Thursday, August 30, 2012
The series in 'Met'rics (Mets vs. Phillies)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
The Mets won their second consecutive series, taking two of three from the Phillies. Their five-game winning streak in Philadelphia was snapped with Wednesday's loss. It was the longest single-season win streak by the Mets in Philadelphia since they won five straight in 1972.
Let's take a look at some of the statistical highlights from this series.
The Wright kind of sacrifice
David Wright's sacrifice fly in Tuesday's win gave him 58 for his career, tying Ed Kranepool's club record.
It was the seventh time in his career that Wright tied a game with a sacrifice fly, tying Lee Mazzilli for the most-game-tying sacrifice flies in Mets history. He already has the most go-ahead sacrifice flies with 18, one more Kranepool.
Howard is so grand, but the Mets are grander
Ryan Howard's grand slam on Tuesday was noteworthy in that it tied the record for the most grand slams against the Mets. Howard's three match the totals of Willie McCovey, Mike Schmidt and Albert Pujols.
This was the fifth time the Mets gave up a grand slam to their opponents' fourth batter in the first inning. But it was only the second time in which they won the game.
The other was Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Pirates on July 31, 1983, when Jason Thompson hit a grand slam in the first inning, but the Mets won, 7-6 in 12 innings.
Harvey takes his hacks, limits those by Phillies
Not only did Matt Harvey win on Wednesday, but he had another hit, giving him six this season, and an RBI, giving him three. That's the most hits for a Mets pitcher in his first seven career appearances (Craig Swan and Brian Bannister rank second with four) and the most RBI (Bannister, Masato Yoshii and Julio Valera have two).
Harvey won despite allowing a career-high seven line drives and generating misses on a career-low 14 percent of the swings against him. He only got two swings-and-misses on pitches in the strike zone, a drop from the nearly eight-per-game he averaged in his first six starts.
Harvey did net a career-high in terms of the rate at which foul balls were hit against him (the Phillies had 26 on 51 swings), and thus ended up throwing 69 percent strikes- his second best rate in a start.
Harvey allowed two earned runs, the sixth time in his first seven appearances he allowed two earned runs or fewer. Only two other Mets have had six starts within their first seven appearances, in which they allowed two runs or fewer: Jim McAndrew (also known for pitching for the 1969 Mets) and Harvey's teammate, Dillon Gee.
The Elias Sports Bureau noted that the Mets' win on Wednesday was their fifth come-from-behind road win against the Phillies this season. That matched the Mets mark for most come-from-behind road wins against an opponent in a season. They also had five against the Phillies in 1972, the Pirates in 1988 and the Nationals in 2005.