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Valiant Valentin

The best notes on walk-off #340 that I could muster at 2 a.m....

* It's the 1st walk-off win for the Mets since June 3. It was the 10th walk-off win in the season, giving the Mets the most walk-off wins in MLB

* It's the 23rd 1-0 walk-off win in team history, and the 2nd this season. The only other years in which the Mets had at least 2 1-0 walk-off wins: 1965 (2) and 1969 (3)

* It's the 4th 1-0 win to last at least 10 innings and the 1st since April 12, 2001, when Rey Ordonez beat the Braves with a walk-off single

* It's the 36th walk-off win against the Cubs and the 1st with a 1-0 final score. It's the first against the Cubs since September 25, 2004, in another contest in which Mark Prior started for Chicago.

* Jose Valentin is the 3rd Mets Jose with a walk-off hit, joining Reyes (who also had one in a 1-0 game) and Vizcaino.

* Of the 10 pitchers to take walk-off losses against the Mets this season, Glendon Rusch is the 1st of those to be a former Met.

* Rusch is the 1st former Met to suffer a walk-off loss against the team since Jason Isringhausen on May 18, 2004 (coincidentally the date of MLB's last no-hitter)

* This is the 8th straight full month (not counting October) that the Mets have had at least one walk-off win.

* This is the 25th time that a Mets walk-off hero went 2-for-5 in the walk-off win and the 13th in which that persons walk-off RBI was the only RBI for them that game.

* It's the 3rd July 26th walk-off win, joining those in 1983 and 2002.

* Lastly...the longest an opposing pitcher has taken a no-hitter in an eventual Mets walk-off win is 8 innings, by Larry Dierker, on September 30, 1966. You can read more about that one here:

True Metlentins know...That the Mets have had 1-0 walk-off wins utilizing every innings combination from 9 through 17 innings long, with 1 exception. They've never had a 1-0 walk-off win that lasted exactly 16 innings.


Anonymous said…
Woot! It's great to finally get another walk-off, isn't it?

I have two slightly off-topic questions for you, O Great Fount of Walk-Off Knowledge:

1) Has anyone (Met or otherwise) ever hit into a walk-off double-play?

2) If the home team takes the lead in the bottom of the 5th or later inning, and the game is called before the inning is completed, does that count as a walk-off win?

Silly questions, I know, but I'm insanely curious!
metswalkoffs said…
Great questions...

1- The Mets have never won a game on a walk-off double play. They have, amazingly, lost a game on a walk-off DP. I might write about that one in the near future.

2- I have 1 game in my files like that. You can read about it here. That should answer the query.
Anonymous said…
Awesome - I knew you'd have the answers!

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