Monday, April 29, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Phillies)
By Mark Simon
There is little good to say about the Mets being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies, so we’ll quickly run through some of the notes and get on to more interesting topics of business.
Phillies quite comfortable in New York
The Mets have lost six straight at Citi Field to the Phillies dating back to last season. That’s two games shy of their longest home losing streak to the Phillies. They lost eight straight to them in 1967 and 1980.
Passing the Buck
John Buck homered in the Mets loss to the Phillies on Saturday, his eighth home run this month. That tied the Mets record for most home runs in April by a Mets catcher, a mark shared by Todd Hundley (1996) and Mike Piazza. (2001).
Wright all wrong
David Wright’s errorless streak ended at 77 games, the longest streak by a third baseman in Mets history.
After a Gold Glove caliber season in 2012, Wright’s defense has not gotten off to a high-level start. Baseball Info Solutions, which categorizes plays into “Good Fielding Plays” and “Defensive Misplays & Errors” has Wright with seven Misplays & Errors through 23 games.
Wright is on pace for 46 Defensive Misplays & Errors if he plays the same number of innings as he did last season, when he had only 32.
Ryan Howard’s home run on Friday was his 36th against the Mets, tying Andre Dawson for ninth-most against them. With Chipper Jones retired, Howard is the active leader in homers against the Mets.
Next up for Howard to catch are Barry Bonds (38) and Willie Mays (39). The all-time leader is Willie Stargell with 60.
Surprisingly, the Phillies are only 18-16 in the 34 games in which Howard has hit a home run against the Mets.
Kyle Kendrick pitched a three-hit shutout against the Mets in the series opener. He’s the fourth pitcher to allow three hits or fewer in a shutout of the Mets at Citi Field, joining Joel Pineiro, Carl Pavano and Paul Maholm. The Mets did not have a pitcher throw a shutout of three hits or fewer against them in the last three seasons of Shea Stadium.
Four Phillies pitchers have now thrown a shutout of three hits or fewer against the Mets in New York. Hall-of-Famer Jim Bunning did so four times, with the first being a perfect game in 1964. The others are Larry Christenson (1978) and Jose de Jesus (1990).