The Mets closed out the home portion of their schedule in a positive way, taking three of four from the Pirates.
The Mets' time at Citi Field began well (four straight wins) and ended well (six wins in seven games). But in between, they were 26-44 in their home ballpark.
Let's try to stay positive and look at the highlights of the final series. There will be plenty of time for post-mortems. We wrote about R.A. Dickey here. Here's a look at the rest of the series.
The record is in the Wright hands
David Wright broke Ed Kranepool's all-time Mets hits record and had a terrific series, going 7-for-15 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Notable Remaining Records
For a thorough history of the Mets' hit record, I encourage you to read this piece from a friend of the blog, Ed Leyro (also known as Studious Metsimus).
What's the next record that Wright will break?
He has six games left this season to break the Mets' mark for sacrifice flies. He and Kranepool stand deadlocked at 58. Wright's last sacrifice fly was Aug. 28 against the Phillies.
Don't feel too bad for Kranepool. He still holds the Mets' records for games played (1,853, nearly 600 more than Wright), at-bats (5.436), singles (1,050) and grounded-into double-plays (138).
Be like Ike ... or not
Where will Ike Davis' 30-homer season rank among the 30-homer seasons in Mets history?
Consider this: Of the 29 seasons in which a Met has hit 30 home runs, Davis will likely finish with the second-worst batting average, third-worst on-base percentage and second-worst slugging percentage among them. Dave Kingman had the worst batting (.204) and slugging (.432) numbers in 1982 and the worst on-base percentage (.284) in 1975.
Hefner reverses course
Jeremy Hefner followed a start of seven runs allowed without recording an out by throwing seven scoreless innings in a win against the Pirates.
Most Starts of 7+ IP, 0 R
The last starter to allow seven runs or more without retiring a batter and then won in his next appearance (with that appearance being a start) was Bobby Jones for the Mets in 1997 (lost to the Braves, beat the Marlins).
The last pitcher to throw at least seven scoreless innings in a start following one in which he allowed seven runs in no innings was Ed Halicki for the 1976 Giants. Halicki is better known for having done something else in his career: pitching a no-hitter against the Mets.
Another four-hit game for Tejada
Ruben Tejada had his fourth four-hit game of the season in Wednesday's win. That matches the number of four-hit games Jose Reyes had last season. It is one shy of the club record for four-hit games by a shortstop. Frank Taveras had five in 1980. Reyes had five in 2005 and 2006.
Giving credit where it is due
The video-reviewers from Baseball Info Solutions tell us that that is the first definitive home-run robbery in Citi Field history.
One more on R.A. Dickey
We did have one fun note left over on Dickey from his win Thursday. Dickey improved to 13-1 in day games.
The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that that's the best record in day games for a pitcher with that many decisions since ESPN analyst Rick Sutcliffe went 13-1 for the Cubs/Indians in 1984.