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Monday, September 23, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Phillies)

By Mark Simon

The Mets somehow swept a series from the Phillies in Philadelphia, despite going up against Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee in two of the games.

The Mets are now 39-39 on the road this season and would finish with a winning road record for the second time in three years if they take two of three in Cincinnati.

Here are some of the statistical highlights from the weekend sweep.

Feat of the Weekend: Wright passes Piazza
David Wright passed Mike Piazza for second place on the Mets all-time home run list and began his chase of all-time leader Darryl Strawberry.

Wright has homered in three straight games, the second time this season he’s had a three-game streak. He’d only had one previous season with a pair of three-game streaks -- 2006.

Wright has played the equivalent of nearly a full season against the Phillies. His numbers: .289 batting average, .883 OPS, 32 homers and 107 RBIs.

His 32 homers against the Phillies are tied with the Braves for his most against any team.

Hawkins reaches the century mark
LaTroy Hawkins became the 118th pitcher to reach the 100-save mark since saves became an official stat in 1969. Hawkins did so in his 70th appearance of the season, the most games he’s appeared in since 2004, when he pitched in 77 for the Cubs.

Hawkins is the only pitcher to have a season of at least 70 appearances and a dozen saves after turning 40.

Tovar’s debut
Wilfredo Tovar had a nifty debut for the Mets, with two hits, an RBI and a stolen base. Tovar is the fourth player in team history with a multi-hit game, RBI and steal in his first major-league game. The other three are Rod Gaspar (1969), Lenny Dykstra (1985) and Preston Wilson (1998).

Young’s steal rate
Eric Young now has stolen 32 bases in 38 attempts as a Met, an 84 percent success rate. If that holds, it would be the third-best steal-success rate among the 27 times that a Met has stolen at least that many bases. The best is an 87 percent rate by Wright (34-for-39) in 2007.

Murphy’s steal streak
Earlier this week, Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld was touting a Daniel Murphy stat of note: A combination of 35 doubles, 20 steals and 10 homers that put him in the same class with Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen and Hunter Pence.

But perhaps not known is that Murphy now has 19 consecutive successful steal attempts. He hasn’t been caught stealing since May 18 against the Cubs.

Oddity of the Series
Saturday marked the first time in Mets history that they pitched as few as six innings in a win over the Phillies. The Mets have a major-league best six weather-shortened wins in games in which they pitched six innings or less since the start of 2007. They had none from 1996 to 2006.

Dillon Gee recorded his second complete game in which he pitched six innings or less. The only other Mets pitcher with multiple such complete games is Tom Seaver, who also had two.