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Our Special Bonds: Perfection, Imperfection, and Johan (Questions)

We haven't done a quiz in awhile, so consider this one a tribute to the perfect (Ruddy Lugo), the imperfect (the Giants beating the Patriots), and the newest Mets ace (Johan Santana).

Answers here:

Let's start with this: Since the Mets began playing in 1962, 31 pitchers have had seasons with a record of 6-0 or better. Newest Met Ruddy Lugo is one of the members of that group, whose others include...

1- The winning pitcher in the July 10, 1999 instant-classic walk-off win against the Yankees (Matt Franco's 2-run single). It was one of eight wins for this unblemished Met that season. Name him.

2- The pitcher who got a 15-inning walk-off win in 1983 and an 18-inning walk-off win in 1985. He went 6-0 for the 1984 Mets, but is best known for getting a non-walk-off win in a game that lasted longer than either of the two mentioned. Name him.

3- The pitcher who went 7-0 for the 1992 Braves, but went 4-10 for the 1994 Mets. In 1994, he led the NL in home runs allowed, one of three Mets to do so, joining Pedro Astacio (2002) and Pat Zachry (1981). His first name also starts with P. Name him.

4- The rather religious pitcher who gave up a walk-off hit to Ray Knight in 1986. He went 7-0 the following season. He became a Met in 1991, traded for someone with whose voice we're rather familiar with these days. Name him.

(was also traded for Mazilli)

Let's move on to a few questions honoring the Super Bowl champs

5- In honor of Eli Manning, name the only Met whose last name started with MAN to get a walk-off hit for the team.

6- In honor of Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, name the only former Met to attend Troy State (as Tynes did). Like Tynes this player had accuracy issues in certain instances, though he did hit a walk-off sacrifice fly for the team in 1991.

7- In honor of David Tyree, who had 3 catches for 43 yards, including that Endy Chavez-level amazing grab to set up the Giants winning touchdown. , name the only player in Mets history to have a season in which he had 3 hits in 43 at bats. He did it in 1978, a year in which he gave up a noteworthy hit. Name him.

And 3 questions on the newest Mets ace...

8- Johan Santana is 3-0 career against the Mets. Among those other pitchers who are exactly 3-0 career against the Mets include both a Santana teammate and a pitcher from the 1969 team. They share another common bond. Name them.

9-Johan Santana is also 3-0 career against the Yankees. There is actually a former Met southpaw with a 6-0 career record against the Yankees. He got one of those wins as a Met, in the game which Mo Vaughn won with a 3-run home run against David Wells. Name him.

10- Johan Santana was born on March 13, meaning he shares a birthday with a former Met. In honor of the New England Patriots, we note that this Met has the club record for most wins in a season in which he suffered exactly one loss. Name him.


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