Sunday, April 20, 2014
Series review: Mets net one win
By Mark Simon
The New York Mets salvaged the series finale from the Atlanta Braves with their marathon win on Sunday.
Here are some of the statistical highlights from the weekend.
The Grandy Man Can … and Does
Curtis Granderson’s walk-off sacrifice fly marked his first walk-off RBI since the 2006 season.
Granderson is hitless in his past 16 at-bats and is hitting .127 this season. That’s the fifth-lowest batting average in the majors and explains why Eric Young Jr. was walked, even though David Wright (who had four hits in the game) was waiting to hit after Granderson.
It is the second-longest game the Mets have won by a walk-off sacrifice fly. They had a 15-inning win against the San Diego Padres in 1983, with the sacrifice fly coming from Brian Giles.
Daisuke’s stellar effort
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three hitless innings with five strikeouts on Sunday, one of the better relief efforts by a Mets pitcher in some time.
The last Mets reliever to throw at least three hitless innings with five strikeouts was Pat Mahomes against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999.
The new closer
Kyle Farnsworth becomes the third pitcher to be appointed Mets closer this season, following Bobby Parnell and Jose Valverde.
One thing to be wary of with Farnsworth: Even though he has a 1.08 ERA in nine appearances, he’s been hit hard.
Our video-tracking system has Farnsworth as having allowed seven hard-hit balls in 8⅓ innings already, or the same number as Jenrry Mejia in 7⅔ fewer innings.
As for the old closer, Valverde allowed a home run for the third straight game in the middle game of this series. That he was able to avoid allowing one in a fourth straight saved him from a historical distinction. Three Mets relievers have allowed a homer in four straight appearances -- Mark Bomback (1980), Randy Myers (1987) and Jonathan Hurst (1994).
Setting the pace
With the season one-ninth done (18 games), here are three paces that Mets players are on so far, with an observation on each:
1. Wright is on pace for 216 base hits (he has 24), which would be the most in his career, but only nine home runs, which would be the fewest in his career.
2. Lucas Duda is on pace for 27 home runs and 81 RBIs. Last season, the Mets got only 15 home runs and 59 RBIs from their first basemen.
3. Young is on pace for 90 steals (he has 10), which would break Jose Reyes’ single-season record by 12.
View from the other side: Harang’s awesome night
Aaron Harang became the second pitcher to throw at least seven no-hit innings against the Mets and not be credited with a no-hitter.
The other was Clay Kirby, who threw eight no-hit innings for the 1970 San Diego Padres but left trailing 1-0. The Mets would get two runs and three hits in the ninth inning to win the game, 3-0. The Padres have still never had a no-hitter.