New York Mets: Beltran Perez
August, 9, 2012
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Peter MorganR.A. Dickey (shown from earlier this season) keeps reaching new statistical heights.Hip, Hip, R.A.
R.A. Dickey finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks in Thursday afternoon’s complete game.
He has three starts this season with 10 strikeouts or more and no walks. That matches the single-season franchise mark shared by Tom Seaver and Jon Matlack.
Dickey had his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season, the most by a Mets pitcher since David Cone had eight in 1992.
Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 26 games with hits in the first two games of the series. That sets the mark for the longest hitting streak by a player after leaving the Mets.
The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that Jeff Kent previously held the “record” with a 25-game hitting streak for the 2004 Astros.
Reyes’ shortstop counterpart, Ruben Tejada, now has a 14-game hitting streak.
Both of Tejada’s hits on Wednesday were with two strikes. Tejada is 7-for-his-last-15 with three walks in the past 18 plate appearances in which he’s had a two-strike count.
Tejada’s two-strike on-base percentage this season is .342, which as of this afternoon ranked eighth-best in the majors.
Center fielder Andres Torres had a double, triple and home run in Thursday’s win.
He became the fifth player in Mets history to finish a single shy of the cycle.
Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com, we can tell you that the others are Joe Christopher (1964), Ron Swoboda (1967), Darryl Strawberry (1987) and Gregg Jefferies (twice in 1988, once in 1989).
The 13-0 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday was the second-worst home shutout loss in Mets history. The only larger one was a 16-0 drubbing by the Braves on July 2, 1999.
It was tied for the fourth-largest shutout loss in Mets history, the largest since a 15-0 loss to the Yankees in 2009. It also gave the Mets nine straight home losses for the first time since 2004.
Amazingly, this wasn’t the worst home shutout loss of the day. The Cardinals lost to the Giants, 15-0.
The Elias Sports Bureau reports that it is only the second time in major-league history that there were two shutouts in which the winning team scored at least 13 runs on the same day.
The only other time that happened was on June 9, 1915 (White Sox, 13-0 over Yankees; Tigers 15-0 over Red Sox).
The Mets left 10 men on base in the 13-0 defeat. This was the second time in Mets history that they left at least 10 men on base in a game they lost by double figures.
The other instance was a 10-0 loss to the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader on August 18, 1962. The 2012 game was the Mets ninth straight home loss. That 1962 game was their ninth straight loss overall.
Lastly, Nate Eovaldi beat the Mets, despite finishing with two strikeouts and six walks. The last pitcher to beat the Mets with two or fewer whiffs and six or more walks: the amazingly named Beltran Perez (no relation to Carlos or Oliver) of the 2006 Nationals.
The only other pitcher to do so and allow no runs as well -- Mets-killer Larry Jackson for the 1963 Cubs.
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