Sunday, July 14, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Pirates)
By Mark Simon
The Mets salvaged their final series of the first half with Sunday’s victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates to end the first half with a 41-50 mark.
Let’s go through some of the statistically-noteworthy nuggets from this series.
Bad things happen in (years ending in) 3s
The Mets are a 50-loss team at the All-Star Break for the first time since 2003. Coincidentally, they’ve also been a 50-loss team at the break in 2003, 1993, 1983, 1973, and 1963, among the 14 times they’ve done so. The club record for losses at the break is 60, set in 1993.
Highlight of the series: Very strong starting pitching
Jeremy Hefner became the third Mets pitcher in the last two seasons to have a streak of three straight starts in which he pitched seven innings or more and allowed four hits or fewer. R.A. Dickey did it last season and Matt Harvey had a run of five straight spanning the end of 2012 and the start of 2013. The Mets did not have any pitchers with such a streak from 2007 to 2011.
Hefner has made seven starts this season in which he’s allowed two runs or fewer in six innings or more. He’s won two, lost two, and had five no-decisions. The Mets are 3-6 in those nine games.
Carlos Torres struck out five batters in five innings, giving him 20 strikeouts and two walks heading into the All-Star Break. Torres is only the second Mets pitcher to have a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10-to-1 or better heading into the All-Star Break (with an admittedly low minimum of 20 innings pitched. The other is Bret Saberhagen in 1994.
Dillon Gee beat the Pirates again, improving to 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 32 2/3 innings against them. Gee’s ERA ranks third-best among active pitchers who have thrown 30 or more innings against the Pirates, trailing only Roy Halladay (1.04) and CC Sabathia (1.23).
Oh to be Young again
Eric Young Jr. continued to be an offensive catalyst for the Mets, with three multi-hit games in this series. He has 12 multi-hit games in his 24 games since joining the Mets. That’s one fewer than John Buck, who had his 13th multi-hit game on Sunday.
Summarizing Harvey’s first half
Matt Harvey didn’t pitch this weekend, so his147 strikeouts at the All-Star Break end up tied for the fourth-most by a Mets pitcher, the most since David Cone had 154 in 1992.
Harvey is one of three Mets pitchers to throw at least 80 innings prior to the All-Star Break and strike out better than 10 per nine innings.
Harvey’s 10.2 K per 9 rate ranks second, sandwiched between Dwight Gooden (10.8 in 1984) and David Cone (10.0 in 1990).
His 2.35 ERA is the best by a Mets starter with at least a dozen starts at the All-Star Break since Al Leiter had a 1.86 ERA in 1998.
Quirk of the Series: Welcome to the big leagues
Gonzalez Germen became the third Mets pitcher to lose via walk-off in his big-league debut, joining Kevin Lomon (1995 against the Rockies) and Joe Crawford (1997 in 15 innings against the Dodgers).