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Wright Place, Wright Time For a Walk-Off

* Mets Walk-Off Win #354 is the Mets 6th walk-off win of the season, their first since June 11.

* That is the first walk-off home run for David Wright in his baseball career, at any level (thanks to Ethan in the Mets PR office for procuring this note for us earlier in the season).

* That was Wright's seventh career walk-off RBI, tied for second in Mets history with Rusty Staub. Kevin McReynolds is the all-time Mets leader with 8. It was Wright's second walk-off RBI this season, with both coming in games in which the bullpen blew a win for Johan Santana.

* It was the 8th time that the Mets have beaten the Padres with a walk-off home run, the last being by Chris Woodward on July 19, 2005. That one was also a 2-run home run.

* 5-3 is an extraordinarily unusual walk-off final score for the Mets. They've had 3 walk-off wins end with a 5-3 score, and all have occurred since the beginnings of this blog.

They beat the Angels 5-3 on Cliff Floyd's walk-off home run on June 11, 2005
They beat the Diamondbacks 5-3 on Carlos Beltran's walk-off home run on June 11, 2008
and now they've beaten the Padres 5-3 on David Wright's walk-off home run on August 7, 2008

* Wright was closing in on Edgardo Alfonzo's team record of 120 home runs, no walk-off home runs. Here are your top guys in that stat.

Most HR For Mets
Without Hitting a Walk-Off HR

120- Edgardo Alfonzo
67- Jeff Kent
57- Jose Reyes

* Of the 7 games in which Wright has had a walk-off RBI, this is the third in which he's had 3 hits, and the first in which he homered at any point.

* It was Wright's 7th career home run in the ninth inning. That's the fewest home runs for him in a regulation inning. His biggest innings are the 1st and 4th, in which he's hit 17 home runs.

* Heath Bell has now given up walk-off home runs for the Mets (Derrek Lee, May 11, 2005) and against them (Wright).

The Mets fan not in need of a day off knows...Dan Murphy has a 4-game hitting streak since joining the Mets (the game in which he went 0-0 with a walk doesn't count by hit-streak rules). That's not a huge deal...yet. It puts him in the company of the likes of Angel Pagan, Shawn Hare, and Bobby Pfeil, who also had 4-game hit-streaks to start their Mets career. Getting hits in the Mets weekend games with the Marlins will put him in better company.

Longest Hit Streak
To Start Mets Career

11- Johnny Lewis, 1965
7- Keith Miller, 1987
6- Todd Pratt, 1997
6- Dave Schneck, 1972
5- Ryan Church, 2008
5- Jose Vizcaino, 1994
5- Jeff Gardner, 1991
(10 players tied with 4)


Anonymous said…
What about Mike Vail's 23 game hitting streak as a rookie? Wasn't that at the start of his Met career?
metswalkoffs said…

Almost. Mike Vail went 1-1 in his debut and then 0-5 in his 2nd game. He began his 23-game hit streak in his next game.

Vail's hit streak ended in this game- a walk-off win
birtelcom said…
If you just look at Mets at the beginning of their MLB career, Murphy set the record for the longest hit streak when he hit in his seventh striaght today, August 10. Johnny Lewis and Keith Miller both played for other MLB teams before the Mets, so while their intial hit streaks with the Mets did begin their Mets careers, those streaks did not count as streaks at the start of their MLB careers.
birtelcom said…
Actually, my mistake -- Miller did start with the Mets, so Murphy has tied him at 7.
Anonymous said…
Thanks. I should've known that - I played in most of those games.

Great blog by the way . . .
metswalkoffs said…

You might like this post
Anonymous said…
Good post, as usual.

Vail did take Queens by storm that year. They even traded Rusty Staub in the off-season as the front office was convinced Vail was the next sensation . . . guess not. Although I seem to remember he burned us when he was the Cubs a few years later with a late-inning grand slam at Wrigley.

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