On-Base Perception

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Brian Roberts gets the double triple for Yankees

Brian Roberts is greeted in the dugout after

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LeBron James may be all about triple doubles, but Brian Roberts is Mr. Double Triple.

The second baseman tripled twice during the Yankees' 4-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday night. Both came against rookie pitcher Rafael Montero, one in the second inning, the other in the fourth.

It was the 24th time the Mets had an opponent hit two triples against them in the same game. Before Roberts,...

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Masahiro Tanaka a 'complete' pitcher for Yankees

The Yankees hold an introductory press conference for

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It was a virtuoso performance.

Masahiro Tanaka completely shut down a Mets lineup that had scored 21 runs during the previous two games, restoring order to the Yankees' universe. Tanaka allowed four hits (one double), walked none and struck out eight over nine scoreless innings.

It was the third complete game shutout in Subway Series history. Dave Mlicki tossed the first for the Mets...

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Mets pitchers not entirely unproductive at the plate

Mets' Bartolo Colon singles on a ground ball

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We get it: Mets pitchers don't have a hit yet.

But does that mean they've been unproductive?

One of the prevailing narratives surrounding the Mets during the early part of this season has revolved around Mets hurlers' almost inexplicable inability to manage even a single. They're 0-for-64 and counting, the lone National League team without a hit from their pitching staff. Among American...

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MLB debuts a rarity in Subway Series history...until now

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is photographed during photo

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When Rafael Montero steps on the mound at Citi Field to start Wednesday's Subway Series game for the Mets, he'll be just the sixth player on either team to make his MLB debut during the intra-city contest.

When Chase Whitley debuts as the Yankees starter on Thursday, he'll also join the club.

When Jacob deGrom debuts as the Mets' starter on Thursday, he will, too.

A Mets or Yankees...

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Chase Whitley has defied the odds for Yankees

Chase Whitley is slated to start for the

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Bryce Harper was selected with the first overall pick of the 2010 major league draft. In the 15th round, 475 picks total picks later, the Yankees selected righthander Chase Whitley.

When Whitley makes his expected MLB debut against the Mets on Thursday, it will be the culmination of an unlikely professional career. 

Whitley is on track to be just the 15th player selected in the...

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Rafael Montero: What to expect from the Mets prospect

Mets pitcher Rafael Montero looks on during spring

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Rafael Montero, one of the top pitching prospects in the Mets organization, makes his major league debut in a start against the Yankees on Wednesday night.

Here's what you can expect to see from the 6-foot righthander:

IN CONTROL

Montero's calling card is his excellent command. In 390 minor league innings, he's struck out 367 hitters and walked 85 -- a 4.32 strikeout to walk ratio.He's...

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Brett Gardner's rare Subway Series feat

Yankees batter Brett Gardner, center, is welcomed at

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Brett Gardner's two-out grand slam against Bartolo Colon on Monday turned out to be inconsequential in an eventual Mets victory.

But, in the 100th game the teams have played against each other, Gardner's home run was just the seventh grand slam either team has hit. The Yankees have hit five of them, the Mets two.

Here are the others (click on the date for a full game recap and box score):

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Mets' Ruben Tejada at a crossroads

Ruben Tejada reacts after his sixth-inning single against

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Ruben Tejada figured a turnaround might require just a bit more time.

Like many of the Mets, the hits had not been falling for Tejada, who believed he deserved better than a .183 average. After all, he had actually been making solid contact. His assertion had been backed up by publicly available metrics.

According to FanGraphs.com, Tejada boasts an abnormally high line-drive rate of...

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Now may be the time to doubt Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout during

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Not every player can go out on the top of their game, like Mariano Rivera did in 2013.

Derek Jeter is proving that lesson in 2014.

"Don't doubt Jeter!" is what history cautions. He's made a career of proving folks wrong. A 5-for-11 performance in Anaheim has given pause to many critics.

But it shouldn't.

Doubt Jeter because:

- His 18.3 percent strikeout rate is the...

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Pirates beat Giants on walk-off review

Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte, left, scores ahead of

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There have been a bunch of firsts this season thanks to the new replay system. Add another first to the list: MLB's first win by walk-off review.

Pirates outfielder Starling Marte hit a triple in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Giants Tuesday night with the score tied at 1, then advanced home on an error by Giants second baseman Ehrie Adrianza, who skipped the ball past third baseman...

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