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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.

Some fun facts about the Subway Series

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It’s that time of the year again Yankees and Mets fans. The time of year where you could take the MTA to your opposing teams stadium and watch some great New York baseball: The Subway Series. I love to make a big deal about the Subway Series because it’s the only time of the year where both New York teams play one another (and I love to make a big deal when the Yankees win the series). Now, in spirit of the Subway Series, I found some fun facts that I think you would be interested in. (I know it did this last year, but this year has some fun facts that I didn’t add). So here they are, and enjoy.

1.) Casey Stengel is the only former Yankee and Met to have his number retired by both teams. Stengel’s number 37 was retired by the Mets in 1965 while the Yankees retired his number in 1970.

2.) 111 players played for both the Yankees and the Mets. Pedro Feliciano would have been the 112th player, but he never pitched in a Major League game for the Yankees during his two-year contract.

3.) Prior to the Subway Series Match-Ups, the Yankees and Mets would play annually during the Mayor Trophy’s Game. The final Mayor Trophy’s game was in 1983. In all the match-ups the Yankees came out victorious with a 10-8-1 record.

4.) The largest blowout during the Subway Series was a 15-0 Yankees victory on June 14, 2009 at Yankee Stadium.

5.) David Cone was the only pitcher to win 20 games while playing for both the Yankees and the Mets. Cone was 20-3 in 1988 with the Mets and 20-7 in 1998 with the Yankees.

6.) Mariano Rivera earned his only RBI at Citi-Field on June 28, 2009 when he walked with the bases loaded against closer Francisco Rodriguez. He also earned his 500th career save.

7.) In 2003 the Yankees won all six games of the Subway Series, having the only Subway Series sweep in history.

8.) Four men have managed both the Yankees and the Mets: Joe Torre, Yogi Berra, Dallas Green and Casey Stengel.

9.) Alex Rodriguez hit his 564th career HR on June 26, 2009 at Citi Field to pass Reggie Jackson on the all-time HR list.

10.) The New York Yankees have won five straight series against the Mets coming into tonight’s series.

Series Preview: Yankees at Mets | 6/22/12-6/24/12


Pitching Matchups

Friday, 6/22/12, 7:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-2, 2.77 ERA / 3.50 FIP / 3.03 xFIP, 8.51 K/9, 2.22 BB/9 in 48.2 IP

Pitching for the Mets: Jon Niese, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-3, 3.82 ERA / 4.18 FIP / 3.41 xFIP, 8.84 K/9, 3.35 BB/9 in 75.1 IP

Saturday, 6/23/12, 7:15pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 9-2, 4.32 ERA / 4.46 FIP / 3.88 xFIP, 7.70 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 in 85.1 IP

Pitching for the Mets: Chris Young, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 1-1, 3.06 K/9, 3.00 FIP / 5.93 xFIP, 4.08 K/9, 2.55 BB/9 in 17.2 IP

Sunday, 6/24/12, 8:00pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 10 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-3, 3.55 ERA / 3.21 FIP / 3.18 xFIP, 9.06 K/9, 2.40 BB/9 in 101.1 IP

Pitching for the Mets: R.A. Dickey, RHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 13 K, 2 BB
On the Season: 11-1, 2.00 ERA / 2.72 FIP / 2.70 xFIP, 9.36 K/9, 1.91 BB/9 in 99.0 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Nick Swisher – 6 for 12 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 7 for 19 with 3 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 7 for 22 with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Raul Ibanez – 1 for 16 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K in the last 7 days

Andruw Jones – 1 for 12 with 2 BB, 5 K in the last 7 days

Alex Rodriguez – 3 for 21 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

NYM Offense

Who’s Hot:

David Wright – 8 for 22 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Lucas Duda – 5 for 16 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Jordany Valdespin – 5 for 16 with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Omar Quintanilla – 1 for 16 with 1 K in the last 7 days

Andres Torres – 1 for 10 with 2 BB, 1 K in the last 7 days

Daniel Murphy – 2 for 16 with 1 double, 1 RBI in the last 7 days

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 3 for 20 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 8 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

Morning Bits: Subway Series, Bernie Williams, A-Rod, Pettitte

Off day today which could be good for the team to regroup after two loses.  If your interested in the A.L. East and you should be both the Rays and Red Sox play tonight.  Friday starts a new series for the Yankees against the Mets.

