Well, one out of two ain’t bad, I suppose. After blasting through Zack Wheeler and the Mets to take game one of today’s doubleheader, the Yankees saw their crosstown rivals flex their muscles in the nightcap. The Mets sent three deep flies, one off of James Paxton, and two off 26th-man Chance Adams. The split concluded this one-day Subway Series. The Yankees will travel to Queens in just three weeks to reprise the battle.
Winner of the Game
While game one was filled with big performances, tonight was mostly a dud. We could credit Gleyber Torres, who knocked a pair of hits and reached base three times, or Gary Sanchez, who posted his second multi-hit game of the day. The most productive game probably belonged to Brett Gardner, in a vacuum at least. He recorded a pair of hits, one of them a home run, the Yankees’ only extra-base knock of the game, though all his solo shot in the ninth inning could do was give the Yankees a win on aggregate for the doubleheader.
Loser of the Game
Tonight was not James Paxton’s night. The left-hander’s third start since returning from the IL was his worst outing in pinstripes, as the Mets knocked him around for six runs in 2.2 innings of work. Paxton has now lasted only 7.1 innings combined across his past two starts, yielding ten runs over that span. For what it’s worth, Statcast put Paxton’s average fastball velocity at 94.2 mph on the night, a full tick lower than his season average. Perhaps he just didn’t have it tonight.