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Mets vs. Yankees recap: Errors physical, mental derail Mets' attempt to take Subway Series

The Mets dropped the rubber game and made several mistakes in the process.

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Curtis Granderson led off the Mets’ game against the Yankees with his first home run of the season, and everything went swimmingly after that. Well, not really. That must have been the k-zone-induced dream I had after watching the game.

In reality, the Mets played one of their worst games of the year last night and still somehow managed to lose by just two runs. There were mental errors—see Eric Campbell getting caught running the bases while not knowing how many outs there were in the inning. There were physical errors—see Michael Cuddyer’s spike-throw from left field that cost the Mets a run but might have also saved them additional runs as the play led, indirectly, to the end of that inning.

Jon Niese was neither great nor terrible, but with stronger defense behind him—the Mets went 1-for-3 in double play attempts in one inning—he probably walks away having given up a run or two less than he did. Having been up 2-0, the Mets fell behind 5-2 as quickly as possible in a particularly slow-moving affair. It really did feel like they would come back, but they maxed out at four runs.

If you missed it, well, that’s not the end of the world for you. The Mets begin a series in Miami tonight, and a win there would be helpful in the division standings.

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Win Probability Added

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Big winners: Daniel Murphy, +22.6% WPA
Big losers: Jon Niese, -44.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Granderson’s home run, +10.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Cuddyer grounds into an inning-ending double play, -12.6% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -39.2% WPA
Total batter WPA: -10.8% WPA
GWRBI!: Alex Rodriguez