New York Mets: Ruben Tejada

Notes: 'He didn't know what to do'

April, 3, 2014
Apr 3
Ruben TejadaAP Photo/Kathy KmonicekRuben Tejada didn't know whether to slide or run over the catcher, so he did neither.
NEW YORK -- Ruben Tejada likely wouldn't have scored, anyway.

Bryce Harper made a great throw to the plate when Tejada was trying to score in the fifth inning Wednesday, and Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton had plenty of time to take the throw and set up for a possible collision.

But instead of a collision, there was confusion.

Tejada, believing that the new rules on plays at the plate ruled out running into the catcher, went in standing up and tried unsuccessfully to step around Lobaton.

"He didn't know what to do, so he did nothing," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He said, 'I didn't know I could hit [the catcher].'"

While the new rule attempts to protect the catcher, the runner can collide with a catcher who has the ball and is blocking the plate. Collins said he would have been fine with Tejada trying to slide.

"He does have to slide," Collins said. "He has to do at least that."

Curtis Granderson wasn't clear on what happened with Tejada, but understood how the new rule could cause some confusion.

"I'm sure there's going to be some plays where you're going to be in between," Granderson said. "Hopefully it doesn't end up being some kind of issue."

Bart's debut: How well did Bartolo Colon pitch in his Mets debut?

"I thought I pitched very well," Colon said through an interpreter.

Colon allowed three runs off nine hits in six innings in the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Nationals. But he also allowed quite a few hard-hit balls, including two fifth-inning home runs (by Ian Desmond and pitcher Gio Gonzalez) that gave the Nationals the lead.

"I've never seen Bartolo pitch up [in the zone] so much," Collins said.

Tejada returns to action

June, 28, 2013
NEW YORK -- Ruben Tejada made his first rehab appearance Friday, as he begins making his way back to the major leagues.

Tejada played five innings at shortstop for the Gulf Coast League Mets, and went 1-for-2 at the plate, with a double and a strikeout.

The shortstop went on the disabled list May 30 with a right quadriceps strain.

Collins: 'Tremendous frustration' lifts

May, 30, 2013
For the first time in his three seasons at the helm, Mets manager Terry Collins sensed despair setting in last weekend.

What a difference a five-game winning streak -- including sweeping a season series from the Yankees for the first time in Subway Series history -- makes to change the team’s psyche.

“Due to what we’ve gone through in the last three weeks, the hardest thing I’ve done is try to keep these guys positive,” Collins said after the Mets beat the Yankees 3-1 Thursday in the Bronx. “That’s the biggest part of this job. It wasn’t about changing stances or shuffling bullpens. It was about trying to keep the guys in the clubhouse positive.

Courtesy of Empire State Building
The Empire State Building shines in blue and orange Thursday night after the Mets swept the Subway Series.

“Look, you’ve got to work your way out of it. Everybody goes through some bad times. You’ve got to work your way out of it. That was the hardest part of this, because you could sense there was tremendous frustration. Guys were down. You heard some of those guys that I had been with for three years now start to say, ‘I don’t know if I can do this. I can’t do it anymore.’ You can’t listen to that, because it’s a long, hard season.

“That’s why these games meant so much to us. This series -- I know it was the Subway Series -- but this series, coming out of that win against Atlanta, meant something. Then, when you come back against the best closer that’s ever pitched, I mean, that’s got to lift your spirits. I don’t care who you are.”

The Mets entered Sunday with a 17-29 record. They’re now seven games under .500, but the hole is not quite as deep.

Collins said he had tried everything in recent weeks to no avail. The last straw of desperation was threatening people. Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada were confronted with the possibility of imminent demotions. Dillon Gee, who pitched into the eighth inning Thursday and retired the final 15 batters he faced, was told his rotation spot was in jeopardy.

“I tried everything that I knew to try, and it wasn’t working,” Collins said. “The pats on the back. The ‘hang with ’em.’ Trying to take the pressure off of them. All of the things that you try to do. … It wasn’t working.

