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Leftover Minutiae

* A belated happy birthday to Choo Choo Coleman, who celebrated on Tuesday. Coleman has the distinction of having the second-lowest batting average for any Met to hit a walk-off home run.

Coleman's .205 batting average trails only Jim Tatum's .180 for worst by a Mets walk-off home run hitter.

* Johan Santana's 13 wins, not the record for most by a Mets pitcher making 25 or fewer starts in a season.

Dwight Gooden holds that mark, with 15 wins in his 25-start 1987 season.

* Billy Wagner departs as one of 10 Mets pitchers to strike out better than 10 batters per 9 innings in his Mets career.

The full list:

18.00- Kenny Greer (2 strikeouts, 1 inning)
18.00- Bob Gibson (not the Hall of Famer, 2 strikeouts, 1 inning)
15.43- Kane Davis (14 innings)
13.92- Jorge Julio (21 1/3 innings)
13.50- Matt Franco (2 strikeouts, 1 1/3 innings)
13.50- Jesse Hudson (3 strikeouts, 2 innings)
11.83- Armando Benitez
11.57- Joe Vitko (6 strikeouts, 4 2/3 innings)
10.91- Billy Wagner
10.80- Rich Sauveur (4 strikeouts, 3 1/3 innings)

* Lastly, I think it's pretty cool that the first inside-the-park home run hit at Shea Stadium was hit against Sandy Koufax, and the first inside-the-park home run hit at Citi Field was hit against Pedro Martinez. Pedro will likely become the 4th Hall of Famer to allow an inside-the-park HR to the Mets, joining Koufax, Steve Carlton, and Bruce Sutter.


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