Friday, July 5, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. D-backs)
By Mark Simon
The statistical highlights from a series that, when you count rain delays, took more than 20 hours to play:
Monday’s remarkable win
Andrew Brown’s game-winning hit in Monday’s 13-inning game marked the second time in Mets history that they won a game on a walk-off hit that came while the team was trailing in the 13th inning or later.
The only other instance was a 14th-inning grand slam by Tim Harkness against the Cubs in 1963, a game considered the team’s signature win in its first two major-league seasons. Back then, instead of receiving a victory pie to the face, Harkness was called out of the clubhouse by fans who stormed the field, for a curtain call.
The game marked the second time this season that the Mets left at least 20 men on base. From 1962 to 2012, they totaled only two such games. The Elias Sports Bureau noted that the Mets were the first team since the 1992 Pirates to have a pair of games with 20 men left on base in the same season.
It was also the sixth time this season that the Mets won a game in which they were trailing entering the ninth inning, the most in a season since they had seven in 1998.
The wackiest, wildest, most improbable game in history ... has a sequel
On July 4, 1985, the Mets and Braves played an amazing 19-inning game, which the Mets won 16-13 in 19 innings. Then-Braves announcer John Sterling dubbed it “the wackiest, wildest, most improbable game in history.”
That game and the one played on Thursday have a couple of interesting parallels.
The Mets became the first team since those 1985 Braves to hit a pair of game-tying homers in the 13th inning or later. In this case, it was Anthony Recker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. In 1985, it was Terry Harper and pitcher Rick Camp.
Coincidentally, the hitter who hit the second of the game-tying homers (Niewenhuis and Camp) made the last out of the game in each instance.
Nieuwenhuis tied a Mets record with his homer. He shares the mark for the latest game-tying homer by inning in club history with Ken Singleton (1971) and Todd Hundley (1996).
It was the Mets' third game of 15 innings or longer. The last time they played that many in a season was in 1973. The last time they lost three in a season, per my Stats & Info colleague Doug Kern, was 1968.
It also marked the first time that the Mets played two games of 13 innings or longer in the same series since June 1988 against the Cubs.
Finally, some runs
Elias noted that the Mets' 9–1 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday ended their streak of 30 consecutive home games scoring five or fewer runs. That tied the longest single-season streak of that kind in National League history, done previously by the 1984 Expos and 1988 Pirates.
Harvey is mortal
Matt Harvey allowed five runs in Wednesday’s loss, the most he’s allowed in his 18 starts this season. The streak of 17 straight starts without allowing five runs is tied with Tom Glavine (2004) for the third-longest to start a season in Mets history. Two Mets pitchers had longer streaks: Dwight Gooden went 25 straight in 1985, and Pedro Astacio had a 22-start run in 2002.
Harvey allowed more hits (9) than he had in his three previous starts combined (8), and as many hits on 63 fastballs (3) as he allowed in his previous four starts, encompassing 235 heaters.