“So you just had to say, ‘Hey, look, it’s got to be now. It’s got to be stepped up right this minute.’ And they did.”

Said closer Bobby Parnell, who threw the final pitch of the 2013 Subway Series: “It means a lot to us. Any four games means a lot to us. We need to start winning some ballgames. We did it here. And we’ve got to carry it down to Miami with us.”

Davis, Tejada on verge of being demoted

May, 29, 2013
The Mets are going for three straight wins against their crosstown rivals on Wednesday. But two of their starting infielders may be playing for their jobs.

Reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that Mets brass held a meeting before Tuesday's game with first baseman Ike Davis and shortstop Ruben Tejada in which the players were informed they were on the verge of being demoted to Triple-A. Manager Terry Collins was asked about those reports before Wednesday's game.

"I understand that probably was gonna be asked today," Collins said. "But I will also tell you that when I have a meeting in my office, it stays in my office. If I wanted to broadcast what was being said to players on a daily basis, I'd invite everybody in. I'm gonna leave it at that."

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Pregame notes: Tejada back on top

May, 27, 2013
Mets manager Terry Collins has returned shortstop Ruben Tejada to the leadoff spot, despite the fact Tejada is batting just .218 on the season.

"We've been trying to look at some different things," Collins said. "As we move forward, he's gotta be the guy who leads off for us.

"When he's doing what he's supposed to be doing, he has good at-bats, he battles at-bats -- he's one of those guys that can fight pitches off so that the guys behind him see what the pitcher's got."

Daniel Murphy has been at the top of the order for the team's past seven games. Murphy went 8-for-27 (.296) during that span, but is at .301 on the season. Collins has returned him to his customary No. 2 spot in the lineup.

"When Murph hits second, it seems like he's on," Collins said. "You put him in the leadoff spot, it kind of changes his approach at home plate. I know he didn't necessarily care for it -- he did it out of necessity, and that's why he's a pro. But again, I just think our best lineup is with Ruben at the top of the order."

The 23-year-old Tejada hit .289 in 114 games (78 in the leadoff spot) last season, and .284 in 96 games in 2011. He batted .247 in the month of April, but is hitting just .188 in May -- although he went 3-for-4 against the Braves on Saturday.

"If you analyze his swing, his swing's pretty good," Collins said. "What he's doing is, he's catching balls out in front of the plate -- which now all of sudden when you're finishing your swing it's on the upstroke, and that's where the fly balls are coming. So he's gotta let the ball get deeper, he's gotta see it a bit longer, he's gotta stay back a little bit longer.

"I know it's gonna get going. He's been too good of an offensive player in this league not to start hitting."

STILL HERE: A day after his tie-breaking single propelled the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Braves, Ike Davis was chatty with reporters. But that's typical from Davis, despite his woeful start to the season.

Davis had two hits and a walk Sunday night, which may have saved him (at least temporarily) from a demotion to Triple-A, but is still batting just .158 on the season.

"It was a good start," Davis said, of his dramatic eighth-inning hit the night before. "I've got a long way to go. But it definitely felt good to help the team and get a W."

"I think the one at-bat was huge, but the four at-bats was what was impressive," said Collins. "Much quieter in the batter's box, head a lot less movement than he's had in weeks. I think a whole different approach as far as body language -- he just was relaxed for some reason.

"I just thought his whole approach was better. And certainly if there's a time that someone, anybody needed to get a hit, last night was it."

Rapid Reaction: Braves 7, Mets 5 (10)

May, 25, 2013
Even Mother Nature couldn't galvanize the New York Mets to a win.

In a continuation of Friday's suspended game, the Mets fell to the Atlanta Braves 7-5 in 10 innings on Saturday at Citi Field. The game was postponed entering the ninth due to rain. While the teams had to wait nearly 24 hours to continue, it was officially a one hour, 15 minute stoppage.

First baseman Ike Davis, however, had a personal victory, as he recorded a base hit in the 10th, just his 2nd in his past 43 at-bats.

The Mets have now lost four straight and seven in a row at home. They are 17-28 heading into Saturday night's game.

