After writing a preview of this past weekend Subway Series showdown, I thought it was only fair to recap the games and figure out what we learned.
Game 1 (Mets Lead Season Series 2-0)
This game was the first of a double header to be played in two different Burroughs in the course of eight hours. Coming into this game, we saw two promising pitchers on the mound.
Mike Pelfrey had been very hot, and Dan Geise was looked highly upon coming into the game. Pelfrey did not pitch up to his potential but nonetheless worked out of some intense situations, learning to limit the damage when he could.
The most important thing that we learned from this game was that the Mets can indeed score runs. Over the past month, this has been a hard commodity to come by. You would never know this was true if you became a Mets’ fan starting on Friday.
The Mets scored 15 runs, lead by Carlos Delgado, who drove in nine. The Yankees were able to scratch out six runs and came away down another game to the cross town rivals.
Game 2 (Mets Lead Season Series 3-0)
Game two featured a matchup of veteran pitchers. The Yankees sent the recently acquired Sidney Ponson, and the Mets sent their veteran stopper Pedro Martinez.
Coming into this game, I had questioned the Yankees ability to throw worthy pitchers on the mound, and this was another example of that.
To my surprise, Ponson was very Pedro like in the way he pitched. He worked very efficiently, got ahead, and was able to shut out the Mets (along with the bullpen), who left all of their bats in the Bronx.
The Yankees scored nine runs off of Pedro and company on route to the victory.
Noteworthy is the fact that the two teams scored exactly 15 runs each on the day.
Game 3 (Mets Lead Season Series 3-1)
Finally, I thought as I sat down to watch Fox's game of the week, a good solid pitching matchup.
To me, Andy Pettitte vs. Johan Santana was the best we were going to get out of this weekends series. The game did not disappoint.
The battle, of course, would be a pitcher who has faced the Mets many times in his career, against a pitcher that has faced the Yankees plenty of times, just never in the National League. In this case, experience topped pure talent, as Andy Pettitte rode a one run lead to the Yankees second victory over the Mets, 3-2)
Before I get into my game four recap, I would just like to point out that both of these teams clearly have had trouble at home, especially playing against each other.
Game 4 (Mets Lead Season Series 3-2)
So this was it. The Yankees could save themselves, or the Mets could take bragging rights for the rest of the 2008 season (at least in NY).
This game pitted the wild Oliver Perez against Darrel Rasner. Interesting to note was that the last time Rasner pitched against the Mets was last season. He was hit on a comebacker off the bat of Endy Chavez and that ended his season.
I questioned his nerves on the mound for a game like this.
The Mets jumped out to an early lead, and that was all she wrote. Oliver Perez stepped into the spotlight and threw an amazing game. He went 7.0 innings striking out eight.
Rasner did not pitch terribly, although only pitching 5.0 innings. Billy Wagner came in to shut the door, working through the heart of the order in doing so.
So here is what we have learned from this weekend’s series:
- The Mets can hit when they have to
- The Yankees should go out and find some pitching help
- Mike Pelfrey is the real deal
- Johan Santana will need run support to win games
- Dan Geise was replaced by Kei Igawua (that is a hit below the belt to Dan)
- Finally, the most important thing we learned is that Oliver Perez will go down as one of the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball, if every single start was against the Yankees.
Overall, it was a good series. There was some great action packed moments. Among my favorites was Perez striking out A-Rod with runners on base. The series was entertaining, and if not for the rain, would have been a perfect weekend.
Mets take the regular season series from the Yankees 4-2