Series review: Starting pitching carries Mets

April, 16, 2014
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The Mets have won five straight road games against the Diamondbacks. It is their second longest winning streak in Arizona, trailing only a run of 13 straight wins there from 2004 to 2007.

What else was of note from this series?

Start with the Starting
The Mets starting pitching was terrific in the series, with Jenrry Mejia and Dillon Gee throwing 12 scoreless innings in the last two games and Zack Wheeler yielding two runs in 6 1/3 innings in the series opener.

Mets starting pitchers had allowed at least six runs in each series this season prior to this one.

The last time the Mets got consecutive starts in which their starting pitchers allowed no runs was last July 21 and 22, when Matt Harvey and Gee each pitched seven scoreless against the Phillies and Braves respectively.

Gee won in a way he doesn’t usually do so, with high fastballs.

The Diamondbacks went 0-for-9 when Gee threw a fastball to the upper-third of the strike zone or higher, with a couple of those outs being long fly balls.

Gee had allowed seven hits and netted only nine with that pitch in that location all season prior to Wednesday.

Thievery pays
Eric Young Jr. had two more stolen bases in Wednesday’s win to give him nine on the road trip. Young has stolen a base in five different games this season. The Mets have won all five.

Young is now 12-for-36 on the road this season after his 2-for-19 start at Citi Field.

“I talked to Eric about it in spring training,” Terry Collins said. “I said, ‘If you have a .350 on-base, you’re going to score 120 runs on this team.’ Coming out of this road trip I think his on-base is .360 or something right now, and he’s scored a lot of runs. That’s exactly how valuable he is.

“He tried some things early to try to make better contact, eliminate some strikeouts. He just felt very uncomfortable. He finally got back to his regular swing and he’s done a good job.”

Outfield (issues), what outfield (issues)?
The Mets lost both Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson to injury in the first two games of the series, but that was of little consequence, thanks to the efforts of Young, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andrew Brown. The Mets outfield was 10 for 27 with eight RBIs in the last two games of this series.

Closer in waiting?
Reliever Gonzalez Germen is off to a fantastic start this season. Germen threw three scoreless innings in the middle game of this series and has allowed only one run, three hits and two walks in 10 1/3 innings this season.

Opponents are 3-for-34 against Germen this season and 7-for-62 with 21 strikeouts and four walks dating back to last Sept. 9.

Opponents have missed on 41 percent of their swings against Germen over that span and have missed on 24 of their last 41 swings against Germen’s changeup.

Ballpark Recker
Anthony Recker hit his second home run of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead on Wednesday. Recker has now hit eight home runs in two seasons with the Mets and if it seems like his home runs have been important, it’s because they have.

The last seven have either tied a game or given the Mets a lead.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187