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#1 birtelcom

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:43 PM

Game 1:

 

The Mets have been at home for the first game of a season 29 times now, but never before had they hit three home runs in a season opener that was a home game.

This was the fourth time they've been at Citi Field playing the first game of a season. In the previous three they had hit a total of two homers (1 last season, 1 in 2010, none in 2012), so they topped that three-game total in this one game.

Prior to yesterday the Mets had played 405 games at Citi Field, and had hit three or more homers in 17 of them, about 4.2%, or roughly once every 24 games. They went the last 34 games at Citi last season without hitting three homers or more.

What are the odds that Brown, Lagares and Wright will hit homers in the same game ever again?



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:33 AM

Game 2: Through the first two games of the season, Juan Lagares has a single, a double, a triple, a homer and a walk.  The last major leaguer to already have at least one in each of those categories just two games into the season was Drew Stubbs, who did that for the Reds in 2011. 



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:01 PM

Game 3

 

Longest Current Hitting Streaks in the Majors (through April 3, on-going from end of last season):

Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks, 25 games

John Jay, Cardinals, 15 games

Daniel Murphy, Mets, 12 games 



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 09:43 AM

Game 4

 

Most Home Runs at Citi Field:

1. David Wright 41

2. Ike Davis 29

3. Lucas Duda 25

4. Angel Pagan 17

5. Daniel Murphy 16

 

 

Most 2-Home Run Games at Citi Field:

4:  by Lucas Duda and Ike Davis

2: by David Wright, Rod Barajas and Giancarlo Stanton  



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:46 AM

Game 5

 

Ike's walk-off grand slam was the second most important hit for the Mets yesterday, measured in terms of Win Probability Added ("WPA", a measurement that calculates how much the result of a hitter's particular plate appearance added to (or subtracted from) the team's chances of winning the game, as compared to the those same chances as they stood when the hitter came up to the plate. Because the Mets were one run behind and had no outs and the bases loaded, an average team with an average hitter in that situation had a pretty good chance of winning the game when Ike came to the plate (and a two-run single would have been just as valuable as a homer), so the walk-off grand slam didn't add quite as much as WPA as the phrase "walk-off grand slam" might suggest.

 

Of the seven walk-off grand slams in Mets history, the four that came with two outs produced higher WPA numbers than Ike's.  But Ike's had a higher WPA than either of the two that came with one out (Tim Teufel in 1986 and Jordany Valdespin last season) because both those came with the game tied rather than with the Mets trailing as they were yesterday.     

 

Highest WPA plate appearances so far this season for the Mets:

 

Curtis Granderson HR in game 5: 37% WPA

Juan Lagares HR in game 1: 29% WPA

Ike Davis HR in game 5: 28% WPA

Andrew Brown HR in game 1: 26% WPA

Ruben Tejada BB in game 5: 23% WPA



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:40 PM

Game 6

 

This was David W.'s 1,370th game at third base.  Only 19 guys have played more games at third in the history of the NL, going back to its beginning in 1876.   If he avoids injury, David would be expected to pass three more guys this season: Harry Steinfeldt played in 1,387 NL games at third, Darrell Evans played in 1,406 and Bill Madlock played in 1,419. 



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 07:00 AM

Game 7

 

Ruben "Sandwich" Tejada had two hits, two runs and two RBI in this game.  The last time he had multiple runs, hits and ribbies in the same game was two years ago to the day, April 8, 2012, which was also a win over the Braves.  In total, Ruben now has four such games:  one in 2010, one in 2011, the one on 4/8/2012 and now the one on 4/8/2014.  David Wright has 74 career regular season games with multiple hits, runs and RBI. Babe Ruth had 247 such games in the regular season.          



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:55 PM

Game 8

 

New Mets record for John Lannan.  No pitcher had previously started his Mets career with three straight appearances that included fewer than three outs but at least one hit.    



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:37 AM

Game 9:

 

3 H
3 SB
1 3B
 
Eric Young put that triple-triple together in this game.  It's the 20th time in the last 100 years of major league baseball that particular combination has been put together in a game.  Last time in the NL was by Dave Roberts for San Diego in 2006.  It had never been done by a Met before.  It's been done once against the Mets, and that was by an ex-Met:  Stan Jefferson had a 3 SB/3 H/ 1 3B game against the Mets in May, 1987, shortly after the Mets sent him to the Padres as part of the Kevin (Mitchell) for Kevin (McReynolds) trade.


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Posted 12 April 2014 - 03:32 PM

Game 10

There have been 50 walk-off HBPs in the majors since the beginning of the 1962 season, including the one in this game. The Mets have lost on four of those and won on two of them. The two they won:
--Daryl Boston hit by Juan Agosto as Mets beat Cards, 1-0 in the 13th inning. Bret Saberhagen pitched nine scoreless for New York, and John Franco pitched two scoreless innings and got the win. April 23, 1992.
--Justin Turner hit by Brad Ziegler as Mets beat Oakland 3-2 in the 13th inning. R.A. Dickey allowed one run in 8 innings (3 hits, 9 Ks). Frankie Rodriguez blew the save in the 9th, but Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless 13th and was credited with the win. June 22, 2011.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 08:57 PM

Game 11

"Win Probability Added" (WPA) measures the amount by which a hitter or pitcher added to (or subtracted from) his team's average probability of winning a game

The top 3 WPA plate appearances of the season for the Mets this season so far:
1. Anthony Recker, last night in the 7th inning, two-run single, .40 WPA
2. Curtis Granderson, April 5, 8th inning two-run homer, .37 WPA
3. Anthony Recker, last night in the 13th inning, go-ahead solo homer, .35 WPA

Recker's total WPA for the game was .715, the highest for any game in Mets history for a starter in the 8th spot in the order.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:18 AM

Game 12
Colon's was the fifth pitching appearance in Mets history with at least four homers allowed and at least nine runs allowed:
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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:45 PM

Game 13

Lucas Duda played both first base and left field in this game (after Lagares pulled his hammy). It was the fourth game in which Lucas has played both first and left.

