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* Mets walk-off win #347 was the Mets 6th this season, against no defeats. This is the first time in Mets history that they've started a season with at least 6 walk-off wins before their first walk-off defeat.

* It was Shawn Green's 2nd career walk-off home run, his first since September 20, 2001, when he homered in the 13th inning to beat Greg Swindell and the Diamondbacks, 3-2. It was the second walk-off home run allowed by Russ Springer, but his first since April 11, 2000, when Ed Sprague and the Padres beat him with a 13th inning home run. It was the first home run that Springer allowed all season.

* This is the 5th time in Mets history that they've had as few as 3 hits and won a game in walk-off fashion. The last was June 28, 1998, when they had 3 hits and beat the Yankees 2-1 on Luis Lopez's sacrifice fly (the game where Brian McRae nearly cost the Mets the winning run by wandering aimlessly off first base on the SF). The fewest Mets hits in a Mets walk-off win is 2, when they were perfect-gamed by Larry Dierker and the Astros for eight innings before getting 2 hits to win 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th.

* It was the 111th walk-off home run in Mets history (postseason included) and the 9th against the Cardinals. The list of Hall of Famers to hit walk-off home runs for the Mets against the Cardinals is a fun list: Duke Snider, Gary Carter and Eddie Murray. I mention this because Green passed Carter in career home runs with this home run, the 325th of his career.

* I'm coining a new term: This was the first "revenge walk-off" in Mets history. In other words, it's the first time the Mets have ever got a walk-off win against a team that eliminated them in the previous postseason.

* The Mets have only had three 2-1, 11 inning walk-off wins in team history and two of them came against the Cardinals. The other came on April 11, 1985 (the 2nd game of the season) when Neil Allen walked in Danny Heep with the winning run. The other game in that grouping was on May 6, 2004, when Mike Piazza beat the Giants with a walk-off home run.

* The Mets are now 17-5 in games decided in walk-off fashion since the start of the 2006 season.

* Loyal reader Greg Prince of "Faith and Fear" shares that he's now attended the Mets last five walk-off wins. I can't ever recall having attended that many in a season.

* Loyal reader Eric Orns of "Baseball Esoterica" (also in attendance) shares that in the 10 Mets wins prior to this game, they had scored every possible combination of runs from 1-10. Though not in order, the wins were 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-2, 5-4, 6-4, 7-1, 8-1, 9-1, and 10-2. He also notes its the first time since a 2-0, 13-inning Reds win over the Cardinals on August 30, 1989, that a team won with three hits or fewer in a game lasting 11 innings or longer. Future Met John Franco earned the save that day.

* In answer to Eric's question to me about foul home runs followed by walk-off home runs, I share the story from the first Mets walk-off win to take place after this blog's beginnings.

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2005/06/cliff-notes.html

* On the to-do list, along with my note from the other day about Mets win/Yankees lose to team from same geographic area is an inquiry on whether the Mets have ever gone as long as they did between hits in a walk-off win (from the 3rd to the 11th innings) as they did tonight. That one's not easy, so don't count on an answer.

Feel free to share any other tidbits.

Comments

Ceetar said…
Have the Mets every walked off in back to back games? Or is this the shortest time between walk-offs?

Saturday was only my second walk-off of the season pesonally.(the Cubs game) That puts me just ahead of pace, the mets have 5 in 40 games, I have 2 in 14 games.
kicking mule said…
Congrats to Mark and "Walk Off" on your first anniversary. I know not in actual date, but in spirit ---- as Green's foul ball homer followed by the fair ball recreates last season's events that started the blog.

Actually thought of that when Green's ball went foul.
metswalkoffs said…
Two years ago...I actually started the blog a few days before, but being at that game gave me a good push and got me some good pub on a couple other blogs...appreciate the note.

Have the Mets ever walked off in back-to-back games....Yes...they took care of that with their first 2 walk-offs, on May 12 1962 (both games of a doubleheader). I may post on the subject to answer in greater depth...

Just heard the Cardinals radio call (Mike Shannon announcing)..."Swing and ....goodnight folks!!"
kicking mule said…
Also wanted to note that Ramon Castro scoring the winning run for walk off the other night, likely broke the record for slowest player to score from 2nd in walk off fashion. Previous record holder Jason Phillips. (Micky Lolich never scored a walk off run did he!!!!)
kicking mule said…
Two years ago !!! Man how time flies------ Seems like yesterday.
metswalkoffs said…
Oh man...that's fodder for its own post...slowest guy to score a walk-off run (Mickey Lolich, LOL)...

Actually I did a post on the slowest Mets ever...i think if you search for Jason Phillips, it should come up.

Again, I may post on the subject in the near-future...

Kicking Mule...do I know you? Please send me an e-mail (metswalkoffs@aol.com) and ID yourself.
Anonymous said…
My third walkoff this year (SF:Reyes balk/Delgado HR; A's: Wright's double; StL: now Green!) Record at Shea this year: 11-5.
Very slow-moving affair. Cardinals fans en masse at Shea. Mellow folks. One Card fan said to another as the crowd filed out: "It's so cute when that apple bobs up!"
And I felt like heck thinking of what could've been in Oct 2006...
Ceetar said…
And another mostly useless stat, the Mets lead the Majors in walk-off wins. Milwaukee, Oakland, and shockingly, Tampa Bay all have 6 also
Anonymous said…
When I think slow I think Matt Nokes. Oh wait, maybe that's when I think about my all-ugly team. You know, with Willie McGee in center field. :)

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