About Last Night: CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia did something that a Yankee starter hadn't been able to accomplish all season. He kept the opposition from crossing home plate. This may seem like a silly thing to say because most people with a brain know it to be true, but when your starting pitcher can keep the other team from scoring early, it helps your offense immensely. Especially the Yankees' offense which only seems to come alive later in games. Another thing that helps? Shutdown innings. After the Yankees scored three in the sixth inning, Sabathia came out and first got Adam Jones swinging on a gorgeous changeup outside and down, walked Chris Davis, then erased the walk by inducing a ground ball double play off the bat of Mark Trumbo.

For this piece, I want to focus on CC's strikeouts. He struck out six last night: five swinging and one looking. In fact, the Orioles were swinging at a lot of his pitches.

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And they were whiffing on a balls out of the strike zone, especially righty batters like Jones.

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Here are their whiffs against CC's changeup which was really working last night:

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And now my favorite strikeout of the night, the aforementioned Adam Jones at bat in the sixth:

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The best pitch of the at bat was the last one, pitch number five. Jones made a feeble attempt to make contact with an 85.4 mph changeup that tailed away from the plate and stuck out for out number one of the inning.

In this chart, you will notice that four out of CC's six strikeouts were on balls out of the zone:

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And these are the pitches he used to finish his at bats. Notice the whiffs on the changeups. Also notice the highest velocity is 91.2 mph:

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This is the CC Sabathia we all wanted to see. The one whose velocity isn't as high as it used to be, but whose movement tricks batters into weak swings at pitches out of the zone. The crafty lefty. And while it's great that Sabathia stopped the losing streak and contributed in large part to the first shut out of the season for the pitching staff, it's more important that he returned to Baltimore for the first time since one of the darkest points in his life, and he was able to pitch his best game of the season.

[Courtesy of Brooks Baseball]

About Last Night: The good, the real ugly, and what's wrong with Betances?

Last night's game was frustrating, maddening, and pathetic to watch. The Yankees' offense, which had been the bane of the team's existence for most of this young season, actually broke out in a good way in Fenway Park against Red Sox starter David Price, but Nathan Eovaldi decided to follow up his near no hitter performance in Texas last week with a positively dreadful performance in Fenway that ruined the Yankees' chances of snapping a four-game losing streak, and instead, extended it to five.

The Good

Alex Rodriguez is suddenly not dead, you guys! It's amazing how 35 plate appearances will make everyone (i.e. beat writers) think that someone's career is over. And I'm not saying that A-Rod didn't look awful in the first eight games of the season, he most certainly did, but that is not a big enough sample size to declare that someone needs to hang it up and call it a career. He was hitting .100/.229/.200 through those first eight games, but since then, he's hit .282/.333/.667. His OPS+ is now an above-average 108. Again, everything is skewed and looks bad because of those first eight games.

So what did A-Rod do last night? He went 2-4 with a home run and double and accounted for four of the six runs the Yankees' offense scored.

His home run swing in the third actually looked kind of weird to me, as if he didn't get all of the ball, but he still hit it to centerfield, just like his home run on Friday night.

Here's last night's home run:

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It was a 93 mph fastball that was high, but caught way too much of the plate and Alex hit it 430 feet.

Then, in the fifth inning, Price made the same mistake, catching too much of the plate with a 94 mph fastball on the fourth pitch of the at bat (and with two strikes) and A-Rod hit it to the same part of the ballpark. He didn't quite get all of it. Instead it was a long, two-run double.

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So what's different about A-Rod at the plate? In another small sample size, since 4/27, A-Rod has hit three home runs, two doubles and a single. And in some good news, all but one of those hits were off fastballs. Maybe it was just a matter of Rodriguez getting his timing back at the plate. That's a novel concept.

And yes, Rodriguez will go through more rough patches as the season progresses, but this is baseball, and they happen. Maybe next time, some people won't be so quick to bury a player just because he's struggling for eight games.

The real ugly

On the flip side, feel free to want to throw things at Nathan Eovaldi because he is one of the most frustrating players I've ever had the displeasure to watch. It's unbelievable that a guy with his "stuff" can be so awful. And why can't anyone fix him?

Last night in Fenway, he gave up 10 hits in five innings—nine singles and one home run. According to ESPN Stats and Info, four of the singles were off his slider, four were off his fastball, Ortiz's in the fifth was off a splitter, and the home run was a 76 mph curveball that Travis Shaw reached down and poked out of the park.

