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Game 61: Mets at Yankees (with pre-game updates and the arrival of a new belt)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 12, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (34-26)
Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cabrera LF
Gardner C

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (3-1, 3.79).

METS (31-27)
Cora SS
Martinez LF
Beltran CF
Wright 3B
Church RF
Sheffield DH
Murphy 1B
Schneider C
Castillo 2B

Pitching: RHP Livan Hernandez (5-1, 3.88).

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES, SNY.

STATE OF THE SERIES: The Yankees were 2-4 against the Mets last season and are 13-17 against their city rivals since 2004. They are 20-13 overall against the Mets.

INTERLEAGUE KINGS: The Yankees are 124-89 in interleague games, the best mark in baseball.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GODZILLA: Hideki Matsui turns 35 years old today. He hit a game-winning, sixth-inning grand slam on his birthday last season at Oakland, becoming the 19th player all-time and the first Yankee to hit a grand slam on his birthday according to SABR’s David Vincent.

WRONG DIRECTION: The Yankees have lost three straight, four of their last six and five of their last eight.

THEM, TOO: The Mets have lost two straight and six of their last nine. The Subway Series! Only on Fox!

GETTING EVEN: The Yankees are now 9-6 in one-run games after leaving Fenway Park.

PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING: The Yankees are 21-0 when the opposition scores three runs or less.

LEADING MAN: Derek Jeter has 11 hits in the first inning of the last 19 games.

THAT’S RISP AS IN REALLY INSIGNIFICANT SCORING PRODUCTION: The Yankees were 3 of 28 with runners in scoring position in the Boston series and are 7 of their last 62, a fine .113 average.

HISTORIC DAY: This from the Yankees: Today marks the 14th anniversary of the first career home run for Alex Rodriguez. It was against Tom Gordon at the Kingdom. Rodriguez’s 561 home runs through today are the most for any player within 14 years of hitting his first homer.

METS MAKE A MOVE: This release from the Mets … The Mets today announced righthanded pitcher John Maine will be placed on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to June 7, with right shoulder weakness. To complete the team’s 25-man roster, the Mets have selected the contract of lefthanded pitcher Jon Switzer from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League. Switzer, who was signed as a minor league free agent on January 22nd, was 0-2 with a 2.13 ERA with Buffalo. The 29-year-old had allowed 21 hits with nine walks and 29 strikeouts at the time of his promotion. The 6-3, 210-pound southpaw has spent parts of four seasons on the major league level, all with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Back with much more later. Lots of posts today.

UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Sounds like Brian Bruney could be activated tomorrow. They’re discussing it now.

UPDATE, 5:57 p.m.: Johnny Damon is out of the lineup for assorted reasons. He hasn’t played well of late and he said his eyes have ben “fluttering.” Damon said he felt like he was going to pass out on the field last night. He wondered whether it was a lingering side effect of the concussion he suffered five years ago.

He’s getting checked out today and said he is available.

In terms of other stuff:

Girardi said Brad Penny threw at A-Rod on purpose and should be disciplined by MLB. He also hinted the Yankees could be waiting for payback. … The Yankees had their flight delayed last night and most of the players didn’t arrive home until 4:30 p.m. … Sounds like Xavier Nady is still a ways off. “Good days and bad days,” he said. X did not sound particularly confident in his ability to throw. But he said it is improving over time.

UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Here is the greatest blog update ever. Yes, ever.

CC Sabathia knows the famed wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler. The King heard about the Yankees awarding a toy WWE championship belt to the player of the game and sent them an actual championship belt. CC handed it to me and the has to weigh 15 pounds. Here’s a photo of it:

The King said he is getting a special belt made with the Yankees logo. How great is that? CC said his son, CC III, is a big wrestling fan and they attend the matches several times a year. As somebody who once went to Lincoln Park Ballroom to see the fabulous Don Muraco and Mr. X of Parts Unknown, I know where CC is coming from.

In the interest of keeping you in the loop, I requested permission to snap a photo of the belt. Thanks to Jason Zillo for the help. The LoHud Yankees Blog, bringing you ridiculous clubhouse news since 2006.

