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Subway Series 2023: Mets Earn Split In Walk-Off Win

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The New York Mets earned a split of the first Two-game Subway Series as they walked-off the Yankees in the bottom of the 10th, 4-3.

Justin Verlander battled back from an outing in his last start and held the New York Yankees to one run over six innings, allowing just three hits, while striking out six batters. Yankees Gerrit Cole was just as dominate as he allowed just one run over six innings, while giving up four hits and striking out eight batters.

The Mets scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth on a Tommy Pham RBI double. In the next frame, the Yankees tied the game at 1-1, then took a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh after Isiah Kiner-Falefa force out at second, but an errant throw allowed hm to be safe first. He then stole second and went to third on the throwing error from catcher Francisco Alvarez. Then what will go down as one of the most exciting plays of the season, Kiner-Falefa stole home on a straight steal as he caught the Mets defense napping.

The Mets tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh with two runs on a HBP and an RBI single off the bat of Starling Marte. The Mets bullpen finally showed up and shutdown the Yankees allowing the Mets to score a run in the bottom of the 10th and earn a 4-3 victory.

Brandon Nimmo made a bad judgement in the bottom of the seventh when he ran towards third on Marte’s RBIS single, but had to retreat back to second, but was tagged out.  Nimmo was able to redeem himself in the bottom of the 10th, as he doubled over the right fielders head scoring Eduardo Escobar with the winning run.

These two teams will meet again on July 25-26 in the Bronx.

Original Post: June 14, 2023

The New York Mets are finding new ways to lose ball games and its not looking good for any continued success in 2023.

On Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees, the Amazin’s five runs in the first three innings, to take a 5-1 lead. But in the top of the fourth, the Bronx Bombers put up five runs to retake the lead at 6-5.  The Mets came back and tied the game in bottom of the 5th at 6-6. But as they have done over the past month, the pitching faltered again and gave the lead right back to the Yankees in the top of the sixth at 7-6. Any momentum the offense had in the beginning of the game, was lost after the pitching staff gave the game away.

Max Scherzer lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on seven hits, with two walks and two strike outs. The Mets did take a hit to their bullpen, as Drew Smith was tossed by the umpires before he could even throw a pitch in the 6th inning. He was ejected after a sticky stuff check on his pitching hand.

The Mets will try to get the victory tonight when they send Justin Verlander to the mound.

Original Post: June 13, 2023

The New York Mets will host the New York Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday, for their first matchup of the season. Overall the Yankees hold a 78-60 record over the Mets in regular season games and 4-1 in the World Series (2000). The Mets do hold a 9-7 record over the Yankees since the 2020 season.

But entering Tuesday’s matchup, the Yankees are 38-29 (3rd Place AL East), while the Mets continue to struggle at 31-35 (4th Place in the NL East).

The Bronx Bombers ended the month of May by taking two of three from the Seattle Mariners, and started June by taking two of three from the Dodgers, but they have dropped their last two series’, 2-1 to the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

As for the Mets, they ended May and started June by sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies in a three game set, but then dropped the next seven games, by getting swept by the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves, and losing the first game of three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Amazin’s did stop their seven game skid by beating the Pirates on June 10th, but dropped the rubber match 2-1.

Now both teams face-off after having played sub .500 ball over the last 10 games, Yankees (4-6) and Mets (2-8).

If any team needs some wins, it is the Mets as they are playing the worse baseball by a team that should be dominating the league. But in the beginning it all looked good on paper, until the Edwin Diaz fluke injury in the World Baseball Classic carried over into the regular season. Ironically enough its the Mets pitching staff that has been one of the main culprits to their lackluster play in 2023.

Yankees fans would argue, that their team needs the wins, as they stand in 3rd place in a division that has the Tampa Bay Rays (48-20) and Baltimore Orioles(41-24) seemingly winning games nearly every day.

As for the pitching match-up, Luis Severino (0-1, 5.75 ERA) will face off against Max Scherzer (5-2, 3.71 ERA) in game one.

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Severino was activated from the DL on May 21st, after being placed on the injured list back in Spring Training.  Through four starts thus far in 2023, he has allowed 13 earned runs on 20 hits, with 18 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. So far batters are hitting .250 against him, which the highest since the 2016 season when he split time between starting and the pen.

Scherzer, who has has some signs of brilliance in 2023, needs to stay more consistent by keeping runners from scoring and keeping his team in games. On June 1st, he tossed seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, and struck out nine, earning his five victory on the season. But on June 7th against the Braves, he allowed five runs on 11 hits, through 5.2 innings, while also striking out 10 batters, in a no decision.

In game two of the subways series, Gerrit Cole (7-1, 2.84 ERA), will match up against his former 2019 Houston Astros teammate in Justin Verlander (2-3, 4.85 ERA). Both pitchers were 20 game winners for the ‘Stros in their 2019 quest for a World Series Championship. But they would lose in seven games to the Washington Nationals. Cole was also the runner-up for the Cy Young award to Verlander in 2019.

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Cole is having one of his better seasons, but over his last eight games, he has only won two games, and has one loss and five no decisions. On June 9th against the Red Sox, he tossed six innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits, with six strikeouts, losing to Boston 3-2.

Verlander, has not had his fair share of luck in 2023, as he has not won a game since May 21st, when he tossed eight innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, and struck out five. Since he has two no decisions and a loss, with the worse and shortest outing as a Met against the Braves on June 8th, when he tossed just three innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, four walks and three strikeouts.

The offense for both squads will be without their two biggest bats, as Pete Alonso was placed on the 10-day IL with a left wrist bone bruise and sprain, and Aaron Judge is out due to a right great toe sprain, after running nearly through the wall in the recent Dodgers series in LA.

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In the last seven days, Mets rookie catcher Francisco Alvarez has wielded the power stroke as he launched four home runs, while driving in six. On the season, Alvarez has hit 12 home runs in 140 at bats, with 25 RBIs. The other hot stick in the lineup over the last week has been Tommy Pham, as he is batting .300, with four doubles, a home run and six RBIs over the span.

The Yankees Isiah Kiner-Falefa is hitting .429 (6 for 14) in the last week of games, with a double and an RBI. As for a power threat, Willie Calhoun, Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson, have all hit two home runs over the past week.

Both the Mets and Yankees need victories to keep their hopes alive of having a winning season in 2023, as well as quality outings from their starters and bullpen to keep their offense in the game.

Without the big bats in the lineup, it will be interesting to see who steps up for their squad. It’s the Subway Series and its the Mets and Yankees, bragging rights are on the line.

 

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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