The most infuriating thing about Eovaldi is that he has good stuff and when it's working, he's un-hittable. Then something happens and he loses everything. Also, Boston has one of the best offenses in the league, and they don't get fooled on many pitches so you have to really mix up your arsenal in order to get them out. That didn't happen for Eovaldi and he threw 100 pitches in five innings. He only struck out three batters, he walked three and the home run to Shaw was a gut punch.

What's wrong With Betances?

Speaking of gut punches, what is wrong with Dellin Betances? He's given up three home runs and a single in his last three outings and last night's long ball to Christian Vazquez, whoever the hell he is*, turned out to be the game-winner.

Vazquez's shot was a first-pitch 97 mph fastball that was right over the plate:

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On Friday, he gave up a home run to David Ortiz on an 83 mph slider that wasn't anywhere near the plate, but Ortiz is Ortiz and he poked it the opposite way over the Green Monster.

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And last Monday night, during Eovaldi's last outing, he gave up a surprising home run to someone named Brett Nicholas, which luckily didn't effect the outcome of the game, otherwise, the Yankees would be on a seven-game losing streak instead of a five-game losing streak.

It was an 81 mph curveball that didn't curve quite enough:

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I was always used to "What's Wrong With Mo Week" happening sometime in August, so to see Betances going through his own "What's Wrong Week" this early in the season is odd. Hopefully it's just a blip and he'll return to making guys look silly at the plate.

*The NY Post's back page called Christian Vazquez "someone named Christian Vazquez" and I thought it was funny. People in Boston didn't, but who cares about them.

[Numbers and heat maps courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info and Fangraphs]

About Last Night: Betances and Miller. Holy s%^&!

An extensive number of articles have been written about the construction of the New York Yankees' bullpen leading into the season and in most of them, they've made mention of the appearance of the ternary of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman and how it would mean bad things for opposing batters. Yesterday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners, Yankee fans finally saw what two of the three ternary members are capable of when the Yankees' starter lasts through the seventh and has handed them a lead going into the eighth inning. To say it was incredible would almost be an understatement. It was wondrous, marvelous, amazing, otherworldly, and every other word you can think of to describe something that's genuinely awesome and immensely fun to watch. Here's how Miller has pitched so far this season. Granted it's a minuscule sample size, but it's still splendid:

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Notice the strikes to balls ratio and how few balls have been in play. He has struck out 12 batters, hasn't walked a batter and has only given up two singles in five innings of work. Oh, and he hasn't given up a run.

Here's how Betances has pitched so far this season. Again, small sample size, blah blah blah. Just look:

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Betances has had more appearances and has pitched a full inning more than Miller, but even so, his numbers are also quite impressive. He has struck out 15 batters, walked two and has given up three hits. Betances has three runs in his stat line, but they were unearned thanks to that error against Houston.

As I said in the intro, yesterday's game was fun because we finally got to see a starter make it through the seventh inning with a lead (Thanks for running Brett Gardner!) which set up an appearance for Betances and Miller alone—none of the middle relievers were needed. And what did they do yesterday? Oh, nothing, they just struck out the side in each inning in which they appeared.

Ho hum.

Here's Betances:

Betances threw eight curveballs in the inning and threw five four-seam fastballs.

Here's how he mixed his pitches by velocity (from a low of 83.8 mph to a high of 99.1 mph):

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Betances finished all three of his at bats with his curveball.

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Honestly, how the heck is anyone supposed to hit that?

Here's Miller:

As you can see from the video, Miller had his slider working. It was really sliding and when it does that, it's impossible to hit or in some cases, even swing.

When you have an out pitch like that, you use it for strike three and yesterday it worked every time.

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Here's how Miller mixed his pitches by velocity (from a low of 83.8 mph to a high of 98.2 mph):

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Again, when these guys are on, it's impossible to do anything against them.

I mentioned the following numbers in yesterday's recap, but it bears repeating: In their last nine innings, Betances and Miller have not given up an earned run, have only allowed two hits, they have not surrendered a walk and they have struck out 23 batters. They have a 22.5 and 21.6 K/9 for the season, so far, respectively.

And here's a bonus fun fact that was blasted all over Twitter after yesterday's win: Of the 33 outs recorded by Betances and Miller this year, 27 of them have been strikeouts.

