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Saturday was not a proud night for Mets starter Johan Santana.
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Niese to know you, Jonathon
How Niese Won
Mets starter Jonathon Niese was the biggest bright spot of this series, in which the Mets won only the finale, allowing only one run over eight innings against the Braves on Sunday night.
Niese is the fourth Mets pitcher to throw multiple games of at least eight innings, allowing one run or fewer against the Braves, since the Braves started their run of success in 1991.
The other three are Al Leiter (4), Rick Reed (3) and Pedro Martinez (2).
The Mets barely preserved Niese’s win, with Jon Rauch protecting a one-run lead by striking out Jason Heyward to end the game. It was, by our checking, the first time in Mets history that they had a lead of at least five runs in the ninth, had it cut to one run, and got the final out with the tying run on third and go-ahead run on base.
Rauch is only the second Mets pitcher to record a one-out save against the Braves since 1990. The other is John Franco, who had two in Sept. 1995.
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Paul Maholm threw 95 pitches in his shutout, the fewest by a Braves pitcher in a shutout since Greg Maddux had an 89-pitch shutout against the Marlins in 2000.
It’s the fewest by any pitcher in a shutout against the Mets since Johan Santana pitched a 92-pitch shutout against them for the Twins in 2007.
He was the first Braves pitcher to shut out the Mets in New York since John Smoltz in 1998. He’s also the first visiting pitcher from any team to shut the Mets out on three hits or fewer without allowing a walk since that Smoltz game.
He’s also the first Braves lefty to shut out the Mets since Tom Glavine in 1992.
Not the Best Night for Johan
Johan Santana became the third pitcher in Mets history to allow at least six runs in four straight starts. The other two are Al Leiter (1999) and Pedro Astacio (2002). He’s the first Met to allow six earned runs in four straight starts.
Allowed 8 Runs, Got 4 Outs or Fewer
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He’s the second Mets pitcher to allow at least six runs in three straight starts against the Braves, joining (righty) Bobby Jones (1997).
This was the second time in Mets history that they had a pitcher give up at least eight runs and eight hits and retire four batters or fewer. The only other was Calvin Schiraldi in the infamous 26-7 loss to the Phillies on June 11, 1985.
Lastly, Bill James devised a metric to measure starting pitcher effectiveness called Game Score.
This stat ranks starts, usually on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being worst and 100 being best, using the pitcher’s outs gotten, hits allowed, runs allowed, strikeouts and walks.
Santana scored a 7 on the Game Score scale on Saturday, his third start with that low a number as a Met. No other Met has that many such starts.
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Freddie Freeman is solidifying his status as a Mets killer. Freeman became the sixth player to have at least three three-RBI games as a first baseman against the Mets in the same season. Willie McCovey (1967) is the only one with four.
The others with three are Ernie Banks (1965), Curt Blefary (1969), Dan Driessen (1984) and Ryan Howard (2006).
Freeman became the sixth Braves player to have a four-homer, 16-RBI season against the Mets, joining Hank Aaron (1962), Rico Carty (1964), Chipper Jones (1999/2011), Brian Jordan (2001) and Jeff Francoeur (2006).