The series in 'Met'rics (Mets at Reds)
August, 16, 2012
By Mark Simon | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/David KohlMatt Harvey had his best start in Wednesday's win.For the third straight series, the Mets lost the first two games, than closed with a win. We look at the statistical highs and lows with the help of Baseball-Reference.com and other tools.
Harvey looks like an ace
Matt Harvey’s eight strikeouts gave him 34 in the first five games of his career.
The only Met with more through his first five appearances is Dwight Gooden with 36 in 1984. Bill Pulsipher slides down to third-most with 33.
Harvey also contributed with the bat, driving in two runs with a long double.
He’s the third Mets pitcher with a multi-RBI game within the first five games of his career, joining Julio Valera (1990) and Brian Bannister (2006).
The Bruce is Loose
Jay Bruce beat Josh Edgin and the Mets with his fourth career walk-off home run. Three of his walk-off home runs have come against current Mets pitchers, with the other two who allowed them being Manny Acosta with the Braves and Tim Byrdak with the Astros (a homer that clinched the NL Central for the 2010 Reds).
The Mets have allowed 13 walk-off home runs to the Reds, the second-most they’ve allowed to any team. They’ve allowed 16 to the Phillies.
This was the third time in Mets history that they lost when a walk-off homer broke a scoreless tie. The other two instances were against the Marlins (Derrek Lee) in 2000 and Brewers (Corey Hart) in 2010.
Young made viewers age
Chris Young had one of the worst good outings in Mets history, allowing eight hits and four walks, but no runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Prior to Tuesday, 343 starting pitchers had allowed at least 12 baserunners in a game this season. Every one of them gave up at least one run. He was the first Mets pitcher with a 12-baserunner, no-runs start since Bobby Jones against the Braves in 1996.
The last starting pitcher to allow at least 12 baserunners but no runs against the Reds was a former Met, broadcaster Bob Ojeda, for the 1992 Dodgers. The last before him: another former Met and current broadcaster, Orel Hershiser, for the 1989 Dodgers.
The Reds left 14 men on base through the first seven innings of Monday’s win without scoring a run. Elias noted that they were the first team to leave that many men on base without scoring in the first seven innings since the Senators against the Tigers in 1969.
The Thole Story
The Elias Sports Bureau noted that in Tuesday's loss, Josh Thole became the first catcher in Mets history to have three passed balls in one game.
Mike Leake’s complete game was the first by a Reds pitcher against the Mets in Cincinnati since Bill Gullickson on July 4, 1987, the first against them in Cincinnati that featured four baserunners or fewer since Mario Soto threw one in 1982.
Tooting the Statistical ‘Horn’
New York Islanders TV statistician Eric Hornick chimed in with these terrific nuggets on R.A. Dickey’s loss on Wednesday.
He’s the third Mets pitcher with a nine-strikeout, three-homer game, with the other two thrown by Tom Seaver (1972) and Sid Fernandez (1992) and the first Mets pitcher with a nine-strikeout, 10-hits allowed game since Bobby Jones in 1995.
In another note (running through the teams with the most baserunners in a 1-0 win), Eric also came up with what should be this blog post’s philosophy: “As I've always said, 'if you can't be good, be historical.'"
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