Thursday, June 7, 2012
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Nationals)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
A quick statistical and anecdotal review of the Mets-Nationals series, with the help of our various resources.
Really Awesome ... One More Time
R.A. Dickey helped the Mets salvage the series finale with his career-best seventh-straight win. Dickey extended his scoreless streak to 24 2/3 innings, the longest by a Mets pitcher since Mike Pelfrey went 27 straight in 2010.
Dickey became the first pitcher in Mets history to throw three straight scoreless games, in which he recorded at least eight strikeouts in each one. Many Mets had previously done so twice in a row.
Raise Your ‘Hand for a Nice Play
David Wright’s barehanded play on the bunt over the mound in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s loss was his fifth assist on a barehanded play this season. That tied Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez for second-most in the majors behind Chipper Jones’ (7).
Now Lower It
The Mets had multiple miscues pertaining to double plays and Baseball Info Solutions tracks such things via video review. Entering Thursday afternoon’s game, the Mets led the majors with 13 double-play related Defensive Misplays & Errors. The Tigers rank second with 10. Second baseman Daniel Murphy is the individual leader with eight.
Scott Hairston’s go-ahead home run in the 12th inning on Tuesday was his seventh against left-handed pitching this season, which at the time gave him the major league lead.
It was the second-latest into a game that the Mets hit a go-ahead home run and didn’t win the game, the other being September 24, 1992, when Jeff Kent’s three-run home run in the 14th inning against the Cardinals went for naught. The Cardinals scored four runs in the home half to win, 4-3.
The Agony of Defeat
We feel obligated to share some of the downer notes from Tuesday’s game, and as it turns out a couple of the historical ones have Mets ties.
Elvin Ramirez’s walk of opposing pitcher Ross Detwiler in the bottom of the 12th marked the second-latest into a game that the Mets walked an opposing pitcher. The latest came on June 19th when Rick Baldwin walked Dale Murray in the 13th inning of a Mets-Expos game.
We wouldn’t have mentioned this, but for the fact that the Mets lost the game that inning on a walk-off single by none other than future Met Gary Carter.
Also of note, via the Elias Sports Bureau:
Ian Desmond became the first player to have three game-tying RBI in the eighth inning or later since future Met Art Shamsky of the 1966 Reds.
Bryce Harper’s walk-off hit was the first by a teenager since future Met Gary Sheffield got one as a 19-year-old Brewer in 1988