Friday, April 24, 2015

Game Thread: New York Mets @ New York Yankees 4/24

Not only is it game time but it is Subway Series time as the New York Yankees return home to play host to the New York Mets who have the best record in baseball. So what if the Mets won like 11 or 12 in a row, this is baseball and it’s a new day. Let’s make sure that the Yankees show them that tonight when they send Michael Pineda out to the mound to face off with the Mets starter Jacob deGrom. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, WPIX Channel 11, MLB Network and MLB TV.

Head down to the Bronx to see the Yankees and the Mets face off in the latest installment of the Subway Series by clicking the Yankees Tickets link on the top of our page. We can offer third hand Yankees tickets for less than those other guys because Ticket Monster does not tack on shipping costs or processing fees. If you’d rather stay at home or you’re a Yankees fan from afar then jump on Twitter (@GreedyStripes) and chat with us or get on the blog and comment in our comments section. Between the two there is almost always a discussion going on with the best fans in the world, your fellow Yankees family.

Mr. Pineda will take it from here so enjoy the game Yankees family. Go Yankees!

Weekly Check In: Jorge Mateo

The stable of prospects is now complete as we will check in with Robert Refsnyder every Saturday, Luis Severino every Sunday, Jacob Lindgren every Monday, Aaron Judge every Tuesday, Greg Bird every Wednesday, going forward Tyler Austin every Thursday and now Jorge Mateo every Friday. Today’s Friday, Happy Friday everyone, so let’s check in on Mateo. I chose Mateo over many other notable Yankees prospects because of the stolen base show he is putting on right now in the minor leagues. He is right on pace with Billy Hamilton’s record breaking season in 2011 for stolen bases so this will be an interesting post, and one you will want to check out, every single week. 


History of the New York Subway Series


Dave Milicki throws a complete game shutout to win the very first game but the Yankees would take the next two to win the Subway Series 2-1.


Mike Piazza was added to the Mets to add fuel to the rivalry, also in hopes of the Mets having a playoff push,  but the Yankees still won the Subway Series 2-1


Interleague Play was expanded to where both teams hosted a series. The Mets won their series 2-1 at Shea Stadium and the Yankees won their series 2-1 at Yankee Stadium.


On July, 8 2000 the Yankees and Mets played a split doubleheader, one game at Yankee Stadium and one game at Shea Stadium, and the Yankees took both games 4-2. The Yankees would win that season series and these two teams would meet in the World Series with the Yankees taking home the championship in five games.


Yankees win the series 4-2


Yankees win the series 4-2


The Yankees won all six games to sweep the season series for the first time.


The Mets would win their first Subway Series 4-2 after sweeping the Yankees in Shea Stadium.


The Mets won their first series at Yankee Stadium this season and almost swept the Yankees at Yankee Stadium before Jason Giambi had a ninth inning game winning hit to split the season series 3-3.


These two teams would split the season series 3-3.


These two teams would split the season series 3-3.


The New York Mets would win the Subway Series for only the second time and got their first sweep at Yankee Stadium. Mets win the series 4-2.


The Mets were swept at Citi Field and would lose two of three games at Yankee Stadium to lose the series 5-1.


These two teams would split the season series 3-3.


Yankees won the series 4-2 just days after Derek Jeter joined the 3,000 hit club.


The Mets could only scamper one win and lose the series 5-1.


The Yankees offense was nonexistent and for the first time the Mets swept all four games against the Yankees.

The Yankees and Mets split the new four game Subway Series while neither made any ground in the overall standings.


To be continued.....

Total Yankees Wins: 56
Total Mets Wins: 42

Game Preview: New York Mets @ New York Yankees 4/24

The New York Yankees are fresh off a long road trip and a great couple of series against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers had the best record in all of baseball heading into the four game series with New York and after a few losses have fallen behind the latest opponents for the Yankees, the best record in baseball having New York Mets. The Yankees offense has shown more than just signs of life over the past couple of weeks while the defense and pitching is finally settling in to be what it was expected to be entering the season. Tonight the Yankees and the Mets continue the annual Subway Series inside Yankee Stadium with Michael Pineda facing off against 2015 Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, WPIX Channel 11, MLB Network and MLB TV.

  • Pineda has not been as dominant as he was in 2014 but still battled through 5.2 IP his last time out against the Tampa Bay Rays. Pineda picked up his second win of the season when he limited the Rays to just three runs last Sunday in the victory for New York. This will be Pineda’s first start against the New York Mets and has only faced to their current hitters.

  • deGrom is the reigning Rookie of the Year from the 2014 season and is currently on a 18.1 IP scoreless innings streak heading into the match. deGrom beat the Marlins last time out and has not allowed a run since the first inning of his first start this season when he allowed a solo home run. This is going to be a tough game for the Yankees to win and it’s not looking much easier tomorrow with Harvey on the mound for the Metropolitans.

