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One Nil

Since it seems like the only way the Mets are going to win for Johan Santana these days, it struck me as worthy to compile a "1-0 Wins Database."

A few interesting discoveries from the early goings of my research.

* The Mets Didn't Score For A Lot of People
Mike Vaccaro has a nice piece today on the Mets lack of run support for Tom Seaver. You might be surprised to learn that Seaver isn't the Mets all-time leader in 1-0 wins.

Most 1-0 Wins
Mets History

8- Jerry Koosman
7- Jon Matlack
7- Tom Seaver
6- Bobby Jones

* The Most Impressive 1-0 Feat
You might figure I'd pick the 1969 1-0 doubleheader sweep of the Pirates in which the Mets pitchers drove in the winning run in each game. Instead, I'll choose to honor Jim McAndrew, who beat Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Ferguson Jenkins, each 1-0 in a 17-day span in 1968.

* Whoa Nellie
Poor Pirates starter Nelson Briles pitched three games against the Mets in 1972. Briles allowed 3 runs in 27 1/3 innings. He lost all 3 games, 2 to Jon Matlack, 1-0.

* When It Was Bad, It Was Really Bad
Save for a brief run at a fake pennant during the strike-shortened 1981 season, the Mets run from 1978 to 1981 was one to forget. Evident of that- the Mets did not have a 1-0 win in any of those seasons. On September 14, Nino Espinosa beat Steve Carlton, 1-0. The Mets would not win another 1-0 game until Charlie Puleo beat Ray Burris on April 24, 1982.

Honorable mention on the rarity scale to the 1966 season, in which the Mets didn't have a 1-0 win for nearly the entire season, than had three in a 12-day span from September 19 to 30.

* The Walk-Offs
The Mets have had 24 walk-off wins in which the final score was 1-0, the last of which came against the Athletics in 2007. Of those 24, nearly 3/4 of them (17) went extra innings.

The 24 matches the number of 1-0 Mets wins decided by a home run (thank you, Mets media guide).

However, there have only been 3 Mets 1-0 wins in which the game ended on a walk-off home run, the last coming by Dave Kingman in 1976.

We'll delve further into this database at another time...


J. Mark English said…
Pelfrey will get them a win tonight...

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