Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Orioles)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Getty Images/Mike StobeStat of the Series
When the Elias Sports Bureau cites you as the first pitcher in the modern era to throw consecutive complete games, with 10-or-more strikeouts and no hits/one hit allowed, this earns you a cream pie.
It took until the eighth inning of the series finale for the Orioles to score, snapping the Mets' season-high 29-inning scoreless streak.
The Elias Sports Bureau came through with a great note on this. It marked the Mets' third scoreless streak of at least 25 innings this season.
The Mets have had only one other season in which they had at least three scoreless streaks of 25-or-more innings. That would be the World Championship season of 1969.
R.A. … Rolling Along
Hopefully you’ve already read the recap of R.A. Dickey’s second straight one-hitter, but if you haven’t, you can check it out here.
We continued to parse through all of Dickey’s remarkable numbers in preparation for his start against the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball. Our favorite from our finds was this one:
Opponents are 0-for-33 with two walks in two-strike situations against Dickey in his past two games, 1-for-63 with three walks in his past four games, and 6-for-107 with five walks in his past seven games.
The average major leaguer has a batting average of .180 and an on-base percentage of .250 in two-strike situations. In Dickey’s last seven starts, he’s held opponents to .056 and .097 respectively.
Be Like Ike
Ike Davis’ grand slam broke a scoreless tie in the Mets' 5-0 win over the Orioles on Monday. This marked the eighth time a Mets player hit a grand slam in interleague play, but only the second in the Mets' home ballpark. The other was by David Wright against Orioles pitcher (now Mets outfield farmhand) Adam Loewen in 2006.
Repeat after Me
The Mets won the second game of their series with the Orioles by the same score as the first, 5-0.
It marked the second time that the Mets won consecutive interleague games against the same team by the same score. The only previous instance was in 1998, also against the Orioles, whom they beat 6-3 in consecutive games.
Johan Santana pitched six scoreless innings in the Mets' win over the Orioles. The key to the performance was the effectiveness of Santana’s changeup, which he threw on 35 of his 101 pitches. That 35 percent usage was a season-high for that pitch, which netted him seven outs without yielding a hit.
Walking the Tightrope
The series concluded with a tightrope walk, as Frank Francisco finished a one-run win by retiring Brian Roberts on a ground out with the bases loaded and two outs.
In each of the five previous instances in which a Mets pitcher was one out from a team win, and had a bases-loaded situation trying to hold a one-run lead, the Met pitcher failed to get the hitter at the plate out.
The last time the Mets finished a game by getting a batter out in such an instance was on September 7, 2002, when they edged the Phillies, 5-4. Armando Benitez retired Mike Lieberthal on a comebacker to end the game.