Monday, September 24, 2012
The series in Metrics: Mets vs. Marlins
By Mark Simon
Those who forgot what a series sweep looked like got one at the hands of the Miami Marlins, a team whose struggles may actually exceed those of the Mets.
The Mets have now won a franchise-record seven straight games against the Marlins.
The previous mark of six was set spanning the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Let's take a look at some of the highlight from a rare positive series for the Mets.
One more for Really Awesome
R.A. Dickey’s win gave him 19, the most by a Met since Frank Viola won 20 and Dwight Gooden won 19 in 1990.
Dickey now ranks 14th all-time on the Mets single-season strikeout list with his 209 whiffs.
Dickey improved to 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Marlins this season. Only one pitcher in Mets history has gone 5-0 in the regular-season against an opponent: Dwight Gooden was 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA against the Cubs in 1985.
Dickey will have a chance to go to 6-0 when he faces the Marlins in the final series of the season. No Mets pitcher has ever won six games against an opponent in the same season.
Dickey’s eight starts of at least eight innings and two or fewer runs allowed are tied for the most in the NL with Clayton Kershaw. Justin Verlander leads the majors with 13. Dickey is tied for the major-league lead in quality starts. He and Yovani Gallardo each have 25.
Dickey improved to 12-1 in day games with the win. Should he finish with that mark, it would be the best in the majors since Matt Morris went 12-1 in day games for the 2001 Cardinals.
Dickey’s next start is a daytime start against the Pirates. If he won that, he’d be the first pitcher to finish a season 13-1 or better in day games since Whitey Ford for the 1961 Yankees.
How did Dickey get it done?
The Marlins went 1-for-8 against what our pitch-tracking system labels “middle-middle pitches” (in other words, those in the middle-third of the strike zone, height-wise and width-wise).
Opponents are hitting .238 on "middle-middle" pitches this season, third-lowest among pitchers who are qualified for the ERA title. The major-league average on such pitches is .333
Jonathon Niese won his career-best 12th game on Friday. Niese has run off seven straight quality starts, during which time he is 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA.
The key pitch in this stretch for Niese has been his curveball, which has netted him 43 outs (an average of six outs per game) and yielded only four hits (all singles) and three walks in this span.
Prior to this stretch, Niese averaged four outs per game with his curve, and had an out-to-hit ratio of about three outs for every baserunner yielded with the pitch.
Wright guy on the mound for David
David Wright's home run against Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco gave him 25 hits, six home runs and 17 RBI against the Marlins righty. The hit and homer totals were already Wright's best against any pitcher, and the 17 RBI became his best against any pitcher, surpassing his 16 against Jamie Moyer.
Wright needs three hits to catch Ed Kranepool for the all-time Mets hit record (1,418) and one home run for his sixth season with at least 20 home runs. That would tie Mike Piazza for second most, two behind Darryl Strawberry.
Ruben Tejada's walk-off hit on Sunday was the first by a Mets shortstop since Jose Reyes had one against the Astros in 2005. Coincidentally, Reyes' had his first walk-off hit since then earlier in the week.