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Big Crown

Big Brown is going for the Triple Crown on Saturday. So I looked up a few things related to that

* While no Met has ever won the Triple Crown, their have been six instances in which a Met won the "Team Triple Crown." This required leading the Mets in batting average, home runs, and RBI in the same season.

Led Mets in BA, HR, RBI
Same Season

2001 Mike Piazza
2000 Mike Piazza
1995 Rico Brogna
1989 Howard Johnson
1971 Cleon Jones<<
1967 Tommy Davis
>> Tied for team lead in HR

The most interesting of these is Mike Piazza's capture of the crown in 2000. He won in a photo finish with Edgardo Alfonzo. Piazza batted .32365, while Alfonzo hit .32352, meaning Piazza won the Mets batting race by one-tenthousandth of a point.

* Dwight Gooden won the NL's pitching Triple Crown in 1985, leading the NL in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Tom Seaver never did that as a Met. The three times he led the NL in both ERA and strikeouts (1971, 1973, 1975), he got beaten out for the wins lead. Amo…

Be Like Ike (but not his dad)

I haven't done the research on Ike Davis and his walk-off resume, but I did come across a rather gruesome discovery.

I knew that Ike's dad, Ron Davis, despite registering 130 saves, had his share of struggles during his major league career. But I didn't realize just how deep (and you'll pardon the pun in a second) they ran.

Ron Davis gave up a walk-off RBI on 26 occasions in his walk-off career. That strikes me as significant. That's enough to create a sub-site, I'm thinking "Ron Davis Walk-Offs and Other Minutiae" won't get too many visitors. How amazin' is that?

You could create an All-Star lineup of players to get a walk-off RBI against him

Let's make that our first order of business.

1B- Eddie Murray
2B- Lou Whitaker
SS- Robin Yount
3B- Paul Molitor
LF- Jim Rice
CF- Fred Lynn
RF- Don Baylor
DH- Kirk Gibson
C- Clint Hurdle (ok...that's a stretch)
Bench- Don Mattingly, Frank White, Lloyd Moseby
Manager- Willie Randolph(!)
Coach- Tom Nieto

As it turns…

Reese's Pieces

Heard a bunch of folks say that they like what Mets first-round pick (the non-Glavine compensation one) Reese Havens brings to the table, describing him as a "real baseball player."

We like him because of his walk-offs.

During his collegiate career at South Carolina, Havens had four walk-off RBI, three in 2008. Two were of great significance, and there's a neat coincidence attached to one of them.

Havens is going from one team with a ballpark-closing scenario to another (though who knows if he's familiar with Shea Stadium's final campaign). The Gamecocks closed out their 29-year-old ballpark, Sarge Frye Field, on May 17. The game against Tennessee was significant, since the winner would get a spot in the SEC Tournament. What better way to close it out with a walk-off?

And Havens did. With the score tied, 8-8 after a three-run Vols rally in the vistiors ninth, South Carolina pulled out the win. With a man on second and one out, Havens hit a 2-2 pitch over the right ce…

Kerplunk

I think you'd rather read this
http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2008/06/reeses-pieces.html
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* Walk-off loss # 374 was the 3rd Mets walk-off loss of 2008

* It was the Mets 25th walk-off loss against the Padres, the first since April 21, 2006 (Brian Giles 14th-inning double).

* This was the 3rd time in Mets history that they lost a game on a walk-off hit by pitch.
The other 2 instances happened in 1974 (vs Cardinals, Jack Aker hit Jerry DaVanon) and 1997 (vs Astros, Greg McMichael hit Luis Gonzalez).

* The last time a Mets opponent left 15+ men on base and still got a walk-off win within 9 innings was September 5, 1990, when the Pirates beat the Mets, 1-0. The Pirates held the Mets to 1 hit, left 15 on base, and won on Barry Bonds walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th. It was their only hit with a runner in scoring position for the game.

