Heading into the rubber match against their cross town rival Sunday night, the Mets agreed before the game that they would be limiting Matt Harvey's innings and would likely take him out in the fifth inning. The Mets followed their game plan and after 5 scoreless innings hurled by Harvey manager, Terry Collins relieved him for the mound with a 1-0 lead. However the team fell apart from there and the Mets lost in the subway series finally
Robles came into the sixth inning and allowed 5 runs to score (only 1 ER). The Yankees wouldn't lose their lead from their and also posted a second five run inning in the eighth off pitchers Carlos Torres and Tim Stauffer, letting up 3 and 2 earned runs respectively. It didn't help that C.C Sabathia (5-9, 4.80 ERA) had a great performance in a year which he has struggled. He allowed one earned over 6 innings.
This was certainly a disappointing lost to their in-state rival but the long term affects don't seem to be of much concern. The Mets have a 6 game lead with 13 games remaining. Even certain negativities that come with a subway series lost this should not cause them to miss the playoffs or affect their confidence.
The Mets also do not have the most difficult schedule ahead of them. They will face the Braves, Reds, and Phillies in their next three series.
David Wright said after the lost "We're just looking ahead…We've played well in our division, hopefully that continues." Curtis Grander son was also looking past the recent skid. "It's easy," he said. "It's midnight. We're already into Monday, and on to the Braves."
It is doubtful that this series lost will play a big part in their pennant race down the stretch but one area of concern that was highlighted in Sunday's lost his how Terry Collins will manage their pitchers in the closing weeks. The Mets relief has been anything but reliable this season and the six relievers that followed Harvey Sunday proved to be ineffective in long relief situations. If the Mets plan to skip Harvey's starts or other young pitchers they will need to straighten out their bullpen and game plan in the middle of their playoff race.
Right now the Mets should feel confident where they stand but the last series against the Nationals could be something to monitor if they should slip any further.