Oliver Perez's pitching line:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 7.2 5 2 2 2 5 1 108-65 64Ollie didn't have his best stuff early on, but was able to keep the ship afloat until he got a feel for his slider(s) after the first few innings. He kept the Yankees hitters in check well into the eighth inning, which was really important considering his offense wasn't doing diddly squat against Andy Pettitte. That is, if you don't count Endy Chavez. Chavvy's first impression was made with his glove, as he threw out Johnny Damon trying to stretch a single into a double in the first inning. Endy came to bat in the bottom of the fifth, Paul Lo Duca on second and the Mets trailing 2-1, and promptly deposited a Pettitte offering over the wall in right field to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Perez took the Mets into the eighth and then handed the ball to Joe Smith, who struck out Derek Jeter looking at a borderline strike on the outside corner of the plate. Billy Wags came on for the save opp in the ninth. He worked around a Hideki Matsui infield single that Damion Easley sort of nonchalanted, and struck out Jason Giambi swinging to end the game.
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- Hitting: Endy Chavez, 15.7% WPA
- Pitching: Oliver Perez, 30.1% WPA
- Hitting: Carlos Gomez, -6.9% WPA
- Pitching: none
Tom Glavine's pitching line:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 6.0 9 3 3 2 2 1 101-58 42This was a real mess of a ballgame. Neither team played particularly well, but the Yankees lost in the "misfortune" department when Darrell Rasner had to leave the game after facing just two batters -- retiring none -- in the top of the first inning. Tom Glavine slogged through six plus innings and pitched well enough to pick up a victory on a night the Mets pounded out ten runs on twelve hits (the Yankees actually outhit the Mets with 15). David Wright did his best Barry Bonds impression, clubbing two-run homeruns in his first two plate appearances and then drawing intentional walks in each of his last three.
The Yankees managed to cobble together eight innings of relief out of five pitchers, a couple of whom actually pitched pretty well. Despite all of that, the Yankees made Art Howe proud by battling throughout the game, pulling the score as close as 8-6 in the eighth inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Robinso Cano made his third error of the game, allowing two insurance runs to score. Important runs, too, as Billy Wagner came on in the ninth and at first appeared to be conjuring the spirit of last year's unholy ninth inning meltdown against the Yankees. With runners on first and third and one out, Bobby Abreu grounded one back to Wagner who knocked the ball down and, in what can only be described as a colossal brain queef, threw the ball home for an attempted tag play instead of going to first for the force out on Abreu. After much cursing on my part, Wagner made it up to me by striking out Cano and Josh Phelps to end the ballgame.
- Hitting: David Wright, 28.8% WPA
- Pitching: Aaron Heilman. 7.9% WPA
- Hitting: Paul Lo Duca, -4.6% WPA
- Pitching: Scott Schoeneweis, -8.5% WPA
John Maine's pitching line:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 5.0 8 5 5 3 4 2 107-66 32Two out of three ain't bad, right? Well, it'll have to do. Johnny Maine, who is suffering from a bad case of regression to the mean right before our very eyes, had his third consecutive not-so-impressive outing (SportsZilla has more on Maine today). The real Maine is probably somewhere in between: A pitcher with a solid strikeout rate who probably walks a few too many batters and allows a few too many homeruns to ever be a truly great pitcher. That's fine. I can live with Maine being just plain "good", and I think if he can get the walk rate down a bit he will be fine.
It didn't really matter how Maine pitched because the Mets' offense was stymied by Tyler Clippard, who allowed a Maine-esque three hits over six innings in his big league debut. The only run he allowed was a second-inning homerun to David Wright, his third in two games. Unfortunately, none of the other bats bothered showing up and the Mets lost 6-2. The Mets didn't leave without ripping a page from the "Kick Him While He's Down" handbook, as Damion Easley crushed his seventh homerun of the year off of Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, pushing his ERA for the season up to 6.75. No sweep, but a series victory which, judging by the recent poll results, is good enough for most of y'all.
- Hitting: David Wright, 6.7% WPA
- Pitching: Scott Schoeneweis, 1.7% WPA
- Hitting: Jose Reyes, -12.5% WPA
- Pitching: John Maine, -28.2% WPA