The New York Mets entered their final game against the Yankees on Sunday, June 10, desperately needing a win. The first two games of the most recent series against their cross-town rivals perfectly summed the 2018 season for the Mets. They received excellent starting pitching, but a struggling offense failed to score enough runs to win. The Yankees may be the best team in the league right now, but you still have to find a way to win when the starting pitching limits a great offense to only a few runs.
Seth Lugo got the start as the Mets tried to end their nine-game losing streak. Lugo has been one of the few bright spots in the bullpen this year, but he was asked to make his second start of the season on Sunday night. Lugo’s counterpart was Luis Severino, who is quickly developing into one of the top pitchers in the American League.
Just like the first two games of the series, Sunday’s game did not feature much offense. It is tough to blame the offenses for the lack of scoring because both starters had great command of their entire arsenal. Top-notch pitching is always going to stump great hitters, and that is exactly what happened in this game.
After both pitchers were nearly perfect in the first four innings, the Mets finally got on the board in the fifth. After Severino quickly struck out the first two hitters, Jose Reyes hit a single to right field. The Mets had a two-run lead five pitches later thanks to a home run by Todd Frazier. That was the only time the Mets would score in the game, but the two runs were all they would need to get the victory.
Seth Lugo finished the game with six scoreless innings. He only surrendered two hits while striking out eight batters. Robert Gsellman was the first man out of the Mets bullpen, and he picked up right where Lugo left off. Gsellman only allowed one base runner in his two scoreless innings.
With closer Jeurys Familia on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, Anthony Swarzak was asked to get the final three outs for the Mets. A quick ninth inning gave Swarzak his first save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Yankees. While their season isn’t going as planned, the Mets can enjoy the fact that they were the first team to shut out the Yankees this year.