Notes and statistical highlights from the Mets series split with the Philadelphia Phillies:
So Niese to have you here
Jonathon Niese became the second pitcher in Mets history to pitch a shutout and have three RBIs in the same game. Pete Falcone did it against the Phillies in 1981.
Niese is the fourth Mets pitcher to hit a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double, joining Tug McGraw (1974), Sid Fernandez (1990) and Al Leiter (1999). Two Mets have hit a bases-loaded triple -- Dwight Gooden (1990 and 1993) and Frank Tanana (1993). Two have also hit a grand slam -- Carlton Willey (1963) and Jack Hamilton (1967).
Niese finished August 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts. He allowed two runs and 14 hits over 22 innings in his last three starts.
There is little difference in Niese's pitch usage when comparing his performance pre- and post-DL stint, other than that he is throwing his cutter more to right-handed hitters and he has avoided the center of the plate for left-handed hitters (who are 3-for-24 against him since his return).
The one area in which you could say Niese has been fortunate is this: Right-handed hitters were 28-for-35 when hitting a line drive against him prior to his DL stint. They are 9-for-16 when hitting a liner since his return.
Another good effort for Torres
Carlos Torres continued his excellent season with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Thursday's victory. Among the keys: He retired all 14 hitters against whom he got two strikes.
Carlos Torres in 2013
Torres' ERA at home actually "jumped" to 0.92 over 29 1/3 innings pitched. He will be hard-pressed to maintain that now that he is a full-time starter, but if he somehow can, he could be the fourth Mets pitcher to throw at least 30 innings at home with an ERA below 1.00. The three who did so are Tug McGraw (1972), Duaner Sanchez (2006) and Francisco Rodriguez (2010).
Torres also extended his walk-less streak to 13 2/3 innings. He's only walked seven hitters in 55 1/3 innings in the majors this season. That's particularly remarkable considering that Torres' career minor-league walk rate is 3.70 per nine innings, and entering this season, his major-league mark was 4.9 per nine innings.
Anthony Recker became the second Mets player to homer in his birthday on the last 10 seasons, and the first to do so since Carlos Beltran homered on his 31st birthday in 2008. The last to homer and reach base at least three times, as Recker did, was Jeromy Burnitz on his 34th birthday in 2003.
Top of the order domination
Each of the first three hitters in the Mets lineup on Thursday (Young, Daniel Murphy and Andrew Brown) had multiple hits and multiple RBIs. It's unusual for the Mets to get that kind of production out of each of their top three hitters. The multi-hit, multi-RBI combo had only been done three times previously, the last coming in 2006, also against the Phillies. The hitters that day were Jose Reyes, Paul Lo Duca and Beltran.
Elias Sports Bureau Stat of the Series
Young surpassed 30 steals for the season for the first time this week. Eric's father had nine seasons of 30 or more steals. The Youngs are the fifth father-son pair to each swipe 30 bases in a season. The others are the Alomars (Sandy Sr. and Roberto), the Bonds (Bobby and Barry), the Cruz's (Jose Sr. and Jr.) and the Wills (Maury and Bump).
Obscure Stat of the Series
Matt den Dekker became the third player in Mets history to go 0-for-5 in his major-league debut, joining John Gibbons (1984) and Tito Navarro (1993). Den Dekker also became the first Met with a stolen base in his first major-league game since Josh Thole in 2009.