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You May Be Wright, I May Be Crazy

Listened to a little Billy Joel on the drive home, which explains the title of this entry. It's late and I'm tired, so for now we just simply present the facts.

* Walk-off # 346 is the Mets fifth walk-off win of the season (against no walk-off defeats). This is the fourth time in club history and the first time since 1988 that the Mets started a season reaching the five walk-off win mark before suffering their first walk-off defeat. The others are 1966 and 1985. They've never gotten to six walk-off wins before their first walk-off defeat.

* It is the 4th walk-off hit and 5th walk-off RBI of David Wright's career, his first since last May 29, when he beat the Diamondbacks with a walk-off single. It is his 2nd career walk-off double
Editorial comment: If Wright gets credit for a double on that hit, Jose Reyes should have been credited for a triple on the ball on which Glavine failed to score on Friday night. Reyes was at third when Glavine was tagged out. Wright, was not yet at second when Castro crossed the plate, at least not from our view in Mezzanine section 3.

* It is the first time that the Mets have ever won via walk-off against the Athletics. The Mets now have walk-off wins against 23 of the current 29 other major-league franchises. The six whom they have never beaten via walk-off are: Devil Rays Indians, Mariners, Rangers, Twins, and White Sox. A fun challenge is to name the franchises against whom the Mets have exactly one walk-off win.

One Walk-Off Win Against
Mets history vs opponents

Angels
Athletics
Blue Jays
Red Sox
Royals

* The Mets now have 14 walk-off wins against AL opponents (including postseason). The three teams against whom they have more than one: Yankees (4), Orioles (3), Tigers (2).

* It is the 24th Mets walk-off win by a 1-0 final score, BUT only 7 of those games have ended in the regulation nine innings. The last prior to Saturday came on April 24, 2000, when Matt Franco beat the Dodgers with a walk-off single. Minutiae lovers will appreciate this nugget: David Wright is only the 2nd player in Mets history to end a 1-0 nine-inning walk-off win with a double. The other is Joe Christopher (July 12, 1964 vs Reds). Wright, Christopher and Jeff Kent (September 29, 1993 vs Cardinals) are the only Mets to win a 1-0 game with a walk-off double.

* As a lifelong Mets fan, David Wright will be happy to know that he has the same number of Mets walk-off RBI (5) as both broadcaster Keith Hernandez and first base coach Howard Johnson. He also has the same number of Mets walk-off RBI as the soon-to-be-activated Oakland catcher, Mike Piazza. As we've mentioned many times, your all-time leader in Mets walk-off RBI is Kevin McReynolds with 8.

* Billy Wagner went more than a year between walk-off wins. His last prior to Saturday (which was his 4th as a Met) was on May 19, 2006 when David Wright beat the Yankees with a walk-off single. The Mets had 10 walk-off wins in between that game and this one, with Wagner winning none.

* This was only the 2nd Mets walk-off win to occur on a June 23. The other was in 1978 when Tim Foli beat the Pirates, 3-2, with a walk-off single.

* Not that this blog has anything to do with this, but the Mets are 22-10 in walk-off affairs since this blog debuted in June, 2005. The Mets walk-off record since the start of 2006 is 16-5.

* On the to-do list: Walk-offs and ejections (particularly those whose replacements scored/drove in the winning run) and a check on whether there's ever been another day with a Mets walk-off win and a Yankees walk-off loss against teams from the same general geographic area (Chicago/Chicago, LA/LA, San Francisco/Oakland). If anyone wants to offer assistance or suggestions for either of those, feel free to share.

Comments

Ceetar said…
I agree with the double thing, I was surprised they gave him one. Might as well have given him two RBIs then, Because Beltran was running full-speed, and almost caught Castro.
Anonymous said…
Unreal that you could post all of this info in just a few hours after the game...nice job.
metswalkoffs said…
The thing I always find funny is that I always get a couple hits within 5 minutes after the game ends...i'm fast, but not that fast...:)
Ceetar said…
Well, a lot of sportswriters probably do type up articles before hand and hope nothing crazy happens. Of course, you can't predict walk-offs.
metswalkoffs said…
Yes, and I used to be one of those people, albeit for minor league hockey and other small sports, not major-league baseball.

Most Mets walk-off wins, I seem to either be at the game, or at work...just the way it goes, I guess.

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