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* Oliver Perez, adequate-pitching savior that he is, joined Tom Seaver (1969 NLCS Game 1- the Mets first postseason game) as the only Mets pitchers to allow 5 runs and win a postseason game.

* Pitching 0 innings in a postseason game against the Mets is a rare honor, reserved for an elite group that includes walk-off error giver-uppers Pete Richert (1969 World Series Game 4, Orioles) and Bob Stanley (1986 WS Game 6, Red Sox), but Josh Hancock is the first in that group to allow as many as 5 runs. The previous record of 2 runs in 0 IP against the Mets in the postseason has been done twice- by Horacio Pina (1973 WS Game 2, Athletics) and, of all people, Jesse Orosco (1988 NLCS Game 3, Dodgers).

* Albert Pujols is without an RBI for 5 games. The last time an opposing starting first baseman went through five games in a series against the Mets without driving in a run was in 1986, and that first baseman happened to be friend o'site Bill Buckner, who failed to drive in a run in Games 3-7. Boog Powell also went RBI-less for Baltimore in the 5-game 1969 World Series.

* Speaking of 1969- the Mets scored more runs in Game 4 than they did in the first 4 games of the 1969 World Series combined. Oh, how times have changed!

* My one tidbit from Game 3: Jeff Suppan became the 1st pitcher to HR against the Mets in a postseason game since Dave McNally. But we remember Game 5 of the 1969 World Series a lot better than Game 3 of the 2006 NLCS.

* My one venture ahead to Game 5: Tom Glavine, with one more win, ties for the 2nd-most postseason wins in Mets history. Jerry Koosman is the surprise leader with 5. Tom Seaver, Jesse Orosco, and Turk Wendell are tied for 2nd with 3.

* On a personal note, my dad called at the end of the 6th inning to tell me that if the Mets lost, he'd never watch baseball again. There's only one other time that he made such a statement. That would be August 16, 1987. In that particular game, the Mets ended up setting a regular-season record for runs scored in a game (23 in Wrigley Field against the Cubs). On this particular day, they broke their postseason record for runs scored in a game. I appreciate the synergy.

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