That's the game: Mets reliever Brandon Lyon gave up three straight hits to start the 10th as the Braves went on to score two in that frame to take a 7-5 lead. One inning before, closer Bobby Parnell needed an inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Justin Upton to escape a bases-loaded, one-out jam with the score tied at five.

End the game: After putting two on to start the 10th, Ruben Tejada couldn't lay down a bunt, popping out, and pinch hitter Justin Turner grounded into a game-ending double play.

How we got to Saturday: The Mets led 3-2 after six before Atlanta rallied to take a 5-3 lead in the eighth on Evan Gattis' two-run single. In the bottom of the frame, the Mets tied the game. The game was then suspended with the ninth inning on tap.

Ike gets a hit: After Davis recorded a golden sombrero on Friday, he singled against Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel in the 10th inning. He snapped a 1-for-42 slide with that base knock. Davis is still zero for his last 25 with runners in scoring position, but the base hit could allow him to relax. The fans gave him a mini standing ovation for the hit.

Hefner line: The Mets are now 0-10 when Jeremy Hefner appears in a game. Hefner started Friday's game and left in line to win before LaTroy Hawkins gave up a game-tying homer to Dan Uggla. Hefner, who could be booted from the Mets' rotation when prospect Zack Wheeler arrives, is 0-5.

Up next: The Mets will get right back at it as Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.04 ERA) faces Mike Minor (5-2, 2.78 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Harvey believed perfection was possible

May, 7, 2013

Seth Wenig/Associated PressMatt Harvey flirted with a perfect game against the White Sox on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Mike Baxter, who caught the ball at the wall that preserved Johan Santana’s no-hit bid 11 months ago, had a feeling history might be repeating itself Tuesday night at Citi Field. So did Terry Collins, who openly said in the dugout as early as the fifth inning that Matt Harvey just might toss a perfect game.

“You kind of had that vibe that we were going down that road again,” Baxter said.

Alex Rios’ two-out infield single in the seventh ended Harvey’s perfection, but it proved to be the only baserunner for the Chicago White Sox as the Mets won, 1-0, in 10 innings on Baxter’s walk-off single.

Harvey and Bobby Parnell combined to retire 30 of 31 White Sox batters. It marked only the second time since 1916 that an MLB team allowed only one baserunner in 10 innings. The other instance came on June 3, 1995, when Pedro Martinez and Mel Rojas led the Montreal Expos to a 1-0 win at San Diego.

“Everything was obviously working,” said Harvey, who departed after nine innings, having allowed Chicago's only hit. “When I can throw my slider for a strike and also bounce it when I need to, that’s when it starts getting fun. That was definitely the best I felt all year.”

Harvey said he did not feel cheated by the only hit being an infield single. Rios hit a slider away -- a “good pitch,” Harvey said, which he could not second-guess. The baseball went deep into the hole and Ruben Tejada gave a superb effort, but could not put enough mustard on the baseball to get it to first base in time.

“When the game is finishing, I saw it’s a one-hit game, so you think about that,” Tejada said. “I tried to do my best in that situation, but he [umpire Mark Carlson] called him safe, so he’s safe.”

Said Harvey: “In that hole it’s tough. Obviously anything going away and then making that long throw, I knew it was going to have to be absolutely perfect. He made an awesome attempt.”

The game was delayed four minutes at the outset, with Harvey the cause. He wiped his nose while in the bullpen warming up and noticed blood. Bloody noses, which were prevalent in his childhood, started recurring when the Mets were in high-altitude Colorado last month.

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Notes: New-look lineup blanked by Kendrick

April, 26, 2013
Terry Collins' new-look lineup didn't show up Friday night.

After Collins tinkered with the top of the lineup, the New York Mets were blanked for the first time this season in their 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The Mets managed just three hits against Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick.

Collins said after the game he hasn't decided if he will keep this lineup.

"[I will] make a decision tomorrow," Collins said.

The main changes to the Mets lineup involved moving Daniel Murphy from the second spot to the third and moving David Wright from third to cleanup. The move was aimed to give Wright more opportunities to drive in runners, with Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada placed in the top two spots.

