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Live Brain Function Demo, Take II

Read from the bottom up... 4:15 PM, 7-4 Mets Final score Ok, so what do I put in the books? My happy recap would include... * The Mets are now 26-35 against the Yankees, 1-0 this season. * It's the first time that the Mets ever got HR from David Wright and Jose Reyes in the same inning. * The superstars were pretty good: Wright, Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter each had 3 hits. * Wright is now 24-for-70 against the Yankees. His .343 batting average ranks 6th-best among active players, minimum 75 plate appearances. Marlon Anderson, with his 0-for-1, still leads with a .382 batting average against the Yankees. * Johan Santana: Now 4-0 career against the Yankees in the regular season. The only active pitcher to match that is Dan Haren, also 4-0. * The Mets are now 7-2 in Johan Santana's starts this season. 4:11 PM- 7-4 Mets, bottom 9th ongoing Billy Wagner in 1st 8 saves: 2 hits allowed Saturday so far: 2 hits allowed In fact, Wagner had not allowed a hit in 16 road at

Live Demonstration of How My Brain Works as It Watches A Televised Baseball Game RAINED OUT

7:15 PM Ok, so since the game is postponed, I'm calling off this plan...maybe I'll do it Saturday. We'll see... But let's answer the trivia question. Against which team did Willie Randolph have his highest batting average? The answer is...the Yankees. The beleagured Mets manager (don't feel much like talking about that) hit .349 against his former team during the 1990-1991 seasons. 7:00 PM Ok, so what are we gonna do here? (especially if we've got a rain delay) I don't know. I was just looking for a way to have a little fun, since I'm hanging at home today, prior to my trip to Atlanta for Mets-Braves next week, and doing some writing on Mets-Yankees seemed to be a good way to go. I remembered a conversation that I had with someone at work, the day after the season ended, and after I was able to provide rapid-response details on something he considered baseball-significant, he made the comment: "Your brain works a little differently than oth

Our List Includes a Desi, But No Lucy

A Super-Express Versions of Things I Learned While Looking For Weird Notes On the Mets and the Yankees Rivalry * The Mets all-time leader in Subway Series batting average is Richard Hidalgo , who hit .524 with 5 home runs in 6 games against the Yankees. The top 5 makes for a great list. Highest Subway Series Batting Average For Mets, minimum 25 plate appearances Richard Hidalgo .524 Derek Bell .417 Mo Vaughn .409 Jason Phillips .371 Paul Lo Duca .366 * You would think Mike Piazza had the most home runs in Subway Series play for the Mets. You'd be part-right. He shares the lead with Cliff Floyd . Each hit 8. Most Subway Series Home Runs For Mets Mike Piazza 8 Cliff Floyd 8 Richard Hidalgo 5 David Wright 5 Carlos Beltran 4 Ty Wigginton 4 * Al Leiter 's 5 wins and 5 losses are the most wins and losses by any Mets pitcher in Subway Series play. Most Wins In Subway Series For Mets Al Leiter 5 Tom Glavine 3 John Franco 2 Steve Trachsel 2 Oliver Perez 2 Most Losses in Subwa

Walk-Off Gee Whiz

I like the lead of the game story from the July 11, 1963 edition of the New York Times and it works perfectly for any 1-0 game in which a baserunner is doubled up to end things. "Sometimes the Mets are tortured into defeat, but last night at the Polo Grounds, they were dispatched with one quick knife thrust." -- Leonard Koppett on a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers, in a game played July 10, 1963 The manner in which that one ended was only slightly similar to Thursday's, but would have evoked the same kind of reaction. Carlton Willey, not Mike Pelfrey, was the pitcher that day, and his work was stellar but for one blemish, a John Roseboro home run in the 8th, which put the anemic Mets offense (the team had lost 10 straight) behind. Nonetheless, the home squad fought back gallantly in the 9th against Dodgers starter Johnny Podres. With one on and one out, Frank Thomas mashed a drive to deep leftcenter, an estimated 400 feet away, which looked like it would be a game-winning ho