UPDATE, 6:14 p.m.: Mark Teixeira was fired up today. It seems that Red Sox owner John Henry has a Twitter account and last night wrote “The MT curse?” when the Yankees lost. Boston is still steamed, apparently, that Tex signed with the Yankees.

“How old is Mr. Henry?” Tex said, who said he didn’t want to get into it with a “70-something-year-old man about baseball. … I think it’s a little silly. It’s actually very silly.”

Henry is actually 59, which makes Tex’s comment even funnier. Of course he looks about 80.

UPDATE, 7:03 p.m.: Beautiful weather as we’re about to get underway. Lots of empty seats. Heard the traffic was brutal today. Several players were late arriving to the park.

UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: It’s the Subway Series, a showcase for baseball in New York. Here’s who the Yankees had sing the anthem and throw out the first pitch …

… Nobody. Yes, nobody. The Army Band recording and that was it. Hey, it’s not like there are any singers in New York or famous former players around. Wouldn’t want to distract folks from going to the art gallery or the Steiner Sports display of Game-Used Dirt.

UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Thats quite a lineup the Mets are running out there. Beltran, Wright, the ghost of Sheff and assorted other dudes.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: “It’s a C-Bomb for Robbie … ” Oh, wait a second. Anyway, 1-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Well-placed sources in Scranton (OK. Chad Jennings) report that OF Todd Linden has been sold to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.

UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Joba has suddenly lost his control. Three walks and a hit batter have given the Mets a run. Beltran walked on a 10-pitch AB to tie the score.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Joba hits Church with an 0-2 pitch to force in another run. The Mets have scored twice without a hit. He is over 70 pitches in the third inning. Another mess for a starter.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: That was a 43-pitch inning for Joba. Why does this happen to him so often? Again, the Yankees have trouble with their pitching.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: New Tex hitting approach: Picture face of John Henry on ball, smack hard. Yankees 3-2. That ball was crushed, too.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Joba working on a one-hitter!

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Joba with the one-hitter along with five walks and two HBPs. Looks like he is dunzo.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m: I’m starting to see why Ozzie Guillen felt the way he did about Nick Swisher … Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran is the best at stealing third I have seen. He picks his spots very well. Yankees in trouble again as Tomko has runners on the corners and nobody out.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: The Yankees have some issues here. Hughes is not available, Aceves threw 10 pitches last night and he’s apparently the new set-up man. They may need somebody to give them three innings. But who?

Ugly game for the Yankees so far. Walks, HBPs, errors, etc.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Sheff just did what Sheff does, crushing a pitch down the line in left. Mets lead 6-3. Sheff pimped it a little when he hit it.

That’s 505 homers for Sheff, 24th in history.

UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Another game, another four homers in five innings at Yankee Stadium. You wonder if those road RISP numbers are related to a false sense of security built up at home because the ball flies out here.

At any rate, 6-4 Mets. I’m guessing that’s not how it ends here.

UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Lots of Mets fans here. Even the vaunted Legends seats are mostly full.

UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Jeter slugging .529 at home, .389 at the road at the moment. Based on my scorebook, six of his seven homers at Yankee Stadium (out of nine overall) have come to right field.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: He did it again, a home run for Matsui on his birthday. The three-run shot makes it 7-6 Yankees.

A slam last year, a three-run shot this season.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Can they activate Bruney now? Yankees are going to need another home run or three by the time this inning is over.

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Alex smacked himself in the helmet after that strikeout like he was Curly of The Three Stooges. Yankees blew a big chance there.

UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: Mariano in the eighth inning of a tied game. I guess the Yankees really want this one. But it makes sense with Beltran up.

UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: So much for that. Beltran walks, Wright RBI double. More issues for Mo. This all goes back to Joba giving them four innings. Plus Girardi has no faith in useless parts like Jose Veras. Yankees down again, 7-6.

UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: If the Mets finish this off, they will have beaten the Yankees in six of the last eight games between the teams. The Yankees also would have losses in six of their last nine games this season. The heat will be on full blast.

UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: Wow, walking Tex to get to A-Rod. Shows you what they think of him. What a crazy game.

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