Series in review: Gee continues the run

The Mets won two of three from the Marlins to make it six wins in the past eight games and close their 10-game homestand 6-4.

Gee gets an A

Dillon Gee's win in the series finale marked the first time in his career that he finished a start with at least eight scoreless innings.

Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee

#35 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM6
  • W2

  • L1

  • BB13

  • K27

  • ERA2.88

Opponents are now hitting .193 against Gee this season. He has a 0.86 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in his past three starts, in which he’s allowed only two extra-base hits.

It’s part of a great run by Mets starters, who had a 2.49 ERA on the 10-game homestand.

Gee’s changeup and slider were at their best on Sunday. He threw them a combined 27 times, netting 20 strikes and 10 outs (including five strikeouts) without yielding a baserunner.

Another walk-off win

We mentioned on Friday that Curtis Granderson became the first Mets player to have a walk-off RBI in two different games by the end of April.

The three walk-off wins by the Mets this month are one shy of the club record for the most by the end of April. That mark was set in 1985 and matched in 1998.

Mejia’s sixth-inning foibles

Jenrry Mejia rolled through the first five innings on Saturday and looked to be headed toward another great start only to have it all fall apart for him in the sixth inning.

Jenrry Mejia

Jenrry Mejia

#58 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM5
  • W3

  • L0

  • BB15

  • K31

  • ERA3.49

In our last series recap, we noted how Mejia’s success had been predicated on keeping the ball down in the strike zone.

In this start, Mejia threw his lowest percentage of pitches in the lower third of the zone or below all season (47 percent) and his highest percentage in the middle of the zone (37 percent).

The Marlins were 0-for-10 in at-bats ending with a pitch in the middle of the zone in the first five innings, but they eventually caught up. They had a single, double and home run against pitches to that area in the sixth.

Record pursuit

The Mets hit .224 this series, raising their team batting average for the season to .218.

The team record for lowest batting average by the end of April appears safe. The team hit .200 in 1978.

Even at 100

The Mets are 14-11, having scored the same number of runs (100) as they’ve allowed.

It marks only the second time in club history that they’ve had a winning record through 25 games and had a run differential of zero or worse. The other instance was in 1984, when they were 15-10 despite being outscored 120-93.

That team hit a number deemed significant to these Mets. It finished the season with exactly 90 wins.

View from the other side: A Salty Stat

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th inning and a game-tying homer in the eighth inning of this series.

He’s the first player to hit two homers in the eighth inning or later that either tied a game or put his team ahead of the Mets in the same season since Jose Vidro in 2003. He’s the first to do so in the same series since Jim Edmonds hit a pair of walk-off homers to beat the Mets in September 2000.