So yes, it's very early, and yes, we are still awaiting Aroldis Chapman's arrival, but yesterday, the eighth and ninth innings were a lot of fun to watch and let's hope that they were a sign of good things to come.

[Heat maps, charts, and numbers courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info and Brooks Baseball]

About Last Night: Alex Rodriguez finally gets a hit

Our long national nightmare is over, Alex Rodriguez finally got a base hit. In fact, he hit two! Entering yesterday's game, A-Rod was 2-10 with three walks and was not looking great at the plate. This, of course, led to some people, mostly dunderheads on Twitter, declaring his career over because as we all know, everything about a baseball season, and a player's future performance, should be based upon a handful of at bats.

But I digress.

Here's Alex's spray chart for the day.

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Those are the three balls he hit yesterday—the two line drives were his singles.

Next up, the pitches thrown to him broken down by pitch category. As you can see, he was thrown almost entirely fastballs. (13 fastballs, 1 off-speed)

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Rodriguez finally broke through and got his first hit of the season in the fifth inning off Houston's starter Mike Fiers. No, he didn't hit it for a home run, but it was a solid line drive, RBI single that tied the game at five and it came off a 91 mph fastball that got too much of the plate.

This is about a millisecond before Alex makes contact with the ball.

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And here's video of that same fifth inning RBI single:

Once Rodriguez got that first hit out of the way, he followed it up with another line drive single in the seventh against Houston reliever Ken Giles. As you can see from the spray chart above, the singles landed in nearly the same spot.

Alex saw three pitches from Giles and he swung at all of them. He swung through the first two which were clocked at 97.2 and 98.0 mph respectively, and it looked like Giles would just blow him away on the third pitch, but he didn't.

The third pitch was just a little bit harder than the second—it came in at 98.1 mph. But the thing about Giles' pitches were that they weren't really moving and were all thrown straight into the strike zone. Sure, they were very hard fastballs, but Alex Rodriguez is a 20-year veteran of MLB and if you're just going to keep throwing straight fastballs at him, he'll eventually adjust.

And he did.

So stop worrying about the old man. Now that he's gotten hits number one and two out of the way, he should be fine.

About Last Night: Starlin Castro

If you're like me, you're enjoying what Starlin Castro has done in the last two games. (Yes, minuscule sample sizes abound.) So I thought we could take a look at his hits: Where the pitches landed, what pitches he hit, the velocity, etc. Let's do this.

Here's his run scoring double off Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day:

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It was an 0-1 cutter, it was 85 mph, it was inside and Castro was able to keep it fair.

Yesterday was a much bigger day for Castro who couldn't stay off the bases. He went 4 for 5 with a home run, a double and two singles.

He started things off with a single in the Yankees' big first inning.

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It was a 3-2 fastball (93 mph) off Michael Feliz who had come in to relieve starter Collin McHugh who was already knocked out of the game. Castro went after a high pitch, hit it into the ground, but hit it where there weren't any fielders and it turned into a single.

In the bottom of the second, after the Astros turned the Yankees' somewhat-comfy five-run lead into a not-so-comfy, honestly-quite-sweaty one-run lead, Castro unloaded on Feliz and hit a three-home run.

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This time, it was an 81 mph slider that didn't slide enough, got too much of the plate and Castro deposited it into the visitor's bullpen.

I included the video so you can really see where the pitch landed in the strike zone:

In the sixth inning, Castro hit a double off Tony Sipp.

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It was a 76 mph slider that, again, got way too much of the plate and didn't slide.

And for his finale, Castro hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh that made the score 16-6.

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It was a 93 mph fastball that didn't catch any of the plate and Castro was able to smack between first and second.

Here's a still shot, right before he makes contact with the pitch.

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So there you have it. All of Starlin Castro's hits so far. Let's hope he keeps it up!

About Last Night: Masahiro Tanaka

Welcome back to another season of Yankees baseball and welcome back to our About Last Night feature in which we will examine anything from a single at bat to an entire pitching performance depending on what we feel is the big story from the night before. Or in this case, the day before. Today's subject is Masahiro Tanaka, who looked strong for the majority of the time that he was standing on the mound yesterday, but was eventually victimized, as he often was last year, by the long ball.

Here's his spray chart from yesterday:

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There's not much happening there, but the big blow is that home run by Carlos Correa in the sixth inning.

