Yanks Lose 1st Subway Series of 2010

Not a good weekend for the Yankees out in Queens. The Yanks drop the first Subway Series of 2010 to the Mets.

It can simply explained as the Yankees not getting the pitching they need to win games. They are 5-10 in their last 15 games. The starting pitching isn't as good as it was in the first month and a half of the year and the bullpen has been strugglingm Mariano Rivera included.

Friday night the Yanks took the opener 2-1 thanks in part to rookie Kevin Russo's 2-run RBI single in the 7th. Joba Chamberlain came in the 7th and got important outs. He pitched a scoreless 8th and the 9th went to Rivera. Rivera got the first 2 outs but struggled to get the 3rd out. But after a couple doubles, he was able to escape with a save.

Saturday night went to the Mets. David Wright had 2 RBI and Mike Pelfrey pitched well as he kept the Yankees at bay. The Bombers stranded 13 men on base and when you do that, you can not win games.

Sunday night was all Mets. CC Sabathia did not have his good stuff. He allowed 6 runs in 6 innings. It was his worst outing of the year. The Yankee offense was unable to get anything off of Mets ace Johan Santana. Jason Bay homered twice off CC and appears to be getting hot. A month ago the Yankees were getting all the bounces and breaks but here in late May, that isn't the case. Francisco Cervelli hit a ball down the left field line that he thought was a home run but after an umpire instant replay review, the umps deemed it no home run and Cervelli was left with a long single.

The Yankees are in a funk right now and there's no need for concern. It happens. The Yanks need to get healthy and need to start hitting with runners in scoring position, something that has been missing in the last week or so. Timely hitting wins games just as much as pitching.

The week had a great start to it with Marcus Thames hitting a walk-off against the Red Sox but since then, the Bombers have hit a wall. Things will work themselves out, they are the defending World Champs after all! Not everything was smooth for the 2009 Yankees so I'm not concerned with this slump.

Next up, the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Maybe a little time away from New York is what this team needs as they limp out of town. The Mets can take claim to winning this series but the Yankees will be back. The two teams meet again in late June. I wonder what the state of both teams will be by then...for the Yanks, I hope we're healthier and playing like World Champs again.
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