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Angels and Demons

Some leftovers from a Friday ...

* The Mets had it just as bad, walk-off error-wise, in 1971. Over a one-month span, they lost 3 games due to miscue.

- On July 17, they lost when Ken Boswell misplayed a Cesar Cedeno infield hit, and the subsequent error made Tom Seaver a loser when Roger Metzger scored the run that ended a 2-1 Astros win.

- On August 11, they fell 1-0 in 12 innings to the Padres, spoiling a great effort by Tom Seaver when catcher Jerry Grote made an errant throw to third trying to nail Larry Stahl, who was completing a double steal. Stahl would score the winning run.

- Three days later, they lost to the Giants, 6-5 in 10 innings, blowing a 5-4 edge in the ninth and dropping the game when centerfielder Don Hahn dropped a fly ball hit by Jimmy Rosario with the bases loaded (the play was scored SF-E8). It was one of three errors in the loss, which dropped the Mets to 13-30 over a 43-game span (sound familiar???)

* One quick note for those of you who remember 1980 fondly (and for 113 games, there was good reason to), keep this in mind: The team went a 2009-esque 11-38 over its last 49 games.

* Lastly, let's talk about the number 10, and I'm talking triples, not home runs.

Angel Pagan hit his 10th triple on Wenesday and is assured of being the 12th player since 1900 to hit 10+ triples in a season in which he played fewer than 90 games.

In fact, he's going to be only the 5th player to hit 10+ triples in 90 games or fewer since 1932 (the first since Juan Uribe in 2001). Quite impressive, though not enough for me to commit to him as an everyday player in 2010.

Also on this list. None other than Casey Stengel, who had 10 triples in 89 games in 1919 and 10 triples in 84 games in 1922. Amazin'


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