Mets Take Round 1 Of The Subway Series
Mets Power Past The Yanks By Rich Coutinho, The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com
In many ways, the Mets win over the Yankees symbolized the 2022 season for the Amazins as starting pitching survived early issues, they answered a deficit in the very next inning and Edwin Diaz put an exclamation point on the game.
The misconception in this town is the Yankees dominate the Mets but the residents of CitiField have won 5 of the last 7 from the Yankees and we all know the Mets are the last New York team to appear in a World Series so the notion of Yankee domination is clearly misguided. And the Bronx Bombers will have to contend with Max Scherzer tonight to avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Mets.
Last night, the Yankees got off to a great start with back-to-back homers from Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo but as they have done all year the Mets responded in the very next inning. They got a Starling Marte homer followed by a game tying RBI from Pete Alonso and then a 2 run homer from Eduardo Escobar that gave the Mets the lead for good.
Taijuan Walker bounced back and gave the Mets six solid innings before the Mets handed the game to a bullpen that features the best closer in the sport in Edwin Diaz. On this night, Buck Showalter brought in Diaz for a 4 out save as all of his four outs were accomplished with a strikeout including Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres with the tying run at the plate finalizing a 6-3 Met win.
In many ways, the Mets gave us a taste of why they are such a great team with this win They beat an outstanding team on a night when many things did not go well including a rough start to the night. It illustrated the resiliency we have seen all year whether it be battling injuries, answering teams with great immediate answers to rough innings or of course Edwin Diaz putting to rest any notions that opponents can come back late in a game.
I am pretty sure on this night the Yankees left the ballpark wondering how this game got away. They can join the club with the teams that already faced the Mets who are often asking themselves that very question on most nights.