Statistical 'milestones' to be Met

David Wright is one strikeout shy of matching his career high and it seems inevitable that he'll get his 140th in the very near future, given the way he's been hitting lately.

It also seems inevitable that Wright will end up on the wrong side of Mets history. Wright is closing in on the Mets single-season strikeout record of 156, shared by Tommie Agee (1970) and Dave Kingman (1982).

On the bright side, Wright has a few positive milestones within reach. There's not much left to play for other than numbers at this point in the season, so let's take a look at a few potential accomplishments for him and his teammates in this final month of baseball.

David Wright

Notable Achievements within reach

If Wright plays in 23 of the Mets 29 remaining games, he'll become the ninth Met to reach 1,000 games played, the first to reach 1,000 since Edgardo Alfonzo.

Both Wright and Jose Reyes should move up a spot in a career milestone of note. Wright's 625 runs scored are two shy of second-best in Mets history, 627 by current hitting coach Howard Johnson. Reyes currently stands at 624.

Both will likely pass record-holder Darryl Strawberry's 662 next season (Reyes will need his option picked up to have a chance).

Strawberry's club RBI mark of 733 is also within reach in 2011. Nine more RBI and Wright will vault ahead of Mike Piazza's 655 career RBI as a Met, second-best in club annals.

A dozen more hits and Wright will move into third place on the Mets all-time hit list, passing Alfonzo's 1,136. Ed Kranepool's record of 1,418 is probably two seasons away.

One more sacrifice fly and Wright will become the third Met to reach 50 of those, joining Kranepool (58) and Johnson (50). With an NL-best, 11 sacrifice flies, Wright is four shy of the club's single-season mark, shared by Gary Carter (1986) and Johnson (1991).

Wright's corner mate, Ike Davis has a couple of goals within reach for his inaugural campaign. He needs five home runs to become the second rookie in Mets history with a 20-homer season, joining Strawberry (1983).

Davis also has the NL lead in a statistic of which he's probably not aware. Baseball Info Solutions charts every ball hit in the major leagues and pegs Davis as the leader in "Runs Saved." among National League first basemen this season.

Most Defensive Runs Saved

NL First Basemen

Runs Saved measures a first baseman's ability to turn balls hit his way into outs (and prevent singles from becoming doubles) and defend bunts.

Davis has 13, significantly more than the next-closest NL first baseman (Aubrey Huff, with seven).

On the mound, the pickings are slimmer. R.A. Dickey is playing for not only a potential contract extension, but a chance at having the best ERA by a Mets starter in a long time.

Dickey's ERA is 2.56, a shade higher than Johan Santana's 2.53 when he won the NL ERA title in 2008. Drop it below that and the next goal in site is Al Leiter's 2.47, from 1998, his first year with the Mets.

Get it lower than that and you're in some pretty good company, headed towards the 2.22 of David Cone in 1988, seventh-best in Mets history, the lowest since Dwight Gooden's club record 1.53 in 1985.

Lastly with 70 games pitched, Pedro Feliciano leads the National League and is tied for the big league's top spot with Tampa Bay Rays lefty specialist Randy Choate. For the Mets to have a statistical champion in 2010, they need either Wright to keep hitting sacrifice flies, or Feliciano to continue to pitch frequently (this is what it's come to, folks).

If Feliciano leads the NL in games pitched again, he'd be the third NL pitcher to do that three years in a row since the end of World War II (1945), the first since Steve Kline (1999-2001).