Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The most bizarre Mets stat of 2010
By Mark Simon
Every so often, when I'm in a social situation and I tell someone what I do for a living (researching for Baseball Tonight), they'll say something like.
"Oh, so you're the guy who knows what the Mets record is when ..." and they'll rattle off some obscure combination of factors that parody those who have strong knowledge of sports statistics.
Well, in the case of the 2010 Mets, I do happen to know an obscure thing or two. And the goofiest thing about 2010, that I now know, is thanks to a golden nugget buried at the bottom of the Mets post-game notes last night.
The Mets went 13-0 in Tuesday home games in 2010.
Yes, not only is someone keeping track of such things, but it's 100 percent true. I'm able to verify the history related to this via a Retrosheet statistical database, and if you're not familiar with Retrosheet, I strongly encourage you to click on that link.
The site has box score and play-by-play of every Mets game... ever. And if you're handy with spreadsheets, you can put together nifty databases, like some of the ones we have in ESPN Stats and Information.
The Mets have never had a day like this in their history. The most home wins they've had on any day is 15 -- Sunday's in 1969. But the World Series champs lost four Sunday home games that season, an imperfection.
The dozen wins at home are the second-most the Mets have had on any day of the week, in a single-season, in team history, trailing only that one.
As far as undefeated days go, from what I can tell, it's a short list. The ones I found are in the chart on the right.
There are five others. And there are none close to Tuesdays in 2010.
Tuesday nights at Citi Field were a time for celebration, when the Mets reigned supreme like nobody else before them.
On Tuesdays at home this season, the Mets beat Justin Verlander, Ubaldo Jimenez and Adam Wainwright (who are a combined 57-24 otherwise). They beat impressive rookies (John Axford) and well-grizzled vets (Jamie Moyer).
On Tuesdays at home, the Mets showed they could hit (81 runs in 12 games) and that they could pitch (29 runs allowed, five shutouts)
On Tuesday's at home, the Mets won the easy way (9-0, 8-1, 8-2, and 14-6) and they won the hard way (1-0, 2-1, 4-3, and 6-5).
In short, they won every which way they could.
For years, the Mets have offered their fans a Tuesday-Friday ticket package. Somewhere out there, I imagine two fans who split this one up, one taking the Tuesday games, one the Friday games.
As my father (a former mini-plan holder) just said, the Tuesday guy must be wondering where his playoff tickets are, and the Friday fan must be feeling a little ripped off by his 7-5 record.
But at least both can take solace in knowing that the 2010 Mets were great at something, no matter how obscure that something may be.
Now, they just have to do something about the other days of the week.