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Random blogger minutiae and reminiscing from a Friday night ...

* Carlos Delgado has 13 seasons of 20+ HR. How many players who have played for the Mets have managed that?

Hit 20+ HR in 13+ Seasons
Played for Mets at Some Point

17- Willie Mays
16- Eddie Murray
13- Carlos Delgado
>> Mike Piazza, Jeff Kent and Dave Kingman each had 12 such seasons

Interesting piece of trivia...the last 4 players that Carlos Delgado passed on the Mets all-time HR list (he has 82)...

Cliff Floyd (81)
Keith Hernandez (80)
Robin Ventura (77)
Rusty Staub (75)

Delgado now tied with Mets Hall of Famer Tommie Agee for 16th on the team's all-time home run list.

* Argenis Reyes is the 336th player to hit a HR for the Mets. He and Jose Reyes have now combined for 57 home runs. By the way, the club record for most HR by 2 players sharing the last name- 202 by Howard (192) and Lance Johnson (10).

* I know Mike Pelfrey's numbers are going to be all the rage on Saturday, but let's look at how much his stuff plays to Shea Stadium.

Pelfrey's numbers from his last five starts at Shea

37 IP
4 R
28 H
29 K
3 BB

A colleague of mine pointed out the similarities between Pelfrey and Ron Darling a few weeks ago. He may be on to something. Darling was very much a guy who pitched to Shea Stadium.

Ron Darling
Career at Shea: 57-29, 3.09 ERA
Career elsewhere: 79-87, 4.30 ERA

* Suggested headlines from the MetsWalkoffs family for Brandon Knight's Mets Debut...The possibilities are endless, though I imagine everyone is going to be picking "Saturday Knight Live."

If It goes well...

A Midsummer Knight's Dream
One Summer Knight
In The Still of the Knight
Oh What a Knight
Knight Moves
Good Knight and Good Luck
Knight's Tale
Saturday Knight Thrive

and if it doesn't

Heartache ToKnight
Hard Days Knight

True Metfreys know...July 26 is a good day for walk-off wins. The Mets have had 3 of them on this date, in 1983, 2002, and 2006.

The 1983 walk-off has some significance. It marks the last time a Mets starter got a win by pitching 10 innings or more. It was a fine pitcher's duel between Mets starter Mike Torrez (coming off a 10-walk outing in his last appearance) and Braves starter Rick Camp (pre 18th-inning heroics).

The Braves lone run came in the fourth inning on a home run by ex-Met Claudell Washington. The lone Mets tally in regulation came via Bob Bailor's two-out RBI single in the sixth, scoring Darryl Strawberry.

The excitement in this one was stirred in the fifth inning when Mookie Wilson was hit by a pitch, and then Torrez retaliated by plunking Camp in the sixth. The benches cleared, though no ejections were proffered. Torrez escaped trouble a few times thereafter, including in the top of the 10th, surviving a first-and-third situation without damage.

Wilson got his revenge in the 10th, hitting a game-winning home run, off Ken Dayley, giving the Mets their second straight walk-off victory against Atlanta, their first to come on a July 26.

Comments

Anonymous said…
The last time a Knight started for the Mets was also a Saturday night: October 25, 1986.
Anonymous said…
Last time a Met started a SATURDAY Knight game, that is.
Binny said…
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Binny said…
Nitpick alert: Rick Camp's "heroics" took place in the 18th (unless, of course, you mean allowing 5 runs to score, helping bring about a conclusion to that marathon, which I'm sure many would consider an act of heroism).

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