* The closest instance I could find to a similar such loss was a 4-3 loss to the Expos on July 2, 1972. Bob Rauch walked 4 batters in the bottom of …

A Giant Quirk

Regular reader Student of the Game chimes in with this note:

Mets' Series in San Francisco
Game results, in order
2008
Loss
Win by 3
Win by 2

2007
Loss
Win by 3
Win by 2

2006
Loss
Win by 3
Win by 2

Anyways...I'm a little busy today, so that's all you get.

Those who are truly Giant Mets fans know...

* First-Round Picks to get a walk-off RBI for the Mets
2001- David Wright
1994- Jay Payton
1985- Greg Jefferies
1980- Darryl Strawberry
1978- Hubie Brooks
1977- Wally Backman
1973- Lee Mazzilli
1968- Tim Foli

* Second-Round Picks to get a walk-off RBI for the Mets
1987- Todd Hundley
1983- Dave Magadan
1977- Mookie Wilson

* Third-Round Picks to get a walk-off RBI for the Mets
1978- Brian Giles

He Walks Off, We Make Out

Dear No. 18 and No. 33,

On Thursday, whatever your names are, we welcome you to the New York Mets organization. You are ours because he (who shall go unnamed) is theirs (who shall go unnamed). Apparently, the way that this thing works is that when he (who shall go unnamed) bolted southbound not long after flushing our season down the toilet, we get what is called compensation.

The last time this happened, it worked out pretty well. After taking us to the World Series, another lefthander bolted, in this case westward. Something about the educational benefits of living in the Mountain Time Zone. He eventually ended up southbound as well. We ended up with a third baseman and a setup man. By the time you end up with us, one of those men will be your captain, and one almost surely won't be here.

Even if you don't stick around, chances are you have some value to us. A quarter-century ago, we lost another southpaw to the South, and for some reason still unbeknownst to us, were rewarded …

A Case Of The Runs

OK, so I have successfully input into my database a list of every walk-off run scored in Mets history.

The definition of a "walk-off run" is a run scored that statistically clinches a walk-off win.


* Your all-time leader in Mets walk-off runs scored is Mookie Wilson, with 12.


Most Walk-Off Runs Scored
Mets History, including postseason


Mookie Wilson 12
Bud Harrelson 10
Cleon Jones 9
Lee Mazzilli 8
Tommie Agee 7
Carlos Beltran 6
Len Dykstra 6
John Stearns 6


* We mentioned previously that Al Jackson is the only pinch-running pitcher to score a walk-off run for the Mets. Two other pitchers have scored walk-off runs for the Mets: Danny Frisella and Paul Siebert. Frisella scored on Mike Jorgensen's walk-off hit that beat the Phillies on September 12, 1971. Siebert's run counts on a technicality, as he crossed the plate first on Lenny Randle's 2-run home run, giving the Mets a 7-5 walk-off win over the Expos on July 9, 1977.


* We also mentioned previously that we were conflicted on …

Mex and the City

You may recall hearing Keith Hernandez pontificate about which pitchers scared him the most, and how he surprised Gary Cohen with his pick of Woodie Fryman (he also made a recent allusion to having difficulty with Jerry Koosman, against whom he batted .154).

But if he was going to talk about what cities gave him the most difficulty, at least for his Mets days, the answer would have to be San Francisco. That too should surprise the Mets broadcast crew, considering it is the city near where Hernandez grew up. Here's a closer look at the numbers.

Keith Hernandez
With Mets, in San Francisco

BA .250
HR 2
RBI 15
OBP .326
SLG Pct .336
K-BB 31-15
Games 34

Keith Hernandez
With Mets, elsewhere on road

BA .294
HR 40
RBI 238
OBP .382
Slg Pct .441
K-BB 213-220
Games 413

There are a couple of oddities here. For one, Hernandez was pretty good in San Francisco with the Cardinals (.317 BA).

Hernandez also had significantly greater success against the Giants at Shea Stadium, hitting .333 against them there, albeit with…