Tanaka started Correa off with a 90 mph fastball that was outside and knee-high for a ball. Then he tried to get Correa on an 86 mph splitter that didn't split.

This is where that pitch landed in the strike zone.

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The splitter giveth and the splitter taketh away.

And speaking of Tanaka's splitter, I look at two different systems when I'm gathering information for these posts and one system says he threw 40 splitters yesterday and the other one says he threw 51. Their numbers differ on all of the other pitches in Tanaka's arsenal as well because it seems like one system is reading his sinker as a four seamer and the other one isn't. Fun, right?

The most important thing is that both systems show that Tanaka favored his splitter, which isn't surprising because it's his best pitch, and with the way it was moving most of the afternoon, I don't blame him for going to it so much. It's just unfortunate that the game tying home run came off a splitter.

Tanaka's velocity ranged from a low of 72 mph (curveball) to a high of 92 mph (sinker according to Brooks Baseball; a four seamer, according to ESPN Stats and Info).

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And this graphic shows where all of his pitches landed and whether they were in play, balls or strikes. export (4)

Some of the balls that were high were pitches that got away from Tanaka and the low ones were either curveballs, splitters or sinkers that the Astros didn't chase.

Overall, it wasn't a bad outing for Tanaka, it's just that the big blow, as I said above, came on a home run. Tanaka gave up 15 home runs in 2014 and 25 last year. That jump is a bit concerning, but it also has to do with how Tanaka was pitching after his elbow injury. If you're not going all out on your pitches and you're holding back, they're not going to land the same way as they did in the past. They're going to be up instead of sinking down and away and that could turn into a death-knell for Tanaka's pitching career. If his split isn't working, he's in major trouble. So if Tanaka is going cut down on the long ball, he is going to need his split to be elite this season.

About Last Night: "Act Like You've Been There Before!"

[caption id="attachment_78778" align="aligncenter" width="600"]12043017_10154265162067564_3794445628420985872_n Made by Carlos Rivera (No, not that one). Posted by Bald Vinny[/caption] "A lot of people asked me if we were going to celebrate today and I said, 'You're darn right we're gonna celebrate." - Alex Rodriguez 10/1/15

Not even 15 seconds after Dellin Betances struck out Josh Rutledge to end last night's game, and to secure their 10,000th franchise win and a trip to the Wild Card game, people were poo pooing the Yankees' celebration. Those people were acting as if the Yankee players should have just shaken each other's hands, quietly left the field, and not cared that they had just made the postseason for the first time since 2012. Well, I'm sorry, but that's a bunch of bullshit.

First of all, most of the people making fun of or complaining about the Yankees for celebrating were Mets fans which is really rich if you ask me. Who are they to say anything about this? Their team just made the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Reactions ranged from "They're celebrating making the Wild Card game! Har har har!" to "It's very un-Yankee-like to celebrate a Wild Card Berth!" Here's a tip: Stop worrying about what the Yankees are doing and celebrate what your own team is doing.

Then we had the "longtime Yankee fans" who were really bent out of shape about last night and who somehow think it's beneath the Yankees to celebrate like that simply for making a one game playoff. They were acting like an upper-crust elderly lady looking down her nose at the help because they didn't put the right amount of sugar in her tea. How dare you do that, you heathens. Again, it's bullshit.

Before the season began, this team wasn't picked by many pundits to make the playoffs. Hell, they weren't even supposed to be over .500. Most people said they'd be third in the division. Some even went so far as to say that they'd be dead last in the division. Almost no one gave them a chance to do anything. A-Rod was going to be cut before Spring Training was over. Mark Teixeira wasn't going to contribute at all. Masahiro Tanaka's elbow was going to fall off. The list goes on and on. The facts are that the Yankees did make the postseason, whether you count the Wild Card game as the postseason or not, and guess what? They have a right to be happy about it! And you know what else? So do we!

Just because they didn't win the Division by 10 games, they can't celebrate? Just because Toronto passed them in the standings that they had no business leading in the first place, they can't be happy with what they accomplished this season? Oh, right, silly me, they have a high payroll. Teams with payrolls that high shouldn't be satisfied with just making the playoffs.

Well, I'm sorry. It's still bullshit.

