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Whoa Nellie!

Some minutiae on Friday's win ...

* Nelson Figueroa is the 5th pitcher born in Brooklyn to start and win a game for the Mets, joining John Pacella, Ed Lynch, John Candelaria, and Pete Falcone. He's the 5th Brooklyn native to be a Mets starting pitcher (the other is Frank Seminara). Note: John Franco never started a game as a Met, which is why he's not listed.

* As mentioned multiple times on the broadcast, Figueroa's last win was also against the Brewers, August 15, 2003. They are the only team in the majors against whom he has more than one win (he has 2).

* Figueroa's only previous start at Shea Stadium was a Mets walk-off win- with the Phillies on July 29, 2001. He allowed two runs in six innings that day as well, and the Mets won 6-5 on Mike Piazza's 9th inning home run off Rheal Cormier.

* This was only the 2nd time in Nelson Figueroa's last 22 outings that his team won the game (talk about ultimate-mop-up). His appearance in the Mets 13-0 win over the Marlins on April 2 snapped a personal 20-game losing streak for his teams when he pitched. In all, Figueroa's teams are 14-63 when he pitches. Yikes.

* This was the 7th time that Raul Casanova caught Nelson Figueroa (the other six were with the 2002 Brewers) and that's interesting for this reason: In those seven games, Figueroa's opponents are hitting .194. In all of his other big league appearances, opponents are hitting .276 against him.

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