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Monday, May 27, 2013

Mets Win (Subway Series) Opener Light on Fans and Runs

The series over the years has been a lopsided one. The Yankees won five out of six games last year and entered Monday’s game holding a 54-36 overall advantage. The two teams were on divergent paths entering the series, as well. The Yankees, fielding a lineup below their normal standard, started the day holding share of first place in their division. The Mets, in fourth place and spiraling, have been desperate for wins.

The crowd at Citi Field was larger and more boisterous than for typical Mets games this season, but the atmosphere nevertheless fell well short of past meetings between the teams. Yankee fans infiltrated the park in huge numbers, and yet there were still big patches of empty seats visible through the day. The announced crowd, 32,911, was the smallest crowd for a game between these the two teams.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: May 28, 2013 at 06:54 AM (#4453408)
I'm very concerned about the Yankees. For a while it looked like the hoodoo magic was going to keep them afloat until the stars returned. But when Granderson came back only to break his hand a few days later, my mood went from optimistic to pessimistic. Vernon Wells has turned back into an out machine. Cano is having a subpar year. CC looks gassed. Ichiro is cooked. Gardner can't steal or bunt. Pronk doesn't play against lefties.

This team needs bats. BADLY. Like, they need Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Kevin Youkilis yesterday .
   2. villageidiom Posted: May 28, 2013 at 08:22 AM (#4453421)
This team needs bats. BADLY. Like, they need Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Kevin Youkilis yesterday
And they need yesterday's version of those players.
   3. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: May 28, 2013 at 09:56 AM (#4453482)
I'm very concerned about the Yankees. For a while it looked like the hoodoo magic was going to keep them afloat until the stars returned. But when Granderson came back only to break his hand a few days later, my mood went from optimistic to pessimistic. Vernon Wells has turned back into an out machine. Cano is having a subpar year. CC looks gassed. Ichiro is cooked. Gardner can't steal or bunt. Pronk doesn't play against lefties.


The Yankees are playing 600 ball and are 5-5 in their last ten. Are we having an irrational pants-pissing thread today?

This does not take away from the fact that the Yankees are a shitty team, but Vernon Wells - Out Machine (TM) isn't especially relevant to that.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: May 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM (#4453501)

The Yankees are playing 600 ball and are 5-5 in their last ten. Are we having an irrational pants-pissing thread today?

This does not take away from the fact that the Yankees are a shitty team, but Vernon Wells - Out Machine (TM) isn't especially relevant to that.


Paragraph 2 thinks Paragraph 1 is nuts.

   5. TerpNats Posted: May 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM (#4453513)
Is the total people in the stands or tickets sold? If it's the latter, and walk-up tickets were available, then the bloom is definitely off the Subway Series rose (heck, the Nationals had a sellout and higher attendance for their game with Baltimore). I can think of these reasons:

1. Aside from Harvey, the Mets are lackluster. The Yankees' resiliency has been a fun story, but in terms of sheer star power, this is probably the weakest contending Yankee team since 1943, and many of their fans aren't convinced they're the real deal.
2. Memorial Day weekend; many people go away for the holiday and don't return until Monday night or late Tuesday. This was why the NFL ditched opening its season Labor Day weekend. I would bet that MLB will reschedule these games for a different part of the season in 2014.
   6. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4453584)
Francisco Pena has been called up to AAA and is off to a red hot start. He's hit 4 homers in 26 ABs and is now hitting .284/.343/.484 between AA and AAA. This guys star had dimmed so much that he wasn't even on Amazin Avenue top-50 Met prospects this year. He's still only 23 years old despite feeling like he has been around forever.

With the way that Davis is hitting, should the Mets consider calling up Allan Dykstra and demoting Davis? Dykstra is 26 and is hitting .298/.440/.519 in AA. Might be time to see if he can be useful while letting Davis figure some things out.
   7. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM (#4453598)
1. Aside from Harvey, the Mets are lackluster. The Yankees' resiliency has been a fun story, but in terms of sheer star power, this is probably the weakest contending Yankee team since 1943,

I'd go with 1944, since they were only 2GB in mid-September, but looking at last night's lineup it's almost impossible to see how they've managed to compile the record they have to date. I still think that a big drop is coming before too long.
   8. billyshears Posted: May 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM (#4453616)
Francisco Pena has been called up to AAA and is off to a red hot start. He's hit 4 homers in 26 ABs and is now hitting .284/.343/.484 between AA and AAA. This guys star had dimmed so much that he wasn't even on Amazin Avenue top-50 Met prospects this year. He's still only 23 years old despite feeling like he has been around forever.


Yeah, assuming that his defense is decent (and I would bet it is, based on little other than bloodlines), he's going to have some sort of MLB career. Which is a lot more than one would have expected from him a couple years ago.
   9. Cowboy Popup Posted: May 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM (#4453631)
Gardner can't steal or bunt.

Gardner is hitting pretty well though, with a surprising amount of power. And he's been his usual productive self in the field, including a great catch last night to take a HR off the board. I'm not worried about him at all.

That said, losing Granderson hurt because Ichiro is just a gaping hole of suck and Wells is obviously getting worn down by playing everyday. It would have been extremely helpful to have that extra depth in the OF. I don't expect either Youkilis or A-Rod to hit much better than Adams has (although Adams is doing it in a most unsustainable way, dude needs to take a walk) but one of them will certainly hit better than the current DH against LHPs options.

All this team needs to do is tread water, as it has. If it ever gets healthy, it will be good enough to get back into the race as long as it is not in too big of a hole. If it doesn't get healthy, which may be the case, then it won't compete any way. I'm just enjoying the ride. I've been a vocal fan of Phelps and Adams for a while and it is nice to see them perform so well. Mo is having a great season, Cano's "rough start" is good for a 135 OPS+ and it looks like the Ivan Nova "starter" experience is finally over. I wish the team was better, but I enjoy watching them play a lot.

And the games are a lot shorter this year, which is nice.

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