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2006 Minutiae

All totals are regular season unless otherwise noted

* The 2006 Mets went 97-65, beat the Dodgers in the NLDS in 3 games, and lost to the Cardinals in the NLCS in 7 games.

* The 97 regular-season wins is the 5th best in Mets history, within the confines of a 162-game schedule. The 1999 Mets won 97 games as well (the only other Met team to reach 97), but it took them a 163rd game to reach the 97-win plateau.

Most wins, Mets history
1986 108
1988 100
1969 100
1985 98
2006 97
1999 97 (163 games)

* The Mets increased their regular-season win percentage by 87 points (.512 to .599), as a result of improving their win total by 14 games. That's their biggest increase by the team since a 105-point, 17-win jump from 1996 to 1997 (71-91 to 88-74). For those curious, the club record is 166 points and 27 wins from 1968 to 1969 (73-89 to 100-62).

* Including the postseason, the Mets won 103 games, tied with the 1988 team for the third highest total in team history. The 1986 squad won 116. The 1969 Mets won 107, including postseason.

* The Mets had a .500 record or better against every NL team. The best mark was 6-1 against the Diamondbacks. The worst mark was 3-3 against the Brewers, Cubs and Giants.

* The 2006 season began with Tom Glavine getting Brandon Watson to fly out to Carlos Beltran in the first of 172 baseball games for the team.

* 40 players had an at bat for the 2006 Mets (including pitchers) and 27 threw at least one pitch for the team (13 of whom started games). Every position player who had an at bat had at least one hit, with Kelly Stinnett being the only one among them without an extra base hit (he tallied one single).

* 20 different players hit a home run for the Mets, ranging from the one by Steve Trachsel, Kaz Matsui, Anderson Hernandez, Michael Tucker and Ricky Ledee to the club record-tying 41 by Carlos Beltran.

* 20 different pitchers won a game for the 2006 Mets. 19 pitchers lost at least one. Jose Lima (0-4) was the only pitcher to lose without winning. Guillermo Mota (3-0) and Bartolome Fortunato (1-0) were the only ones to win without losing.

* If you totally disregard minimums, the highest batting average (and the 2nd-best slugging percentage) on the 2006 Mets belonged to Brian Bannister, who went 4-for-12 with three doubles, for a .333 batting average and .583 slugging percentage. The lowest ERA belonged to Phil Humber, who pitched two scoreless innings. The highest ERA was Bartolome Fortunato's 27.00, earned over three innings.

Others to make the minutiae leader board

* Best stolen-base percentage: Cliff Floyd paces, as he was a perfect 6-for-6. Paul Lo Duca also makes the list at 3-for-3. Michael Tucker, Kaz Matsui, and Eli Marrero were a perfect 2-for-2. Orlando Hernandez was 1-for-1.

* Most at bats without grounding into a double play: Steve Trachsel (50).

* Most sacrifice flies: Carlos Delgado (10).

* Most at bats without a sacrifice fly: Jose Reyes (647).

* Most shutouts: John Maine, Oliver Perez and Alay Soler (1)

* Most balks: Orlando Hernandez (3). The only other Mets pitchers to balk: Pedro Martinez and Jose Lima, once each.

* The only Met to walk more than he struck out was...Michael Tucker (16 walks, 14 strikeouts). Three Mets pitchers (Brian Bannister, Henry Owens and Bartolome Fortunato) walked more batters than they struck out.

* Newest members of the "I have one career hit for the Mets" club: John Maine and Alay Soler

* The most games played in the field without making an error for the 2006 Mets is 120, by Endy Chavez.

* The highest batting average against the 2006 Mets (minimum 20 plate appearances) was .522, by Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins. Derek Jeter and Ryan Freel ranked tied for second at .448. (for those curious Chipper Jones ranked 32nd at .314).

* Ryan Howard led all Mets opponents with eight home runs and 21 RBI against them.

* Dontrelle Willis had the most wins against the 2006 Mets with three.

* Ricky Nolasco and Ramon Ortiz had the most losses against the 2006 Mets with three.

* The highest ERA against the 2006 Mets (minimum 10 IP) was 11.45 by Randy Johnson. The lowest was Josh Johnson, who had an 0.00 ERA over 17 innings.

* The 2006 season ended with Carlos Beltran striking out looking against Adam Wainwright in Game 7 of the NLCS, the last of 172 games played by this team.


TheCzar said…
Great summary -- nice job, as always.
Anonymous said…
How on earth did Bartolome Fortunato end up with a win and no losses?

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