The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Cardinals)


The Mets lost two of three to the Cardinals, but the series produced some interesting notes nonetheless, particularly in the last two games. Here's a quick run-through of some of them.

Tough-Luck Harvey

Matt Harvey allowed one run in seven innings on Thursday. But he suffered his first loss of the season.

Longest Unbeaten Streaks
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He’s had eight starts of at least seven innings with one run or no runs allowed, snapping a tie for most in the majors with Clayton Kershaw.

But in those eight starts, he has as many wins (four) as non-wins. His four non-wins are the most in the majors.

The loss ended Harvey's streak of 13 straight loss-less starts to begin the season, the longest streak in Mets history.

Miller’s Amazin’ line

Shelby Miller had an unusual line against the Mets -- four runs allowed, two home runs allowed, but also 10 strikeouts. He’s the second Cardinals pitcher to have at least four runs allowed, two homers allowed and 10 strikeouts against the Mets.

Mets historians will know that the other was Steve Carlton, who struck out 19, but allowed four runs, including a pair of home runs to Ron Swoboda, in a 4-3 loss to the Mets on Sept. 15, 1969.

Miller is the ninth pitcher overall to have such a line against the Mets, a group that also includes Hall of Famer Juan Marichal and Hall of Famer-to-be Randy Johnson. Marichal is the only other one of those nine besides Miller to have such a walk-free outing.

The Mets finished with 12 strikeouts and no walks. It’s the first time the Mets won a game in which they had at least a dozen whiffs and no walks since July 31, 1996, when they beat the Pirates, 3-2 on a walk-off two-run homer by Chris Jones.

Gee's improvements

This marked the first time in Dillon Gee's career that he’s had three straight appearances in which he allowed one run or fewer in six innings or more.

Gee is following a simple formula -- throw more strikes. The past three starts have featured his best, second-best, and fourth-best games this season when it comes to both strike rate and first-pitch strike rate.

Gee is winning despite a higher-line drive rate than he’d had prior to this successful stint. But he’s gotten outs on 18 of the 19 ground balls hit against him in this three-start stretch.