Thursday, August 23, 2012
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Rockies)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Getty Images/Jason SzenesThe Mets have scored two runs or fewer in six straight games for the first time since 1982.
Matt Harvey was a bright spot in a very grim series for the Mets.
They’ve lost eight straight to the Rockies at home, tied for the fifth-longest losing streak they’ve had against a team in their home ballpark (the longest since dropping 10 straight to the 1991-92 Braves).
They lost a 1-0 game to the Rockies for the first time in club history, after winning the first 27 times they held the Rockies to one run or fewer.
That’s enough about that sort of thing.
Let’s focus this series recap on the team’s starting pitching performances and related news.
Tough-luck Collin McHugh
It was a historic debut performance for Collin McHugh who Elias tells us became the fourth pitcher since 1900 to go at least seven innings, allow no runs and two hits or fewer, and strike out nine in his major-league debut.
The other three are Elmer Myers (1915 Athletics against the Washington Senators), Hall-of-Famer Juan Marichal (1960 Giants against the Phillies), and Steve Woodard (1997 Brewers against the Blue Jays in a 1-0 win over Roger Clemens).
Elias also notes that the Mets are also the first team in baseball’s modern era (since 1900) to have two pitchers strike out at least nine hitters in their major-league debut. Matt Harvey whiffed 11 Diamondbacks a few weeks ago.
Matt Harvey struck out nine in six innings in Wednesday’s no-decision, giving him 43 strikeouts in his first six career appearances.
That’s the most of any pitcher in Mets history in his first six appearances, surpassing Nolan Ryan’s 42 (Ryan had one relief appearance within that).
Harvey also had his second career multi-hit game, joining Brian Bannister as the only pitchers in Mets history with a pair of multi-hit games in their first six career games.
Really Awesome and nothing to show for it
The fine work of R.A. Dickey went to waste in Monday’s 3-1 loss. Dickey allowed one run in seven innings, but got a no-decision.
Dickey now has an NL-best 13 starts this season in which he’s pitched at least seven innings and allowed one run or fewer, the most by a Met since Frank Viola had 14 in 1990. The Mets record is 18 by Dwight Gooden in 1985, one more than Tom Seaver’s 17 in 1971.
Dickey currently stands at 181 strikeouts. The last Mets righty with that many was Pedro Martinez (208 in 2005). Only four Mets righties have reached 200 strikeouts in a season -- Seaver (9 times), David Cone (4), Gooden (4) and Martinez (1).
Closing the book on Santana’s season
Johan Santana finished the season with a 4.85 ERA, which will likely rank as the worst ever for a single-season by a left-handed pitcher who made at least 20 starts for the Mets. Lower the minimum to 15 starts and it drops to fourth-worst, with Pete Schourek’s 5.96 ERA in 1993 leading the way.
Santana finished the season with nine losses, his third straight season with exactly that many defeats (keeping in mind that he skipped 2011). Santana and Ron Darling are the only pitchers in Mets history with three seasons of exactly nine defeats.
Santana also ends the season as the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Mets history (you didn’t think we’d leave that out, did you?)