Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Subway Series Game Thread NYY @ NYM 5/28

Update; Rain Delay

The Yankees are looking to silence some overzealous Mets fans after a win last night and putting a halt to the Matt Harvey hype tonight when the Subway Series plays its final game in Citi Field this season. Matt Harvey will take his undefeated record to the mound looking to shut down Hiroku Kuroda and the Yankees. This is the second undefeated pitcher the Yankees have faced in a weeks time after facing Matt Moore and his 8-0 on Sunday. Let's remind New York who the king of baseball in New York has been since 1991 and stop this Matt Harvey hype.

Here is the Yankees lineup

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Chris Stewart C

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Youkilis & Teixeira Could Both Return On Friday

Mark Teixeira has missed the entire season to date with a wrist shear tendon injury and Kevin Youkilis has missed more than a month with a back injury but both could be back this Friday according to manager Joe Girardi. Both Mark and Youk will head to Trenton and start a rehab assignment tomorrow and could be back as early as Friday but neither are expected to stay in the minors long if the assignments go past Friday.

Michael Pineda Shut Down In Extended Spring Game

Michael Pineda was taken out of today's extended spring training game and has been shut down due to a cracked finger nail. Thank goodness it was not an arm issue or a shoulder issue and something simple like a cracked fingernail. This only delays Michael's 30 day rehab window just a little more.

Francisco Rondon Outrighted To AA Trenton

Francisco Rondon was designated for assignment last week when the Yankees claimed David Huff off of waivers from the Cleveland Indians. Rondon has struggled this season big time both in the bullpen and in the starting rotation for the Trenton Thunder. That is the main reason that Rondon has cleared waivers and will remain with the Trenton Thunder and is now off of the 40 man roster. So basically we got David Huff for nothing even with his DFA today.

Chamberlain Back, Huff Out

Joba Chamberlain, as he predicted yesterday, has been activated today. In a corresponding move to free up a spot on the roster, David Huff has been designated for assignment.

This marks the third time this season that Huff has been DFAd. It happened a few days ago, when Cleveland did so, allowing the Yankees to claim him. That was actually the second time this season the Indians had DFAd Huff, as they did the same thing back in March.

Although Chamberlain hasn't been a shut-down reliever, posting an ERA of 4.02 over the previous three seasons, his higher strikeout rate and lower walkrate than Huff will surely be welcomed back.

New York Yankees @ New York Mets 5/28

The Yankees and the Mets will play Game 2 of the Subway Series and it will be the last game at Citi Field for the season barring an unlikely 2000 World Series rematch. The Mets are set to honor Mariano Rivera before the game in the latest stop on his farewell tour. The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to face off with undefeated Matt Harvey. Kuroda took a line drive off the leg last start and was only able to go three innings so he should be fresh tonight against the Mets. The game will be televised at 7:05 pm ET on MY9, ESPN and MLB TV.

Did yesterday's game have a rivalry within a rivalry?

New York Yankees v New York Mets

The Subway Series didn't get off to a great start for the Yankees, but what happened in yesterday's game still left me with a smile on my face; even after the game was long over.

When you think of the Subway Series going into last night, you would think Robinson Cano vs. David Wright as the rivalry within the rivalry, them being the gigantic catalysts in bringing their team out in front during the games and leading their teams to victory. However, yesterday's game had two players that you last expected to attempt to lead their teams to victory: Brett Gardner vs. Daniel Murphy. Gardner won the battle for his team, but Murphy won the war that night. Let's rewind to last night, shall we?

Gardner commits Grand Larceny (on a HR): Daniel Murphy was entirely sure that he hit a HR to deep left-center. He was sure he had enough to give his team the lead--until Brett Gardner ran all the way to the track and robbed Murphy of a 2-run HR. Murphy's reaction to Gardner's catch was priceless: he took his helmet off his head and threw it to the ground, causing Yankees fans like myself to emit laughter, even through the commercial break. Even after the loss, I still had a smile on my face. Yes, I was ecstatic about the Gardner catch--but Murphy's reaction is what kept me in a good mood.

Tickets to Citi-Field? $50
Subway Sandwiches? $9
Daniel Murphy's reaction to Brett Gardner's catch? Priceless. Everything's better when you're a Yankees fan.

Murphy extracts revenge (and wins the game for the Mets): In the 8th inning is where it got grim for the Yankees. David Robertson was one out away from getting out of the inning tied...until Daniel Murphy lined a base-hit...in front of Brett Gardner. Daniel Murphy's reaction? He flipped the bat to the ground as if he hit a HR, walked to first base, then pumped his fist. Yeah, Mets fans may have liked that...but I didn't. Let's just say that my reaction to Murphy getting the game winning single mirrored his reaction innings earlier (I took my Yankees cap off and threw it to the ground). Don't worry--the hat has recovered from collecting dust from hitting the floor.

Even if it was just for yesterday, the fact that Brett Gardner and Daniel Murphy were looking for ways to one-up another was exciting to watch. We all know that Daniel Murphy was ecstatic for winning the game for the Mets. Brett Gardner had trouble being upset about the loss--especially after the catch he made during the game. And frankly, I don't blame him one bit.

Remembering The 2000 World Series - Game 3

The 2000 World Series featured the New York Yankees and the New York Mets facing off in the World Series for the first time in their history. This was the first Subway Series since 1956 when the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees faced off. Let's take the time to remember Game 3 of the 2000 World Series.

The Yankees would send Orlando Hernandez to the mound to face off with the Mets Rick Reed in Game 3 of the Subway World Series. The game would go into the 8th inning tied at 2-2 when Orlando Hernandez gave up two runs to break the game open and give the Mets a 4-2 lead. The Mets would win the game by that same score breaking Orlando Hernandez's perfect playoff record of 6-0 and ending the Yankees 14 consecutive World Series victories dating back to the 1996 World Series. John Franco would take the victory and Orlando Hernandez would take the loss with Armando Benitez notching the save to make the Subway World Series 2-1 in the Yankees favor.

Game 51 Lineup: Yankees @ Mets

It's raining in Queens right now, so it will be interesting to see if we get this game in. For now, here's the lineup.

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Chris Stewart C
Hiroki Kuroda P

Mets To Honor Mariano Rivera Tonight

Mariano Rivera is set to retire after the 2013 season and has been going on his farewell tour all season long and that will be no different when he travels to Citi Field for the final time tonight in a Subway Series game against the New York Mets. The Mets are set to honor the long time Yankees closer tonight in front of what will be a sold out crowd at Citi Field. Should be an entertaining sight to watch. Just as an FYI the Mets gave Chipper Jones a piece of artwork of Shea Stadium for his farewell present last season.

This Day In Yankees History 5/28

On this day in 1939, which started on 5/27/39, Yankees outfielder George Selkirk hit four home runs in four consecutive at bats stretched over two games. The Athletics pitcher Robert Joyce surprisingly allowed all four home runs in the two games.

On this day in 2004 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Mariano Rivera notches his 300th career save in a  7-5. Yankees victory. Mo would become only the 17th closer to ever achieve the feat.