Rapid Reaction: Yankees 1, Mets 0


NEW YORK -- Maybe the Mets should move to the Bronx, and the Yankees should shift to Queens?

The Yanks shut out their crosstown rivals for the second night in a row at Citi Field. The "Bronx Bombers" managed only one run themselves, but that was all they needed on this night.

The 2014 Subway Series ends in a draw. The Mets swept the two games at Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday, and the Yankees took the two here on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Yanks (21-19) move into a virtual first-place tie with the Orioles in the AL East, while the Mets (19-21) remain in fourth place in the NL East.

Thrill of the Chase: Chase Whitley, called up from Triple-A to make the start in place of the injured CC Sabathia, did very well, pitching 4 2/3 shutout innings. Keep in mind, Whitley has spent most of his minor-league career as a reliever, with 136 of his 144 appearances before 2014 coming out of the bullpen.

Featuring a fastball in the low 90s, a slider and a changeup, Whitley -- who will turn 25 next month -- gave up only two hits, both singles.

After walking Ruben Tejada and Juan Centeno back-to-back with one out in the fifth inning, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, Whitley was lifted by Yankees manager Joe Girardi. He had thrown only 74 pitches, but Whitley was also due to lead off in the top of the sixth. (Dellin Betances retired Eric Young Jr. to end the threat.)

Whitley didn't get a win, but he probably earned another start. He also collected his first big-league hit, in his very first at-bat, with a single to center field.

Dealin' Dellin: Speaking of Betances, he was spectacular Thursday. After getting E.Y. Jr. to finish off the fifth, Betances struck out the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings, setting a new career-high in strikeouts in the process.

Four of Betances' six K's were of the looking variety. His fastball topped out at 98 mph, and his knuckle curve was simply filthy. Betances got the win, improving to 2-0, with a 1.61 ERA, and 39 strikeouts in only 22 1/3 innings. The Yankees may have an emerging star in the pen.

One is enough: The Mets also had a starting pitcher making his major-league debut on Thursday in deGrom. And the soon-to-be 26-year-old, with a fastball in the mid-90s, was very impressive, giving up only one run and four hits in seven innings, with six strikeouts and two walks.

The Yankees were scoreless through six against deGrom, who retired 10 batters in a row from the third inning into the seventh. A one-out walk to Mark Teixeira started the "rally." Teixeira was retired at second base on a grounder by Brian McCann, but Mets first baseman Lucas Duda couldn't scoop a low throw by David Wright to complete a potential double play. That came back to haunt the Mets when Alfonso Soriano smacked an RBI double to left-center, scoring McCann all the way from first base.

End game: Adam Warren replaced Betances in the eighth but got in a jam, thanks to a one-out walk issued to pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu and a two-out single by Daniel Murphy, advancing pinch-runner Juan Lagares to third base.

With Wright due up next for the Mets, Girardi called upon closer David Robertson for a four-out save. Robertson got Wright to ground out to shortstop, and then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to seal his seventh save of the season.

What's next: The Yankees return to the Bronx, to open a three-game series against the Pirates on Friday. The Mets head to our nation's capital for a weekend series against the Nationals.