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You Know This F'ing Loss

I must admit that 19 hours later, I'm still sitting here muttering "How could the Mets lose that game?"

I am incredulous at the idea that they could hit into a double play in 5 innings in a row, that they could make the errors and stupid baserunning mistakes unbefitting of this kind of a team.

But you know what? Sometimes that's just the way it goes...just like losing a game on a non-shot off a skate (hello, fellow Rangers fans). You have to take the good with the bad. These things happen. For example:

* On 3 occasions, the Mets have lost games in which they scored 11 runs. Amazingly, they happened in consecutive years: 1995 (May 6, 13-11 to the Reds, blew an 11-4 lead), 1996 (August 21, 12-11 to the Giants), and 1997 (May 6, 12-11 to the Rockies).

* The Mets have twice lost games in which they hit 5 home runs. They fell 9-8 to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 4, 1993, and 8-6 at home to the Reds on August 3, 1962.

* The Mets have twice lost games in which they got 20 hits in 9 innings, once in 1964 (July 26, 15-10 to the Braves), and 1997 (May 6, 12-11 to the Rockies). They also lost a 20-hit effort on May 31, 1964, but the length of the game (23 innings) was far more incredulous than any sort of hit tally.

* The Mets once lost a game in which they drew 15 walks. On April 10, 1991 against the Phillies, they fell 8-7 in 10 innings, stranding 18 baserunners. Not good.

* Three times, the Mets have lost a 9-inning game in which they stranded 15 baserunners: In 1976 (April 13, 5-4 to the Cubs), 1978 (August 5, 5-3, to the Cardinals), 1984 (May 10, 7-3, to the Braves).

* On June 11, 2004, the Mets lost a 7-5 game to the Royals in which they hit 8 doubles. I think that one speaks for itself.

And on the pitching side...

* The Mets have twice lost games in which they allowed one hit- In 1991 (September 14, 2-1, to the Cardinals) and in 2006 (September 3, 2-1, to the Astros).

Gee, this made me feel a lot better.


Ceetar said…
The Mets aggressiveness is their biggest strength, and their biggest weakness. They just need to find a better balance between smart baseball and aggressiveness.
Anonymous said…
Research question for another day: How often have the Mets lost when one of their players hits a grand slam? September 25, 1985, Gary Carter gives the Mets a 4-1 lead on one swing in the sixth at Wrigley, yet they lose 5-4 to the Cubs. It struck me as obscene that this could have happened. Illegal even.

Still does.
metswalkoffs said…
Cliff Floyd, September 15, 2005 vs Expos

Todd Hundley, April 26, 1995 at Rockies

Joe Orsulak, May 3, 1994 vs Giants

Daryl Boston, September 24, 1991 vs Pirates

Gary Carter, September 25, 1985 at Cubs

Rusty Staub, May 3, 1973, vs Reds

Tommie Agee, April 24, 1971 at Cubs

Jack Hamilton, May 20, 1967 vs Cardinals

Eddie Bressoud, July 3, 1966 vs Pirates

Frank Thomas, August 1, 1962

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