While Tejada and Wright both recorded singles during the game, the Mets offense never found a way to rally. They managed just one runner in scoring position the whole game, in the first inning, and did not advance a runner to third all game. Kendrick tossed just his second career shutout.

"He threw the ball well," Murphy said. "Sometimes, you have to tip your cap."

Murphy hit in the No. 3 hole for the first time all season and went 0-for-4 with three ground outs. The new spot didn't make a difference for him.

"I just want to be in the lineup; I don't really care where it is. It's nice to be in the three spot, I guess," Murphy said. "Skipper thinks I'm swinging the bat well. I still feel good in there. At-bats are at-bats no matter where you get them."

Below .500: The Mets' loss Friday dropped them below .500 for the first time as they are now 10-11. Collins said his team is aware.

"They are not naive. They are pretty aware of what's going on. They know they slipped below .500 tonight, and that's why we got to pick it up and get after it tomorrow," Collins said. "Come out here and fight. Certainly, I'm not going to go in and hold meetings and say, 'we're under .500, we got to pick it up.' They know better than that … We'll rally tomorrow and get the guys out there and hopefully get some hits."

No roster move yet: The Mets have not announced the roster move that will accompany Shaun Marcum's activation from the disabled list for his start Saturday.

Two of the candidates to be sent down, relievers Jeurys Familia and Josh Edgin, both pitched Friday. Familia went two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one. Edgin struck out two in the ninth. Familia said after the game he hadn't been notified about any roster move.

Ump leaves: With Wright coming to bat in the bottom of the first, the game paused for approximately 10 minutes as plate umpire Brian O'Nora left with flu-like symptoms. First base umpire Adrian Johnson took over behind the plate after O'Nora's departure.

"Brian O'Nora got very sick," Collins said. "It came on really fast and [he] came in the dugout because he was going to be sick to his stomach, and he really was. He couldn't go back out."

The series in Metrics (Mets vs Marlins)

April, 8, 2013
Funny how the outlook on a series can change with one chalk-hugging ground ball, but that’s what happened for the Mets, who took two out of three games from the Miami Marlins for their second series win of the season. Let’s run through the statistical highlights.

Stat of the Series
You may have read this already: With at least one home run in each of the three games against the Marlins, the Mets have homered in all six of their games to start the season. That’s the third longest streak in club history, surpassed only by the 1987 (8) and 1962 (7) seasons.

But 2013 marks the first time that the Mets have homered in their first six home games of a season.

Play of the Series
Marlon Byrd’s game-winning hit on Sunday was his fifth career walk-off hit, with the Mets being the fourth different team for which he has had one (Phillies, Rangers, Cubs).

It marked the first time that the Mets got a walk-off hit that turned a deficit into a lead since Lucas Duda’s game-ending single against Heath Bell and the Padres on Aug. 8, 2011.

The Mets now have 16 walk-off wins against the Marlins since they came into existence in 1993, their most walk-off wins against any team in the majors in that span.

Oh, and how’s this for fun? Byrd is the second Marlon with a walk-off hit against the Marlins. Marlon Anderson had one for the Phillies in 2001.

Hitter of the Series
Last year it took until the end of June for Daniel Murphy to hit his first two homers of the season. This year he hit that mark by the end of the second series.

Murphy’s homer Sunday traveled 428 feet according to Home Run Tracker calculations, his longest since a 431-foot homer in September of 2009.

Pitcher of the Series
Jeremy Hefner took a tough-luck loss despite allowing only one run in six innings on Friday. It was the second straight game in which a Mets starter lost despite allowing one run in six innings or more.

Mets starters only had two such losses all of last season.

Quirk of the Series
Ruben Tejada’s penchant for the 3-2 count has continued in 2013 Tejada worked five 3-2 counts in the Marlins series, reaching base three times, including twice in Sunday’s win, the first of which helped produce the Mets first run.

For the season, he’s 5-for-7 in reaching base when he gets a 3-2 count.

