Game 18 Quick Recap: NYM 8 NYY 2

The middle game of this Subway Series was expected to be the one that went the Mets' way.  Matt Harvey is a god on Earth with a 3-0 record, CC Sabathia is an old bum with an 0-3 record.  That was the story being told at least, and once the game started that was basically how things played out.  Like the first game on Friday, this one was over early. Sabathia just didn't have it yesterday.  He couldn't throw his fastball for strikes down in the zone and missed badly with it at times.  He also didn't seem to have good command of any of his other pitches and that led to him having to throw more fastballs.  That's not the best strategy when you're working in the high 80s, and the Met hitters picked up on it pretty quickly.  They got on the board quickly with a Lucas Duda solo home run and really put the hurt on CC in the 4th, when they scored 4 runs with 2 outs on a triple-single-homer string of at-bats.  The triple and the single came in 0-2 counts, which was another big problem for CC during his 5+ innings.

Harvey was the polar opposite of CC.  He was throwing his fastball 95, 96, 97 and throwing it for strikes all over the zone.  He could work corners with it, he could throw it down at the knees, and he could dial it about above hitters' hands to get swings and misses.  He backed it up with a hard slider, nasty curveball, and a plus changeup and dominated the Yankee lineup for most of the day.  The only run they scored against him in the first 6 innings came on a GIDP.  The only other one came on a Mark Teixeira homer in the 7th, which is something he's been doing to almost every pitcher lately.

Esmil Rogers got the ball in relief of Sabathia and he did the usual Esmil Rogers routine.  He let a run score on a wild pitch, gave up a trio of singles with 2 outs in the 8th, but also retired 8 in a row at one point and struck out 3 without walking a batter.

Game Notes:

- 5 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 K from CC.  That stinks.

- 0-10 with a BB and 4 K from the top 3 spots in the batting order (Ellsbury, Gardner, A-Rod).  That stinks too.

- Teix went 3-4 and was responsible for 60% of the Yankee hits.  He didn't stink, but the rest of the  lineup behind him stunk pretty bad.

- Didi Gregorius picked up his 6th hit in as many games.  He also made his 3rd official error of the season, something that continues to plague him.  Jose Pirela can't come back soon enough.

- Chris Martin pitched a perfect 9th inning.