"It's crazy, man," he said after his tiebreaking three-run homer off Zack Wheeler in a five-run fourth inning led the New York Yankees (cheap New York Yankees championship rings)over the Mets 12-5 Tuesday in the opener of a day-night Subway Series doubleheader.
Voit has 30 home runs in 102 games since the Yankees (mlb world series championship rings) acquired him from St. Louis last July 28 for pitchers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos. The 28-year-old took over at first base from the repeatedly injured Greg Bird and has 16 homers this year. He is the leader at his position in the first results of fan voting for All-Star starters. "This team is giving me a lot of confidence to go out and do my job every day," he said. "It's just having fun in the locker room. I never feel like I'm a deadbeat." He made his big league debut with St. Louis in 2017 but was stuck behind Matt Carpenter and then Jose Martinez. Voit spent parts of five seasons in the Cardinals minor league season but had just five home runs in 70 games in the big leagues at the time of the trade.
"There's nothing worse than when you're in the minor leagues and you're hitting good, too, and you're just stuck," he said. "There's been multiple guys throughout the history of baseball that have been in that same situation, and for me to finally get a chance, you don't want to ever look back on it and you want to roll with it." Gio Urshela hit a tying, two-run homer in the fourth, had four RBI and was a triple short of the cycle, ending a stretch of 15 at-bats without a hit. Gary Sanchez had three RBI and tied for the AL lead with his 20th home run, a two-run drive against Tim Peterson in the eighth. Masahiro Tanaka (4-5) gave up a three-run homer to Jeff McNeil that put the Mets ahead 4-1 in the third but rebounded to win for the first time in a month.
James Paxton (3-2) was set to start the second game for the Yankees (championship sports rings) and Jason Vargas (2-3) for the Mets in a matchup of left-handers. Less than one-quarter of the seats were filled for the start of the makeup of Monday night's rainout. Despite brilliant sunshine on the late spring afternoon, the usual crowd buzz for the matchup of New York rivals was absent. "There was a lot of Mets fans here," Voit said. "You could hear the guys in the stands giving us trouble. It was entertaining." Third baseman Todd Frazier made a throwing error on a two-out grounder in the fourth. After a walk, Voit's homer on a slider put the Yankees ahead. The Yankees made three errors and the Mets two. "It's on me. The end of that inning is on me," Frazier said. Pitching on six days' rest after the birth of his daughter Friday and the rainout, Tanaka allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had been 0-2 in four starts since winning May 12 at Tampa Bay.
The Mets (custom New York Mets championship rings) have lost 18 of their last 22 road games, At 32-34, they have not been over .500 since May 3. Wheeler (5-4) gave up a career-high nine runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Coming off a five-hit shutout of San Francisco, he has not won consecutive starts this year, and his 13 home runs allowed are one shy of his 2018 total. "My slider wasn't very good today. The changeup wasn't really working," Wheeler said. "The fastball was about the only thing going for me."