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Mets win four in a row over Yankees, sweep season series for first time ever

May 30, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

Dillon Gee AP AP

The struggling Mets likely would have signed up for an even split this week against the crosstown Yankees, but they ended up taking all four games.

Dillon Gee struck out a career-high 12 over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball tonight in a 3-1 victory over the Yankees. After taking both games at Citi Field on Monday and Tuesday, they also swept the two-game set at Yankee Stadium. While the format changed this year, this is the first time in the 17-year history of interleague play that the Mets have recorded a season sweep of the Yankees.

Gee was the big story of the night. Amid rumors that he could be bullpen-bound when top prospect Zack Wheeler is called up from the minors, he delivered his best start of the season, giving up just four hits and no walks. His only mistake was a solo homer by Robinson Cano in the third inning. He retired the final 15 batters he faced before manager Terry Collins brought the hook in the bottom of the eighth inning. Gee had struck out five batters in a row at that point and was only at 88 pitches, so many questioned the decision, but Scott Rice entered to retire the only two batters he faced and Bobby Parnell had a perfect ninth to lock down his ninth save of the season.

As for the offense, Marlon Byrd put the Mets ahead early with a two-run homer off Vidal Nuno in the top of the second inning. He has now homered in back-to-back games. John Buck later added an insurance run with a well-placed infield single along the third base line in the eighth inning. The Mets outscored the Yankees 16-7 over the course of the four games this week.

The Mets will take a season-high five-game winning streak into Miami this weekend while the Yankees will bring a season-high five game losing streak into a series against the first-place Red Sox. What the Yankees have done over the first two months of the season has been pretty impressive given the number of injuries they have had to put up with, but they are getting Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back at exactly the right time.

  1. chill1184 - May 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    This start Gee looked like Gee of last season, hopefully this was his turning point

  2. 13arod - May 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    they got lucky

    • richyballgame - May 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Just no.

      • protius - May 31, 2013 at 3:04 AM

        Please, do you really think the Mets are going to be any better after this series, then they were before? If you do, then you believe in the Easter Bunny and Unicorns.

        Nothing that happened in that series will do the slightest thing to improve the Mets play.

    • sabatimus - May 31, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      At this point, you’re simply a troll.

  3. multiplemiggs - May 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Aw someones butt-hurt ^ …and all of A-Rods home runs were lucky, until he got caught cheating 3 times

  4. historiophiliac - May 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Doom!

    • indaburg - May 31, 2013 at 6:58 AM

      :-) Did you know I was a Mets fan as a kid? I thoroughly enjoyed this sweep. Will the Mets sustain this? Not likely. But there are cracks in the Empire’s force shields. Let’s deploy and exploit.

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        No wonder you like underdogs and excessive amounts of rum. :)

        BTW, Torii is out injured from a HBP. :( To return Sunday.

      • indaburg - May 31, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Someone should’ve called child protective services on my parents.

        Sunday isn’t too bad. Nothing broken, right?

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Nothing broken, but he said that was the hardest he’d ever been hit. His son graduates from high school so he went home for that anyway.

  5. Stiller43 - May 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    And the pirates have the 2nd best record in baseball!! These are crazy times!

    • mazblast - May 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      SSShhhhh. Remember what’s happened to them in the second half of the season the last two years. This Pirates fan will settle for 82 wins, we don’t HAVE to make the playoffs.

  6. randygnyc - May 30, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I’m upset the Yankees didn’t play well but at the same time, mi happy for mets fans. This was their World Series this year. There’s enough good will to go around to my fellow New Yorkers. Cheers.

    • protius - May 31, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      The Mets didn’t prove that they’re a good team with a bright future. They proved that their pitchers can beat a slumping line up, and that their batters can beat good pitchers, who’re having an off day.

      Next week, the Mets will revert to being the doormats of the NL East, and Yankee batters will come out of their slump, and continue to fight for the division lead.

      Four games:
      2-1
      2-1
      9-4
      3-1

      Christmas came in May for the Mets. Reality sets in in June, when they will continue battling the Marlins to stay out of the basement.

      • donal145 - May 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Ya, Kuroda and Nuno were just terrible. Atrocious.

        But hey, no one has ever accused Yankee fans of being smart and gracious.

    • sdelmonte - May 31, 2013 at 4:04 AM

      Thanks!

