The stats from this sweep by the Nationals are pretty ugly, but we take a look ...
Stat of the Series
The Elias Sports Bureau pointed out that the Braves and Nationals both have more wins at Citi Field since the All-Star Break than the Mets do.
The Nationals have six. The Braves have five. The Mets have only four.
It’s over, it’s over!
On Tuesday, the Mets ended a drought of 110 home innings without a multi-run inning, the second-longest streak in major league history, trailing only the 1909 Senators (119 innings).
But this one’s not over yet ...
The Mets have scored three runs or fewer in a franchise-record 13 straight home games. That’s the longest streak since a 16-game run by the 2010 Mariners, the longest by an NL team since the Dodgers had a 14-game streak spanning the 1967 and 1968 seasons.
The streak matches the longest by a New York-based team in the Live-Ball Era. The Yankees had a 13-game streak in 1968 and one spanning the 1972 and 1973 seasons.
It seems hard to believe ...
On September 2, the Mets and Phillies were each 64-70 and trailing the team holding the No. 2 wild card spot, the Cardinals, by eight games. The teams have inverse records since then. The Phillies are 8-1 (and now three games from that wild-card spot) and the Mets are 1-8.
The Mets are 19-38 since the All-Star Break. They’ve only had three seasons in club history in which they’ve finished with a post-All-Star winning percentage lower than their current .333. They were in 1962 (17-61, .218), 1963 (22-56, .282) and 1965 (21-56, .273).
Matt Harvey became the third pitcher in Mets history to strike out at least 10 hitters, but pitch no more than five innings in a game. The other two were Sid Fernandez in 1986 and Oliver Perez in 2006. Each of them struck out 11 in five innings.
Harvey’s 63 strikeouts are third-most in Mets history for a pitcher within the first nine games of his career. Dwight Gooden had the most with 73. Nolan Ryan ranks second with 71.
Harvey had four of those strikeouts with his changeup, a pitch he threw a career-high 20 times. The four strikeouts with that pitch are more than he had with it in his previous eight starts combined (three).
The Nationals won 14 games against the Mets this season, tied for the second-most they ever won in a season against them. They won 15 in 1979 and 14 in 2003.
The new Chippers
Bryce Harper had a pretty good season against the Mets, one capped by this: At age 19, he became the youngest player with a four-hit game against the Mets, breaking the mark set by 20-year-old Edgar Renteria for the 1996 Marlins.
Ryan Zimmerman also had a pretty amazin’ season against them, hitting .338 with four home runs.
How tough was Zimmerman? Consider this: He had more hits with two strikes against the Mets (13) than he had strikeouts (12).