Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Kevin Russo LF
CC Sabathia P
LHP CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.43 ERA)
Career vs. Mets
Jose Reyes SS
Alex Cora 2B
Jason Bay LF
Ike Davis 1B
David Wright 3B
Angel Pagan CF
Rod Barajas C
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johan Santana P
LHP Johan Santana (3-2, 3.72)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Derryl Cousins, 2B Jim Wolf, 3B Todd Tichenor
WEATHER: There’s a whole mess of clouds overhead and it’s pretty humid, but the last forecast I saw looked like any rain wouldn’t come in until much later on. I would classify the air here as “thick,” though temperature-wise it’s not bad – right around 65 degrees.
BIG HITTER: Tonight’s starter, CC Sabathia, has the highest career batting average of any Yankees pitcher currently on the roster (.261), and he’s tied with A.J. Burnett and Chan Ho Park for the most home runs (3). Javier Vazquez – who hurt his finger trying to bunt on Friday – has the most at-bats of any pitcher with 503 (he’s hitting .207 lifetime).
FEW FLASHPOINTS: Rod Barajas has been a boon for the Mets so far this season and he’s one of the few Mets to have decent numbers against Sabathia (8-for-19m, 3 HR). Otherwise, the only other player on the Mets this year hitting more than .300 against Sabathia in his career is Mike Jacobs, who was 1-for-3 and was let go when Ike Davis was called up.
SUPER START: Kevin Russo is back in the lineup tonight and has three hits in four at-bats this weekend. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Russo is the first major leaguer to drive in all of his team’s runs in a victory in his first big-league start since 1995.
RIP, JOSE LIMA: There will be a moment of silence tonight in memory of former Met Jose Lima, who died of a heart attack earlier today. Lima was 37.
Got some newspaper writing to do but I’ll have some updates throughout the game so keep checking back.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: That’s 1-for-24 for Teixeira now, who goes down swinging against Santana. Got him with the high cheese.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Two balls just out of Jeter’s reach – one a grounder up the middle, the other a flare to shallow left – load the bases with one out. Good thing for CC, the only player struggling worse than Teixeira these days is David Wright.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Yup. Mr. K, David Wright, is somehow late on a slow curveball and goes down swinging. Two outs.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: And CC finishes the Houdini act by getting Pagan to line out to Cano. Nice escape.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: As stated previously, Barajas is one of the few with some success off CC. That’s 9-for-20 now.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Sabathia is up to 69 pitches through four innings, and just took a comebacker from Cora off his leg. He seems fine. Santana, meanwhile is at a tidy 43 pitches as he mows through the usually-patient Yankees.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates but the wireless here at Citi Field is simply atrocious. In other sub-par news, CC Sabathia is out after an ugly outing (5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB (1 intentional), 6K and 2 HR) and plate ump Marvin Hudson appeared to give out a ridiculous warning to both teams after Sergio Mitre hit Jason Bay in the back … with a 75 mph curveball. Bottom line: Yanks down 6-0 and on their way to finishing off a nasty 2-5 week against the Red Sox, Rays and Mets.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Apparently the only thing worse than the wireless in this place is the clarity of the outfield boundaries — in a confusing sequence, Francisco Cervelli hit a ball that appeared to be a home run but was initially ruled to be in play (and a RBI single). Than, after replay, that decision was upheld even though it sure looked like a homer. In the end, it’s now 6-1.