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Despite injuries and losing a doubleheader, the Mets had some things to celebrate this past week.It was an eventful week for the Mets, one we sum up here in our weekly review.
Once again, we are greatly indebted to Baseball-Reference.com for the ability to look up many of the notes listed below.
Stat of the Week
David Wright became the Mets all-time RBI leader with his two-run go-ahead home run in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
Wright surpassed Darryl Strawberry's mark of 733.
Two pitchers gave up RBI to Strawberry when he was a Met, and also were RBI victims of Wright-- Greg Maddux (eight to Strawberry and two to Wright) and Jamie Moyer (one to Strawberry, 14 to Wright).
For more on Wright's best RBIs as a Met, see the article recounting them from earlier this week.
One Weird Walk-Off
The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed: That kooky game against the Giants last Saturday at Citi Field was the first time in Mets history that they won a game in which the last play of the game was an error by the catcher.
That play earned this week’s “Moment of the Week” honors.
Moment of the Week
Win on Walk-Off Error
It was the second time in Mets history that they beat the Giants via walk-off error. The other was on May 30, 1986, when second baseman Robby Thompson collided with shortstop Jose Uribe attempting to catch a popup, allowing the Mets to score the winning run.
The Mets have won a game via walk-off error from every position on the field but one. They’ve never had a walk-off win in which the final play was an error by the right fielder.
It was the 17th time they won in walk-off fashion in which the game-ending play was either an error, a combination hit/error, the first since May 1, 2006, when the Mets won on an error by Nationals pitcher Gary Majewski.
Giants Sweep, Mets Weep
The Mets got buried in a doubleheader by the Giants on Monday, getting blown out in both games.
It was the seventh time that the Mets were swept in a doubleheader at home by the Giants, the first time since 1997. The most famous of those sweeps was on May 31, 1964, with the second game going 23 innings (a game that was attended by this author’s father).
From the “you’d think this was more unusual” department: Lucas Duda had two hits as a defensive replacement, hitting in the No. 9 spot. A multi-hit game in an NL game from a substitute player isn’t that rare in Mets history. The last Met to do it was Gary Matthews Jr. in 2010. Duda’s instance was the 70th such occurrence in Mets history.
The Mets went hitless with the bases loaded, extending their streak of hitless at-bats with the bases loaded to 14. Elias notes that that is the worst bases-loaded season-opening streak in Mets history. The previous worst was 0-for-11 in 2010.
Johan Bounces Back
Johan Santana rebounded from his shortest career outing to strike out 11 and allow one run in a weird, 2-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night.
It was the 50th double-digit strikeout game of Santana’s career and his 11th with the Mets. Santana is 6-2 with three no-decisions in those 11 games. He joins Bret Saberhagen, Pedro Martinez and Oliver Perez as Mets with two double-digit strikeout games against the Marlins.
The Mets have now won the last 15 times in which their starting pitcher has struck out at least 11 and allowed one run or fewer. The last loss was in 1994 in a game in which Saberhagen started and got a no-decision despite pitching 10 scoreless innings against the Padres.
Santana nearly became the first Mets pitcher to lose such a game (11-or-more whiffs, one run) since Tom Seaver against the Astros in 1976. The only other 11-whiff, one-run loser in Mets history was Gary Gentry against the Reds in 1971.
First time for Everything
The Mets accomplished something in Tuesday’s win over the Marlins that had never been done in the modern era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Mets Week in Review
They became the first team to draw four successive walks, with four different pitchers issuing one walk each. That tied the game in the seventh inning and the Mets went on to score the winning run in the eighth inning.
The four consecutive walks thing as a key component of a Mets rally is not unheard of in Mets annals. In their comeback from 8-1 down in the eighth inning against the Braves on June 30, 2000, they drew four consecutive walks to cut the deficit to 8-5. They would go on to score 10 runs in the inning, winning on Mike Piazza’s three-run home run.
Dickey matches Santana
R.A. Dickey allowed one run and three hits in Wednesday's win, matching what Santana did on Tuesday night.
The last time Mets starters went back-to-back days, each allowing one run or fewer and three hits or fewer, did not involve Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman, Dwight Gooden and Ron Darling, Al Leiter and Rick Reed, or even Mark Bomback and Roy Lee Jackson.
The last pair of starters to do that on back-to-back days were Pat Misch and Raul Valdes against the Nationals on October 1-2, 2010.
Vintage Metric of the Week
Ike Davis’ early-season 1-for-32 futility in night games raised the question: What Mets player had the worst single-season night-time batting average in Mets history?
The answer requires a spin back in the time machine, though not all the way back to the franchise’s early days. Dave Kingman hit .199 in night games, the lowest in club history, for the 1982 Mets.
But if we lower the qualifier from 350 plate appearances to 100 plate appearances, we turn back the clock a little further.
In 1963, Mets catcher Choo-Choo Coleman went 9-for-100 with the bases loaded, for an .090 batting average and a spot in the record books.