Most games playing both left field and first base for the Mets:
1. Dave Kingman 17 games
2. Ed Kranepool 16 games
3. John Milner 13 games
4. Cleon Jones and Jim Hickman, 6 games each

Hickman and Fernando Tatis, like Duda in this game, each had a four-hit day while playing both first and left. But Hickman's game (Sept. 3, 1965), included three, count'em, three, home runs.

Most Major League Regular Season Games Playing Both First Base and Left Field (1914 through 2014):
1. Jeff Conine 130 games
2. Frank Howard 68 Games
3. Deron Johnson 63 games (54 of them in 1966)
4. Bob Watson 58 games
5. Carmelo Martinez 51 games
6. Joe Carter 46 games

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 07:08 AM

Game 14

 

Before this game, the last time the Mets had gotten multiple RBI from each of the left fielder, right fielder and center fielder in a single game was back in 2008, which was also the last time the Mets were in a serious pennant race. On August 13, 2008, the Mets won 12-0 over the Nats in D.C., as Daniel Murphy in left had three RBI, Carlos Beltran in center had two, and Fernando Tatis in right had two. Even winning pitcher John Maine had an RBI that day. That win moved the Mets into a tie for first in the NL East with the Phillies.

The Mets are now 7-4 since from April 4 on. Among NL teams, only Atlanta and Milwaukee have better records over that period.



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:51 AM

Game 15:

 

Some of us thought (and still think) Terry Collins is crazy to bat Eric Young in the leadoff spot, what with his low career on-base percentage (OBP).  But from April 4 on, Eric's put up a fine .407 OBP, and has been on base at least once in each of his last twelve games, the third longest active on-base streak in the NL (behind Freddie Freeman and Matt Holliday).  It's unlikely Eric will continue to perform at that level -- his career OBP is still .326 -- but it's fun for however long it lasts.        



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:14 PM

Game 16:

The Mets got only one hit in this game, but at least it was more than zero. The Mets have now gone 3,210 regular season games in a row (over 20 years) without being no-hit. That's the longest such streak in franchise history. Prior to the last time they were no-hit (by the late Darryl Kile in Houston on September 8,1993) the Mets had gone 2,868 games in a row without being no-hit (going back to August 24, 1975, when Ed Halicki no-hit the Mets in San Francisco).



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 08:32 AM

Game 17

The Mets got three hits from each of their second baseman, third baseman and center fielder. The Mets have played 4,191 home games in their history (that's regular season and postseason combined), but until this game had never before gotten three hits from each of their second baseman, third baseman and center fielder in one home game.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 07:00 AM

Game 18

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three critical innings last night, racked up 5 Ks and did not allow a hit. The last time a Mets reliever had at least 5 Ks while allowing zero hits in a home game was almost 15 years ago -- Pat Mahomes, August 21, 1999.

Also, it had been almost 5 years since David Wright last had four hits in a game at Citi Field.

Fare thee well, Ike Davis. Sorry to see you go.

Most Games Played (Regular Season plus Post Season) at First Base in Mets History:
1. Ed Kranepool 1,306
2. Keith Hernandez 875
3. John Olerud 473
4. Carlos Delgado 468
5. Ike Davis 433

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:45 AM

Game 19

 

Through this Game 19, Jenrry Mejia is 3-0 in four starts with a 1.99 ERA.  Other Mets starters in recent years who have been undefeated through 19 games  with at least three wins:

2013  Matt Harvey, 4-0 1.54 ERA

2010 Mike Pelfrey 4-0 0.72 ERA

2007 John Maine 3-0 1.71 ERA

2006 Pedro Martinez 4-0 3.04 ERA

1999 Bobby Jones 3-0 2.00 ERA

 

Altogether there have been 20 of these for the Mets -- seasons where a starter began undefeated and with three or more wins over the first 19 games of the year.  The first such season was 1968, when Jerry Koosman was 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA through 19 games.  In 1986, Sid Fernandez and Bob Ojeda were both 3-0, and Doc Gooden was 4-0, through 19 games.  In 1988, Gooden was 5-0 through 19 games (and got to 6-0 at Game 22 of the Mets' season).         



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:15 PM

Game 20

 

Mets batters struck out only four times in this game.  The Mets had totaled at least 8 strikeouts in each of the last 15 games.  That is the third longest streak of at least 8 Ks by a team's batters in major league history.

 

Well, actually I can only search back 100 years, but given that there were far fewer strikeouts in the game pre-1914, it is extremely unlikely that any team had a longer streak in those earlier days.

 

Longest Streaks of Team Games With Hitters Striking Out At least 8 Times, 1914-current:

Astros, 28 games (7/24/2013-8/23/2013)

Twins, 16 games (9/22/2013-4/9/2014)

Mets, 15 games (4/5/2014-4/21/2014) 

Marlins, 14 games (7/30/2011-8/14/2011)

Marlins, 14 games (8/26/2010-9/8/2010)   






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