Friday, August 3, 2012
The series in 'Met'rics (Mets at Giants)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Getty Images/Jason Watson
Scott Hairston continued his late-inning mastery of the Giants.
Via my colleague, Dan Braunstein, we learned that Scott Hairston became the second Met ever with a game-tying home run in the eighth inning or later and a go-ahead home run later in the same game.
The other to do it was Todd Zeile in a road win against the Phillies on June 2, 2004. The last to do it on any team was Brian McCann, who did it for the Braves last season.
It was the fourth time this season that Hairston either tied a game or put his team ahead in the seventh inning or later. The only player with more to that point in 2012 is Adam Jones with five.
The home run gave Hairston 16 home runs that either tied the game or put his team ahead in the seventh inning over the last six seasons.
Of those 16, six of them have come against the Giants. Over the last six seasons, no other player has more than three such homers against the Giants.
Josh Edgin bailed the Mets out in the ninth inning on Monday by striking out Marco Scutaro looking with the bases loaded and two outs to keep the game tied.
The last time a Mets pitcher preserved a tie game with a bases-loaded strikeout looking in the ninth inning or later was July 3, 2004, when John Franco struck out the Yankees’ Jorge Posada. The Mets would win the game, 10-9, in the bottom of the ninth when Kazuo Matsui beat the throw home on Shane Spencer’s nubbed ground ball.
Ruben Tejada snapped his 628 at-bat homerless drought with his first-inning homer in Wednesday’s wacky win. It’s the Mets first homer to lead off a game in San Francisco since Jon Nunnally hit one in 2000.
This was the seventh time the Mets opened a game in San Francisco with a home run. They’ve also done so seven times on the road against the Braves and Phillies.
Games like this are why sites like Baseball-Reference.com exist.
On it, we found that it is the second time in Mets history that they scored two runs or fewer and won a nine-inning game, when their combo of hits, walks, hit by pitches and reached on errors was 20 or more.
The other instance was against the Padres on May 14, 1989, a game won 2-1 on an error by Padres shortstop Luis Salazar.
Eric Hornick, the statistician for the New York Islanders telecasts, passed along that it’s the first time since June 18, 1979 against the Astros that the Mets had nine hits, nine walks, and a hit by pitch, and scored two runs or fewer.
It’s the first time that they’ve won a game with that combo.
Matt Harvey’s second start wasn’t quite as notable as his first, but he’s distinguished himself well through two games.
Harvey set the Mets record for most strikeouts in his first two career starts with 18.
That surpassed the mark shared by Dick Selma, Bill Denehy, and Tom Seaver, who each had 13.
For more on Harvey, check out our month-in-review piece.