The Yankees blasted the Mets last night 11-2.
The Bronx Bombers now trail the first place Blue Jays by 2 1/2 games.
Beginning tonight North of the border the Jays and Yankees will play three straight nights.
ESPN will have two of the games televised.
Matt Harvey was amazing last night on the hill for the Mets fanning seven over five innings. Harvey allowed one hit. Matter of fact, Tom Seaver would be proud of this. Only four of the 18 Yankees he faced managed to hit the ball out of the infield.
But then guess what?
Harvey was taken out of the game.
That 180 innings thing.
Whatever happened to the days when the relief pitcher would go from the bullpen to the mound riding shotgun in the bullpen buggy? And who had that gig driving the pitchers in?
As soon as Harvey was removed by Mets manager Terry Collins, the Yankees took advantage of two Mets errors to erupt for five runs in the sixth inning against reliever Hansel Robles, who also allowed a two-run double to Carlos Beltran and a three-run homer to Dustin Ackley.
Let the pigeons loose.
It’s time to party.
“[Harvey] was rolling pretty good,” Ackley said. “We couldn’t really string anything together and yeah, when he did come out, we got some guys on base. We knew that was a good chance to really make something happen.”
Yankees skipper Joe Girardi was ejected in the second inning for arguing with the third base umpire who in my eyes, started it by screaming into the Mets dugout.
ESPN was all over it.
“More than anything, I want to be out there,” Harvey said. “The way things were going, tight game, the last thing I want to do is come out. I’m kind of kicking myself for having some long innings and getting the pitch count up.”
Yankees take the subway series.
Pack up the car. For the Yankees it’s on to Toronto for a huge showdown with the Jays.
The Mets had their National League East lead cut to six games over the Nationals, who defeated Miami on Sunday and will come to Citi Field in less than two weeks for the season’s final three games.
Saw Carmine this morning sipping a light and sweet coffee from Pynn’s deli on the avenue. He was ticked.