NY MLB: Yankees and Mets, a recap of the latest games
How are Yankees and Mets, the two New York teams doing this season? Let’s do a brief recap of the latest games played by the two teams.
New York Yankees leading
The New York Yankees are playing the second-best ball in the American League at 15-11, and are still leading the AL East by two games. So far, 2014 has been a better year for the team than 2013, although the team’s lineup is definitely missing a notable player, Robinson Cano. In fact, Cano’s decision to leave the Yankees to join Seattle is still a hot topic for the team. Especially after Cano’s first visit to the Bronx as an opposing player Tuesday night (April 29th) at the Yankee Stadium, when the Mariners beat the Yankees 6-3.
Robison Cano was replaced by Brian Roberts whose performance was not impressive. Cano, on the contrary, was able to drive in the Mariners’ first run of the night with a groundout and stole a base that allowed him to score on Cole Gillespie’s seventh-inning single.
It was clear that Cano still has some good years left in him, despite being a 31-year-old player, and the Yanks could have kept him on their side a few years more, as he certainly qualifies as an excellent player.
A part from Cano being booed from the crowd at the Yankee Stadium, Tuesday’s match was also hit by a couple of injuries, Pineda’s being the most serious one. The starting pitcher is going to serve a much longer suspension from the Yankee’s rotation than the 10-day one obtained for using pine tar in a game against the Red Sox. In fact, Pineda is probably going to miss three-to-four weeks after medical tests and an examination showed a Grade I strain of the Teres Major muscle below his right shoulder. The pitcher pulled himself out of a simulated game in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, complaining of soreness in a back muscle on his pitching side.
Even after his 10-day suspension and if he’s cleared to begin a rehab assignment, Michael Pineda will not be able to return on the MLB’s scenes for a while.
Center fielder Jacob Ellsbury, who leads Yankees regulars with a .312 batting average and .369 on-base percentage, and is second on the team with 11 RBIs, might miss two games after his minor injury to his left hand on Tuesday. The tests came back good so it looks like he’s only suffering a sore hand without any structural damage.
New York Mets starting pitcher Niese’s performance vs. Phillies
Niese’s stellar pitching was definitely one of the highlights of Tuesday’s match which saw New York Mets beating the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
He delivered seven strong innings, leading the Mets to a 6-1 win over the Phillies that moved them four games over .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012.
Despite the weather, the steady rain and winds gusting upwards of 20 miles per hour, Niese did an excellent performance keeping the Phillies off balance with his curveballs and cutters.
Very well-done for Ruben Tejada too, as he doubled and had two RBIs for the Mets, who chased Cole Hamels in the fifth and have won seven of nine, and for Mets’ Daniel Murphy who hit a RBI single in the third inning of Tuesday’s game.
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