    • jimeejohnson - May 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      A most gracious comment from a real Yankee fan. Real Mets fans appreciate it, and wish the Yankees well until they play the Mets, again. The beauty of baseball is you cannot buy a championship. You’ve got to win it on the field.

      • jimeejohnson - May 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Replying to randyg.

  7. tfbuckfutter - May 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Baseball should be like soccer where your team moves between leagues based on performance.

    And one of the rules should be that if your team moves down a level for every HR they give up to Marlon Byrd.

  8. badintent - May 31, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Metaggdon !

  9. twayward - May 31, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    13arod and protius, although i appreciate the entertainment value of yankees fans making excuses and hurling insults, i believe the word you were searching for was “congratulations.” or perhaps you were trying to recall the phrase “tip my cap.”

    • protius - May 31, 2013 at 3:31 AM

      twayward, although I can sympathies with the joy of Mets fans over their triumph, I can neither ignore the variables of cause and effect that influenced the outcome of the series, nor can I ignore the fact that in your rush to chastise me, you completely forgot to addressed my arguments:
      “The Mets proved that their pitchers can beat a slumping line up, and that their batters can beat good pitchers, who’re having an off day. Next week, the Mets will revert to being the doormats of the NL East, and Yankee batters will come out of their slump, and continue to fight for the division lead”.

      When you have something relevant to say about my arguments, kindly leave the red herring with your mom, and deal with them, if you can.

      • 4letterman - May 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Something relevant: Marlins are the doormat of the NL east!!!!

      • paperlions - May 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        When a bad lineup doesn’t produce, that isn’t a slumping lineup, it is just doing what it is capable of.

      • protius - May 31, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        You’re begging the question. You’re assuming that the Yankees have a bad line up.

        My hypothesis is just as viable, i.e., some members of the line up are experiencing a slump.

      • jimeejohnson - May 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Sympathy thumbs up.

  10. pisano - May 31, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Just a disgusting performance by the Yankees, you’d think the Mets threw four Cy Young candidates at them. That whole team had better get things turned around quick, and I’m not sure how much help Tex and Youk are going to be, I’m sure it’s going to take some time for them to be MLB ready.

    • aceshigh11 - May 31, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      I’m really shocked the Mets pulled this off…the Sox didn’t play particularly well against the Phillies and the Yankees had a chance to gain some ground, and totally flubbed it.

      I’m happy for the Mets, but man…the Yanks need to pull their shit together. It’s pretty embarrassing.

      Honestly, it’s nice to have a neck-and-neck race for 1st in the AL East again…it’s been a while since it’s felt like a rivalry. This weekend will definitely be enjoyable.

    • 18thstreet - May 31, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      The Yankees are throwing a replacement-level lineup out there, plus Robinson Cano. I think it’s a miracle whenever they win a single game.

  11. bbk1000 - May 31, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Imagine if the Mets played in the American League Least….they would be undefeated…

    • Kevin S. - May 31, 2013 at 6:19 AM

      The AL Least, as you so adorably call it, has four teams at least five games above .500 and four teams with a run differential of at least +15. They don’t have three top-end teams the way the NL Central does, but they’re unquestionably the deepest division in baseball.

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        Really? You took that bait? smh

      • bbk1000 - May 31, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        mediocrity breeds mediocrity….

  12. theskinsman - May 31, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Congrats to the Mets, they deserved the sweep of the yanks.

  13. multiplemiggs - May 31, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    protius is so butt-hurt hahahahah what a crybaby. Our pitchers beat a slumping lineup that somehow wasn’t slumping until they played the Mets monday. If you have four pitchers in a row have four “off-days” in a row you got a problem. I guess. the bullpen had “off-days” too hahah why show up if your “off”? Then he busts out mom jokes. YOU LOST, FAIR AND SQUARE, GROW UP LITTLE BOY. AND BE CAREFUL GOING THRU THE BRONX, YOU MIGHT GET YOUR BICYCLE STOLEN HAHAH

  14. multiplemiggs - May 31, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    He busts out the mother joke but still lives with his hahah

    • protius - May 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Why don’t you go to that dark place that you normally go to when you want to be alone, and give yourself the best erection you can; this way you’ll be in the company of something that looks just like you, and is just as smart.

  15. sdelmonte - May 31, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    It isn’t merely that the Yankees didn’t do much against Gee. It’s that the renowned discipline at the plate is gone. Not a single Yank walked. 12 strikeouts and no walks. Unexpected even against great pitching.

