The series in 'Met'rics (Mets vs. Astros)
August, 26, 2012
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Getty Images/Mike StobeDavid Wright and Ike Davis were the Mets; big homer hitters this weekend.
Be like Ike
Ike Davis' second career walk-off home run snapped a six-series home losing streak for the Mets, and the Elias Sports Bureau noted it saved the Mets from their longest home-series losing streak since 1993.
It was the first Mets walk-off homer since Angel Pagan hit one against the Cardinals last July 20.
My Stats & Information colleague Doug Kern went to work and quickly found that Ed Charles (May 20, 1968 vs. Pittsburgh) was the only previous player in Mets history to hit two home runs in a 2-1 win (his second was also a walk-off).
Elias noted that he's the only player in Mets history to hit more than one homer, account for all of his team's runs with those homers, and hit a walk-off homer in the same game.
Two others (Ed Kranepool and Cliff Floyd) hit two solo home runs in 2-0 Mets wins.
Davis hit both home runs on Sunday on pitches in the lower half of the strike zone. He has 15 home runs against lower-half pitches this season, well ahead of the next-best Mets: David Wright (8) and Jordany Valdespin (6).
Wright kind of numbers
On Friday, Wright became the 306th player in major-league history to hit 200 career home runs, and the 177th right-handed hitter. He’s the 116th player to hit 200 home runs within the first nine seasons of his major league career.
To put Wright in more exclusive company -- he’s the fifth player with 200 home runs, 800 RBIs and 150 steals in his first nine major-league seasons, joining Willie Mays, Darryl Strawberry, Alex Rodriguez, and Jeff Bagwell.
This was an unusual home run for Wright in that it came against a pitch that was located in the upper-third of the strike zone, over the outer-third of the plate. Wright hadn’t had an upper-third, outer-third homer since Sept. 21, 2010 against the Marlins in Florida.
Sweet 16 for R.A.
Dickey is the first Mets pitcher with 16 wins in a season since Johan Santana, the first Mets righty since Steve Trachsel won 16 in 2003. The only Mets righties with at least 16 wins in a season in the last 20 years are Dickey, Trachsel, and Rick Reed (16 in 1998).
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Dickey became the first Mets pitcher to win at least 16 of his first 20 decisions since David Cone in 1988 (17). Dwight Gooden (17, 1985) and Bob Ojeda (16, 1986) are the only other two Mets pitchers to do that.
It was an unusual way for Dickey to win, as he didn't dominate the areas of the strike zone that he usually does, as noted in the chart on the right.
This was Dickey’s 14th start of the season in which he pitched at least seven innings and allowed one run or fewer. That’s the most by a Met since Frank Viola (14 in 1990), and the most by a Mets righty since Gooden set the team record (18 in 1985).
Dickey was efficient in his seven innings, with his fourth-lowest pitches-per-plate appearance of the season (3.31) and his lowest foul-ball rate (27 percent, well below his season average of 37 percent). His 16 pitches thrown with two strikes were a season low.
Dickey also had a key hit, an infield dribbler, to drive in the Mets' first run. Dickey has proven to be a tough out at the plate this season. He’s missed on 13.7 percent of his swings (about one of every 7.5), second-best among pitchers to Barry Zito’s 13.4 percent.
Dickey likes pitches, like this one, that are on the outer-third of the plate or further away. Six of his 10 hits have come on pitches to that area.
Ridiculous stat of the series
Frank Francisco got his 21st save and lowered his ERA to 6.11. Francisco is going to almost certainly finish the season with the highest ERA among Mets relievers with at least 20 saves in a season. The current mark is 4.16 by Roger McDowell in 1987.