Going into the Subway Series on Friday night, the Mets were 12-24 against the Yankees and lost all six games last season. Friday night's game was delayed by rain, pushing the start of the series to Saturday afternoon in a match-up between Al Leiter and Brad Halsey. Surprisingly, the Mets actually won, 9-3 (box score).
Saturday's victory came on a virtual offensive explosion by the Mets. In the fourth inning, the Mets had 6 runs, a season high, and had thoughts of a possible series victory in The Bronx. Mets Catcher, Jason Phillips said, "It's Yankee Stadium, it's the Yankees, and we were 0-6 against them last year. This is the first time I ever beat them. I can finally say I did it. Now let's go do it again." Unfortunately for the Mets, the Yankees turned the tables on Sunday.
In Sunday's two games, the Yankees brought their bats and outscored the Mets 19-7 in the day-night doubleheader. In game one, Jose Contreras pitched like the player the Yankees are paying $9 million for. Before leaving with a cramp, Contraras dominated the Mets, striking out 10 and giving up only 2 hits in 6 innings of work. The offense contributed four home runs, including two by Derek Jeter and a grand slam by Hideki Matsui. The Yankees won the game 8-1 (box score).
The Yankees continued their offensive assault on the Mets in game two of Sunday's doubleheader. In what was a bad omen for the Mets, two players were wearing the wrong uniforms; not a good sign. Before recording their second out of the game, 6 Yankees had already crossed home plate, giving Mike Mussina a healthy lead to work with. The Yankees nearly squandered that lead in the 7th inning when the Mets pulled within two runs, but the Bombers scored four in the bottom of the inning to increase their lead before eventually winning the game 11-6 (box score).
The Yankees and Mets have a brief respite from interleague play before facing each other again over the July 4th weekend. The three game series will be at Shea Stadium, where the Mets hope they can finally win a series against the Yankees.