If the second wild card hadn't been added to the playoff fold, the Yankees would be a playoff team plain and as my dearly departed dad used to always say, I've got news for ya... THEY'RE STILL A PLAYOFF TEAM. And are people forgetting that it was two Wild Card teams that made the World Series last year? Hello? Bueller? Anything can happen once the playoffs start. You all should know that. So don't sleep on the Yankees just because they looked awful in September. Remember the 2000 Yankees?

Of course there's a chance they lose the Wild Card game on Tuesday, and if that happens it will be sad, but if they win, will they be allowed to celebrate then? OF COURSE THEY WILL.

So if you're a Yankee fan having to defend your team this morning because they dared to celebrate last night and *gasp* be happy about making the playoffs, tell the people who are complaining to go scratch. Personally I'd tell them to-- You know what? I won't go there but I'll give you hint, what I was going to say isn't very polite or ladylike, and it would make most people clutch their pearls.

Happy Friday!

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About Last Night: Please calm down

ramonacalmdown Can everyone just listen to Ramona Singer and calm down?

I know it sucks that the Yankees lost last night's game. Believe me, I was not very happy when that game ended. But about two minutes later, I realized that everything is going to be fine.

I know it also sucks that a few things didn't go their way in the series at Rogers Centre - some balls barely went foul that could have been big hits in key situations, balls were hit right at guys, Kevin Pillar is a pain in the ass, there was awful umpiring behind the plate etc. - and I know it sucks that they were done in by a bad bullpen move by Joe Girardi last night, but you know what doesn't suck? The fact that the Yankees are in this position in the first place. In all honestly, I'm pretty freakin' stoked about where the Yankees are right now. Sure, winning the division would have been really great, but it's more than likely not happening, unless a miracle occurs, and that's perfectly okay because like I said the other day, we're in the wildcard era and because of that, the Yankees are more than likely making the playoffs anyway! (Barring some catastrophic events and if that happens, you can all blame me.)

As for what's happening right now, do you all remember way back before the season started when the majority of the predictions were that the Yankees would miss the playoffs and either finish at .500 or slightly below .500?I do! If I recall correctly, and because I'm too lazy to look it up, PECOTA had them at 80-82. Or was it 82-80? Either way, they'll be finishing better than that.

Do you also remember when they predicted that Alex Rodriguez would be cut before Spring Training ended? I do! Now he has 32 home runs and nearly 95 RBI on the season. And where are some of those experts who predicted his demise? Well, some of them are out of a job.

You know what else is pretty great for us and for the Yankees at this very moment? We don't have to sit through any more games against the Toronto Blue Jays for the rest of the regular season and they don't have to play them again!

Hallelujah!

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And while it's disappointing that the Yankees couldn't take two out of three up in Toronto this week - and they certainly had their chances - we have to turn the page and look forward to them coming home this weekend for their last homestand.

So let's all relax and think about what remains for the Yankees during the next week and a half. I mean, it's not like they have to face someone like Chris Sale tonight or anything.

Oh wait...

Happy Thursday!

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Sorry, Mets fans, but New York isn't yours just yet

When this weekend's half of the Subway Series began, I was actually pretty irate. I thought it was absolutely ridiculous that the Yankees would have to play in an National League park while in a division race and while trying to lock down a playoff spot. It was clear from the first night's lineup that the Mets would have an obvious advantage head to head at Citi Field because the Yankees couldn't start their team leader in home runs. On Friday night, I actually wanted to find the person who made this season's schedule, drive them to the Bronx Zoo, and throw them into the African Plains exhibit to see how they fared against the lions. Saturday was a rough day for me. It was my dad's birthday - the first since he passed away last October. I went to the cemetery and when I was left alone at his grave, I filled him in on what was happening in baseball. I always do that when I go. I vowed that morning that I wasn't going to watch the game or even look at the score updates because I knew I'd be an emotional wreck and didn't want anything adding to it. That changed when I arrived home from dad's grave and my brother told me that the Yankees were up 3-0 on Noah Syndergaard after the first inning.

I didn't watch the game in its entirety but I ended up watching the last two innings. I also thanked my dad when the game ended because I feel like he had a hand in the outcome. I know, that probably seems silly but it makes me feel better to think that way.

I actually wasn't planning on watching last night's game because I figured CC Sabathia vs. Matt Harvey could turn out to be a nightmare matchup. I was also kind of forced into it thanks to my brother and his girlfriend. But at the same time, I had this odd feeling that the game would turn out to be okay for the Yankees. It felt like a reverse lock in a way because people were expecting CC to be terrible, even though he's been pretty good of late. I also felt that since Harvey was on some sort of limit, and that if CC could do his part and limit the Mets' scoring, the Yankees could hang around and win the game late. I love when my thoughts are correct. Don't you?

