Funny how the outlook on a series can change with one chalk-hugging ground ball, but that’s what happened for the Mets, who took two out of three games from the Miami Marlins for their second series win of the season. Let’s run through the statistical highlights.
Stat of the Series
You may have read this already: With at least one home run in each of the three games against the Marlins, the Mets have homered in all six of their games to start the season. That’s the third longest streak in club history, surpassed only by the 1987 (8) and 1962 (7) seasons.
But 2013 marks the first time that the Mets have homered in their first six home games of a season.
Play of the Series
Marlon Byrd’s game-winning hit on Sunday was his fifth career walk-off hit, with the Mets being the fourth different team for which he has had one (Phillies, Rangers, Cubs).
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It marked the first time that the Mets got a walk-off hit that turned a deficit into a lead since Lucas Duda’s game-ending single against Heath Bell and the Padres on Aug. 8, 2011.
The Mets now have 16 walk-off wins against the Marlins since they came into existence in 1993, their most walk-off wins against any team in the majors in that span.
Oh, and how’s this for fun? Byrd is the second Marlon with a walk-off hit against the Marlins. Marlon Anderson had one for the Phillies in 2001.
Hitter of the Series
Last year it took until the end of June for Daniel Murphy to hit his first two homers of the season. This year he hit that mark by the end of the second series.
Murphy’s homer Sunday traveled 428 feet according to Home Run Tracker calculations, his longest since a 431-foot homer in September of 2009.
Pitcher of the Series
Jeremy Hefner took a tough-luck loss despite allowing only one run in six innings on Friday. It was the second straight game in which a Mets starter lost despite allowing one run in six innings or more.
Mets starters only had two such losses all of last season.
Quirk of the Series
Ruben Tejada’s penchant for the 3-2 count has continued in 2013 Tejada worked five 3-2 counts in the Marlins series, reaching base three times, including twice in Sunday’s win, the first of which helped produce the Mets first run.
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For the season, he’s 5-for-7 in reaching base when he gets a 3-2 count.
Dating back to last season, Tejada has reached 48 times in the 77 plate appearances in which he’s had a 3-2 count. His .623 on-base percentage in such situations is best in the majors.
A little defense
Though you may be a little irked with the way Tejada has played defense, David Wright has continued his stellar defensive work from 2012 into 2013.
In fact, it’s an overlooked record among Wright’s marks that his 61-game errorless streak dating back to last year is the longest in Mets history by a third baseman. The previous mark was Lenny Randle’s 54 in 1978.