It was a cold and bitter last few days for the Mets in more ways than one. We sum up the series with a look at some of the ugly numbers.
The doubleheader debacle
The Game 2 loss on Tuesday was the Mets sixth straight to the Rockies, their longest losing streak to the Rockies in team history. They had previously lost five straight on four separate occasions.
It was the first time the Mets blew a lead of at least six runs in a loss since August 26, 2008, when they were up 7-0 against the Phillies and lost 8-7 in 13 innings.
Bobby Parnell was the victim of the odd kind of bad luck that befell him early in 2012. Parnell got the ground ball he wanted to get out of the eighth inning, but Ruben Tejada threw the ball away, allowing two runs, including the tying run to score.
Thus continued a very odd streak. The last five times that Parnell has been on the mound and a batter has reached via error, the Mets have gone on to lose by one run.
The difference in the series was pretty simple and was evident in all three games. The Mets could do little from the seventh inning on and the Rockies did plenty.
The Rockies outscored the Mets 13-1 from inning seven onward in the three games. The Mets had outscored opponents 20-18 after the seventh prior to this series.
Cargo doing his best Chipper Jones
Carlos Gonzalez was 8-for-13 in the series with a homer, three RBIs and two walks.
From 2009 to 2011, Gonzalez was 10-for-54 against Mets pitching, but since then, he's had their number big-time.
Gonzalez is 14-for-31 with three home runs and 10 RBI against the Mets in the last two seasons.
His .452 batting average is the best of anyone with at least 30 at-bats in that span.
What went Wright
David Wright got right in the first game of the series, with a pair of home runs in the 8-4 loss. It was Wright’s 19th career multi-homer game and Wright became the first Met to have a pair of multi-homer games against the Rockies. He also had one on September 29, 2005.
The Mets were a combined 4-for-30 in the sixth inning or later of the two games. They were 16-for-43 in the first five innings.
All good things must come to an end
The Mets streak of consecutive games with a home run to start the season ended at 12 games. That was only two games shy of the longest season-starting streak, 14 straight games by the 2002 Cleveland Indians.
Most Consecutive Games with HR
The Mets run was the longest season-starter by any team since the 2007 Rays opened the season with a 12-gamer, and the longest by a National League team since the 2001 Diamondbacks homered in their first dozen games.
For those curious, the deepest the Mets ever went into a season without hitting a home run came in 1970 when they went homerless in their first seven games.
Every other Mets team has homered at least once within the first three games of the season.
The Mets overall homer-hitting streak, dating back to last season, was 13 games (including the final game of 2012). That’s the fourth-longest streak in Mets history, eight games shy of the club mark set in 1996.