    There is no denying that this will be a long season for Mets fans, even with Harvey and Wheeler and the few other bright spots. But for today, we are feeling good about things. The starters looked good, the pen held together, and the other guys are the ones doing the hurting.

    Have to wonder even more today just what the Boss would have done today. I think he might have had Girardi fired. From a cannon.

    • 18thstreet - May 31, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Yeah, where’s Reid Briniac’s famous plate discipline? Why didn’t Austin Romine have better at bats?

      You can’t just put pinstripes on replacement level players and assume they’re going to turn into DiMaggio. It doesn’t work that way. The Yankees are fielding a bad lineup, feat. Cano and Gardiner. That’s it. That’s the story. Bad players will eventually play badly. You can’t count on Vernon Wells or John Olerud (or whoever the hell is playing first right now) to carry a team. They aren’t that good and the math will catch up to them eventually. This is baseball. They play 162 games, and you’ll win a third of them, no matter what. But you’re not going to play .600 ball — as the Yankees were doing — for long with THAT lineup.

      • sdelmonte - May 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        I always had the idea, though, that if an organization’s philosophy is to teach patience, any player, even the bad ones, could learn it. Heck, early in the season the Mets were showing unexpected discipline at the plate. I guess it’s either not that simple or not something that you try to teach the lesser lights.

  16. uyf1950 - May 31, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    The Yankees batters really with the exception of Gardner made the Mets pitchers all look like Cy Young. The Yankees starters actually pitched 3 very good games but absolutely no offense from the Yankees this series. Looks like both Youkilis and Tex are returning just in time. It’s a very long season but the Yankees can little afford to come out on the short end of the stick this weekend against the Red Sox.
    Sabathia needs to get the Yankees off on the right foot tonight and show everyone that he IS the ace of the staff.

    • proudlycanadian - May 31, 2013 at 6:06 AM

      Looks as if the best before date for Wells, Hafner, Overbay etc. has arrived. It is time for the usual suspects to start coming off the DL.

      • uyf1950 - May 31, 2013 at 6:38 AM

        Overbay has still done pretty well. As for Wells and Hafner they appear to have hit a wall about 2 weeks ago. One positive note is Boesch has done extremely well since being called up about 1 week ago. The month of June is going to be critical for the Yankees if they can stay close. Then with some days off for the All Star break and getting back virtually everyone by then they should be ready for the push for the playoffs.

  17. rockthered1286 - May 31, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Yea I’m thinking the Yanks bat were in less of a slump for 4 games, and more of a “welcome back to earth” party. The replacements were hitting better than they had in recent years and you absolutely cannot argue that it’s by design. Hell, aren’t these the same Yanks fans who last year claimed my yardbirds were all lucky as they were hitting far better than expected, but the yanks hitters? Nah thats not luck. That’s because you put on pinstripes and suddenly become invincible? Rubbish.

    • uyf1950 - May 31, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      My friend the replacement players if you will allow me to call them that were only expected to hold down the fort for a while, until the Yankees could get back some of their regulars. I would say without hesitation they accomplished that and much more.
      My friend as for your “yardbirds” lets be honest they were lucky in a lot of games. If you go to this web site below’s link and see the O’s and the luck column it will confirm that. Also last year they were 29-9 in one run games. So far this year they are 8-7 quite a difference. To deny that the Orioles weren’t to some degree lucky last year is foolhardy.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/2012-standings.shtml

      • rockthered1286 - May 31, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        I’ll call rubbish yet again. This “luck” column is determined by actual w-l versus pythW-L. The pythagorean is determined by runs scored vs runs against. If you recall in 2012, the O’s were not winning games big at all, but were getting crushed when they did lose. I need to find a stat about most loses by 5 or more runs, but I’d be willing to bet that they led the league. That alone would drastically skew this stat. Plus you also have to remember (regarding 1 run games) that the O’s started last year something around this 8-7 mark, then went on to rattle off some 20+ one run wins, so it’s not out of the question that they could do it again. Likely? No. And I agree that was flukey. But the whole point I was driving at was not so much that the O’s didn’t get lucky- every team has a bit of luck- it was that it seems most Yanks fans are saying the guys on their current roster filling in for the starters (replacements if you will) are in fact, great players, regardless of what their history has shown. In comparison, these same fans praising their over-the-hill bench warmers, said the O’s bats last year were all lucky. And to name a few- I heard nonstop that McLouth was lucky, Reynold and Davis were lucky, and our collective group of misfits at 2B were lucky. So my question- why is it a sure thing that the O’s were lucky in 2012 (because there’s no denying them in 2013), but completely out of the question that the Yanks, to date, have been lucky to get the production that they have out of guys like Haffner, Ichiro, Overbay, Wells, etc? Answer: there is no justification.

