The series in Metrics (Mets vs. D-backs)

Notes and nuggets from another road series win for the Mets, as they took two of three games from the Arizona Diamondbacks:


Wilmer Flores became the first player in Mets history to have at least one RBI in five of his first six major-league games.

He also became the second player this season to have a pair of three-RBI games within his first five career games, joining Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.

Flores is one of eight players to have a streak of five straight games with an RBI within the first six games of his career. Only one of the other seven players is active -- Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra.

Flores is the 383rd player in Mets history to hit a home run.


Zack Wheeler had the first walk-free outing of his career in earning his fifth win of the season on Saturday.

Niese did a nice job in three-ball counts, retiring four of the five hitters who got to a three-ball count against him. In his previous three starts, he’d gone to three balls on 11 hitters that he was not intentionally walking. Ten of those did end up walking.

The Mets' infield also did a nice job behind Wheeler, turning nine of the 11 ground balls he yielded into outs. Opponents are 8-for-66 (and have not reached via error) when hitting a ground ball against Wheeler this season.

Ike can do no wrong

Ike Davis was 3-for-5 with five walks in the series. He’s now 15-for-40 with 20 walks in his last 17 games.

Amazingly, Davis’ .583 on-base percentage is not the best in the majors in that span. He trails Jayson Werth and Mike Trout, each of whom are at .589.

Niese good enough

Jonathon Niese won the series finale despite allowing four runs in six innings.

If there were any concerns about Niese’s velocity, he held those off for now. His fastball averaged 89.8 mph, matching what it averaged this season, and peaked at 92 mph.

Niese had a good curveball, one that netted six outs without yielding a baserunner.

The walk-off

Paul Goldschmidt became the second Diamondbacks player to hit a walk-off homer against the Mets. The other was Steve Finley, who did so 10 years ago to the day against John Franco.

Useless stat of the series

Carlos Torres became the second pitcher in Mets history to pitch less than an inning, allow at least four baserunners, and not allow a run to score (either have his own guys score, or allow inherited runners to score). The other was Dennis Cook in 1998.