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Who is this man and what has he done with Phil Hughes?
Or rather, why did it take him so long to become the Phil Hughes we were promised?
Hughes was a top prospect in the Yankees system, but his career with the major league club failed to live up to the high expectations. While he had some excellent seasons, Hughes was more often than not an inconsistent pitcher who gave up too many...Read more »
Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley singled for the Yankees in the third, and Mets starter Jacob deGrom singled in the bottom of the inning, breaking an 0-for-64 streak to start the season by Mets pitchers.
But by Whitley and deGrom singling, they combined to achieve another feat, becoming just the third pair of opposing pitchers to get a hit during the same Subway Series game.
Jon...Read more »
Ruben Tejada is in trouble.
Last season he spent time in the minors and lost his job to Omar Quintanilla. This season, Wilmer Flores, a defensive liability, was supposedly called up to take his starting spot...but then Flores got sick.
So how about this nugget: The much-maligned Tejada has a higher slugging percentage at cavernous Citi Field than Derek Jeter has at comfy Yankee Stadium...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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:
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...Read more »
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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