Game 146 / 80-66 / 2nd / – 4.5 GB : The most important six game stretch the Yankees have played since the 2012 season began tonight before a sellout house in Queens, and it didn’t end well. The stress-free Mets were playing with house money, and punched their big brothers in the throat — just because. The outcome was a 5-1 Mets victory and a Yankee squad both in trouble and exposed. They not only lost ground to Blue Jays (-4.5GB), on much less pressing matter, they’ve lost 8 out of their last 12 to Mets. Unless things turn around immediately, the Wild Card play-in slot is looking like their only hope of post-season play, where the fading Yankees have a 4 game lead to protect with 16 to play.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Mets 5, Yanks 1
And This Was That
“They’ve been swinging the bat we well as anyone since August 1. They’ve added young pitching that is very talented the first time we saw them. I know Matz wasn’t here. I don’t think Syndergaard was with them yet. So, I mean, they’ve gotten better. That’s what they have. And I think that’s reflected in their record. … Obviously, you’re in New York City, so these games are important. But you pile on (the fact that) we’ve got 17 games left, we’re three back in the loss column, we’re trying to win your division. These games are extremely important.” ‐ Joe Girardi on the Mets (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1965, Mickey Mantle gets his 2,000th career hit and his 450th home run as the Yankees whip the Angels 6-2 to lock on to first place for good with a two percentage point lead over the idle White Sox and Orioles…
Today in 1964,in front of a capacity crowd at the ballpark in The Bronx, the Yankees pay tribute to Mickey Mantle in the first of three special days held in his honor. Prior to appearing in his 2000th career game, ‘The Mick’ tells the fans that he hoped to play another 15 years, but in reality will play his last major league contest in 1968…
On September 17, 2014, Brandon McCarthy throws nine pitches, has nine strikes, and records three outs, retiring Wil Myers, Nick Franklin, and Matt Joyce in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. The 31 year-old right-hander pitches the fifth ‘Immaculate Inning’ in franchise history, joining Al Downing (1967), Ron Guidry (1984), A.J. Burnett (2009), and Ivan Nova (2013) in accomplishing the feat.
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Michael Pineda takes the mound tomorrow in an afternoon tilt against the fireballing Noah Syndergaard. Big Mike has to turn in a big performance, and the bats have to wake up. It’s getting’ late, and it ain’t early…