DeGrom tied his career high with six runs allowed. He needs to work on facing left-handers who, going into the series, were hitting .394 against him.
Jonathon Niese may have had just one bad inning, but as the Mets saw against C.C. Sabathia the day before, that one bad inning could cost a team the game.
Niese gave up four runs in the second inning including four doubles and a single. His cutter had no movement and was just floating up and over the plate. Niese managed to make it through the fifth inning, but it was not enough to dig the Mets out of a 6-4 deficit.
It’s safe to say after this series Harvey is the Mets’ ace. His start this weekend marks the first time since Tommy John surgery that he pitched over six innings. Harvey was one out away from a complete game, but after the Yankees started to rally in the bottom of the ninth, manager Terry Collins took his starter out.
Harvey was varying his pitches and throwing tons of strikes. His strikeouts to walk ratio was 7:2 and lets not forget the fact Harvey threw a 97 mph fastball in the ninth inning.
The Mets’ bullpen was close to perfect in the series.
They didn’t give up any runs in their combined 5.1 innings pitched. The Mets’ relievers racked up a combined eight strikeouts and walked none.
The Mets were able to backup Harvey with no fielding errors, but as for their games behind deGrom and Niese, they couldn’t say the same. The Mets combined for five errors in the series; four were in the rubber game of the three game set. The Mets who committed the errors were Daniel Murphy (2), Eric Campbell (1), Wilmer Flores (1) and Michael Cuddyer (1).
The Mets’ offense wasn’t the disappointment of the series; however, there was one bad base running play in Sunday night’s game.
With one out in the top of the fifth, Flores hit a fly ball to right field. Campbell, thinking there were two outs, was well on his way to third. By the time Campbell realized there was only one out it was too late and he was thrown out at first.
After the first game of the series, where the Mets were nearly shutdown by Pineda, the offense was able to get going. They totaled eight runs on 12 hits in the second game and four runs on seven hits in the series finale.
The Mets’ starting pitching is what took them out of games early on. Twelve out of the Yankees’ 14 runs scored were within the first three innings.
The team’s bullpen pitched scoreless baseball and the offense was able to score runs; it just was not enough to make up for a poor defensive start.
Coming UpThe Amazin’s will stay on the road and will head down to Miami to take on their division rivals the Miami Marlins for a three game series.
The Mets still have a 4.5 game lead for first place for the National League East with the rest of their division either at or below .500.