Now that he’s playing every day — out of necessity, sure, more than anything — he’s the least concerning aspect of it.
It is one of the reasons why the upcoming celebration of Derek Jeter’s career, and the retirement of No. 2 on May 14, will be as big a day as the new place has had outside of the one Series the Yankees produced there, nearly eight years ago, when Jeter finally won his fifth World Series. That was some night. Mother’s Day this year at the Stadium will be some day, and one of the hottest tickets since the Yankees were great.
Duda is on the DL, but Cespedes, battling a hamstring injury, is not.
“Dave Winfield? That’s pretty cool,” Judge said with a smile. “Never in my life would I have ever thought Winfield would re-tweet one of my swings. That’s pretty cool.”
“The base on balls killed him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Talk about a big first bomb in pinstripes. Carter had been signed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract in the offseason. He came into Saturday’s game hitting .148.
For most of the game, Mets hitters were helpless against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, who twirled a no-no into the sixth inning until Juan Lagares saved the day with a single. But despite breaking up the no-hitter, the banged-up Mets (8-10) still couldn’t come up with an offense to get the win.
So were several of his teammates.
For more than a week getting a clutch hit has been the rarest of occurrences; they’ve made key errors defensively that cost them games; and the bullpen continues to find ways to lose in the late innings.
And yet when his night was finished, Harvey had compiled a solid and respectable performance, one that gave the depleted Mets a legitimate opportunity at victory late in the game. The righthander allowed three runs in seven solid innings, allowing just four hits, two of which were home runs – though the Mets fell to the Nats, 4-3, in 11 innings.