His Walks Are Off

Remember when the Mets were an exciting first-inning team, one that bludgeoned opponents early? What happened to that squad? I trace it to the returned impatience of Jose Reyes. There was a stat on the Mets telecast Wednesday about how as Reyes goes, the Mets go. Actually, this year, I think that's more of a David Wright thing, but here's one more note on Reyes. It's a rather disturbing stat. Reyes is hitting .229 in his first AB leading off a game in 2008. He's drawn one game-opening walk and scored six runs. In 2007, Reyes led off a game 160 times. He hit .303, but more importantly, he had 15 game-opening walks. He scored 37 runs. That's a pretty significant difference, but one I'd hope is fixable. --- By the way, if you haven't already, check out http://www.garykeithandron.com/ , as the Mets broadcast crew now has its own website and is selling t-shirts to raise money for a few worthy charities. Looking forward to seeing if Keith Hernandez joins the worl

Woodie Metpecker

I was as surprised as Gary Cohen when Keith Hernandez said on Tuesday night's broadcast that Woodie Fryman was the most terrifying pitcher he ever faced. Granted, I'm 33, and my only recollection of Fryman is of an old man on a Fleer baseball card, and don't pretend to know too much about his career, but for one thing. Fryman didn't just scare Hernandez. He scared the Mets too. He's one of an elite group of pitchers to have allowed a base hit to the first batter of the game, then not allowed another runner to reach the entire game. That happened on July 1, 1966, when the Mets were mediocre and Fryman was a 26-year-old rookie southpaw from Kentucky. After the Pirates were retired in the home first, Ron Hunt singled to start the Mets half. It was an infield hit, a clean single over the mound, that the New York Times had no quibbles with. Eager to create some early offense, Hunt was thrown out trying to steal second. That was that. Fryman struck out eight and his t

Ray of Nope

So I've got a few laments for today I'm lamenting the likely end of Nelson Figueroa's Mets career (he wasn't exactly helped by his defense) I'm lamenting the hiring of Mike D'Antoni over Mark Jackson (Though I've abandoned my gut reaction of "I won't watch" in favor of "Let's see..." And I'm lamenting that the Mets don't play the Rays this year. We've got interleague play coming up on Friday, and the team we're playing first is the team that's lost two straight to Tampa Bay heading into Wednesday, including Tuesday's game, which featured what I'm guessing was the biggest walk-off celebration in Rays history. I like interleague play. I think it's cool and different, and I like the randomness of the opponents. But there's a glitch in the system somewhere. The Mets played the Rays in each of the first four years of interleague play (the highlight of which, as I was reminded by a colleague yes

All 'Decked Out

So I hear that Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will be broadcasting from upper deck seats during Thursday's Mets-Nationals game. Gary requested that they do a game from the spot where he spent his younger days learning about the Mets. I like it, because it brings back memories of my years "broadcasting" from Shea's highest level. From 1992 to 1996, I was a "regular," usually somewhere around Section 3 Row S, honing my skills, with aspirations of becoming the next voice of the Mets/Knicks. I'm not the only one to have done this. I've heard Howie Rose tell stories of similar practice, both at Mets and Rangers games and it's worked out pretty well for him. And though I'm not the voice of the Mets/Knicks, it's worked out pretty well for me too. Unfortunately, during my years of calling maybe 50-or-so games (a glutton for punishment was I, that 20+ were in 1993), the Mets were pretty miserable, but on the bright side, there were

This Score Is In Favor Of the Mets

Had I known what I know now, I might have rooted a little bit differently on Saturday. Or maybe not. On my train ride home, I was trying to recall an instance in which the Mets won a game by a 12-6 score. Turns out, that wasn't a big deal. The Mets have seven wins by the count of 12-6 (call it a "clockhands" win), with the most recent prior to Saturday afternoon having been against the Nationals on September 23, 2006. HOWEVER The Mets have never, never ever, in their glorious, illustrious, amazing history spanning 46 years and 7,000 games, never won a game in which the final score was 12-7. Using the handy-dandy, Baseball-Reference PI tool, I went through every possible score combination. I learned a lot. Things like... * The Mets have won 113 games by a 1-0 score. * The Mets have scored at least 4 runs in their last 11 wins * Willie Randolph has won games as Mets manager by every score involving the Mets scoring from 1 and 8 runs, except 8-6 (the last 8-6 win was

It All Started Here...

Many scores and 46 years ago (May 12, 1962), Hobie Landrith set forth upon Mets country the first walk-off home run in Mets history, described here, in our first true blog post... http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2005/06/and-so-we-begin.html True Metdriths know... Perhaps Hobie Landrith's greatest non-Mets claim to fame is that he was the first catcher for Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal (who went on to beat the Mets 19 straight times). Marichal pitched a 1-hit shutout in his MLB debut, on July 19, 1960, carrying a no-hitter until two were out in the eighth. Landrith, his catcher, had two hits that day.