Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Jacob deGrom allowed five runs on eight hits -- including a pair of homers -- while walking two and striking out four over 7 1/3 innings in the 100th start of his big league career. It was the most runs he's allowed since June 6 when he surrendered eight against the Rangers.
2) Dominic Smith hit the first home run of his Major League career, a two-run shot to left in the seventh inning. Amed Rosario also went deep, slamming a two-run shot to right-center off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth that brought the Mets within a run.
3) Yoenis Cespedes beat out a pair of infield singles and walked in four plate appearances.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
I remember when the Subway Series actually meant something. Personally, it's just become an annoyance and played out after 20 years of this. The novelty wore off quite a while ago, though to be fair, there is some juice when both teams are competitive at the same time.
DeGrom was ok tonight, but he certainly missed his spots at times and the Yankees made him pay twice. Well, once if you want to discount the Yankee Stadium specialty homer by Jacoby Ellsbury four rows deep into the right-field bleachers. But there was no such doubt with Gary Sanchez's monstrous solo shot in the sixth. Outside of that, deGrom really wasn't hit that hard. A decent amount of the Yankees nine hits were just placed well.
The same can't be said for the Mets, who were blanked through six innings by Sonny Gray until Smith went to left for his first career home run. He certainly hasn't looked overmatched since he made his debut last week, but he also wasn't really driving the ball with much authority. He had been turning over on a lot of pitches and beating them into the ground as opposed to going the other way, like he did with the homer. It was a good moment for him
Last but certainly not least...Terry Collins, who again shows he has little feel for doing what's right in terms of the Mets' long-range plans by pinch-hitting for Smith...again. What's the harm in having him go up against Aroldis Chapman in the ninth, outside of striking out in a meaningless game? Collins will surely use the excuse of "trying to win" as his reasoning, but it's faulty, it makes no sense and it's detrimental to the future of this team. And oh yeah, Rosario homered off Chapman in the ninth... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets fell to 9-14 all-time at the new Yankee Stadium and 22-34 overall in the Bronx.
Smith's home run was the Mets' 103rd in 59 road games this season, the most in the Majors. They set a club-record with 106 homers away from Citi Field last season.
The Mets' have scored 34 of their last 40 runs via home run in their last 10 games.
DeGrom (13-6) lost for the third time in four starts after eight consecutive times. He made his Major League debut against the Yankees at Citi Field on May 15, 2014.
Michael Conforto's last five hits had been home runs until he singled in the second inning.
The Mets (53-64) and Yankees (63-55) shift to Citi Field for two games beginning Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.16 ERA, 1.62 WHIP) replaces Seth Lugo (right shoulder impingement) on the roster and steps in for his first start since straining his hamstring on June 27. The right-hander had a 12.41 ERA in his previous three outings before heading to the disabled list. Gsellman has never faced the Yankees.
Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.50 ERA 1.38 WHIP) toes the rubber for the Yankees for his third start in pinstripes. The southpaw has allowed 20 hits and 11 earned runs in 17 innings during his first two appearances with the Yankees. Garcia faced the Mets twice this year with the Braves and lost both times while allowing six runs in 13 innings (4.15 ERA).