The Yankees used a couple of three-run HRs, a Matt Harvey pitch-count limit, and some sloppy Mets’ fielding to whip the Mets, 11-2, on Sunday night.
With the win and a Blue Jays loss, the Yanks are 2 1/2 games behind Toronto as the two teams start a three game series tonight in Toronto.
Masahiro Tanaka will NOT be pitching the Wednesday game, however. He’ll miss a start because of a strained hamstring. I would guess that the Yanks will line him up for a wild-card game start. Ivan Nova will start Wednesday against Toronto instead.
The Yanks magic # to get into that wild-card game is now 8. They have a four-game lead over Houston for WC spot #1 and a 6 1/2 game lead over both the Angels and Twins for WC spot #2. The Yanks are 82-66 with 14 games to go.
CC Sabathia continued his recent resurgence with a strong effort. After wearing a sleeve on his knee and holding back for much of the year, CC has gone to a brace and is going all out and the difference is noticeable. He’s gone from a pitcher who looked done to looking like the old CC again. Let’s hope it continues.
CC gave up back-to-back doubles and a run to start the game but then settled down. Meanwhile the Yanks were doing nothing against Matt Harvey.
But Harvey, coming off Tommy John surgery, is on an innings limit, especially with the Mets playoff-bound. The Mets pulled him after five innings and the Yanks beat up on the Mets’ relievers, scoring five in the sixth, one in the seventh and five in the eighth.
Dustin Ackley hit a three-run HR (8) in the sixth to key that inning, and Greg Bird a three-run HR (8) in the eighth to key that inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury broke out of his recent funk with three hits. Carlos Beltran got the Yanks’ scoring started with a two-run double.
The Mets made four errors.
Sabathia (W, 5-9, 4.80) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 7 K.
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.68
Capuano 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.94
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93