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You Know This F'ing Loss

I must admit that 19 hours later, I'm still sitting here muttering "How could the Mets lose that game?"

I am incredulous at the idea that they could hit into a double play in 5 innings in a row, that they could make the errors and stupid baserunning mistakes unbefitting of this kind of a team.

But you know what? Sometimes that's just the way it goes...just like losing a game on a non-shot off a skate (hello, fellow Rangers fans). You have to take the good with the bad. These things happen. For example:

* On 3 occasions, the Mets have lost games in which they scored 11 runs. Amazingly, they happened in consecutive years: 1995 (May 6, 13-11 to the Reds, blew an 11-4 lead), 1996 (August 21, 12-11 to the Giants), and 1997 (May 6, 12-11 to the Rockies).

* The Mets have twice lost games in which they hit 5 home runs. They fell 9-8 to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 4, 1993, and 8-6 at home to the Reds on August 3, 1962.

* The Mets have twice lost games in which they got 20 hits in 9 innings, once in 1964 (July 26, 15-10 to the Braves), and 1997 (May 6, 12-11 to the Rockies). They also lost a 20-hit effort on May 31, 1964, but the length of the game (23 innings) was far more incredulous than any sort of hit tally.

* The Mets once lost a game in which they drew 15 walks. On April 10, 1991 against the Phillies, they fell 8-7 in 10 innings, stranding 18 baserunners. Not good.

* Three times, the Mets have lost a 9-inning game in which they stranded 15 baserunners: In 1976 (April 13, 5-4 to the Cubs), 1978 (August 5, 5-3, to the Cardinals), 1984 (May 10, 7-3, to the Braves).

* On June 11, 2004, the Mets lost a 7-5 game to the Royals in which they hit 8 doubles. I think that one speaks for itself.

And on the pitching side...

* The Mets have twice lost games in which they allowed one hit- In 1991 (September 14, 2-1, to the Cardinals) and in 2006 (September 3, 2-1, to the Astros).

Gee, this made me feel a lot better.

Comments

Ceetar said…
The Mets aggressiveness is their biggest strength, and their biggest weakness. They just need to find a better balance between smart baseball and aggressiveness.
Anonymous said…
Research question for another day: How often have the Mets lost when one of their players hits a grand slam? September 25, 1985, Gary Carter gives the Mets a 4-1 lead on one swing in the sixth at Wrigley, yet they lose 5-4 to the Cubs. It struck me as obscene that this could have happened. Illegal even.

Still does.
metswalkoffs said…
Cliff Floyd, September 15, 2005 vs Expos
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN200509150.shtml

Todd Hundley, April 26, 1995 at Rockies
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN200509150.shtml

Joe Orsulak, May 3, 1994 vs Giants
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN199405030.shtml

Daryl Boston, September 24, 1991 vs Pirates
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN199109240.shtml

Gary Carter, September 25, 1985 at Cubs
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN198509250.shtml

Rusty Staub, May 3, 1973, vs Reds
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN197305030.shtml

Tommie Agee, April 24, 1971 at Cubs
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN197104240.shtml

Jack Hamilton, May 20, 1967 vs Cardinals
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN196705200.shtml

Eddie Bressoud, July 3, 1966 vs Pirates
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN196607031.shtml

Frank Thomas, August 1, 1962
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN196208010.shtml

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