The Mets had a starting pitcher throwing from the right side in Matt Harvey and the Yankees had a rightfielder capable of switch hitting for Saturday's Subway Series game at Yankee Stadium. So who started in right? Not the guy who could hit from the left.
Joe Girardi chose righthanded-hitting Chris Young -- or Cy, as he calls him -- to take those swings at Harvey instead of the slow-starting Carlos Beltran.
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"Cy has been playing well," Girardi said before the game. "Righties have had more success off of Harvey. I thought I'd put Cy out there."
Indeed, righties came in batting .316 against Harvey and lefties were at .156. And Young, whose primary job as a fourth outfielder is to hit against lefties, was sizzling through his first 42 at-bats, hitting .357 with four homers and nine RBIs -- .269 against righties and .500 against lefties.
Then Young went 0-for-3 against Harvey and 0-for-4 overall, one of many reasons the Yankees fell, 8-2.
"The good thing is we've run into some lefties," Girardi said. "We'll see another one [Jon Niese Sunday night]. So there have been some situations where I've been able to get him in there. But with him swinging so well, we're looking for ways."
Friday marked Beltran's 38th birthday. He's coming off an injury-marred .233 season and he's off to a dreadful beginning at .173 -- 9-for-52 -- with no homers and seven RBIs. He's at .231 righthanded and .154 lefthanded.
"I know he's frustrated," Girardi said. "He had a couple of big hits the other day [in Detroit]. It's been a little bit harder lefthanded for him. But I really believe he's going to get going. He probably needs a break here and there and it'll start happening for him."
Beltran was ill near the end of spring training, then sat out April 18 and 19 at Tampa Bay because of a chest cold.
"I'm sure it hasn't helped," Girardi said. "I thought he was still somewhat weak in Detroit. At the end of the road trip, it was still a little bit [of] the chest cold. I think he's better now. But he's really important to our offense, and we have to get him going."
Jacoby Ellsbury made a nifty running, sliding catch in left-center to rob Eric Campbell in the fourth, but Ellsbury came out of the game after seven innings because of a hip problem.
"His hip tightened up a little bit," Girardi said. "With the score the way it was, I said, 'I'm going to take you out and let's see how you feel tomorrow. Hopefully you're a player for us.' "
Tex's productive April
Mark Teixeira homered to open the seventh against Harvey, extending his April career high to eight homers and giving him an April career high of 18 RBIs. Teixeira, who hit a pair of two-run homers Friday night against Jacob deGrom, has knocked in at least one run in his last seven starts and in 12 of his last 15 games.
The 35-year-old first baseman also had two singles. Twelve of his 15 hits have gone for extra bases -- eight homers, four doubles, three singles. His average is up to .254.