WHAT IT MEANS: With a 4-0 defeat in the nightcap, the Mets’ seven-game losing streak is now their longest since they dropped 11 straight in the final days of Art Howe as manager, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 8, 2004.
These Mets have been swept in consecutive doubleheaders. The last time that happened to the organization came when St. Louis swept the Mets in back-to-back twin bills in September 1982, during a season in which the Mets lost 97 games.
This is tied for the third-worst 15-game start in franchise history, behind only 3-12 beginnings in the very beginning -- 1962 and ’64.
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NOT-SO-BIG PELF: With rotation fill-ins in the series’ other two games -- D.J. Carrasco and Dillon Gee -- the Mets desperately needed a big performance from Mike Pelfrey in Saturday’s nightcap. It didn’t come.
Pelfrey was pulled with the Mets trailing 4-0 after the first three batters of the sixth inning reached. He has totaled only 16 2/3 innings over four starts.
Pelfrey was agitated from the early going. With two runners on base and two out in the first inning and the game scoreless at that point, Pelfrey wanted a strike call from plate umpire Bill Welke on a 2-1 offering to Dan Uggla. Pelfrey didn’t get it, and walked off the mound as David Wright came to settle him down. The next pitch was singled into right field by Dan Uggla as Atlanta took a 1-0 lead.
Pelfrey’s final line: 5 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB (intentional), 3 K.
Jair Jurrjens tossed seven scoreless innings for Atlanta.
MURPHY’S FLAW: Daniel Murphy was thrown out at third base, apparently attempting to steal, with none out and Mike Nickeas at the plate in the sixth inning. Terry Collins appeared to take Murphy into the tunnel off the dugout to chat with him after the play. In Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader, Murphy was thrown out trying to advance from second to third base on a groundball to the hot corner.
OVER: Jose Reyes’ 13-game hitting streak ended. Reyes’ career high is a 20-game hitting streak in 2005.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not appear in either game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He now has three games finished in the Mets’ first 15 games. He needs to finish 52 of the remaining 147 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: Gee comes up from Triple-A Buffalo for Sunday’s start in place of Chris Young (biceps tendinitis) as the Mets try to avoid the sweep.