This is either going to be a very frustrating or very fun series for the Yankees. While I don’t look forward to all the trolls on Twitter the first time a Yankee takes a looking strike three or doesn’t hit with runners in scoring position I do look forward to hopefully rubbing it in those same faces when the Yankees sweep this series in the Bronx. Make me proud and make me right, Go Yankees!

The Carlos Beltran Rotation

I tend to write my articles, or at least brain storm for them and start them, a few days before you see them here on The Greedy Pinstripes. The last time I wrote about the fact that Carlos Beltran was worrying me he started the next game out with a double and looked to be well on his way to recovery. Beltran has continued to slip a little once again and saw his batting average well under the Mendoza Line before a couple hits against David Price and the Tigers brought him back to .200. In hope of turning him around once again, and because I really think it should happen, today we will discuss not a platoon for Beltran but a rotation that keeps him out of the lineup as much as possible.

Chris Young has rejuvenated himself since putting on the pinstripes after struggling with the Mendoza Line himself as a member of the New York Mets. Young adds a power hitting right handed power bat the Yankees have been lacking off the bench since the days of #TooManyDamnHRs in 2012 and has the ability to play all three outfield positions. He can even out a batting order and can fill in at center field either to start a game or later on in the contest making him invaluable to the team as long as he’s hitting. Beltran is looking more and more like a statue not only at the plate but in right field and adds little versatility to the team begging the comparisons between him and the 2014 version of Alfonso Soriano.

The only time Beltran should play is when Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury needs a day off. Young should get the bulk of the right field at bats as long as he’s hitting because Beltran has become a black hole in the middle of the Yankees lineup. Last season he had the excuse that his elbow spur was bothering him and he needed surgery, he has the surgery now and through three weeks of the season looks no different, or better, than he did in 2015. I know three weeks is not a great sample size but this has carried over from the entire spring training camp leading many to believe that this is not simply bad luck or a slow start, this may be what Beltran is now as a player.

The only problem with this scenario is delegating Beltran once again to a part time DH player takes at bats away from Alex Rodriguez and especially from Garrett Jones. Beltran has two years left at basically $30 million so the team will not eat the salary and let him go presumably and no team would trade him even if he waived his no trade protection so we may have the latest in the long line of suffocating contracts that will keep the team down not only in 2015 but 2016 as well. Either way limiting Beltran’s at bats, at least for now, is the best thing for the team and should be implemented immediately. 

TGP Daily Poll: Alex Rodriguez Homers in Mets Series

Alex Rodriguez and his home run milestones will be a story probably all season long and will only amplify the closer he gets to Willie Mays. A Rod will get at least one step closer to Mays this next series when the Yankees host the New York Mets.

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Tampa Yankees Present: Fight Like a Kid!

Salvatore is three years old and loves cars & playing outside with his friends. He wants to become a firefighter when he grows up. He is a new big brother and loves his little sister very much. Salvatore was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and has been fighting hard to beat the disease.

To help support his family in this difficult time, the Tampa Yankees are donating 100% of the ticket proceeds from the Friday, May 1st home game to Salvatore's family. Gates will open at 6:00pm for the 7:00pmgame.

Salvatore's family & doctor are planning to bring him for that evening's home game to meet the team and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Reserved Tickets are $6 each and General Admission Tickets are $4 each and can be purchased online through TicketMaster or at the Steinbrenner Field Box Office.

Can't make the game, but still want to make a donation? Click here to go to Salvatore's GoFundMe page.

No donation is too small and will be greatly appreciated.

Click here for more information about Team Salvatore Fight Like a Kid Night.

Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you at Steinbrenner Field for
Team Salvatore Fight Like a Kid Night.

This Day in New York Yankees History 4/24: David Ortiz Yankee Stadium Jersey Sold!

On this day in 2008 the jersey that was hidden in the cement during construction at the new Yankee Stadium was auctioned off to help the Jimmy Fund charity and fetched $175,100. The winning bidder out of 282 bidders was Kevin Meehan a Mendon, Mass. resident and owner of

Also on this day in 1987 Rickey Henderson became the first batter to ever hit a home run off of two 300 game winners in the same game. Henderson hit a solo home run in the 8th inning off Phil Niekro and would hit a two run home run in the ninth inning off Steve Carlton to help the Yankees beat the Indians 6-5.

Also on this day in 1923 President Warren G. Harding witnessed the first shutout ever thrown at Yankee Stadium. The avid baseball fan and chain smoking president saw Babe Ruth hit a home run in the contest but was ultimately disappointed when his Washington Senators lost 4-0.

Finally on this day in 1917 Yankee pitcher George Mogridge throws a no hitter against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. This is the first no hitter in Yankees franchise history and the first ever thrown at Fenway Park.