A quick look at the notable stats from the Mets' series split with the Chicago White Sox:
Marcum finally wins one
Shaun Marcum became the 321st pitcher to win a game for the Mets, tossing eight scoreless innings in Wednesday’s 3-0 triumph over the White Sox.
This snapped Marcum’s streak at nine straight losses to start his Mets career, second-longest in team history, trailing only Bob Miller’s 0-12 start to the 1962 season.
Marcum is now 4-0 against the White Sox for his career and 8-1 against Chicago teams (4-1 against the Cubs). The 4-0 matches the 4-0 record he has against the Padres for his best mark against any team. And a cap tip to Stats & Info colleague Doug Kern for noting that Marcum is now 5-0 combined at U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field.
Young looking legitimate
Eric Young Jr. was 3-for-4 in Wednesday’s win and is 12-for-29 with six RBIs in seven games with the Mets.
Young has as many RBIs in 29 at-bats with the Mets as he did in 165 at-bats with the Rockies this season. He also has four first-pitch hits in 32 plate appearances with the Mets, one fewer than he had in his 180 plate appearances with the Rockies.
Young has also shown the ability to take the extra base on hits. The Mets have hit four singles with Young on first or second base, and he’s taken two bases on three of those hits.
It’s worth noting that in his big-league stint (320 games) Young has never been thrown out trying to go first to third on a single or first to home on a double, and has only once been nailed going from second to home on a single.
So close in the series opener
The Mets came close to winning Tuesday, but ran into a similar scenario that plagued them against the Phillies -- score in the top of the ninth to tie, but allow a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose.
The Elias Sports Bureau noted that it marked the first time the Mets lost two games in a calendar month that they tied in the top of the ninth and lost in the bottom of the frame. They’ve only had three other seasons with at least two such losses: 1964, 1979 and 1987.
The way the Mets tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning was unique. They’ve had seven instances of a batter reaching base via error to tie the game when trailing down to their last out.
But this was the first such instance in which the play was an infield popup (the six previous were five errors on ground balls and a dropped fly ball -- by Dave Parker in 1986).