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Rivalry Minutiae- Mets vs Braves

I'm flying to Atlanta on Monday so that I can get to all 4 games of the Mets/Braves series (and I feel a lot better about this after the last 2 days). It's my one scheduled road trip this year, and I haven't decided whether it be for pleasure or torture yet. Knowing the Mets, there will probably be a little bit of both, and I intend to document that as I travel.

* The Mets are 293-347 all-time against the Braves in the regular season, albeit including a rather hideous 31-60 at Turner Field. They are 5-4 against the Braves in postseason play. They have 30 walk-off wins against the Braves and 38 walk-off losses (including postseason in both cases).

* Tom Seaver has the most wins for the Mets against the Braves, with 21

Most Wins vs Braves
Mets History

Tom Seaver 21
Ron Darling 13
Steve Trachsel 9
Al Leiter 9
Jerry Koosman 8
Dwight Gooden 8
David Cone 8

* The best unbeaten records for the Mets against the Braves belong to Ken Mackenzie and Greg McMichael. Each is 4-0, though Mackenzie's all came against the team when it was stationed in Milwaukee.

Best Unbeaten W-L vs Braves
Mets History

Ken Mackenzie 4-0
Greg McMichael 4-0
Kevin Appier 3-0
Terry Leach 3-0

* The best ERA for a Met against the Braves (minimum 50 IP) belongs to Ray Sadecki, a Gooden-esque 1.53.

Best ERA vs Braves
Mets History (50+ innings)

Ray Sadecki 1.53
Jim McAndrew 1.62
Ed Lynch 2.14
Tom Seaver 2.25
Rick Reed 2.37

* Tom Seaver has the most shutouts of any Mets pitcher against the Braves, with 3.

Most Shutouts vs Braves
Mets History

Tom Seaver 3
Pat Zachry 2
Craig Swan 2
Ray Sadecki 2
>> Fewest hits allowed in shutout: 2 (Sid Fernandez, 1986, and Mickey Lolich, 1976)

* The most saves for a Mets pitcher against the Braves is John Franco's 20.

Most Saves vs Braves
Mets History

John Franco 20
Billy Wagner 13
Armando Benitez 10
Neil Allen 10

* Paul Lo Duca has the Mets highest batting average against the Braves (minimum 100 plate appearances), .361

Highest BA vs Braves
Mets History

Paul Lo Duca .361
Frank Taveras .339
Len Dykstra .338
Steve Henderson .321
Darryl Strawberry .321
Timo Perez .314
Keith Hernandez .309

* The highest Mets on-base percentage against the Braves belongs to Keith Hernandez, .423.

Highest On-Base Percentage vs Braves
Mets History

Keith Hernandez .423
Len Dykstra .418
Lee Mazzilli .414
Paul Lo Duca .412
Steve Henderson .407

* Mike Piazza holds the Mets marks for most home runs, most RBI, and highest slugging percentage against the Braves.

Most HR vs Braves
Mets History

Mike Piazza 26
Darryl Strawberry 25
Dave Kingman 19
David Wright 16
Howard Johnson 13
Tommie Agee 12
>> Mets players have 31 multi-HR games against the Braves, but no 3-HR games

Most RBI vs Braves
Mets History

Mike Piazza 75
Darryl Strawberry 64
Ed Kranepool 55
Cleon Jones 54
Keith Hernandez 47
Howard Johnson 46
Edgardo Alfonzo 45
Rusty Staub 44
>> Most RBI vs Braves in game: 7 (Keith Hernandez, 1988, Gary Carter, 1986, Darryl Strawberry, 1985)

Highest Slugging Percentage vs Braves
Mets History

Mike Piazza .589
Carlos Beltran .588
Dave Kingman .579
Steve Henderson .562

* Six Mets have had a 5-hit game against the Braves, most recently Jose Reyes in 2006.

5-Hit Game vs Braves
Mets History

Jose Reyes 2006
Mike Piazza 2004
Kevin McReynolds 1988
Darryl Strawberry 1986
Gary Carter 1985
Jim Hickman 1964

* Lastly, the Braves pitchers whom the Mets have beaten the most are Phil Niekro and John Smoltz (14 times apiece).


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