Thursday, April 25, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Dodgers)
By Mark Simon
It’s rare that we would do a series recap writeup from one in which Matt Harvey pitched in which Harvey was not featured in any way. But here we go ...
Wright’s equalizing hit
In the second game of the series, David Wright tied a game with a hit with the Mets down to their last out. The only other instance in Wright’s career that he tied a game with a hit and with the Mets down to their last out was on June 16, 2008 with a single against Francisco Rodriguez and the Angels. The Mets would win in extra innings for Jerry Manuel’s first win as Mets manager.
The last time the Mets were down to their last out against the Dodgers and got a game-tying hit was in 1997 when John Olerud hit a tying single against Todd Worrell, though the Dodgers would win in 14 innings.
The last time they got one in New York was in 1978, a Tim Foli two-run double against Terry Forster. The Mets would win that one a batter later on an error by shortstop Bill Russell.
A ‘Spin through the notes
Jordany Valdespin’s walk-off grand slam was the sixth such grand slam in Mets history. The chart listing them is on the right.
Some additional details:
This was the second walk-off grand slam for the Mets against the Dodgers. Mike Jorgensen’s in 1980 came against ESPN’s Rick Sutcliffe.
The Mets now have four extra-inning walk-off grand slams. Only two teams have more since the Mets beginnings in 1962- the Angels and Mariners (five each) (cap-tip to Stats & Info’s Doug Kern).
The last of those extra-inning walk-off slams was by none other than Mets third base coach Tim Teufel.
The Mets went nearly 22 years without a walk-off slam. The only team with a currently longer drought than that is the Giants, who haven’t had one since 1973. The Rays are the only current team without one, but they have only been playing since 1998.
In between Mets walk-off grand slams, the Indians have had nine walk-off grand slams, most in the majors.
In between Mets walk-off grand slams, the Mets allowedseven of them, tied for the most in the regular season in this span with the Tigers (who allowed an eighth in the playoffs to Nelson Cruz).
Robin Ventura’s walk-off grand slam single in the 1999 NLCS was not included in this tally, because in the end, the scoring of the play was not a home run.
Ellis rounds out the diamond
Mark Ellis had four hits and two home runs in the Dodgers series-opening win. It marked the 39th time that a player has had four hits and two homers in a game against the Mets but the first time a second baseman has done so.
A player has now done this versus the Mets from every position around the diamond, except pitcher.
Ellis is only the second Dodgers player to have such a game against the Mets, joining Maury Wills who did so in 1962.
A dubious record
The Mets have set a club record with five straight games of at least 10 strikeouts. They previously had four in 1995, 2007 and 2012.
This streak isn’t that unusual baseball-wise. There have been 27 streaks of five or more since 1960, with 25 of them coming since 1995.