New York Baseball Highlights May 16-May 22

The two local teams ended this past week much differently than the way they started it. The New York Mets were on red alert after they dropped two of three games to the Washington Nationals. To make matters worse, Matt Harvey had his worst outing of the season, not even getting out of the third inning on Thursday. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees lost two out of three at Chase Field to the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that was a disgraceful 5-16 at home. On Sunday, both the Yankees and Mets had a chance to take weekend sweeps from the Oakland A’s and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively. Both teams then went out and did their jobs, ending the week on a high note.

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In the one game the Amazins beat the Nationals, Noah Syndergaard was at his best, firing seven shutout innings and striking out 10, outdueling Max Scherzer to win by a score of 2-0. The Mets continued their boom or bust ways with two home runs accounting for their only output, one by Michael Conforto and the other on the first pitch thrown by Scherzer by my guy, Curtis Granderson.

After dropping two straight to Washington, the Mets turned to Steven Matz to halt their brief skid. The rookie delivered an excellent performance, allowing a two-run home run in the first inning to Chris Carter and nothing else over seven innings as New York was victorious by a score of 3-2. Once again, a home run was the difference as Conforto’s two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning put his team ahead for good. But the night belong to Matz as he fanned eight without issuing a single walk.

It’s not easy for David Wright. Armed with an inflated and burdensome contract and a deteriorating back condition, it is easy for fans to turn on the Mets’ captain. That is why it felt so good to see Wright get the game-winning hit in Saturday’s game. At this point in his career, I’m not sure how many more of these moments we will see out of him. Let’s treasure the ones that come our way.

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The Yankees’ first win of the week came on Wednesday as they avoided a sweep at the hands of the Diamondbacks, winning by a score of 4-2. Realistically, it should have been more like 8-2 as New York put 12 runners on base in 5 2/3 innings against Shelby Miller. Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in three of the four Bomber runs while going a combined 5 for 8. However, Nathan Eovaldi was the story, as he gave up Jean Segura‘s fluke double to start the game before retiring the next 18 batters in a row. Manager Joe Girardi should have let him go more than six innings but that’s an issue for another day.

You can make the case that Carlos Beltran has been the Yankees’ best player this season. He leads the team in home runs, RBI’s, OPS, slugging and doubles. Never was this more apparent than Thursday night in Oakland as he plated three of the four New York runs, carrying his team to a 4-1 victory. Should the Yanks fall out of the race completely by the trading deadline, Beltran might be the guy with the most value. Right now, he is the Yankees’ MVP.

Not much to say about this one but it’s not something I have written before.  It’s Tanaka Time!

 

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