Friday, July 6, 2012
The series in 'Met'rics (Mets vs Phillies)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Getty Images/Jim McIsaac
The Mets pounded David Wright after his game-winning hit, much like he pounded the Phillies.
The Wright Stuff
It was quite the series for David Wright, who drove in nine runs as the Mets took two of three games from the Phillies.
Wright moved into third place on the Mets' all-time home-run list, passing Howard Johnson by hitting a home run in Monday’s win. Wright has hit at least 10 homers in a season nine times, breaking the Mets record held by Mike Piazza, Darryl Strawberry and Ed Kranepool.
He then tied Kevin McReynolds for the club record in walk-off RBI with his eighth in Wednesday’s dramatic ninth-inning rally. The bloop single against Jonathan Papelbon was his seventh career walk-off hit.
Wright’s two four-RBI games in the series made him the first Met to have a pair of four-RBI games in the same series against the Phillies.
It also gave him five games with at least four RBI against the Phillies in his career. That matches the most by any Met, a mark he shares with Gary Carter and Darryl Strawberry.
All five Wright hits in the series came with two outs, raising his two-out batting average this season to a major-league leading .400.
Baseball-Reference.com has a near-complete set of pitch-by-pitch data dating back to 1990 and has the last instance of the Mets going hit-to-tie, walk-off hit to win on back-to-back pitches as coming on August 31, 1990 against the Giants.
Wright had entered Wednesday with a very round batting line for the season -- a 1.000 OPS, 10 home runs, and 100 hits.
If he finished with a 1.000 OPS at the end of the season, he’d be the first player to end a season of 250-or-more at-bats with a 1.000 OPS since Gary Sheffield for the 2001 Dodgers. Sheffield finished with another round number too -- 100 RBI.
Two other players have finished a season with 250 or more at-bats and a 1.000 OPS -- former Mets manager Casey Stengel did it with the 1922 Giants and Juan Gonzalez (1993 Rangers).
Niese Nice on Mound and With Bat
Jonathon Niese allowed one run over eight innings and had two RBI in the Mets 11-1 win over the Phillies on Tuesday. He’s the first Mets starter to do both of those (one run, at least eight innings/two-RBI game) since John Maine in 2008.
Niese also became the 13th pitcher in Mets history to have both two runs scored and two RBI in the same game. None of the first 10 did so against the Phillies, but the last three -- Bobby Jones, Tom Glavine and Niese, all had.
Niese got three batters to hit line-drive outs, without allowing a line-drive hit, the first Mets pitcher to do that since Dillon Gee against the Diamondbacks last season.
A ful’PHIL’ling win
The 11-1 series-opening win was the biggest Mets win over the Phillies since a 16-4 triumph on April 19, 2005 and matched the largest margin of victory for the Mets in a HOME game against the Phillies. They’d previously beaten them at home by 10 four times, most recently in 1999.
More like Dale than Daniel
In Monday’s win, Daniel Murphy became the second player in Mets history to hit the following combination -– two doubles, a triple, and four RBI. The only other player to do that was Darryl Strawberry in a 23-10 win over the Cubs on August 16, 1987.
Elias also noted that Murphy is the first Mets player ever to drive in four runs in three out of six games.
Murphy then got the game-tying hit against Papelbon in Wednesday’s series finale.
By the way, Papelbon’s loss made him 0-9 career against New York teams.
He’s 0-6 against the Yankees, 0-3 against the Mets.