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The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Reds)

9/25/2013

The Mets won two of three in Cincinnati, playing spoiler to the Reds' hopes of winning the NL Central or hosting the NL wild-card game. Though they hurt their draft position with the two wins, they did finish the road portion of their schedule with a 41-40 mark. Here are some of the statistical highlights.

An improbable shutout

The Mets defeated the Reds 1-0 in the series finale, the first time they beat the Reds 1-0 since April 12, 1985, a game in which Gary Carter homered and Pete Rose had two hits.

It is the second time the Mets won 1-0 in Cincinnati. The other was an amazing game in 1965 in which the Mets were no-hit for 10 innings by Jim Maloney (who struck out 18) before Johnny Lewis hit a homer to win the game in the 11th inning.

This marked the first time the Mets had any sort of shutout win in Cincinnati since beating the Reds 5-0 in the one-game playoff for the wild-card spot in 1999.

Murphy’s streak continues

Daniel Murphy extended his streak of consecutive successful steal attempts to 20 in Wednesday’s win. He became the third Mets player to have a single-season streak of 20 in a row, joining Howard Johnson (26 in 1989) and Kevin McReynolds, who was 21-for-21 in 1988.

Murphy entered the season with 19 steals in 30 attempts in his career.

Murphy got a steal in a game that Billy Hamilton did not. Hamilton was caught stealing for the first time by Juan Centeno after being successful on his first 13 steal attempts.

Matsuzaka’s gem

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his best game with the Mets, 7 2/3 scoreless innings. It was the first time Matsuzaka pitched at least 7 2/3 scoreless innings since April 23, 2011, when he pitched eight one-hit innings against the Angels.

Matsuzaka had a pair of 1-0 wins in 2007, but hadn’t had one since until Wednesday.

Black’s first save

Vic Black earned his first career save in the second game of the series. He became the 128th pitcher to earn a save for the Mets since the save rule became official in 1969.

Juan and done

Juan Lagares threw out Shin-Soo Choo trying to score in the second game of this series. It was Lagares’ 13th assist of the season, a Mets record for rookie outfielders, breaking the mark of 12, previously set by Tsuyoshi Shinjo in 2001.

Choo preview

Choo had a nice series against a team that will likely try to sign him this offseason. Choo was 5-for-12 with two walks, a double, a triple and the walk-off hit in the series opener. Choo entered the series hitting .201 against left-handed pitching, but was 4-for-6 against lefties in this matchup.