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Friday, May 31, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs Yankees II)

By Mark Simon

Dillon Gee owned the outside corner on Thursday.

This series win marks the first time the Mets have swept a season series from the Yankees and the third time that the Mets have won a season series from the Yankees, joining the 2004 and 2008 seasons.

They won on the strength of their pitching.

The Mets pitching staff tied a team record with three straight walk-free games, matching a mark previously accomplished in 1968 and twice in 1994. The Mets 34 strikeouts were their most in a three-game span in which they didn’t issue a walk, surpassing the mark of 21 set in 1968.

Prior to Tuesday, the Mets had three walk-free regular-season games in total against the Yankees. They then ran off three in a row.

Here’s a run-through of some of the other statistical highlights.

Golly Gee!
Dillon Gee became the third Mets pitcher in 24 days to strike out a dozen hitters without walking any, but the first of those three to earn the win.

Elias noted that Gee became the second pitcher to strike out 12, walk none, and allow four hits or fewer since the Yankees moved to New York in 1903. The other was Pedro Martinez in a 17-strikeout, one-hitter in 1999.

There have been a total of five such games by a starting pitcher in interleague play. The Mets have had three of those (the others by Matt Harvey and R.A. Dickey), all in the last calendar year.

Gee won by keeping the ball away from Yankees hitters. Eleven of his 12 strikeouts came on pitches that were on the outer-third of the plate, or off the outside corner. Only two pitchers have had more “outer-third” strikeouts in a game in the last five seasons- Justin Verlander and Tommy Hanson (12 each).

Wednesday’s win: Offensive Barrage
Wednesday’s win snapped the Mets five-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium, their longest road losing streak in the regular season in the Subway Series rivalry.

The five runs in the first inning tied the Mets mark for runs scored in the first inning against the Yankees, previously done last June 22nd.

The Mets scored nine runs in Wednesday’s win, their most in a game at Yankee Stadium since scoring 15 runs on June 27, 2008.

Wednesday also marked the first time since April 19 that the Mets won a game in which the opposing team did not have the tying or go-ahead run at the plate or in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning or later.

Finally a good day for Jeremy Hefner
Elias tells us that Jeremy Hefner is the third starting pitcher ever to beat the Yankees in the Bronx after having gone winless while making least nine previous starts that year. Ted Gray (0–9 in 10 starts) of the Tigers won at the old Yankee Stadium in 1953, as did Scott Elarton (0–5 in 10 starts) for the Royals in 2006.

The nine hits allowed by Hefner matched the most allowed by a Mets pitcher in his win against the Yankees. Dave Mlicki allowed nine in his 1997 shutout (the first game of the rivalry) and Tom Glavine allowed nine in a 2007 win.

May 29 has been a good day for Hefner. This year, he got his first win, and the Mets first win in the first game after a Matt Harvey start. Last year on that date he hit his first major-league homer.

This Byrd flies high, far, and gone
Marlon Byrd homered in consecutive games for the first time since the 2011 season. Byrd’s homer on Wednesday, which we dubbed “Jeterian” was the Mets shortest homer of the season- 336 feet and the shortest by a Met anywhere since Ike Davis hit a 335-foot homer against the Yankees last June 22nd.