Enjoy the day and let’s get right to the links….

Mike Mazzeo from ESPN NY looks at some favorite subway series moments.

— Bernie Williams will manage the World team in the future game for all star week writes Mazzeo.  Very cool gig for Bernie.

— A-Rod passed Jimmie Foxx for 6th place on the all time RBI list. Bryan Hoch from mlb.com has the story.

— Pettitte will make the first start this week in the subway series.  All the details from that upcoming series are from Joey Nowak of mlb.com.

The Subway Series: History in the Series

It’s the time of year that Yankees and Mets fans get excited about. The battle for New York. The battle to see which team is the best team in the New York area. The battle between the American League and the National League. The battle that has everyone in New York in a frenzy. The Subway Series.

The Subway Series has some history going back to 1997 and there are some interesting facts that go with the historic series that kicks off the 2012 inter-league play. Let’s look at some facts, shall we? (Facts are of courtesy from Newsday):

1. The Mets won the first ever Subway Series 6-0 on June 6, 1997 (Eh…). Andy Pettitte took the loss in that start.

2. The Yankees swept the Subway Series (both in Yankee Stadium & in Shea Stadium) in 2003 and it was the only time that the Yankees swept the Mets.

3. In the old Yankee Stadium, the Mets are 13-20. In Shea Stadium the Yankees were 17-16.

4. Only one player has 20 wins with both the Yankees and the Mets and he is currently retired and an analyst for YES Network: David Cone. With the Mets Cone was 20-3 and with the Yankees he was 20-7.

5. Mariano River’as 500th save came at Citi Field on June 28, 2009. That was also the game where former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez walked Mariano Rivera with the bases loaded and forced a run to score. That was Mariano Rivera’s only career RBI.

6. The Yankees and Mets finished in first place in the same division only once. In 2006 when they were 97-65.

7. Currently to ride B, D, 4 & 7 trains it is 2.50 on the subway. Back in 2000 to ride the train it was 1.50.

What will the Yankees and Mets do when the first pitch happens at 7:05pm tonight? Well, we’ll see. Maybe history will be made.

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Mets | 6/8/12-6/10/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 6/8/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-6, 3.82 ERA / 4.93 FIP, 4.25 xFIP, 5.40 K/9, 2.90 BB/9 in 68.1 IP

Pitching for the Mets: Johan Santana, LHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 8 K, 5 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-2, 2.38 ERA / 2.72 FIP / 3.52 xFIP, 9.00 K/9, 2.78 BB/9 in 68.0 IP

Saturday, 6/9/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 5-5, 4.96 ERA / 4.84 FIP / 4.25 xFIP, 8.32 K/9, 2.34 BB/9 in 61.2 IP

Pitching for the Mets: Dillon Gee, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-3, 4.48 ERA / 3.59 FIP / 3.17 xFIP, 8.32 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 in 70.1 IP

Sunday, 6/10/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Last Start: 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 10 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-2, 2.78 ERA / 4.01 FIP / 2.90 xFIP, 8.07 K/9, 1.77 BB/9 in 35.2 IP

Pitching for the Mets: Jonathan Niese, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 10 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-2, 4.11 ERA / 4.26 FIP / 3.49 xFIP, 8.95 K/9, 3.82 BB/9 in 61.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Eric Chavez – 5 for 12 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Russell Martin – 6 for 15 with 1 double, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Nick Swisher – 6 for 20 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Raul Ibanez – 2 for 15 with 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K in the last 7 days

— Mark Teixeira – 3 for 21 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Derek Jeter – 4 for 24 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

— Curtis Granderson – 5 for 28 with 1 double, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

NYM Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Scott Hairston – 3 for 8 with 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 BB in the last 7 days

— David Wright – 9 for 26 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 3 RBI in the last 7 days

— Lucas Duda – 7 for 24 with 1 double, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

—Ike Davis – 2 for 21 with 1 double, 6 BB, 8 K in the last 7 days

— Daniel Murphy – 7 for 31 with 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI, 3 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the Subway Series!

