The series in Metrics (Mets at Nats)
July, 19, 2012
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Carolyn KasterDavid Wright came through when the Mets needed him most.With the help of Baseball-Reference.com and other tools, a closer look at the Mets series with the Nationals.
David Wright led the Mets to a series-finale win with home runs in his first two at-bats on Thursday, after homering in the ninth inning on Wednesday.
Wright moved past Carlos Beltran into second place on the Mets' all-time multi-homer game list. Darryl Strawberry is the club leader with 22, four more than Wright's 18.
As Adam Rubin noted, it marked the second time that Wright homered in three straight at-bats. He last did so in 2007, all against the Yankees.
This was the fourth straight season that Wright had a two-homer, five-RBI game. He’s the first player in club history with that sort of streak.
Wright’s four such games are tied with Carlos Delgado for third-most in Mets history. Dave Kingman (6) and Todd Hundley (5) had more.
Wright passed Carlos Beltran into second place on the Mets' all-time multi-homer game list. Darryl Strawberry leads with 22.
Wright recorded his 30th double of the season in Wednesday’s loss. He reached the 30-double mark in the team’s 91st game, the quickest any Mets player has gotten to 30 doubles in a season.
The previous mark was 96 games, set by Beltran last season.
The R.A.-diculous Streak Continues
R.A. Dickey extended his winning streak to 11 games and his unbeaten streak to 16 starts with Wednesday's win.
Dickey ranks third in the former, the full list of which can be seen in the chart on the right.
The latter ranks fourth-best in Mets history, trailing Seaver (1969-70), Gooden (1985), and Johan Santana (2008-09), who each had 18-gamers.
Dickey won on a day where he threw a season-high 29 fastballs, the first time he threw more than 20 in a game in more than two months.
Taken for a ‘Spin
In Tuesday’s loss, Jordany Valdespin became the seventh player in Mets history to hit a go-ahead three-run home run with the Mets trailing by two runs in the ninth inning.
He’s the first since Mike Piazza homered off Billy Wagner in a critical game in the wild card race in September, 1998, one they would end up winning on an extra-inning homer by Todd Hundley.
The full list is in the chart on the right.
Valdespin became the third Mets player to have two go-ahead pinch-hit homers in the ninth inning or later in the same season.
”Marvelous” Marv Throneberry did so in 1962 and Chris Jones matched that in 1995.
As my colleagues in Stats & Information noted: Valdespin is the only hitter in baseball this season with two go-ahead pinch-hit home runs in the ninth inning or later.
One wild ending
The wild pitch by Pedro Beato was the seventh game-ending wild pitch in Mets history. The website UltimateMets.com maintains a database of such games, and you can see the list here.
It was the first walk-off wild pitch by a Met since Fernando Nieve threw one against the Marlins in 2010.
Beato became the first pitcher in Mets history to throw a wild pitch in a game in which he was not credited with a batter faced.
Two pitchers have done so against the Mets -- Kevin Wickander for the 1993 Reds and Brad Clontz for the 1999 Pirates. The latter did that in a famous game in Mets history -- Game 162, which the Mets won to set up a one-game playoff for the wild card spot with the Reds.