Final Score: Yankees 5 Mets 1

The Yankees defeated the Mets by the score of 5-1 tonight at Citi Field.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

The Least You Should Know:

  • Jon Niese started for the Mets, and allowed three runs in the first inning thanks to a Mark Teixeira two run double and a Robinson Cano RBI double, but settled in and allowed nothing else in six innings.
  • Jose Reyes had two more hits, and he now has 43 multi-hit games this season, although he was thrown out at third base on a bad call while trying to take an extra base on a mis-played cutoff throw by Eduardo Nunez.
  • Nunez went 4 for 4 on the night with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
  • The Mets were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
  • The Mets drew the largest crowd in Citi Field history: 42,020.
  • The Yankees have now won three of the first four contests against the Mets.

Comments from Terry Collins:

  • Reyes’ instincts told him to go to third base – sometimes you can’t corral a guy who plays like that. He had no problem with him running to third base in the seventh inning.
  • It was a tough call for the home plate umpire on a tough angle.
  • He thought Angel Pagan was a little anxious with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.
  • The Mets had their chances, but the Yankees made some big plays all night.

Post Game Thoughts:

This was a frustrating game to watch from the beginning. It’s not that it was a bad game – the Mets were behind by three runs before they came to bat, and they misfired on offense from the very beginning as well. They had numerous opportunities to get to Ivan Nova, but did not execute with runners in scoring position, which was surprising considering how efficient they’ve been in those spots over the last week.

With both Verlander yesterday and Nova tonight, the Mets have seen a lot of breaking balls and have struggled to make that adjustment. The opposition has used those pitches as primary pitches, and then the Mets struggled with hittable fastballs as a result.

Despite the loss, I liked what I saw from Jon Niese tonight. He rediscovered his curve ball after shying away from it over the last few starts. He staggered early, but found command and really gave the team opportunities all night long. Having said that, it was real frustrating when he couldn’t get the bunt down in the second inning with two on and one out. It’s those type of situations which must be executed, especially against the premier teams.

While it could be argued either way, I didn’t have a problem with Jose Reyes’ being aggressive in the seventh inning when he tried to take third on Eduardo Nunez missed cut off. He got burned on a bad call when Alex Rodriguez missed that tag, but that’s part of Reyes’ game – forcing mistakes by the opposition with his speed and like I said earlier today, taking command of the game. If he gets the call, maybe it’s different ballgame.

It bothers me to say this, but Teixeira is an amazing first baseman, and is the example of importance for strong defense at the position. He makes every play no matter the degree of difficulty, and his play at first helped to stymie the Mets offense tonight. Of course, the Yankees in general just seem to make big plays in big spots.

It’s amazing how effective their offense was in the four middle games of the road trip, and how silent it has become over the last two days. On one hand, you can tip your cap to Nova and Justin Verlander, but on another hand, the Mets have to do a better job in run scoring opportunities, considering they have had their chances over the last two days.

SNY’s Post Game Extra:

Up Next:

The Mets will look to even their series with the Yankees tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Dillon Gee facing Bartolo Colon at 4:10 pm.