The Mets took the final game of the first Subway Series, 6-4, taking the series, two games to one. However, some surprising trends have emerged from this game…

Damn, It's Hot! AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Initial Reaction:

In the build-up of New York aces, only one lived up to the hype. Johan Santana was great. CC Sabathia wasn’t. Santana went 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits. Sabathia didn’t make it past the fifth inning. However, the Yankees once again provided the dramatics late in the contest.

The Mets took a 6-1 lead into the 9th inning. Once again, the Yankees formed a late-game rally. Met reliever, Ryota Igarashi started the inning off by walking Nick Swisher. Francisco Cervelli singled to center field and Kevin Russo grounded into a fielder’s choice. With one out, Juan Miranda pinch-hit for the pitcher and singled in Nick Swisher. Jerry Manuel had seen enough from Igarashi and brought in Francisco Rodriguez. I expected him to be a little tired since Rodriguez threw 28 pitches in last night’s win.

Derek Jeter had an eight-pitch at-bat against Rodriguez and prevailed by doubling in Kevin Russo, cutting the lead to a 6-4 Met advantage. Enter the drama.

Brett Gardner hit a slow roller to third base. David Wright made an off balance throw and barely got the speedy Gardner. Upon first glance, Gardner appeared safe, but after a few instant replays, Garder was indeed out. With two outs and a runner on second, Mark Teixeira beat out an infield single. Alex Rodriguez stepped to the plate as the go-ahead run. A. Rodriguez had an eight pitch at-bat in which he worked the count full. Finally, K-Rod got Alex to strike out swinging on an inside curve ball to end the game, giving the Mets a 6-4 win.

While watching the last few innings, I was asking myself, ‘Haven’t we’ve seen this already?’ The Yankees have formed late-inning rallies in four of their last five games. However, none of those rallies have translated into wins. The Yankees continue to blow early-game opportunities with runners in scoring position. The team left nine runners on-base tonight.

The Mets relied on ‘a bloop and a blast’ baseball to score their runs. Jason Bay smacked two home runs. Alex Cora blooped in a 3rd-inning two-RBI single.

After watching this three-game set, I’ll be shocked if the Met bullpen isn’t spent come July. The Mets used seven different relievers in the three game set. Francisco Rodriguez threw 49 total pitches in the final two games. Pedro Feliciano has appeared in 26 games already after appearing in 86 and 88 games respectively in 2008, 2009. Joe Torre was infamous for wearing out his bullpen. I could see a similar trend developing with Jerry Manuel.

Positives From The Game:

Nothing: Yes, Sergio Mitre threw two scoreless innings. Yes, Derek Jeter had three hits. But it was the same song and dance for the Yankees. No clutch hitting. In a week where the Yankees played the Red Sox, Rays, and Mets, they walk away with a disappointing 2-5 record and currently sit six games behind the Rays for 1st place in the East.

Negatives From The Game:

CC Clobbered: Sabathia lasted only five innings tonight. He gave up five earned runs on ten hits. Jason Bay finally decided to show up this season, crushing two home runs off the Yankee southpaw. Due to bad luck and some poor performances, Sabathia has not won a game since May 3rd against Baltimore.

Bays Bombs: I noted in my series preview that Jason Bay kills the Yankees. Bay further confirmed this trend by crushing two home runs and driving in three runs. Bay went 7 for 10 this weekend with four extra base hits. Maybe he’ll continue his hot streak this week (.307 career hitter against the Phillies) or maybe he just likes playing against the Yankees (.357 hitter).

Francisco Dogs It: Francisco Cervelli hit a towering 7th inning shot down the left field line against Johan Santana. The ball began tailing towards the foul pole and Cervelli broke into a home run trot. However, the ball hit off the padding just below the foul pole. Jason Bay quickly threw the ball back into the infield, holding Cervelli to only a single. After further video review, the umpires upheld the call of a single. Nick Swisher scored from first base on the play, giving the Yankees their first run of the game and cutting the lead to 6-1.

C’mon Francisco. Sprint. Out. Of. The. Box. I know it was seventh consecutive day catching a game but with his speed (runs pretty quickly for a catcher), he should have easily been on 2nd base in scoring position.

Interesting Facts:

3 for 29: Mark Teixeira is only has three hits in his last 29 at-bats. His .209 batting average is the second-lowest among AL first basemen (Carlos Pena is hitting .187 in a contract year).

2008: The last time the Mets defeated the Yankees in a series. This was only the Mets third series win in 14 attempts.

.321: Brett Gardner entered the series with a .321 batting average.

.294: Brett Gardner leaves the Met series with a .294 batting average. He went 0 for 13 hitting out of the two-hole.

2 for 26: The Yankees #2, #3 hitters (Gardner, Teixeira) only had two hits in this three game set. Not acceptable.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees have Monday off, but will head to Minnesota for three games against the Twins at the brand new, Target Field.

Tuesday, 8:10 PM, MY9: AJ Burnett (4-2, 3.86 ERA) vs. Scott Baker (4-4, 4.88 ERA)

Last Start:
Burnett: Loss, 6 2/3 innings, nine hits, six earned runs, four strike outs (vs. Tampa Bay)
Baker: Loss, six innings, eight hits, three earned runs, four strike outs (at Boston)

Career Stats:
Burnett: 2-1, 3.57 ERA (seven starts)
Baker: 2-2, 5.14 ERA (four starts); 3-1, 3.90 ERA at home this season. 8:1 K/BB ratio at home.

**Burnett has given up 16 earned runs in his last three starts (at BOS, vs. MIN, vs. TB)