This game was draining. For some reason, American League games seem to go on forever, or maybe it’s just the stupidly late Sunday night ESPN start times. The Mets out errored the Yankees 4-2 and that was about all that they took away from this rubber game of the 2015 Subway Series Part 1. The Mets still leave the Bronx with a 14-8 record and a nice lead over the Nationals in the NL East.
Jonathan Niese was grooving pitches and getting pounded one extra base hit after another. His defense certainly didn’t help him AT ALL. Niese settled in around the 4th but unfortunately most of the damage was already done, including A-Rod’s solo homerun to put him at 659 in his career (a milestone the Yankees refuse to acknowledge).
Daniel Murphy finally got the bat going tonight with a couple of extra base hits, but that does not and will not make up for his lackluster performance at second base. All the talk keeps swirling about the Mets letting Murphy play out his contract year and letting him walk, and the more comfortable I am with that decision as each game (and misplay) goes by.
The Yankees bullpen is nasty. Betances and Miller closing out the 8th and 9th inning of games is borderline unfair. They’ve made it very easy for fans to quickly forget Mariano Rivera (or at least survive his retirement because no one can forget the greatest closer of all-time).