Domingo German
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In the final game of the 2019 Subway Series, the New York Yankees shut down the Mets and didn’t leave the game in any doubt.

The New York Yankees weren’t trying to blow another late lead in Flushing. The Mets pulled one over on the Yanks on Tuesday night, but Domingo German, Chad Green, and Nestor Cortes Jr. wouldn’t let that happen.

The Yanks were paced by German, who started off the game in the worst possible way. Jeff McNeil took German deep and cut into a two-run lead the Yankees built in the top half of the first.

But German would settle down. He would end up pitching six innings and allowing five hits and no walks while striking out six. It was his first start since returning from injury and it was just what the doctor ordered.

He had some help in the field, to say the least. Gio Urshela should be given a Gold Glove just for this game alone. He made a handful of jaw-dropping plays to help keep German out of trouble. Not to mention, Aaron Hicks is still one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball.

The Yankees were able to jump out to a lead because of Gleyber Torres‘ hot bat. He went 2-for-4 on Wednesday with two RBIs. The All-Star snub might be fueling Torres right now. His manager, Aaron Boone, certainly wasn’t happy about the snub.

The Yankees and Mets are trending in opposite directions. While the Yankees are running away with the American League East, the Mets are slowly but surely, slipping out of the National League East race.

The teams split the Subway Series this season, each taking a game at the other team’s home park. Forgive me for saying it, but there is no juice in this rivalry anymore.

Perhaps the current state of the Mets is factoring into that, but the Subway Series just doesn’t move the needle for me anymore.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.