Derek Jeter, playing in his final regular-season Subway Series game, was replaced at shortstop by Brendan Ryan when David Robertson entered the game with two outs in the eighth as part of a double-switch.
"I just told him I'm going to make a double-switch," manager Joe Girardi said. "It is where we are in the lineup. He understands."
Ryan is the superior defensive player. Since spring training, Girardi has been asked if he will replace Jeter with Ryan in late-inning situations.
On Thursday, Girardi made the move, he said, because Jeter made the second out of the top of the eighth, which allowed Girardi to put Robertson's spot at the end of the batting order. Robertson entered in the eighth for a four-out save.
This move might have been just circumstantial, but it could be a precursor to Girardi's future late-inning plans. Girardi has already said he is managing to win, not for a "farewell tour."
Jeter was not available during the postgame media access.
Jeter went 0-for-4 at the plate but still finished with a .364 career batting average against the Mets in 88 games. That's his highest lifetime average against any one team (minimum 40 at-bats).