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Some fun facts about the Subway Series


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.

Morning Bits: A-Rod’s Idol, Jeter’s Charity Dinner, Tyler Austin, Subway Series

Good morning all.  Subway series starts tonight.  Pettitte is on the mound as he looks to get the Yankees back in the W column.  First pitch is set for 7:10.

Enjoy the weekend all.  Let’s get right to the links…..

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY has an article about A-Rod where he recalls one of his favorite players growing up was Keith Hernandez.

— Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation had a charity dinner last night and many stars were at the event.  Bryan Hoch of has all the details.

— Yankees prospect Tyler Austin (Charleston River Dogs) is the only Yankee prospect selected to play in the All Star Futures Game. Hoch has that story.   Our blog interview Tyler last month you can read that interview with him right here.

Ken Belson of The New York Times has the scoop on tickets still available for the Subway Series.

Marc Carig of The Star Ledger looks into the big problem with the Yankees this season which is hitting with runners in scoring position.


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!

Morning Bits: Rivera, Hensley, Subway Series, Draft

Led by a Ivan Nova’s stellar start the Yankees defeated the Rays 4-1 last night. The final game of the series is tonight and it will be C.C. Sabathia vs. David Price on the mound. Here are your morning links…

— Mariano Rivera’s blood clot is gone and he is scheduled to have surgery on his knee on Tuesday- about a month after he tore his ACL.

— The Yankees’ 1st round pick Ty Hensley is very excited to pitch for the team hopes to be pitching in the Bronx as soon as he possibly can.

— Tickets to see the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium have become less expensive than they used to be. They are also quite a bit cheaper than buying tickets to see the Subway Series at Citi Field. has a list of the Yankees’ 2012 draft picks with brief descriptions for all the players and video scouting reports for some of them.

Have a great day!

Morning Bits: Nunez, Robertson, Subway Series, Pettitte

Good morning everyone and Happy Tuesday to you all! A great win last night for the Yankees ending the Yankees April at 13-9 (better than what a lot of us thought with the tough schedule). Tonight Phil Hughes is on the mound for the Yankees facing Brian Matusz. Also a reminder, I will be making my radio debut tonight on Sports Rantz ‘Rantin & Ravin Show’ where I’ll be talking about the Yankees, so listen in on that. Onto the morning links!

— ESPN New York chronicles Eduardo Nunez‘s adventures in the outfield. Nunez’s catches weren’t as smooth as Brett Gardner‘s–but it was pretty comical.

David Robertson shows why the Yankees aren’t dreading ‘the end’ of Mariano Rivera. Hey, Robertson already has 2 of Mo’s three traits down; all he has to do is cut down on the walks. Not that hard–right?

— The Yankees & Mets 6-game subway series is in danger of being cut due to the Astros moving to the American League next season. Oh come on, most of us just go to Citi Field during the Subway Series to cheer on the Yankees–now they might cut that?

Andy Pettitte says that “he’s ready” to return to the Bronx and pitch in the Yankees rotation. Great, let’s send him up–but Cashman might give him just one more start.

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’s Ricky Keeler:

NYY vs. NYM – 5/22/11

Come up big, Ivan, come up big.


1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Cano 2B
6. Posada DH
7. Gardner LF
8. Dickerson RF
9. Cervelli C


Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.33) vs. Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 5.11)

From’s Gameday:

Though Pelfrey extended his winless streak against the Marlins to 13 starts, he did hold the Fish to one run in seven innings of a no-decision Monday. He’ll look for similar success at Yankee Stadium, where he lost his only career start last year.

Nova helped the Yanks snap a six-game skid in his last start, holding the Rays to a run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings for his fourth win of the year. It was a big improvement over his previous start, a three-inning dud in which he gave up 10 hits.

Enjoy the game.

Yanks Tie Series with 7-3 Win

Here’s the NYY Recap from’s Bryan Hoch:

NEW YORK — It has been suggested that the Yankees lean on the home run too much, warning that continuing to wait for baseballs to clear outfield walls might turn out to be a recipe for disaster.

The next time that pops up, they may shrug and point to Saturday’s box score. Four Yankees homers off Mets hurlers powered a 7-3 Subway Series victory as, once again, the long ball proved to be their best weapon.

“Right now, it is,” said Mark Teixeira, who homered for the third straight night, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. “I’d hate for anyone to say, ‘I’m not going to hit any home runs anymore.'”

One night after the Yankees went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, those situations weren’t an issue. They didn’t have an at-bat with a runner in scoring position until the eighth inning and stranded no one on base all night.

“It seems like we find a way usually to score runs, somehow,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I feel good about this offense. I just think as we start to move forward, you’re going to see guys get hot again.”

Russell Martin belted a two-run homer in the second inning and Teixeira followed suit in the third, giving the Yankees the lead off Mets lefty Chris Capuano with a shot to right-center.

Curtis Granderson homered in the sixth and Alex Rodriguez also cleared the wall, chasing Capuano, who set a career high with the four homers allowed and was charged with six runs on six hits.

The Yankees have scored 52.2 percent of their 226 runs this season via the homer, having hit 70 homers that account for 118 runs.

