a 2.05 ERA. After a five-start stretch in which he gave up just three earned runs, Santana has allowed four runs in each of his past three outings. Brett Gardner led off the third inning with a single. Jeter followed with a tapper to third that forced David Wright to make a rushed throw across his body, which pulled Ike Davis off first base. Jeter was given a hit because he appeared to have beaten the throw anyway. Swisher then pushed a perfect bunt between first and the pitcher's mound that Davis fielded before making a sideways flip toward the bag. Santana raced to cover and the ball hit off his glove as he collided with Tejada. Teixeira hit a 1-1 pitch on a high arc that bounced off the top of the left-field wall and went deep into the stands for his first slam since August 2008 for the Angels at old Yankee Stadium.

Simon breaks down Feliciano's ideal usage

December, 17, 2010
Pedro Feliciano is no Cliff Lee, but he should be a valuable commodity for Joe Girardi now that he's signed to pitch the next two seasons with the Yankees.

The key to Feliciano is in his usage. Use him in the right time, against the right combination of hitters, and the results are usually positive. We’ve gleaned that from watching him pitch more frequently than anyone else in the major leagues. Use him improperly and it can be painful to watch.

With that in mind, and with the help of the tools available from, Stats LLC, and the National Pastime Almanac, it seems appropriate to offer up a scouting report on the newest Yankees lefty, likely the 110th player to appear for both the Mets and Yankees.

You’ll see him quite a bit
Over the last three seasons, Feliciano has pitched 266 games, the most in the NL in each of those years and the most in the majors combined by a significant margin. (Carlos Marmol ranks second with 238.)

Feliciano has pitched in at least 86 games in each of the last three seasons. The only other reliever to do that in major league history is Paul Quantrill . (The only other ones to do it in consecutive seasons are the more well-known Kent Tekulve and Mike Marshall.)

There have been some seasons in which there is a consequence for this. Last year, Feliciano pitched well when asked to pitch in consecutive days (or in both ends of a doubleheader) –- hitters batted only .217 against him with 27 strikeouts, eight walks, and one home run allowed in 29 1/3 innings over an MLB-leading 44 games.

From 2006 to 2009, there were some issues in making Feliciano an everyday pitcher, most notably the 12 home runs allowed in 86 innings. So that bears watching carefully, especially if you ask him to pitch consecutive days in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.

Left is right
Move over Boone Logan, there’s a new LOOGY (lefty, one-out guy) in town. Feliciano’s stuff is very tough on left-handed hitters, specifically those with significant power.

Feliciano’s specialty is the left-handed power hitter, a good thing since he'll see plenty of them with the Red Sox. The 14 active left-handed hitters with a slugging percentage of .500 or better (min. 2,000 PA) –- a group that includes Ryan Howard, Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder -- are hitting a combined .201 against him with three home runs and 58 strikeouts in 154 at-bats.

The key to this is all in his breaking ball. It looks irresistible, but proves to be quite difficult to hit.

Last season, Inside Edge’s video scouting noted that when Feliciano threw a two-strike breaking pitch to a lefty, he was able to finish him with a strikeout on 32 percent of his pitches. That putaway rate is much higher than the major league average for lefties vs lefties, 24 percent.

In the last four seasons, all left-handed hitters have a slashline of .203/.273/.290 against Feliciano. Those aren’t the best numbers in baseball, but he’s among the top 20 percent of left-handed pitchers in all three categories in that span.

Right is wrong
Feliciano has said in the past that he likes to think of himself as more than just a lefty specialist. That’s nice. But just because he thinks it, doesn’t mean it’s so.

There was one season in Feliciano’s career in which he put up good numbers against right-handed hitters. That was 2007.

In the three years since, righties are hitting .325 and slugging .474 against him.

Only two left-handers have a higher opponents batting average against right-handed hitters in that span. Coincidentally, one of them is Logan, against whom righties are hitting .325. (The other is Reds lefty Daniel Herrera.)

Last season, right-handed hitters had a .436 opponents on-base percentage against Feliciano (padded by six intentional walks). He's been worse -- in 2008, that number was .453.

Feliciano’s 87 mph fastball does not fool right-handed hitters. In fact, they feast on it. Last season, right-handers hit .483 against Felicano (29-for-60) when an at-bat against him ended with a fastball. Not surprisingly, that was the worst in baseball and the ultimate message regarding how Feliciano should best be used.

Feliciano's Mets highlight: '06 playoffs

December, 17, 2010

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Pedro Feliciano is staying in New York, but relocating to the Bronx.

Pedro Feliciano, who had been the longest-tenured Mets, unless you disqualify him for spending the 2005 season in Japan, is remaining in New York and has agreed to terms with the Yankees.

The deal is worth two years, $8 million, and includes a club option for 2013, according to The Mets never showed an inclination to sign Feliciano to a multi-year deal, which basically left him with no realistic option of returning.

The 34-year-old Feliciano set Mets franchise records for relief appearances each of the past three seasons, with 86, 88 and 92. His highlight as a Met was the run through the postseason four years ago, though.

“When we went to the playoffs in ’06, that was the first time going to the playoffs, and we almost went to the World Series,” Feliciano said. “And we lost the last game to St. Louis. But I think that was the most emotional time.”

It was then-pitching coach Rick Peterson who had Feliciano drop down to a low three-quarters arm slot in ’04, which dramatically increased his effectiveness against left-handers and set him up for the career that now includes the lucrative deal in the Bronx. Feliciano said he already had been considering it.

“I had that in my mind,” he said. “Before I dropped down, I was thinking, ‘Next year I’m going to come a little more sidearm.’ All of a sudden, they said, ‘Let’s drop you down.’ They put in my mind that Buddy Groom and all those guys, they were average lefties, and then they dropped down and changed from average to one of the best. I started working out.”

As for his intense workload, Feliciano said he does not feel as though he is wearing down.

“Not at all. I work hard for every year,” Feliciano said. “I don’t let down and just do what I did last year. I want to keep proving I can do more than what I did last year.”

He took a lot of pride in pitching in so many games as a Met over the past three seasons.

“After I broke the record the first time, I just tried to put in my mind that I tried to break it again, and I did it,” Feliciano said. “This past year I just put in my mind that if I could break it again I would do it. And I did it.”

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