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Our Special Bonds: The 2000s

Let's play a little end-of-decade trivia. Answers in the comments section.

1- Two pitchers had the most shutouts for the Mets in the decade. The easy one is better known for a shutout he pitched in another decade. The harder one allowed only nine hits over the 36 innings of those four shutouts. Name them.

2- What Mets pitcher do we remember for having the most strikeouts in a game in the 2000s?

3-In the very first game of the decade, a Mets pitcher came within one ____ of tying a club record. Fill in the blank, name the pitcher, and name the pitcher who is the record-holder for that stat (hint: they share a first name).

4- Every Mets starting pitcher in a game this decade retired at least one batter, except one, who left with an injury that would sideline him for a month. This pitcher had an ERA over 5 in his lone season of the decade with the Mets, but is remembered pleasantly. Name him.

5- Among pitchers with 10+ starts for the Mets this decade, this one had the LOWEST percentage of quality starts (3 ER or less in 6+ IP). This pitcher has a very HISTORIC claim to fame, but it didn't come with the Mets. Name him.

6- Besides Jose Reyes, name the 2 Mets shortstops who had a multiple-homer game this decade. One did it in 2001, the other in 2004.

7-Name the Met who had the highest on-base percentage with the team this decade...minimum 20(!) plate appearances. Hint: He had 2 stints with the team- one in 2002 and the other in 2008.

8- All of the following players had multiple games of 4+ strikeouts this decade for the Mets, except one. Which of these only had one? Mike Cameron, Jeromy Burnitz, Mike Piazza, Cliff Floyd, David Wright.

9- Which of these Mets DID draw 4 walks in a game at some point during the decade: Richard Hidalgo, Todd Zeile, Xavier Nady, Bubba Trammell, or Jay Payton.

10- Who had the Mets first walk-off hit of the decade- a game winning home run against the Brewers?


metswalkoffs said…
1- The pair of pitchers who had 4 shutouts this decade for the Mets: Al Leiter and Steve "I threw two one-hitters in 2003" Trachsel.

2- We remember John Maine for his 14 strikeouts against the Marlins in Game 161 of the 2007 season.

3- In the first game of the decade, Mike Hampton walked 9 Cubs, coming within 1 of the club record for walks in a game, previously set by MIKE Torrez.

4- The only Mets pitcher to make a start this decade in which he retired 0 batters was Bobby Jones, early in the 2000 season.

5- Mike Bacsik, who allowed Barry Bonds 756th career home run, made 12 starts with the Mets, but only 2of them (16.7%) were deemed quality starts statistically.

6- Desi Relaford and Kaz Matsui (against the Yankees) are the two Mets shortstops with a multi-homer game this decade, other than Jose Reyes.

7- Brady Clark had a .435 on-base percentage for the Mets in the 2000s in his pair of stints that spanned 24 plate appearances.

8- Mike Cameron is the only batter on that list to have ONLY one four-strikeout game during the 2000s for the Mets. All of the others had more.

9- From that list, Richard Hidalgo is the only one to draw four WALKS in a game this decade for the Mets.

10- The first Mets walk-off hit of the decade was a home run by Melvin Mora to beat the Brewers on April 20, 2000.

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