“You don’t go up there trying to do it, unlike in some sports,” Granderson said. “In football you can say, ‘We’re going to throw the ball down field a lot.’ In baseball, it just happens.”

And while no one wants to spoil the fun, the owner of 622 big league blasts struck a cautionary note, saying it is actually possible to have too much of a good thing.

“I think so,” A-Rod said. “It’s important for us to think small ball and hit behind runners, score with base hits, doubles and sacrifices. There’s many ways to score, and later on when it counts the most, it’s hard to score only by home runs.”

A.J. Burnett wasn’t complaining. The long ball display helped make a winner of the right-hander, who limited the Mets to three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, logging a victory for the first time in four starts.

Burnett did not have his good control early and the Mets took advantage with two first-inning runs, but he said he has been more able to shrug off mistakes and get back to business this year.

”That’s key,” Burnett said. “The less hard I am on myself, the more I’m able to turn the page. I’m not going to have a perfect outing every time; they’re going to hit good pitches. When all that happens, you stand there and get the ball and throw the next one.”

In the first inning, Jose Reyes logged his first career hit off Burnett after 17 at-bats, a double, and scored on a Jason Bay sacrifice fly. Justin Turner’s single knocked in Daniel Murphy, who had singled.

After that, Burnett was touched only by Carlos Beltran’s fifth-inning RBI single.

“I thought A.J. after the first inning really attacked the zone better,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We got him behind in some counts, and after that, he was threatening with strike two to a lot of guys.”

Burnett impressed with a cool attitude in the sixth, working out of a two-on, one-out jam by inducing a pair of grounders. The first could have been a double-play ball if Robinson Cano had found a better handle.

“That’s what he’s been able to do most of the year for us,” Girardi said. “He’s pitched with runners on and been pretty good with them.”

Burnett exited after a one-out single to Reyes in the sixth. Murphy singled off Boone Logan, but Dave Robertson pitched out of another tight spot by striking out Beltran and getting Bay to pop out.

“You get out there enough, you’re going to know what to expect and know what to do,” Robertson said. “Sometimes it works out and you make a pitch. Sometimes it doesn’t.”

Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth, and a four-run lead allowed Mariano Rivera to rest as Luis Ayala finished up.

Granderson’s homer was his 15th of the season and his eighth off a left-handed pitcher. Even so, he’s among those trying to figure out why the Yankees have leaned on their muscle so much.

“Any way you can get the run to come across is great,” Granderson said. “I think home runs are a luxury.”

Granderson noted that it was a good sign the way the Yankees manufactured their last run in the eighth off Taylor Buchholz, doing it the old-fashioned way.

Derek Jeter singled and stole second base — his 326th career steal, tying Rickey Henderson’s franchise record — before tagging up on a flyout and scoring on a Teixeira sacrifice fly.

“I’ll take the home runs, but at the same time, if we do have guys on base we might as well get them in,” Teixeira said. “I think we can score both ways.”


Jeter, SS 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 .264
Granderson, CF 4 1 1 1 0 2 2 .263
Teixeira, 1B 3 1 1 3 0 1 0 .255
Rodriguez, A, DH 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 .267
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
Martin, C 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 .271
Swisher, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214
Dickerson, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400
Jones, An, LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .191
Gardner, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Nunez, E, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Totals 30 7 7 7 0 6 3 .251
Burnett, A(W, 5-3) 6.1 6 3 3 3 4 0 4.02
Logan 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.75
Robertson, D(H, 9) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.47
Chamberlain(H, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.47
Ayala 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.69
Totals 9.0 7 3 3 3 8 0 3.61

NYY vs. NYM – 5/21/11


Confirmed: Amauri Sanit has been sent down to AAA for Lance Pendleton to come up.


1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez DH
5. Cano 2B
6. Martin C
7. Swisher RF
8. Jones LF
9. Nunez 3B


A.J. Burnett (4-3, 3.99) vs. Chris Capuano (3-4, 4.78)

From’s Gameday:

Though Capuano has not pitched deep into games lately, he has allowed just three runs in each of his last three starts. He has not faced the Yankees since 2005, when they tagged him for seven runs over four innings as a member of the Brewers.

Despite working with a four-run lead, Burnett absorbed the loss in his last start, against the Rays on Monday. The right-hander was charged with six runs on eight hits, three of which were critical homers.

Yanks Defeated by Mets, 2-1, in Series Opener

From’s Bryan Hoch:

NEW YORK — The Yankees thought their offensive frustration was long gone as they returned home for the Subway Series, but a steady diet of knuckleballs brought it right back through the turnstiles.

With the Yankees and Mets opening the 15th installment of interborough regular-season play, Daniel Murphy’s sixth-inning homer off Freddy Garcia held up as the difference in the Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Mets at Yankee Stadium.

How off balance were the Bombers? Their only run-producing swing came on a good guess by Mark Teixeira, who figured that R.A. Dickey might abandon his bread-and-butter pitch in a 3-1 count.

“That knuckleball was going everywhere,” said Teixeira, who homered on a third-inning fastball. “He was throwing it inside, outside, up and down. It’s tough to hit a knuckleball when it’s going well.”