    • protius - May 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Are you claiming that going 29 and 9 in one run games is a matter of design or skill? Your answer below doesn’t adequately address this issue.

      Is going 29 and 9 in one run games a matter of skill, or is it a matter of luck?

      BTW: Most Yankee fan comments I read at the Yankee MLB web site, do not consider the new players, or the replacement players great; in fact, they consider them has-beens. Moreover, what do you expect Yankee fans to say about their own players when they are challenged by fans of other teams? They are about as likely to throw them under the bus, as you are to toss O’s players under the bus.

      You asked, and I’ll paraphrase your question: Why is it not a matter of luck that the Yankees have been able to get production from players like Haffner, Ichiro, Overbay, Wells, etc? Both luck and skill played an important role in the production these players have generated to date.

      • rockthered1286 - May 31, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Wow if that isn’t a scattered mess of things to address… let’s see if I can do my best.

        -”Are you claiming that going 29 and 9 in one run games is a matter of design or skill? Your answer below doesn’t adequately address this issue”…. I wasn’t addressing the issue. At all. I never brought it up, I was merely defending my stance that you can’t say the O’s were “lucky” based on a column on BBRef that addresses W/L versus runs for/against when it’s obviously a skewed stat when you can win 10 games at 1 or 2 runs, get blown out twice and skew the stat to -10 runs or something to that effect, and upping your luck factor. It’s bogus.

        -”BTW: Most Yankee fan comments I read at the Yankee MLB web site, do not consider the new players, or the replacement players great”…good for them. I, personally, don’t read the Yankees site because I have zero interest. Fans on HBT however, tend to say things like “Yankee batters will come out of their slump, and continue to fight for the division lead”. That doesnt sound like somebody considering them has-beens now does it? Sounds like somebody pumping them up to be great players if they’re quality enough to fight for a division lead, don’t ya think?

        -”Moreover, what do you expect Yankee fans to say about their own players when they are challenged by fans of other teams? They are about as likely to throw them under the bus, as you are to toss O’s players under the bus.”… I do toss O’s under the bus when they deserve it. Flaherty sucks at 2B (at least his bat does), Jim Johnson is an overrated closer, and Matt Weiters is not a good switch hitter who needs to stay righty. See? Not unusual. And accurate to boot. I feel the Yanks boast a pompous fan base who, as I said before, acts as if putting on pinstripes makes any player invincible. It’s ludicrous.

        -”You asked, and I’ll paraphrase your question: Why is it not a matter of luck that the Yankees have been able to get production from players like Haffner, Ichiro, Overbay, Wells, etc? Both luck and skill played an important role in the production these players have generated to date.”… you didn’t answer anything, you literally just repeated my question then answered it by saying the question over again. Why is it not a matter of luck? Both luck and skill play an important role. So you’re saying I’m right? That it is luck? If so, then why did you also say earlier that they’ll come out of this slump, because a slump implies they are good players with bad luck, which is the opposite of a lucky player falling back into his natural rhythm.

        Too much double talk and vague answers. Try again with some logic to back yourself up boss.

      • protius - May 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        ufy wrote: “Also last year they were 29-9 in one run games. So far this year they are 8-7 quite a difference. To deny that the Orioles weren’t to some degree lucky last year is foolhardy.” I felt your long winded rant was vague and evasive, so I asked you to clarify your response, hoping for a brief, to the point answer. Apparently, that is not possible.

        Next, you are adept at evasive, red herring arguments. I wrote: “Most Yankee fan comments I read at the Yankee MLB web site, do not consider the new players, or the replacement players great.” This doesn’t mean that I agree with or repudiate their belief; it’s simply an observation. Your use of the term “great”, is a straw man, i.e., a purposeful exaggeration of an evaluation to make a point, and it’s bogus.

        I wrote: “Yankee batters will come out of their slump, and continue to fight for the division lead.” This statement does not imply that I believe that the Yankee batters are great, that’s your evaluation, not mine. It’s a simple understanding that most baseball players experience slumps throughout the season, and that this slump is no different then any other slump, by any other group of players, on any other team.

