Series Recap: Mets 3, Yankees 0

Following their intense series sweep over the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees headed to Shea for another series against a big rival, the Mets. The boys from Flushing took the Yankees to town, however, completing a series sweep in fairly convincing fashion. It was the first time the Yankees had ever been swept by the Mets, and the first time that anyone had swept the Yanks since Boston did it back at the end of April.

Series Results:
Mets 11, Yankees 2. WP: Steve Trachsel  LP: Mike Mussina
Saturday: Mets 10, Yankees 9.  WP: John Franco  LP: Tanyon Sturtze
Sunday: Mets 6, Yankees 5.  WP: Orber Moreno  LP: Tom Gordon  Sv: Braden Looper

Season Series Standings:  Mets 4, Yankees 2, final.

What We Saw:

Friday:  Come on Mussina, what's the deal going to be?  The only real weakness that the Yankees have had this season has been erratic starting pitching - and that's putting it nicely.  The staff was supposed to be well-anchored between Mussina, Javy Vazquez and Kevin Brown.  But Brown has been hurt and Mussina's been switching back and forth between good and awful.  This was not one of his better nights.  Believe me, if the Yankees don't shore up their rotation problems, they're not going to succeed in the postseason.  Take a look at the last World Series winners, all were teams built around pitching first and everything else second.  It's a winning formula.  The Mets thoroughly trounced the Yankees in this game.  Every Met that batted got at least a hit, including Steve Trachsel.  Highlighted nicely by Kaz Matsui's two-homer, five-RBI performance and Richard Hidalgo's three-hit, three-RBI game, the Mets just went nuts at the plate.  On the hill, Trax was untouchable for most of the game, allowing just two unearned runs.  Were the Yankees drained from the previous night's antics?  Possibly.  But Mussina didn't pitch in that game, so what's his excuse?

Saturday:  This game featured four lead changes, 23 hits, five homers, a lot of Tony Clark and too much Jose Contreras.  In a shootout, the Mets got the better of the Yanks with a dribbler back to the pitcher.  Sturtze played the goat, bobbling Shane Spencer's weak groundball and throwing it away with the bases loaded to let the winning run score.  Sturtze, who had saved the Yankees on several occasions this year, walked two batters and hit another to load the bases for Spencer.  Definitely not his finest moment.  Miguel Cairo hit leadoff in this game, a move I applaud.  He's a good candidate for the job for one good reason: he refuses to strike out.  He responded with a 2/3, two walk performance.  Cairo strikes out once every 9.3 plate appearances.  For comparison, A-Rod whiffs every 5.3 times up and Gary Sheffield, one of the toughest guys to strike out in the majors, fans every 10.8 plate appearances.  Tony Clark had a big day for the Yanks, going yard twice during a four-hit performance.

Sunday: Vazquez struggled with is control, walking a season-high five batters and throwing just 62 of his 113 pitches for strikes.  Throwing 113 pitches for just 15 outs is bad enough, but just over half of the pitches were strikes, which is awful.  Richard Hidalgo went deep for the fourth straight game and has seven home runs with the Mets already.  Ty Wigginton hit two home runs in the game, the first time he's ever done that.  The Yankees managed to pound out 16 hits - including four from Bernie Williams and three each from Cairo and Jeter - but could only manage five runs, a result of poor situational hitting and too many double plays (three of them). 

Next meeting between these two teams: Not until next year, unless there's a World Subway Series again...

On deck for the Yankees: The Tigers.  Game one is on Monday at 7:05 PM.  Jon Lieber will face Nate Robertson.

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