Sunday, May 5, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Braves)
By Mark Simon
The game-tying homer by David Wright against Craig Kimbrel in the series opener was the second game-tying shot of his career to come in the ninth inning. The other came against Francisco Cordero and the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.
The home run was calculated as traveling 464 feet, the longest for Wright since HitTrackerOnline.com began tracking distance data in 2006. It was also the longest homer ever allowed by Kimbrel, surpassing the previous long (to Chris Young of the Diamondbacks) by 41 feet.
Wright became the second player in Mets history to hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning of an eventual Mets win in Atlanta. The other was Keith Hernandez, who did so on April 27, 1988.
The Elias Sports Bureau also noted that it's the first time in Mets history that two players (Marlon Byrd and Wright) hit home runs to wipe out their opponents lead in both the eighth and ninth innings of the same game.
An Amazin' Win
This was the first time the Mets won a game in Atlanta in which they were trailing in the ninth inning since Sept. 18, 1993 (one week after the debut of Larry "Chipper" Jones).
That day, the Mets rallied to tie from two runs down, winning in extra innings on the only base hit of Tito Navarro's major-league career.
The common thread between that game and this one: In each instance, the Mets' last pitcher (Mauro Gozzo and Jeurys Familia) earned his first career save.
Freeman, Hudson own the Mets
Freddie Freeman had three more RBIs in the Braves' win on Sunday.
Freeman has four games with three or more RBIs against the Mets since the start of last season.
Tim Hudson's win was the 201st of his career and 16th against the Mets. Hudson's 16 wins since 2005 are twice as many as the pitchers with the next-most wins against the Mets in that span -- John Smoltz, Jair Jurrjens, Josh Johnson and Roy Halladay.