The series in Metrics (Mets/Yanks Part I)

Though the Mets and Yankees are playing two more games in the Bronx starting tonight, the first two games are considered their own series (at least the Mets considered them that way in their post-game notes). Thus, this marked the Mets third “sweep” of a series against the Yanks. The others came in 2004 and 2008.

Here are some of the statistical highlights for the Mets:

The walk-off hit

The Mets have the most regular-season walk-off hits of any team against Mariano Rivera with three. The teams with two are the Rays, Athletics, Red Sox, and Mariners.

It marked only the third time that Rivera appeared in a game and failed to retire a batter. Neither of the others resulted in a blown save or loss for him.

Mets' Walk-Off RBIs vs Yankees

It was the second walk-off hit of Lucas Duda’s career. His first was a two-run single to beat Heath Bell and the Padres on August 8, 2011.

The Mets have five walk-off wins this season. That’s one shy of their total from 2012. The last time they had this many walk-off wins by May 28 was in 2006 when they had six.

The Mets now have four wins when trailing at the end of eight complete innings this season, one more than they had in 2012.

Matt Harvey

Harvey’s 10 strikeouts on Tuesday were one shy of the Mets' Subway Series mark, set by Shawn Estes in 2002.

As Adam Rubin noted last night, this was the third time this month that a Mets pitcher has struck out 10 or more, walked none, pitched seven or more innings, limited the opponent to two runs or fewer and failed to get a win. Mets pitchers had only three such no-decisions in the regular season in their history prior to this month.

Harvey now has a pair of games with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks this season. The Mets record for most such games in a season is three, set by Tom Seaver in 1971 and matched by Jon Matlack in 1974 and R.A. Dickey in 2012.

My Stats & Info colleague Will Cohen notes that Harvey tied the Mets record for most consecutive starts without a loss to start a season. His 11 match the mark set by Armando Reynoso in 1997.

Captain clutch

Wright set the Mets record for most hits and home runs against the Yankees in Monday’s win.

Most HRs vs Yankees
Mets in Regular Season

Wright’s ninth home run against the Yankees marked the fourth time he tied or put the Mets ahead of the Yanks with a homer, matching Mike Piazza for the most such homers in Mets history.

It marked the first time the Mets homered to either tie or take the lead against the Yankees in the seventh inning or later since homers by Richard Hidalgo and Ty Wigginton on July 4, 2004, a game the Mets beat the Yankees, 6-5.

Wright became the third Met to get a game-tying ninth inning hit against the Yankees, joining Ronny Paulino (against Rivera in 2011) and Ike Davis in 2012.

Wright now has 11 hits against the Yankees that either tied the game or gave the Mets the lead. Next-most by a Met is Piazza with six.

Murphy’s big moments

Daniel Murphy had the go-ahead hit on Monday and the hit that started the ninth-inning rally in Tuesday’s win.

The Elias Sports Bureau had this gem on Monday’s hit -- Murphy is 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position and two outs this season. His .363 batting average in those situations since his career began in 2008 is the best in the majors in that span.