Mets lefty Jacob deGrom doubled over like he was going to puke.
He probably didn’t look too different than all those who were calling for Brett Gardner to lose his job earlier this year.
Gardner was the difference in the Yankees ‘ 4-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field on Friday night, his two-run shot breaking a 1-all tie in the eighth inning.
It came off deGrom, who otherwise looked like the ace he’s been over eight innings. deGrom left an 87-mph changeup over the middle of the plate and Gardner hammered it. When he crossed second base, he let out a big, Woo!
It’s fun to watch. That guy’s had some big homers for us, some big hits, said Giancarlo Stanton, who followed with his own home run, a solo shot, in the ninth inning that created the final score.
Gardner is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, making $11 million this season. He has a $12.5-million team option and a $2 million buyout for 2019.
Obviously he means so much to our team, the heartbeat, what he brings every day, manager Aaron Boone said. Game-plan-wise today, he was really on it and came up today in a big spot there and snuck one out of there. Just really quality at-bats all the time and for the better part of a month now, the results have followed those quality at-bats. He’s a savage up there at the top.
Aaron Hicks (B), 44 percent, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (Bullpen game): Not only does Hicks contribute to that, but as a switch-hitter, he’ll enjoy the platoon edge on all the Rays’ arms.
Kole Calhoun (L), 6 percent, Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays (RHP Marco Estrada): It was only his second homer of the season, but Calhoun has to start somewhere, as he’s a much better hitter than what he displayed the first 2 1/2 months of the season. He’s 3-for-7 with said homer since coming off the disabled list. Estrada has pitched better lately, though for the season, he’s administered 14 homers in 77 1/3 innings.
Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher’s history (three years’ worth) as well as ballpark factors. LH and RH ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively.