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Showing posts from May 10, 2009

Unit of Measurement

Randy Johnson is on the brink of history, in more ways than one... After losing Saturday, Johnson is now 6-7 career against the Mets, so we ask... Who are the 3 pitchers with 300 wins, who have losing records against the Mets for their careers? Answer in the comments section. True Methans know... Johan Santana allowed 6 runs, the most he's ever allowed in a win in his career. Santana is now 1-10 with 3 no-decisions when allowing 6+ runs in a game. He's the first Mets pitcher to win a game in which he allowed at least six runs and 11 hits since Rick Reed beat the Rockies, 8-7 on August 7, 1998.

Good Vibrations

It seems repetitive and too easy to give a fistbump to David Wright, so we'll give one to Omir "President" Santos, the first player in Mets history with a 3-strikeout, 2-sacrifice fly game, and only the second player with such a game in the last 55 years (the other was Giants first baseman J.T. Snow in 2001). For the record, fistbumps will be a regular thing here now for walk-offs, walk-ups, and road wins coming in the 9th inning or later. * Friday's win marked the 135th time in Mets history that they won a road game in which the winning run was scored in the 9th inning. It's the first such road win since Thursday :) * This is the 4th time in Mets history that they won a road game in the 9th inning by scoring the go-ahead run on a pitcher's error. Friday's miscue by Brian Wilson was the first 9th-inning pitcher error to bring in the deciding run in a Mets win since a Jose Santiago throwing error helped the Mets to a 10-7 win over the Phillies on September

Who In Their Wright Mind Would Have Thought It

Fistbumps aplenty for the Mets third baseman, who drove the Giants batty with not just his hitting, but by stealing more bases in a game than Mookie Wilson or Jose Reyes ever did for the Mets. You can bet it will be all over the New York papers Friday how David Wright seems to have found his stroke with runners in scoring position. Wright is 20-for-48 in May (.417 BA) with 12 RBI in 13 games. * For the record, that's the 134th time the Mets have won a road game by scoring the go-ahead run(s) in the ninth inning, the first time they've done so this season. * It's the second time in Mets history that they've won a road game in San Francisco on a David Wright ninth-inning hit. He also had a game-winner against Armando Benitez on May 9, 2007. * Wright tied the club record for steals with 4, and now shares the mark with Vince Coleman and Roger Cedeno. Since 1962, 17 players have stolen 5 bases in a game (Eric Young and Alex Cole did it twice) but none are Mets. * From 1962 t

'Hicks Dig The Long Ball

A few thoughts, as I ponder J.J. Putz's fastball issues, David Wright's baserunning struggles, and the Mets inevitable foibles in the opener of a San Francisco road trip before I share the nuggets from the walk-off win behind the punny headline. * Is it just me or did Wednesday's game remind you of April 7, 2002? That one was a little more low-scoring, a 5-2 14-inning final, but it ended in a similar manner, with a light-hitting Brave hitting a home run off a new Japanese Mets pitcher (Marcus Giles vs Satoru Komiayama). Gary Sheffield had an impact in each game (RBI single for the Braves, hit by pitch in 14th inning in 2002). * Mr. Wilpon, Tear Down That Wall! Jose Reyes' double off the left field wall is the third homer that the Mets have lost due to the height of the outfield fences recently (Msrs. Beltran and Delgado as well). The fence height also kills the chance of any Endy Chavez-style home run-robbing catches, which I think are about as cool as any walk-off home

A-OK Rod

Fistbumps (sans t-shirt) for winning pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, whose yeomen effort (two-innings in a regular-season game for the first time since 2007) earned him his first walk-off win as a Met. The notes are brief, and maybe a few more to come in the morning. * Walk-off win #358 was the second of the season, the first since the 5-4 win against the Brewers on April 17. * It came on the 47th anniversary of the first Mets walk-off win, also against the Braves, in Game 1 of a doubleheader in which Hobie Landrith hit a walk-off home run against Warren Spahn (Landrith drew the first Mets walk-off walk on May 15, 1962). The Mets had a second walk-off win on May 12, 1962 (Gil Hodges HR) and also had walk-off wins on that date in 1972 and 1986. * It was the Mets first walk-off walk since Carlos Delgado drew one against the Cubs on May 14, 2007 and the first extra-inning walk-off walk since Mike Piazza drew one in the 11th inning against the Brewers in 2005 . * It was the 17th walk-off walk

One Nil

Since it seems like the only way the Mets are going to win for Johan Santana these days, it struck me as worthy to compile a "1-0 Wins Database." A few interesting discoveries from the early goings of my research. * The Mets Didn't Score For A Lot of People Mike Vaccaro has a nice piece today on the Mets lack of run support for Tom Seaver . You might be surprised to learn that Seaver isn't the Mets all-time leader in 1-0 wins. Most 1-0 Wins Mets History 8- Jerry Koosman 7- Jon Matlack 7- Tom Seaver 6- Bobby Jones * The Most Impressive 1-0 Feat You might figure I'd pick the 1969 1-0 doubleheader sweep of the Pirates in which the Mets pitchers drove in the winning run in each game. Instead, I'll choose to honor Jim McAndrew, who beat Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Ferguson Jenkins, each 1-0 in a 17-day span in 1968. * Whoa Nellie Poor Pirates starter Nelson Briles pitched three games against the Mets in 1972. Briles allowed 3 runs in 27 1/3 innings. He lost al

Who Has More Stolen Bases?

It's the sequel to the ever-popular " Who has more triples?" game. I call it "Who Has More Stolen Bases?" in honor of Jose Reyes reaching the 300 mark on Sunday. Answers in the comments section. 1) Who has more stolen bases...Jose Reyes or Willie Mays? Jose Reyes is the Mets all-time stolen bases leader Most Stolen Bases Mets History 300- Jose Reyes 281- Mookie Wilson 202- Howard Johnson 191- Darryl Strawberry 152- Lee Mazzilli 2) Who has more stolen bases...Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins? Jose Reyes has 38 stolen bases against the Phillies, his most against any team. 3) Who has more stolen bases...Jose Reyes or Ryne Sandberg? Three players with 500+ career stolen bases have played for the Mets: Rickey Henderson (1,406), Vince Coleman (752), and Brett Butler (558). 4) Who has more stolen bases...Jose Reyes or Jose Cruz? Neither of these men have the record for most stolen bases by a Jose. Former Met Jose Cardenal does, with 329. 5) Who has more stolen bases...Jose