Dating back to last season, Tejada has reached 48 times in the 77 plate appearances in which he’s had a 3-2 count. His .623 on-base percentage in such situations is best in the majors.

A little defense
Though you may be a little irked with the way Tejada has played defense, David Wright has continued his stellar defensive work from 2012 into 2013.

In fact, it’s an overlooked record among Wright’s marks that his 61-game errorless streak dating back to last year is the longest in Mets history by a third baseman. The previous mark was Lenny Randle’s 54 in 1978.

Mets are Marlins' first victim of season

April, 6, 2013
After a flying start, the Mets have come crashing back to earth.

Following two blowout wins over the San Diego Padres to start the season, the Amazin’s have now dropped two in a row, after a 7-5 loss to the Miami Marlins.

The Marlins (1-3) arrived in Queens as the only winless team left in Major League Baseball, and had scored just one run in their first three games. But they were the better team on Friday night at Citi Field.

It certainly wasn't Jeremy Hefner's fault. The 27-year-old righty continued the Mets' string of outstanding starting pitching, giving up just one run on five hits over six innings of work. Yet he took the loss, after the Mets put up six goose eggs against the Marlins' Alex Sanabia, who was making his first big league appearance since 2011.

"I thought Jeremy pitched very well," manager Terry Collins said. "One thing we’ve known about Hefner, he’s gonna pound the strike zone, he’s gonna change speeds, and you have to catch the baseball behind him."

The Mets didn't do that when Greg Burke relieved Hefner in the seventh. Ruben Tejada misplayed a grounder to lead off the inning, and the Marlins ended up scoring five runs in the frame off Burke and Scott Rice.

Burke didn't help his own cause by throwing to third base, instead of first, on a bunt by Juan Pierre two batters after Tejada's error. The runner was safe, the bases were loaded, and Miami was set up for a big inning.

"In that situation, I probably just need to get the out," Burke said.

"Greg just got a little bit of a late jump on the ball," said Collins. "He should have gone to first base."

The Mets did mount a rally in the final three innings. Daniel Murphy smacked a three-run homer in the seventh to cut the deficit in half, 6-3.

Murphy had another big opportunity in the eighth, with the bases loaded and two outs, but grounded out to second.

In the ninth, trailing 7-3, the Mets scored twice more. But with the tying run at the plate and one out, John Buck struck out and Justin Turner grounded out to first.

The Mets left 12 runners on base on the night.

"We battled back, all the way up until the last out," said Buck. "So you can’t feel too deflated with that."

They did battle. But this performance is likely more indicative of what this Mets team is, rather than the two wins against the Padres to start the week.

The rotation figured to be strong, and the starters have given up just four runs in 26 innings thus far (1.38 ERA). But the bullpen looks shaky, and the lineup inconsistent.

Buck has been outstanding (7-for-17), but no one else has more than four hits through four games. David Wright and Murphy are off to slow starts (3-for-14 apiece), and Ike Davis is 1-for-16 to start the year.

"We’ve got a couple guys, hopefully they’re gonna start breaking out of it here pretty soon," Collins said.

Sounds like a midseason slump kind of quote, but it's only April 5.

Tejada gives Mets the sweep

September, 23, 2012
Ruben Tejada wants to head into the offseason on a good note.

"Its' really important for me and the team," Tejada said. "Everybody wants to finish strong and help the team to keep their head up and play hard every day."

Sunday, he took a step in that direction as his walk-off single gave the Mets a 3-2 win over the Marlins and a sweep of their division foes. The Mets have 10 games left for Tejada to leave his mark in his first year as the team's starting shortstop.

"Obviously Ruben's had an outstanding year," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I had all the confidence in the world that one or two times they walked to get to him he'd get a hit. He's got a bright future ahead of him and I think if he finishes this season well offensively, or no matter what happens, getting through this season with that little blip we had early with the leg injury, it will be really good for him going forward to next spring."

Tejada entered the season with perhaps as much pressure as any member of the Mets as he had to fill the shoes vacated by Jose Reyes. He got off to a hot start, although a quad injury sidelined him for nearly a month and half spanning May to June.

