- Scheduled starter John Maine was placed on the disabled list Thursday with fatigue in his right shoulder, so the Mets chose Nieve, who has pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen this season for the Mets after they called him up from Triple-A Buffalo on June 6. Nieve last served as a starter in the Majors in 2006, when he started 11 games for the Astros.
- The circumstances that have led to Fernando Nieve’s season debut are hardly ideal for the Mets, who have now lost 40 percent of their Opening Day rotation due to injury. And they are hardly ideal for Nieve, who hasn’t pitched since last Wednesday and hasn’t started a big league game since 2006.
- â€œI feel bad. I feel so bad,â€ said Castillo, who was criticized by fans last year while injures limited him to 87 games and a .245 batting average. â€œThe ball was moving a little bit.â€
- Wright had two hits Friday, including a run-scoring double off closer Mariano Rivera to give the Mets the lead in the eighth. He is 19 for 30 with a homer and six RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak, raising his average to a major league-best .364. Wright is batting .372 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 25 games against the Yankees.
- Nieve hasnâ€™t started in the majors since not factoring in the decision of a win for Houston at the Chicago Cubs on June 15, 2006. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.67 ERA in 11 career startsâ€”all in 2006. The Mets recalled Nieve from Triple-A Buffalo on June 5 after he went 3-0 with a 3.70 ERA in four starts. Since being promoted, heâ€™s made one appearance, throwing two scoreless innings against Washington on June 6.
- Pettitte appears to be improving from a back injury that knocked him out of a start prematurely on May 29. In his last outing, on Monday against the Rays, the left-hander allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings with seven strikeouts to pick up the win. He surrendered all three runs in the fourth, the big blow coming off a two-run home run by Gabe Kapler.
- â€œOf course, we feel like we just stole one,â€ said shortstop Derek Jeter, who had two hits and scored the tying run on the error by Castillo. â€œWe were lucky. Thatâ€™s just the bottom line.â€
- Pettitte, who will turn 37 on Monday, has been one of the Yankees most reliable starters, leading them in wins while ranking second with 74 2-3 innings pitched. The left-hander, who has been bothered by a stiff back, is 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in his last six starts after allowing three runs – two earned – and five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Monday. â€œMy last four (starts), I feel like itâ€™s been a real battle,â€ Pettitte told the Yankeesâ€™ official Web site. â€œIâ€™ll get it back in sync. I couldnâ€™t have felt any better tonight. (Monday) was probably as good as Iâ€™ve felt in the bullpen and starting the game in a long, long time. That was encouraging for me.â€
- Pettitte is 8-4 with a 3.46 ERA in 18 starts against the Mets. However, heâ€™s struggled against third baseman David Wright, who is 8 for 18 with two homers off him.