Monday, May 27, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Braves)
By Mark Simon
Marcum’s great game
Shaun Marcum is the third pitcher to have a 12-strikeout, no-walk game in which he got a no-decision this season. The other two are his teammate, Matt Harvey, and Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
The last team to have a pair of pitchers get no-decisions, despite a 12-strikeout, no-walk effort, in the same season was the 1967 Cincinnati Reds.
Marcum’s 12 strikeouts in seven innings were as many whiffs as he had in his previous three starts combined. It was his fourth career game with 10 or more strikeouts, but only his second in the last six seasons.
Marcum is the third pitcher to whiff at least a dozen Braves this season (joining Anibal Sanchez and Jeff Samardzija) and the fifth Met to strike out at least a dozen Braves in club history. The club record is 16 set by Sid Fernandez, who lost the game (also a no-walk effort) in 1989 on a walk-off homer by Lonnie Smith.
On the subject of strikeouts -- Freddie Freeman was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and B.J. Upton was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
It’s only the fourth time in Mets history that a team had a pair of players who had at least three plate appearances and struck out in every one. The last instance was in on the final day of the season in 1991 against the Phillies, when David Cone struck out 19 hitters, including Kim Batiste four times and catcher Doug Lindsey three times.
Ike Davis snapped out of his slump with two hits (one on which the scoring was generous), including the game-winner on Sunday night. It was Davis’ first hit with a runner in scoring position since April 19, snapping a stretch in which he was 0-for-26 in those situations.
The two-hit game moved Davis out of last place among batting title qualifers, upping his season batting average to .158.
Davis still has a ways to climb to reach respectability. If he got hits in his next eight at-bats, he’d raise his batting average to .200.
The Elias Sports Bureau noted that Mike Minor became the first Braves pitcher to homer against the Mets in nearly 48 years, the last being Tony Clonninger in September, 1965.
My colleague Doug Kern noted that Mets starter Dillon Gee has now allowed a homer to a pitcher in consecutive appearances. He gave one up to Scott Feldman in his last start.
Gee is the first pitcher in Mets history to allow a homer to the opposing pitcher in back-to-back appearances.
The Mets don’t do routs
The Mets 4-2 win was another nailbiter. In each of their last 10 wins, the opposing team has had at least one plate appearance in the ninth inning or later in which the tying or go-ahead run was at the plate or on-deck.
Their last win that didn’t meet those conditions was Matt Harvey’s 7-1 win over Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals on April 19.