Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The series in Metrics (Mets at Cardinals)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Really Awesome in the daytime
The Elias Sports Bureau noted that R.A. Dickey improved to 11-1 in day games this season. His win on Wednesday gave him 10 straight daytime wins, breaking the team mark of nine set by David Cone in 1988.
Dickey's 11 daytime wins are tied with Dwight Gooden (1985) for third-most in Mets history. Tom Seaver (13 in 1972 and 12 in 1975) is the only Mets pitcher with more.
Dickey's 18 wins are the most by a Mets pitcher since Frank Viola won 20 and Dwight Gooden won 19 in 1990
Be Like Ike
Ike Davis hit a three-run home run on Wednesday, his 19th road home run of the season. His next home run would make him the eighth player in Mets history to hit 20 home runs on the road in a single season, the first since Carlos Beltran in 2007.
Davis would be the third Mets hitter to hit at least 20 home runs on the road as a left-handed batter in a single season. Beltran, a switch-hitter, had 22 in 2006 and Carlos Delgado had 20 also in 2006. Darryl Strawberry’s high for road home runs in a season was 19 in 1987.
Davis has seven three-run homers this season, most by a Met since Todd Hundley hit nine for them in 1996.
Wright of Way
Adam Wainwright’s home run against Dickey on Wednesday made him the 100th batter and first pitcher to hit a home run against Dickey.
Wainwright is the first pitcher to homer against the Mets since Tommy Milone, then of the Nationals, did so last season.
He’s the first Cardinals pitcher to hit a home run against the Mets since Jeff Suppan in the 2006 NLCS, the first in the regular season since Suppan in 2005.
The Mets had lost nine of the past 10 games in which the opposing pitcher homered. They are 2-7 in regular season games in which a Cardinals pitcher homered. The only other win came against Bob Gibson in 1969.
The Mets had nine singles and no-extra base hits in Tuesday’s loss. The last time the Mets had at least nine hits, but no extra-base hits against the Cardinals was in the 20-inning game in St. Louis, April 17, 2010 (also started by Jaime Garcia).
The last time the Mets had nine hits or more, all singles, in a nine-inning game against the Cardinals was June 20, 1983 (five days after the Mets received Keith Hernandez in trade), in a 3-1 loss.
With a cap-tip to Gary Cohen and Bob Waterman of the Elias Sports Bureau for inspiration, we can tell you that this was the first Mets game in which each team singled at least nine times without an extra-base hit since Sept. 7, 1986, when the Mets (14) and Padres (10) combined for 24 singles and no extra-base hits in a 6-5 Mets win.
The Mets had three other games in which that has happened -- in 1971 against the Cardinals (each team had nine), the Dodgers in 1974, and the Padres in 1978.
All in the Familia
Our obscure note of the week: Jeurys Familia is the fifth relief pitcher in Mets history to get a strikeout and a ground-ball double play in his major league debut. Josh Stinson was the previous one, doing so last season.