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Mets' win streak notes: who's hit, who's pitched & what does it mean?

Ten facts related to the New York Mets' start and their push for 10 straight wins, which takes place against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field tonight.

1. The Mets have won nine straight for the first time since winning 10 in a row in 2008. It's the 15th winning streak of nine or more games in team history (14th to occur within a single season -- one spanned the end of 1993 and the start of 1994).

2. The Mets have registered eight double-digit winning streaks in their history, four of which lasted 11 games and four of which spanned 10 games. The 11-gamers took place in 1969, 1972, 1986 and 1990. The 10-gamers occurred in 1969, 1976, 1991 and 2008. The Mets finished at least 10 games over .500 in seven of those eight seasons.

3. This is the third time in team history they've won at least nine straight games in April. They had an 11-game winning streak in April 1986 and a nine-gamer in 2000. In each of those seasons, they went to the World Series.

4. Over the previous five seasons, there have been 16 single-season winning streaks of 10 games or more in the major leagues. The only one of those to come in April was a 10-gamer by the Braves in 2013 (surprisingly no wins against the Mets came during that streak). The last before that was by the Red Sox in 2009 (an 11-gamer).

5. The Mets have outscored opponents during the streak, 48-26. They're batting .284 with a .364 on-base percentage and .422 slugging percentage. Their opponents' slashline is .236/.282/.389.

But perhaps the biggest difference-maker in the streak is this: Mets pitchers have 77 strikeouts and 17 walks. Mets hitters have 42 strikeouts and 37 walks.

6. Five players are hitting at least .300 during the streak: Michael Cuddyer (.379), Lucas Duda (.333), Wilmer Flores (.333), Juan Lagares (.314) and currently-injured Travis d'Arnaud (.304). Duda and Cuddyer lead the Mets with six RBIs during the streak. Eric Campbell leads the Mets in runs scored in this span with seven, despite playing in only six of the games.

7. Mets starting pitchers have a 2.64 ERA during the streak. Their relievers have a 3.13 ERA. Jonathon Niese and Jacob deGrom have combined to throw 26 1/3 innings and allow two earned runs over four of the games. Jerry Blevins, Alex Torres, Rafael Montero and Jeurys Familia have combined for 14 1/3 innings in relief with one earned run allowed.

8. The Mets are off to a franchise-best home start of 8-0. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that they are five wins shy of the modern-era (since 1900) major-league record for best home start, 13-0 by the 2009 Dodgers. The all-time record is 21-0 by the 1880 Chicago White Stockings.

9. The Mets have a nine-game winning streak in which Matt Harvey has a 5.25 ERA, David Wright played three games, and Daniel Murphy is hitting .161. Who could have predicted that?

10. Speaking of predictions: BaseballProspectus.com's playoff odds page currently projects the Mets for 85.7 wins. It gives them a 57 percent chance to make the playoffs, a 45 percent chance to make the division series, a 34 percent chance to win the NL East and a 3.4 percent chance to win the World Series. In the past seven days, their playoff chances have increased by 13 percentage points, the biggest increase for any team. Fangraphs.com is a little less optimistic. It pegs the Mets for 84.3 wins, a 45 percent chance of making the playoffs, a 16 percent chance of winning the NL East and a 2 percent chance of winning the World Series.