And that was certainly the case, as the Yankees seemed to leave all of their best swings in the carry-on luggage one night after pummeling Orioles pitching for 13 runs in Baltimore.

Dickey limited the Yankees to just four hits over six innings, leading the Mets to a surprising win.

“We had some opportunities, but when you face a knuckleballer, it’s not something you see very often,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a totally different day for our hitters.”

The Yankees still hold a 45-34 advantage in the Subway Series since the inception of Interleague Play in 1997, and have won 10 of the last 16 games between the borough rivals.

But this tilt went to a Mets roster that features eight players who started the season at Triple-A Buffalo, some of them still wide-eyed at the prospect of a New York-New York affair.

“This stadium is awesome, and there are a lot of great players on the other side,” Mets third baseman Justin Turner said. “The atmosphere is unbelievable, and it’s even better that we got out of it with a ‘W.'”

Bragging rights aside, the more apropos numbers were as follows: The Yankees were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and their luck didn’t change after Dickey’s exit.

Mike O’Connor, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez retired all nine batters they faced, as Mets pitching set down 15 of the final 16 Yankees.

Even so, Derek Jeter seemed more willing than usual to shrug off the performance because of how baffling Dickey had been.

“Facing a knuckleballer, you really don’t have an approach, because you don’t know what it’s doing,” Jeter said. “It might be a little easier to forget about.”

The win was Dickey’s second this year and his first since his season debut on April 3. He was mindful to pitch out of jams without giving the crowd of 47,874 a chance to become a factor.

“Here more than other places, you don’t want to let their crowd get into it,” Dickey said. “It can get fairly loud and the momentum can start to sway, and that’s what this place offers the home team.”

Girardi agreed that the crowd seemed subdued, but that may have been because there was little offense to cheer about for fans of either team, thanks to Garcia’s seven innings of two-run ball.

After Fernando Martinez and Turner created the first Mets run with back-to-back fourth-inning doubles, Murphy provided the lead in the sixth with a line-drive homer into the right-field seats.

“When you throw a splitter, sometimes you don’t know where it’s going,” Garcia said. “I feel that was a good pitch, and he hit it with one hand, so there was nothing I could do about it.”

Garcia deserved better, limiting the Mets to five hits. He walked two and struck out two in his Subway Series debut.

“He was just mixing his speeds real well, throwing a lot of strikes with his offspeed [pitches], not being predictable against an aggressive team,” catcher Russell Martin said.

The Yankees did catch a break in the sixth on a high-risk play by Nick Swisher. With Carlos Beltran on base, Turner looped a drive near the right-field line, and a racing Swisher attempted a diving catch.

That ball ticked off Swisher’s glove and bounced into the seats for a ground-rule double, forcing Beltran to stop at third base. Garcia then got Josh Thole to ground out, ending the inning.

“I knew I was taking off,” said Swisher, who sported a gash on his right forearm. “That outfield warning track feels like you’re playing on concrete pavement. It’s kind of part of the gig.”

But that sliver of luck didn’t make up for the rest.

After leaving the bases loaded in the second inning, the Yankees had another big chance with two men on in the fifth.

A Teixeira rope down the right-field line landed just foul, and Dickey rebounded to strike out the first baseman swinging, an at-bat Teixeira said he wanted back.

Alex Rodriguez then made a bid to knock in a run with a grounder up the middle, which shortstop Jose Reyes flagged and fired to first base to end the inning.

“Tremendous play,” Girardi said. “That’s the difference in the game. When you’re in close ballgames, it’s usually a great play or an unbelievable pitching performance that saves you.”

At least for this swipe of the MetroCard, the Mets got both.


Jeter, SS 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .259
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .264
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 2 2 .253
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .260
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .280
Martin, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .270
Posada, DH 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .178
Swisher, RF 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 .218
Gardner, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .260
Totals 31 1 4 1 3 11 16 .251
Garcia, F(L, 2-4) 7.0 5 2 2 2 2 1 3.12
Chamberlain 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.63
Robertson, D 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.53
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 2 6 1 3.62

NYY vs. NYM – 5/20/11

Not much going on in Yankee world today, so here’s your game thread for tonight.


1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Cano 2B
6. Martin C
7. Posada DH
8. Swisher RF
9. Gardner LF


Freddy Garcia (2-3, 3.22) vs. R.A. Dickey (1-5, 5.08)

From’s Gameday:

Dickey pitched poorly in his last start, a loss Saturday at Houston, giving up six hits and four runs in the first inning. He managed to last 5 1/3 innings, but surrendered two home runs in the sixth that sent him packing.

Garcia tied a season high by allowing four runs in his last start, a loss to the Red Sox in which he allowed six hits and walked two over 5 1/3 innings. In his career, Garcia is 21-8 with a 2.92 ERA during Interleague Play.

Enjoy the game.

Morning Bits 5/20/11

on to the Mets….

Here are your links.

Bartolo Colon Pitching Like Ace of Yankees Staff

Former Yankee Jim Leyritz gets humble new beginning with Newark Bears

Subway Series Matchups