The New York Yankees took the series over the Mets over the weekend, although the Mets stole one away from Yankees ace, Luis Severino.
On Friday Masahiro Tanaka took the mound against Jacob deGrom in what would be a good match up. Tanaka would last 5 innings, giving up 1 run, and striking out 8. In the top of the sixth however Tanaka tagged up on a fly ball to score, and injured his hamstrings cutting his night short. deGrom would counter with 8 innings of almost perfect pitching, striking out 8, but Brett Gardner hit a two run blast to put the Yanks up 3-1. The Bronx Bombers would go on to tack on another bomb from Stanton, and win 4-1.
Saturday’s matchup provided an even better ball game. Domingo German got the start for the Yanks against Stevan Matz. German looked rough to start the game giving up a solo shot to ex-Yankee Todd Frasier, and a two run blast from Asdrubal Cabrera. German worked 6 innings, allowing 3 earned, and punching out 9. Matz would pitch solid baseball through 5 1/3 striking out 6 Yankees. Aaron Judge broke the tie in the 8th with his 18th long ball of the year to take a 4-3 advantage. The Yankees relied on their bullpen like they have all year, and they delivered. David Robertson pitched the 7th, Betances the 8th, and Chapman closed out the game for the Bombers.
Sunday’s game strolled around with the Yanks already haven clinched the series looking for a sweep sent Ace Luis Severino to the mound. Severino threw 31 pitches in the first and didn’t seem to be his normal self. Going just 5 innings, Severino still managed to punch out 7 Mets batters. In what would be Severino’s last inning, he gave up a 2-run tank to, wait for it, Todd Frasier. Mets starter Seth Lugo threw a gem going 6 innings, punching out 8, no walks, and only 2 hits allowed. The fifth inning was all the Mets needed to go on to win 2-0.
The Yankees improved to 42-19 on the year while the Mets move to 28-34, stopping an 8 game skid.
There has been rumors about the Yankees pursuing either deGrom or Noah Syndergaard nearing the trade deadline. With lefty Jordan Montgomery having to have Tommy John surgery, this would be huge for the Pinstripes. This is where the current rotations stats are:
Severino: 9-2 2.27 ERA
Sabathia: 3-1 3.59 ERA
Gray: 4-4 4.81 ERA
German: 0-4 5.32 ERA