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Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Indians 1

September, 8, 2013
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Frank Francisco is a winner!

Eric Young Jr. delivered a tiebreaking double that plated Matt den Dekker against Chris Perez in the ninth and the Mets avoided getting swept with a 2-1 win against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon.

Francisco's season debut came with only 22 days remaining in the season. And it came in a high-pressure situation.

Francisco, who underwent seemingly harmless surgery last Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow, inherited two baserunners with one out in the bottom of the eighth with the score tied.

He walked Yan Gomes to load the bases, but then coaxed an inning-ending double play from Asdrubal Cabrera to keep the game 1-all.

Super Joe: Ex-Met Joe Smith inherited the bases loaded and one out in the eighth with the score tied at 1 and escaped the jam.

Smith capped a 10-pitch at-bat by striking out Justin Turner. Smith then got Juan Lagares to ground out on a diving stop by first baseman Nick Swisher.

The Mets had started the inning with two in scoring position and none out.

Smith and Turner jawed after their matchup.

Dice-OK: Daisuke Matsuzaka had a 10.95 ERA through three starts with the Mets. He finally came up with a big performance Sunday.

Facing the team that declined to promote him to the majors this season as he pitched for Triple-A Columbus, Matsuzaka carried a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning.

The Indians then loaded the bases with two outs as Jason Kipnis singled, Carlos Santana walked and Jason Kubel sent a liner that struck Matsuzaka’s in the chest for infield single.

Terry Collins summoned Vic Black, who hit Cabrera in the right calf with his second pitch to force in the game-tying run. Jason Giambi then grounded out.

Matsuzaka’s final line in a no-decision: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. He threw 103 pitches and sliced his ERA to 8.00.

Turner classics: Turner produced his second homer of the series -- and season -- with a fourth-inning solo shot against rookie starter Danny Salazar to open the game’s scoring.

Two innings later, Turner had a painful moment. He was tagged hard in the jaw by Cabrera, Cleveland’s shortstop, on a caught stealing that ended the top of the sixth. Turner remained in the game.

End of the line: Lagares’ 12-game hitting streak came to an end. It was the longest streak by a Mets rookie since Jose Reyes had a 17-game streak in 2003.

What’s next: The Mets return to Citi Field for an 11-game homestand, beginning with the Washington Nationals. Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.89 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.49) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener.

Right-handed hitting Wright hitting to right

May, 31, 2012
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Getty Images/Trevor Ebaugh/ESPN Stats & InformationDavid Wright’s pattern has been base hits to the right side, outs to the left side.
The New York Mets went 15-13 in May, and a big reason for their success was the play of third baseman David Wright.

Wright has easily been the best offensive player for the Mets, and May 2012 was one of the best months of his career. Here's a closer look to see how he has been able to be so successful.

First-inning success
It all begins with Wright’s first at-bat. In the first inning this month, Wright posted a 1.253 OPS (.429/.538/.714) with five walks and four strikeouts. Six of his nine hits were doubles, and he went 5-for-9 with 5 RBI with runners on base.

Opposite-field approach
In May, Wright had 16 hits in 23 at-bats ending with contact to the opposite field. That .696 average leads the league, and was more than 50 points higher than the next-closest hitter. He had only five fly-ball outs to left or left-center (see spray chart above), an impressive feat for a right-handed hitter. His 1.261 slugging percentage to the opposite field was second-best in the majors by a fraction to Andrew McCutchen's 1.263. Wright’s eight doubles were second only to Adrian Gonzalez's nine.

Righties not as intimidating
Historically, Wright has crushed left-handed pitching (.340/.436/.584). In May, he did it against righties as well. He batted .369/.431/.646 against right-handed pitching in May, and 13 of his 16 extra-base hits -- including both of his home runs -- came off of right-handed pitching.

Seeing the fastball
Wright did most of his damage against fastballs, recording 19 of his 34 hits this month when the pitcher threw a two- or four-seam fastball. Wright also hammered cutters and sinkers, going 9-for-15 in at-bats that ended with the cutter or sinker.

His .509 average and 1.457 OPS in at-bats ending on non-offspeed pitches are the best of any player in May (through games of May 30).

The only way pitchers retired Wright this month was with breaking balls. Wright hit just .190 in at-bats ending with a curveball or slider, tying him with Freddie Freeman and Dee Gordon for 118th in the majors. But Wright showed discipline, chasing only 14.3 percent of breaking balls out of the zone, which was tied with Carlos Santana for the second-lowest rate this month (Jamey Carroll, 10 percent).

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.297 7 37 55
OTHER LEADERS
HRC. Granderson 14
RBIL. Duda 46
RD. Murphy 55
OPSL. Duda .835
WB. Colon 8
ERAJ. Niese 2.96
SOZ. Wheeler 99