        You wrote: “ I do toss O’s under the bus when they deserve it. Flaherty sucks at 2B (at least his bat does), Jim Johnson is an overrated closer, and Matt Weiters is not a good switch hitter who needs to stay righty. See?” It’s particularly sad to see that you are willing to criticize Oriole players, when no one is challenging their skill level, just to make a worthless point. You then claim that your assessment is accurate, and that disloyalty is common place among Os fans. Do you really think that you have the authority to speak for all Os fans, and that none of them would argue against your opinions? Didn’t you mention something about pomposity? Your smug, hypocrisy is amusing; pardon me if I laugh at you.

        Finally, you wrote: “You didn’t answer anything, you literally just repeated my question then answered it by saying the question over again.” Apparently, you missed the part where I said that I was paraphrasing your question, and your error made you upset; not my problem. Moreover, you have poor reading comprehension skills.

        If I literally repeated the question as an answer, then both question and answer would be exactly the same. Clearly, you’re using a straw man argument here, because you didn’t understand my question in the first place.

        You wrote: “So you’re saying I’m right? That it is luck?” No. I said that it was luck and skill; you said it was just luck.

        You wrote: “If so, then why did you also say earlier that they’ll come out of this slump, because a slump implies they are good players with bad luck, which is the opposite of a lucky player falling back into his natural rhythm.” This “if so” argument, relies on my agreeing that you’re correct for it to succeed (See above). I don’t agree; therefore, this argument fails.

        FYI: A batting slump doesn’t imply a player’s skill level, i.e., good player/bad player. A .238 hitter can go into a slump and hit just .148 over 25 at bats, and come out of his slump, to hit .238 again, just as easily as a .300 hitter can go into a 25 AB slump, and hit .148, etc, etc. This rationale must have evaded your grasp.

        Was this enough logic for you, chief?

  18. multiplemiggs - May 31, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    ok, the yankees didnt show plate discipline and didnt walk enough yet, how many struck out looking last night?

  19. chill1184 - May 31, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Yankees fans doing what they do best pulling from;

    “The Book of Excuses For When The Yankee’s Lose”

    Co-Written by: Mike Francesa, ESPN and The YES Network”

  20. pizzadawg - May 31, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Please complain some more about how the Mets got lucky 4 straight games 13arod, and protius.

    THE YANKEE TEARS, THEY ARE DELICIOUS

    • protius - May 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I wonder how your parents felt, when they realized that they were raising a child with no intellectual future?

      • mazblast - May 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Lame response. I hope that wasn’t your best.

      • protius - May 31, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Lame come-back; it probably was your best.

  21. multiplemiggs - May 31, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    uyf1950 he is talking about the Cardinals hahahaha

    • multiplemiggs - May 31, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      jk teeheehee

  22. lazlosother - May 31, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    The Yanks got spanked, that is for sure. On the bright side Hughes looked very good for the second outing in a row, Nuno is showing signs that he can pitch in the bigs and Kuroda continues to be excellent. Shame to see three good starts like that go to waste. The Mets? As Mike Tyson would say I tip my head to them. They always play the Yanks tough and came through big time this series.

    Now it’s Boston and Lester. Tex and Youk have to provide some thump cause this lineup has been helpless against lefties. If the calvalry doesn’t show up soon things could get difficult. Four teams within 3 games of first in the beast and right now, fun division to watch.

  23. 4letterman - May 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    At least Yankee fan saw the Joba Chamberlain aka next Roger Clemens pitch last night….oh wait.

    • jimeejohnson - May 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Will be waiting until Hell freezes over!

  24. pesky99 - May 31, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I am happy for the Mets, they are the only legitimate team in NY.
    Yes, the Evil Empire is not what it use to be, and that is good for baseball. No one likes to have the same teams win every year- it’s boring.
    When the yankees lose, we all win! And I believe in my lifetime, someone is going to release all the goods on the yankees and expose their shady and questionable history.
    Until then, enjoy these little victories for the game of baseball.

  25. mazblast - May 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I don’t think the returns of Youkilis and Teixeira are going to be the cure-all the most rabid Yankee fans think they will be. Teixeira has been on a downward slope since he arrived in NY, and Youk, while he’s better this year than last year, isn’t nearly what he used to be.

    That said, remember that both are coming off the DL, so don’t judge them based only on this weekend’s results, good or bad.

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