Print and Go Back ESPN.com: New York Yankees [Print without images]

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Mets 2

By Andrew Marchand


Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees are on pace to win 100 games. At the halfway mark of the season, they are 50-31. The Mets and their fans entered this weekend excited and the Yankees now have squashed that. With a win Sunday, it will be a Subway sweep. The Yankees already have clinched the Subway Series (four wins out of five thus) for 2011.

BARTOLOMAINA: Bartolo Colon appeared as if he were having a great time as he bounced around and smiled all game. Coming back for his first start since June 11, Colon looked like he has for most of the season, just slicing and dicing the Mets. He went six scoreless innings, retiring 13 in a row at one-point, and allowing just five hits. He lowered his ERA to 2.88.

If he had pitched as a starter the entire first half and hadn't strained his hammy, maybe he would be a an All-Star.

GRAND MAN: No one scored for the first five innings. In the sixth, the Yankees put a four spot on the board, starting with Curtis Granderson's solo shot. It was Granderson's first homer since June 14th. He had 48-at-bats in the interim. He has 22 homers after 81 games. Last year, he had 24 total.

JETER METER: Mike Mazzeo is in Trenton with Jeter, check the headlines on the front of ESPN NY for full details. Meanwhile, Eduardo Nunez has been awesome at the plate. He had six hits in his first six-at-bats of the Subway Series. The first out he made was a laser that Justin Turner made a diving catch on. In the ninth, he hit a bomb of a solo shot.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: I'm writing Nunez' emergence. Matthew Ehalt will handle the blog. On the Mets side, Ian O'Connor will write Jose Reyes with Ian Begley on the blog.

WHAT IS NEXT: Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.28 ERA) faces off with R.A. Dickey (4-7, 3.77) as the Yankees try to complete their Subway Series.