Hey, remember how the Mets were the greatest team in the history of baseball and they were going to take over the city and run the Yankees out of town and Matt Harvey was going to be elected mayor for life? Yeah, that was fun while it lasted for about 10 minutes last night. It wasn't Harvey on the mound, it was Jacob deGrom, and he got tattooed by the suddenly very deep and dangerous Yankee lineup while Big Mike showed him what being a stud righty pitcher is all about. Fun times.
The Yankees didn't waste any time getting to deGrom, as Mark Teixeira cracked a 2-run home run with 2 outs in the 1st to put his team up 2-0. That was all Michael Pineda would really need, but the Yanks didn't stop there. Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first homer of the year to lead off the bottom of the 3rd, then a single and a walk put more ducks on the pond for Teix. He brought them all home with another home run, his second in as many plate appearances and his 7th of the season and it was 5-0. Stephen Drew sac flied in the final run and Pineda had plenty of cushion.
Not that he needed it. Pineda was dirty, grimy, filthy last night. His fastball had good life, his slider was borderline unhittable, and he mixed in a good batch of changeups to keep the Met lineup completely off balance and unable to muster much of anything. They did scrape a run across in the 6th, thanks mainly to a Pineda wild pitch, but that was his only blemish. He left after 7.2 innings of 1-run ball and 7 strikeouts. Pure brilliance.
- Teix is now 2nd in MLB in home runs on the season. And he's started hitting then from the left side of the plate, which is reassuring. Of his 12 hits this year, 7 have left the park, 4 have gone for double, and 1 has been a single. I love it.
- Pineda's line: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. I can't confirm this, but I don't think he's walked a batter since 2012.
- 4 2-hit nights from the lineup last night, 5 different guys scored runs. Gotta love balance.
- Gotta love consistent production from the leadoff spot too, and that's exactly what Ellsbury has provided. 12 hits, 5 walks, and 9 runs scored in his last 10 games.
Shout out to Chasen Shreve for picking up the final 4 outs of the night. He's had a quietly nice start to his Yankee career.