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Sunday, July 21, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Phillies)

By Mark Simon

David Wright
David Wright needs one home run to tie Mike Piazza for second on the Mets' all-time list.
The Mets won a home series for the first time since taking two games from the New York Yankees at the end of May.

Let’s take a glance at the statistical highlights.

A happy Harvey day
Matt Harvey allowed three hits in seven innings in Sunday’s win over the Phillies, but he had no-hit type stuff, with 23 swings and misses (one shy of his career high), 10 strikeouts and no walks.

Harvey is the first pitcher in team history to have four starts with 10 strikeouts and no walks in a season, and the first pitcher to do it in any season since Randy Johnson in 2004.

Johnson had six that season, tied with Curt Schilling (six in 2002) for the most such starts in any major league season.

Harvey lowered his ERA to 2.38 and his WHIP to 0.97 through 30 appearances, the best by any Mets pitcher who pitched at least 100 innings in the first 30 appearances of his career.

Harvey averaged 97.4 mph with his 66 fastballs on Sunday, his best single-game average fastball velocity in his career.

Wright closing in
On the ninth anniversary of his major league debut, David Wright hit his 219th career home run, leaving him one shy of Mike Piazza for second most in Mets history. Darryl Strawberry holds the Mets' record with 252 home runs.

This was the second time Wright homered on the anniversary of his debut. He also did so in 2007.

Wright’s 219 home runs since July 21, 2004, rank 20th in the majors.

Byrd’s ball flying
Marlon Byrd hit a 428-foot home run in Friday’s loss and a 439-foot homer in Sunday's win. He has nine homers this season of at least 420 feet, eight coming since May 1. The latter total is one shy of Jay Bruce's nine for the major league lead.

Saturday bounceback
Saturday’s win marked the Mets' 15th straight game with at least eight hits, two games shy of the club’s longest streak (17 in 1987).

It didn’t start well. The leadoff homer by Jimmy Rollins against the Mets on Saturday was his eighth leadoff homer against them, the most of any player. Pete Rose ranks second with four.

It was an up-and-down day for Zack Wheeler, who got a no-decision. Wheeler threw only seven of 22 breaking pitches for strikes. The Phillies did not swing at any of the breaking balls Wheeler threw out of the strike zone. Wheeler’s strike rate with his breaking ball this season is now 49 percent.

Wheeler did get 10 swings and misses on his fastball, the second most he’s gotten in any start (he had 12 in his debut against the Atlanta Braves).

Friday’s rout
The 13-8 loss on Friday marked the highest scoring game ever at Citi Field.

Regular reader James Smyth chimed in to note that it marked the first 13-8 final score in Mets history, win or lose, which is amazing considering the Mets have played in 76 games in which one team scored exactly 13 runs.

This was an ugly game:

Jeremy Hefner became the first pitcher in Mets history to have multiple appearances in which he allowed seven or more earned runs in two innings or fewer.

Two other Mets pitchers allowed seven runs while getting six outs or fewer in a game -- Al Leiter and Ron Darling.

Elias noted that this was the first time the Phillies had a lead of 11 runs or more after three innings versus the Mets since the infamous 26-7 win over the Mets in 1985.