Friday, June 21, 2013
The series in metrics (Mets vs. Braves)
By Mark Simon
If nothing else, New York Mets fans will always have the memories of their first doubleheader sweep of the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta since 1987 (and a series win as well). Let’s look at some of the statistical highlights from the series.
Harvey’s excellent start
Matt Harvey struck out 13, the second-most of any Mets pitcher against the Braves.
Harvey hit 97 mph or faster on the radar gun 37 times in his Tuesday start, nine times more than his start with the next-most such radar readings (April 19 against the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg).
Harvey teamed that with a slider that netted a career-best seven strikeouts.
Wheeler’s debut went well
Wheeler became the first visiting pitcher -- starter or reliever -- to win in his major league debut in Turner Field. He was the second Mets pitcher to make his debut by pitching six scoreless innings in a road game, joining Tyler Yates, who did so against the Montreal Expos in 2004.
His seven strikeouts are tied for fifth-most by a Mets pitcher in a debut. The five walks were one shy of the club record, shared by Bill Denehy (1967) and Bill Pulsipher (1995).
As Mets blogger Ed Leyro noted on Twitter, Wheeler was the first Mets pitcher to strike out at least seven and walk at least five since Johan Santana in his no-hitter last season (eight strikeouts, five walks).
The past four pitchers to strike out at least seven and walk at least five in their major league debut are Tim Wakefield (1992), Jonathan Papelbon (2005), Cole Hamels (2006) and Wheeler.
Anthony Recker hit the go-ahead homer, making him the first Mets catcher to get a game-winning RBI for a Mets starter making his big league debut since Paul Lo Duca did so (albeit in a 17-3 win) for Mike Pelfrey against the Marlins in 2006.
Fellow Mets blogger Greg Prince noted with John Buck’s homer in the day game, that it’s the first time that Mets catchers homered in both ends of a doubleheader since 1962, when Sammy Taylor did so in both games.
David Wright had his 20th career multihomer game in Thursday's win. That's only two shy of Darryl Strawberry's club record.
Earlier in the series, Wright picked up his 1,500th career hit. You may have seen this note from the Elias Sports Bureau on the game telecast: Wright became the seventh player from a New York team to have 200 homers and a .300 batting average at the time of his 1,500th hit. The others were Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Duke Snider and Mel Ott.
The walk-off loss
Freddie Freeman crushed Dillon Gee’s hopes for a shutout with a walk-off homer in the series opener. This was the second time in Mets history that a starting pitcher lost a potential shutout in the ninth inning by allowing a walk-off homer. The other was Roger Craig against the Phillies and Roy Sievers in 1963.
Craig, Gee and John Franco (to Glenallen Hill of the Cubs) are the three Mets pitchers to allow a walk-off homer with the Mets winning that game 1-0.
Freeman was the second Braves first baseman to hit a walk-off homer against the Mets. The other was Hank Aaron in 1972. Aaron played 210 career games at first base.
A day after leveling their regular-season walk-off homer ledger at 118 apiece, the Mets allowed their 119th walk-off home run, the most of any team in the majors since their inception in 1962.
The Braves have hit a dozen, this one being the first since Marcus Giles against Satoru Komiyama in 2002.
Marcum’s struggles continue
Shaun Marcum fell to 0-9 with his loss on Wednesday, thus claiming the third-worst start to a season in Mets history, behind Anthony Young’s 0-13 in 1993 and Bob Miller’s 0-12 in 1962.