Thursday, July 25, 2013
The series in Metrics: Mets vs Braves
By Mark Simon
The Mets chase for .500 continued with a split against the Atlanta Braves. Here's a look at some of the most interesting and noteworthy numbers from that series.
Stat of the Series: Leadoff HR, then shut down
Tuesday's game opened with an Andrelton Simmons homer, but the Braves did not score again. It marked only the third time in Mets history that they allowed a home run to the first batter of the game in the top of the first inning, and then didn't allow another run.
The last time it happened was August 19, 1998, a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. The home run was hit by a future Met, Darryl Hamilton.
The only other instance was on September 2, 1963, in the second game of a doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds. The home run was hit by Pete Rose, the only run in a 1-0 Reds win.
The Braves had won Kris Medlen's previous seven starts against the Mets. Medlen's loss leaves Clayton Kershaw as having the longest streak of team wins against the Mets in his starts. His run currently stands at seven straight.
Torres continues to produce
Carlos Torres got his first win as a starter since September 3, 2009 by beating the Braves and tied his career high with six strikeouts.
Torres is the 324th pitcher to win a game in Mets history and the 145th Met whose primary position was pitcher to get an RBI.
If you combine Torres' minor-league numbers with his major league numbers, he's now allowed five earned runs in 43 innings in his last six starts.
David Wright's disputed triple
David Wright's sixth-inning triple on Thursday was his sixth of the season (his most in a season) and 25th of his career, tying him with Ed Kranepool for ninth-most in Mets history.
Wright's next triple will tie him with Doug Flynn for eighth and the next one after that will tie him with Lance Johnson for seventh-most.
The club record is still pretty safe -- 99 by Jose Reyes.
Zack Wheeler became the second pitcher in Mets history to have at least four wins and no more than one loss in his first seven career appearances, joining Octavio Dotel.
Wheeler continued to show the ability to get out of jams, holding the Braves to 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
He matched his career-best by getting 14 swings-and-misses, with both of those games coming against the Braves.
Dillon Gee was not rewarded for his seven scoreless innings after the Mets lost to the Braves 2-1 in the series opener.
It was tied for the second-longest scoreless start of his career, trailing only a 7 2/3 inning effort against the Nationals on May 19, 2011.
Gee has a 2.39 ERA since May 30. Entering Thursday, that rated 10th-best in the majors in that span, and nearly identical to the pitcher right in front of him (the previously-mentioned Kershaw).
Another win for Hudson
The Braves lost Tim Hudson, likely for the season, after he got spiked by Eric Young Jr. at first base.
Hudson pitched a terrific game to that point. The win was his 17th against the Mets. That's tied for 14th-most against them of any pitcher (the same number as Sandy Koufax, Ferguson Jenkins, Tom Glavine and Rick Wise). Hudson's total is the most of any pitcher who made his major-league debut in the last 25 seasons.