Game 73: Yankees at Mets (updates with Jeter scratched and Girardi pre-game audio; first pitch at 8)
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.71).
Pitching: RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-2, 4.74).
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9, SNY.
THEY MEET AGAIN: It’s Subway Series, Round Two as the Yankees and Mets meet again. The Yankees won two of three games played in the Bronx from June 12-14. They won 9-8 on Luis Castillo’s dropped pop-up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Then the Mets won 6-2 before the Yankees hammered Johan Santana en route to a 15-0 victory.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees were 3-3 on their journey to Miami and Atlanta, winning their last two games. They have lost five of eight overall.
INTERLEAGUE ISSUES: The Yankees are 7-8 against the National League this season.
MILESTONE MO: Mariano Rivera has 499 saves. Only Trevor Hoffman (571) has more. Mariano has been nearly perfect lately. His last six outings: 6 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, nine strikeouts.
HOT LATELY: Johnny Damon is 6 of his last 9 with three runs scored and five RBI. … Alex Rodriguez is 5 of his last 15 with three runs scored and five RBI. … Brett Gardner is 19 of 56 (.339) over his last 26 games with a .422 OBP. The idea that Gardner would get overmatched by big-league pitching is being proven incorrect. He has struck out seven times in his last 56 at-bats and only three rimes in his last 39.
OFFENSE ARISES: The Yankees in the last two games are 26 of 79 (.329) with 19 runs scored, 13 walks and seven extra-base hits.
STREAKING ON: His streak started in April before he went on the disabled list for 60 days. But nevertheless, Cody Ransom has hit in seven straight at 8 of 25 with five extra-base hits and six RBI.
CANO CRUMBLING A BIT: Robinson Cano is 2 for his last 15. Perhaps it’s his sore left wrist.
NICE TO CC YOU AGAIN: Sabathia faced the Mets once in his career, beating the on June 16, 2004 at Shea Stadium. He allowed one run on six hits over eight innings for Cleveland. Gary Sheffield is 5 of 18 with a homer against CC and Castllo 4 of 16.
PELFREY POUNDED: Pelfrey is 1-1 with a 7.08 in four June starts, having allowed 16 earned runs on 28 hits and eight walks over 20.1 innings. He has faced the Yankees once in his career, getting the win in a 15-6 game on June 27, 2008. Pelfrey, however, allowed four run on eight hits and four walks over five innings.
HE’S THE ACE: Alfredo Aceves, the anti-Kei Igawa, is 6-1, 2.27 in 24 games for the games since arriving from Mexico. He has allowed only 52 hits over 63.1 innings. Aceves has walked 17 and whiffed 44.
Back with much more later.
UPDATE, 4;54 p.m.: No test on Nady today, but he is heading back to see Dr. Yocum in California. It sounds bad.
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Storm rolling in here and they’re about to put the tarp down.
UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: The Mets have asked fans to take refuge on the concourses because “severe weather” is anticipated.
UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: Jeter was just scratched because of illness. It’s going through the team. Matsui and Cabrera are just getting over it.
UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: It’s not just raining. Waves of rain are hitting the stadium like a high pressure hosed was turned on and there are high winds. There are six carts parked on the tarp to keep it from blowing away.
Obviously we will not be starting on time tonight.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference:
UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.: Just to clarify the Xavier Nady situation, he’s done for the season. He has told teammates that he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will need surgery. Given that Tommy John surgery requires a year to recover from, X’s 2010 season is in danger as well.
As was reported first here back in April, Nady was told that the ligament was torn and would need surgery. But he gambled that the platelet injection procedure would work and lost. It was probably a long shot from the start given that he had first had Tommy John surgery in 2001 when he was in the minors.
Nady, unfortunately for him, is a free agent after this season.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: It’s still raining but it’s not the “round up two of everything” rain we had before. The wind also has died down.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: No start time announced, but we’re going to see some baseball. Rain has stopped and they’re preparing to take the tarp off.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: First pitch at 8.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: I just wrote the Yankees lineup in my scorebook. Sabathia might be the sixth-best power hitter in the order. He has three jacks and a .667 OPS.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: We’re underway in Queens after a 52-minute rain delay. GGBG gets it started with a single. See you on second in a second.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Who needs Jeter? Ramiro Pena with an RBI double.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: The Big Man delivers an RBI single. CC is loving life right now. He was dying to hit and today was his only chance.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: The Bombers are getting to Mike Pelfrey. Five hits already. None particularly rocked, but they all count.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: It’s the New York Mets in Breaking Training.
Holy cow, three errors in this inning. 4-0 Yankees and the rout is on.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: If I didn’t think the Yankees would be careful with CC and take him out at a judicious time, I’d predict a no-hitter. This lineup is Wright, Sheff and and assorted bums.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Bet Derek feels better tomorrow.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: So it seems like CC’s arm is OK.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: So much for the no-hitter, the perfect game and the shutout. Now just win the game. That’ll do.
Man, old Sheff can still swing it.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Gritty, gutty and 3 for 4. Brett Gardner now hitting .293. And he just stole another base, 17 on the season. Most among rookies.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Delay here to fix up the mound for CC.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Think people will applaud sarcastically ever time Castillo catches a pop-up for the rest of his career? … Wasted opportunity there for the Yankees. Cervelli is 0 for 4? I thought he had to play every day because he was so much better than Posada?
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Sabathia has been perfect in every inning but the fifth. He has retired the side in order in the other six innings. Terrific performance. Be interesting to see if Girardi pushes him one more inning.
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: CC hit, so he’s staying in. Joe Girardi is no doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express in Queens. Hey, if your job was on the line, you’d keep him in, too.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Gritty! Gutty! 4 for 5 with a homer and two runs scored. Brett Gardner proving the doubters wrong.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Sam Borden called it as he sat next to me. Of course, that one was easy to call. Elmer Dessens? Yankees up by four runs? Ka-boom!
UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: Here’s a question, do you leave CC in for another inning up 7-1?
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: That’s it for CC. Makes sense. Even Brett Tomko can be trusted with a 7-1 lead.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Brett Gardner again. RBI triple makes it 8-1. He is 24 of his last 62 (.387). … Yankees have 28 runs in their last three games. Joe Girardi is a genius. The ejection works again.
Kate Hudson in the house, I’m told. She might leave with Brett Gardner if Alex isn’t careful.