In a rematch of former Cy Young Award winners CC Sabathia out dueled Johan Santana, leading the Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Mets and tying the season series at 3 games a piece. In his last subway series start CC was roughed up for 6 ER, but that would not be the case on Sunday. Sabathia limited the Mets to 4 hits in 8 scoreless inning en route to his 8th win of the season. Santana, on the other hand, allowed 4 ER in 6 innings of work and has now followed up five brilliant starts (0.74 ERA, 36 2/3 IP, 22K) with three straight stinkers (5.49 ERA, 19 2/3 IP, 5K) . I’m not sure it’s time for fans to overreact, something tells me Phillie fanatics aren’t too worried about Roy Halladay just yet (0-3, 4.09 ERA in his last 3 starts). Regardless of whether or not it’s time to worry about Johan, the fact remains that after winning 7 straight road games the Mets staff aces (Pelfrey and Santana) were sent in for the kill and come up empty. The two combined to allow 9 ER over 13 IP (6.23 ERA) and recorded back to back losses (of record) for the second time this season.
After pitching 7 2/3 brilliant innings in his last start vs. the Yankees I think everyone thought Johan stood a good chance of bringing the Mets their third consecutive road series win, but things got ugly early for the lefty. In the bottom of the 3rd inning Santana allowed singles to Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Nick Swisher to load the bases with no outs. Mark Tiexeira promptly followed things up with his 1st grand slam as a Yankee, launching a 1-1 pitch deep into the left field seats. The homerun marked the 3rd grand slam Johan has allowed this season. That was all...TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.metszilla.com/?p=1720