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Sunday, May 22, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 9, Mets 3

By Andrew Marchand



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What it means: The Yankees can score without hitting home runs! Call your friends and neighbors. They put up an eight-spot in the seventh. They were 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position. As usual, Derek Jeter owned the Mets. He continues to have the highest lifetime average of any player against them, as he is near .400.

What's good: Classic Jeter. With the Yankees down two runs in the seventh, Jeter came up with the bases loaded against Mike Pelfrey. Jeter hit a ball that bounced and bounced and bounced, but Jose Reyes -- like he was an extra in a movie about Jeter -- dove and couldn't get to it. Two runs scored and the game was tied.

Curtis Granderson -- who is one of the best hitters in the game -- then bunted. A questionable move, to say the least. Granderson might have done it on his own, or it might have been Joe Girardi's call. We will tell you in a bit. Check back on the blog.

Anyway, it worked out because the Mets intentionally walked Mark Teixeira to get to Alex Rodriguez, which almost never works. A-Rod hit a 65-foot nubber, but it was good enough for a Jeter-esque go-ahead infield single. A-Rod had four hits on Sunday.

The Yankees blew it open after that, scoring a total of eight runs in the inning.

  • Granderson put the Yankees up, 1-0, with yet another home run. It was his 16th of the season. It came in the first.

  • What was so good about Ivan Nova's outing is how he overcame trouble. Just as his good buddy, A.J. Burnett looked as if he might have an awful night on Saturday, Nova did a good job of limiting damage on Sunday. He gave up a career-high 11 hits, which is an unsightly number in just 6 2/3 innings. However, he gave up just three runs.

    Against the pedestrian Mets lineup, Nova was way too hittable, but he limited the damage, which is what good major league pitchers do.

    What's not so good: Granderson bunting doesn't make sense in the seventh. It ended up not mattering, but still, in a tie-game, the best hitter on the team has a chance to put you ahead -- it makes little sense to give up an out. Again, we will find out in the postgame interviews if it was Girardi's call or Granderson's.

    Jeter Meter: Besides his game-tying hit, Jeter collected a third-inning single up the middle. He is now 25 hits shy of 3,000. If he continues on this pace, then sometime in June the magic moment should take place.

    In the field, Jeter made a fielding error when he just missed a throw from Francisco Cervelli on a stolen base.

    Sellout: The Yankees announced a sellout, 48,293 fans in the house.

    Coming attractions: Wallace Matthews will be writing about Jeter. Rob Parker is going to opine about the Mets' lost weekend. Ian Begley and I will have all the news that's fit to blog. And Mike Mazzeo will have you covered on the Mets' side, just a click or two away.

    What's next: The Yankees face the Blue Jays for three this week. Two night games, and a day game on Wednesday. On Monday, Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.16) vs. Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.48). On Tuesday, CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.06) vs. Ricky Romero (4-4, 3.10). On Wednesday, Freddy Garcia (2-4, 3.12) vs. Jo Jo Reyes (0-3, 4.07).

    The real matchup will be Granderson vs. Jose Bautista in Home Run Derby. Should be fun to watch that.

    Question of the day: Where was the buzz for the Subway Series?