Grander-Slam lifts Yankees over Tigers with 9-4 victory

On a cold wet day in Comerica Park, the Yankees were in a similar spot that they have been in multiple times this season; the bases were loaded and there was 1 out. Chris Stewart flied out for the second out but the run didn’t score. Derek Jeter walked in one of the runs but it was the next batter that had made all the difference. Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam for his 17th HR of the season as the Yankees defeated the Tigers 9-4 to get one inch closer to the top of the AL East.

The Yankees were .165 before tonight when it came to runners in scoring position, but the Yankees were able to hit with RISP which is a good start. Of course, the Yankees relied on the HR ball but anyway you get wins, you take it.

CC Sabathia (7-2) wasn’t his sharpest tonight, but he was able to get through 7 innings and only allow 3 runs, 2 of them coming from a 36 pitch 3rd inning. It was after that point that the Yankees wondered if Sabathia was going to make it to at least 6. Of course, Sabathia made it to 7.

INJURY UPDATE: The Yankees might get Brett Gardner back sooner than they thought. Gardner took full on batting practice in the cage and revealed no problems with his elbow. Gardner said if all goes well then he could be back by the Subway Series next week, which is a best case scenario. If not by the Subway Series then he could be back the series after. David Robertson was unable to get work in since it rained in Tampa. Robertson will throw again on Sunday but he won’t join his buddy Gardner back to the Yankees anytime soon. The Yankees still want Robertson to throw off a mound, throw a bullpen and get into a couple of Minor League games before coming back to the team.

NON-YANKEES NEWS: Johan Santana of the New York Mets threw a n0-hitter vs. the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-0 victory in Citi Field. Santana’s no-hitter is the first no-hitter in franchise history, so congratulations to him.

The Yankees will play Game 2 of the 3 game set in Comerica Park. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Yankees. Max Scherzer gets the start for the Tigers. Game time is at 1:05pm.

Open Thread | Evening Notes

A day off today, but Game 3 is tomorrow at 8:05 ET.

Good evening everyone. Hardly anything going on in the Yankee realm today, but here are some notes / links for this open thread.

— If you have MLB Network, tune in at 8pm ET. Bob Costas will be interviewing MLB commissioner, Bud Selig, in a 30 minute taped interview. It will cover: “Selig’s thoughts on the 2012 All-Star Game, expanding the use of instant replay, adding a Postseason Wild Card team in each league, and divisional realignment.” (Lohud)

— According to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNY, the Yankees will meet the Mets in the 2012 Spring Training. The last time the two teams met in Spring Training was in 1996.

— The World Series will recommence tomorrow in Game 3, in Texas. A quick fact: The winner of Game 3 has gone on to win 10 of the past 11 World Series’. (MLB)

— The Yankees like Yu Darvish quite a lot. They see him as a his powerful young arm, in addition to his ability to throw his secondary pitches for strikes as well. The overall consensus is that Darvish has been scouted by the Yanks’ over the past 3 years, with positive reports, but unidentifiable interest. (Marc Carig)

Series Preview: NYY @ NYM ~ 7/1/11-7/3/11

Fri., 7/1/11, 7:10PM EST

Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.26) vs. Jon Niese (7-6, 3.67)

Nova’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 4.12, 13 K in 19.2 IP

Niese’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 4.50, 14 K in 16.0 IP

Sat., 7/2/11, 4:10PM EST

Bartolo Colon (5-3, 3.10) vs. Dillon Gee (8-1, 3.32)

Colon’s Last 3 Starts: 3-0, 1.29, 16 K in 21.0 IP

Gee’s Last 3 Starts: 1-1, 4.50, 7 K in 14.0 IP

Sun., 7/3/11, 1:10PM EST

Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.28) vs. R.A. Dickey (4-7, 3.77)

Garcia’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 2.25, 8 K in 20.0 IP

Dickey’s Last 3 Starts: 1-0, 3.79, 19 K in 19.0 IP

 

And here is the Series Preview podcast from YanksGoYard.com’s Ricky Keeler:

http://yanksgoyard.com/2011/07/01/going-on-the-7-train-subway-series-preview-part-ii/