Watching one ball hit by the Mets follow the next out of Yankee Stadium made it hard to determine which team fantasizes about its season being extended deep into October and which is counting the minutes until it expires.
Much was made of what was supposed to be a wonderful pitching matchup between the Mets’ Jacob deGrom and the Yankees’ Luis Severino in a game that was washed out in late July.
DeGrom was far from his Cy Young best but he didn’t have to be because his teammates, who are often challenged when holding a bat, tore into Severino and A.J. Cole for a season-high five homers en route to an 8-5 Subway Series victory in front of 47,233 on Monday night.
The victory meant the Yankees and Mets split the six Subway Series games.
“Jake was great, just like he is every night. We put up some runs for him and that was a big thing,’’ said Michael Conforto, who homered in the seventh off Cole, three frames after Severino departed. “We jumped on Severino and chased him out of there a little earlier than usual. It is tough not putting up runs for [deGrom]. He is lights-out every time he goes out there.’’
The Yankees believed Severino, their ace, had emerged from a funk in his previous start against the White Sox in Chicago when he went seven innings and allowed three runs in a 7-3 win.
However after beginning the night with the worst batting average (.229) in baseball and ranked 12th out of 15 NL teams in homers (116) the Mets homered twice off Severino and three times against Cole.
Amed Rosario got Severino leading off the first and Jose Bautista followed in the fourth. Cole gave up homers to Todd Frazier in the sixth and back-to-back blasts in the seventh to Brandon Nimmo and Conforto. The five homers were the most given up by the Yankees this season.
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The loss dropped the Yankees to a season-high 10 games back of the AL East-leading Red Sox, who were idle.
DeGrom evened his ledger at 7-7, but his MLB-leading 1.77 ERA jumped to 1.81 since he gave up two earned runs in 6 ²/₃ innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out 12. It was the seventh time deGrom reached double-digits in strikeouts. His season high is 13, which the right-hander has done twice.
“You want to face one of the better teams in baseball and get a win. Anytime you go up against a team like that and get a win it’s nice,’’ said deGrom, whose win total would be doubled if the Mets supported him more often like they did Monday. “I try my best to keep the team in the game. I don’t think about the score, just going out and keep mounting zeroes. I wasn’t always able to do that tonight but I tried to keep grinding. There weren’t too many hard-hit baseballs a couple of soft balls over second. They were able to battle me a little. I try to treat every game the same and try to do my best.”Severino had thrown 98 pitches after four innings and didn’t come out for the fifth. In his shortest outing of the season, Severino gave up four runs and seven hits as his record fell to 15-6.
In Severino’s last five starts, the Yankees and their ace are 1-4 and his ERA is 7.96.