Monday, April 22, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Nationals)
By Mark Simon
Matt-iculous about Harvey
We ran through the accolades for Matt Harvey already (they're here in case you missed them), but let's go through a couple more.
Harvey has now had six career appearances in which he pitched at least seven innings and allowed four or fewer hits.
There are six other pitchers who have done that in their major-league careers within their first 14 games in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) and two of them did so for a New York team -- Dwight Gooden and Dave Righetti.
Harvey and Gooden are the only two pitchers from that half-dozen to have allow one run or fewer in all six of those starts.
Harvey is the first pitcher to start a season with four straight appearances of seven innings pitched and one run or fewer allowed since Tim Hudson in 2007. Two other Mets have done that -- Tom Seaver in 1973 and Rick Reed in 2000.
Other good things happened Friday, too
Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each went deep twice, marking the 11th time in Mets history that a pair of players had multiple home runs in the same game. But it was only the second time that both hitters hit both home runs from the left side.
The other instance was against the Diamondbacks on June 9, 2006, when switch-hitter Carlos Beltran (hitting left-handed for both) teamed up with Carlos Delgado to hit two each in a Mets win.
The next Chipper
In our last series recap, we referred to Carlos Gonzalez as being Chipper Jones-like with his crushing of the Mets, but Bryce Harper continues to stake a pretty good claim to next-Chipper status.
Harper, 20, became the youngest player with a multi-homer game against the Mets, surpassing Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who was 21 when he did so in 1965.
The list of the four youngest to hit multiple homers in a game in New York against the Mets is pretty cool: Harper, Morgan, Giancarlo Stanton (age 22) and Dave Winfield (age 22).
Those were two of the Nationals' seven hits, all for extra bases. It marked the most hits allowed by the Mets in which all were for extra bases.
Passing the Buck
John Buck's home run on Sunday was calculated at 448 feet by ESPN's Hit Tracker Online.
That's the longest home run at Citi Field this season and the longest by a right-handed hitting Met at Citi Field since the ballpark opened in 2009. Two right-handed hitting opponents hit one longer there -- Giancarlo Stanton (465 feet) and Mark Reynolds (462).
Laffey's stats not very funny
Should Aaron Laffey never pitch for the Mets again, he will be the 17th pitcher in Mets history to finish with at least 10 innings pitched and a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) higher than two.
Laffey’s 2.1 WHIP falls well short of the Mets "record" -- 2.719, held by Joe Sambito, who allowed 21 hits and eight walks in 10 2/3 innings pitched for the Mets in 1985.
Obscure stat of the week
David Wright tripled in the first two games of this series. It was the first time he tripled in consecutive games and he was the first Met to do so since Jason Pridie two years ago.
Twenty-nine different Mets have had triples in consecutive games in which they had an at-bat or sacrifice fly (including Tom Seaver). Jose Reyes did so most often -- seven times.