And let's be real, CC's first inning could have been so much worse than how it turned out. I even said to my brother, "Maybe the first inning will be his one bad inning." My brother scoffed at that notion but again, I was right. CC settled down and pitched pretty damn well. He looked like the CC Sabathia of old.

And I was thrilled to see the Yankees' offense take advantage of Harvey's early exit from the game. That's what good teams do. You pound the other team into submission and you don't let up. Five runs in the sixth inning weren't enough for the Yankees. They had to score another six in the next two innings combined with another five coming in the eighth inning alone. That was fun.

After Greg Bird's three-run home run sailed into the left field seats in the top of the eighth, I raised my arms in triumph as if I were signaling a touchdown. First, because nothing makes me happier than the Yankees rendering Mets fans speechless which is what happened when the Yankees went up 11-1, and secondly, because I had just finished saying, "I'd like for Greg Bird to hit a home run right now and shut those people up," about a second before he hit the home run. My brother's girlfriend couldn't believe it. Her eyes bugged out of her head, she pointed at me and said, "Oh my God you called it."

So thanks to last night's victory, the Yankees won this year's edition of the Subway Series 4-2. Clearly, they are not ready to give up the city to the team over in Queens just yet.

Can I just say how ridiculous that whole notion is anyway? It's going to take a lot more than one good year by the Mets to take over anything. And it would also have to happen in a year when the Yankees aren't in the playoff hunt themselves. The sad truth is Mets fans will find any silly ol' thing to cling to and then proceed to pound it into the ground. This year it's "taking back the city." They even made t-shirts about it after completely falling hook, line, and sinker for a narrative that was concocted by obviously bored New York sportswriters. Silly geese.

And when people refer to the Yankees as big brother to the Mets, they're not lying. It goes for the fanbases as well. Mets fans will probably get mad at me for this, but I've been watching baseball a long time and I know it to be true: they have a younger sibling mentality when it comes to the Yankees and rooting against them. Mets fans will openly root against the Yankees even when the Yankees' results have nothing to do with the Mets or their position in the standings where Yankees fans, or at least most of the Yankee fans I know, couldn't care less about what the Mets do against the Braves or Marlins in July.

I think I have mentioned this story once before, but I will tell it again for new readers of the blog because it proves my point about some of the more annoying Mets fans in existence. When I was working at NBC, the Executive Vice President of my division and his assistant were huge Mets fans. And they were the worst kind of Mets fans, they were relentless shit talkers. In 2007, if you recall, the Yankees started off the season playing terrible baseball and it actually continued well into June and July. During those early to middle months of the 2007 season, I never heard the end of it from Rich and Darlene. And it wasn't just in passing, they'd make it a point to walk all over the way over to my cubicle, which wasn't even anywhere near Rich's office, and trash talk.

And I took it. What could I say? The Yankees looked awful and the Mets didn't. But slowly as the season went on, the Yankees got better, and actually locked up a playoff spot before the Mets could.

On the last Sunday of the season, I sat in my apartment and gleefully watched as Tom Glavine gave up six runs to the Marlins in the first inning of the Mets' "if we don't win, we're out of the playoffs" game. I laughed my ass off.

The next day, I walked into the office, though the double glass doors, looked at my coworker and fellow Yankee fan Joe and yelled loud enough for everyone to hear me, "Isn't it a glorious Monday morning?" He laughed, we 'high fived' each other and I walked to my cubicle.

That's all I did. I didn't run over to Rich and Darlene's area and gloat. I ignored them. By noon, I guess Darlene couldn't take it, and she walked over to my cubicle. She said something to the effect of, "Come on, let us have it." And I told her that I don't gloat until I have something to gloat about. I also said that the Yankees could lose to Cleveland in the first round so why should I gloat about anything? There's one time when I wish I wasn't right.

So what's the point to all of this blathering on and on? Oh, right, the point is, I get enjoyment out of Mets' fans misery when they gloat too soon. And I am not actually gloating. While I'm happy the Yankees were able to win the Subway Series and shut some people up, I know that there's a lot more to be done. More important things like playing an actual, legitimate rival up in Toronto.

And with that said, LET'S GO YANKEES!

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