Now, as the season comes to its slow conclusion, he's working hard to make sure there's optimism about his future heading into the 2013 season. Sunday, he showed fortitude by bouncing back from an eighth-inning error as well as failing to drive in the go-ahead run in the seventh.

With the game tied at 2-2 with two on and two outs in the ninth, Miami's Ryan Webb walked Fred Lewis to face Tejada, who had been 0-for-4 in the game. Tejada made the Marlins pay as he stroked a clean single to left-center. It's the second time he's had a walkoff hit, the last one coming a little more than two years ago. He's batting .287 with one homer and 23 RBIs after his 1-for-5 day.

"It's great," Tejada said of his game-winning hit. "Every at-bat is a new day for me. Every at-bat I try to lock into the situation. It's tough but everyone wants a situation like that."

Tejada's relaxed demeanor and steady play have impressed his manager and teammates. Collins said he knew his shortstop wanted to atone for his error and notch a big hit, and he believed that Tejada would be able to put the ball in play. Third baseman David Wright sees from Tejada the type of attitude needed to be a successful shortstop in the majors.

"It doesn't seem like anything fazes him that much and that's impressive and you need that especially playing shortstop," Wright said. "You need that kind of cool, calm attitude and he seemed like he took a few deep breaths and relaxed up there."

The series in Metrics (Mets at Nationals)

August, 20, 2012
A most improbable victory
The Mets won Saturday’s game in one of the most unusual manners possible. They whiffed 15 times and managed just three hits.
The Mets are now 2-2 all-time when they manage that combination. The other win came in a game against the Reds in 1965, in which they were no-hit for 10 innings by Jim Maloney (who struck out 18), but scored in the 11th on a Johnny Lewiss homer to win 1-0.

One of the losses actually came earlier this season, also against the Nationals. That makes the Mets the second team since 1920 to win such a game and lose such a game in the same season. That was also done by the 1986 Mariners, whose loss came in the game in which Roger Clemens struck out 20.

Here’s the capper to all of this. The Mets 2-2 record when whiffing at least 15 times and managing three or fewer hits looks a lot better when you look at how other teams have fared in such games.

Those other franchises: a combined 3-88 since 1920.

How Niese Won
My Stats & Information colleague, Lee Singer offers this recap of how Jonathon Niese looked so good in his win on Saturday.

Seventeen of the 22 outs Niese recorded came on his cutter (10) and curveball (7), tied for his most outs on those pitches in a game in his career.
Niese had three strikeouts on his cutter and three on his curveball, the first start of his career he had at least three with each.

Niese threw 39 percent cutters, his highest percentage in his last nine starts. Nationals hitters were 1-for-11 in at-bats ending with Niese's cutter.

Niese threw 18 of his 21 curveballs for strikes, a season-high 86 percent. He threw 12 in the zone for strikes, got the Nationals to chase another five and got a called strike on one that Pitch F/X deemed to be out of the strike zone.

Niese missed bats to get to two strikes and then kept the Nationals' bats on their shoulders to put them away. He tied a season high with nine swings and misses before two strikes and tied a career high with five called strikeouts.

Johan's not so grand start
The grand slam allowed by Johan Santana to Mike Morse was the fifth grand slam Santana has allowed with the Mets, setting a club record. He previously shared the mark with Al Leiter, Armando Benitez, Tug McGraw and Ron Taylor.

The Mets have now allowed 30 grand slams in the last five seasons, tied with the Cubs for most in the majors. The Nationals have the most against them with five.

Santana is the first pitcher to allow six earned runs or more in five straight appearances since Mike Hampton in 2001-2002 and the first to do so in a single-season since Willie Blair in 1999.

Santana has allowed at least six earned runs six times this season. The only pitchers to have more such games in a season in Mets history are Al Jackson (1962, 7) and Tom Glavine (2007, 7)

Santana currently has a 4.85 ERA. The highest single-season ERA by a Mets pitcher who threw multiple shutouts that season (remember: Santana’s no-hitter was his second straight shutout) is 4.40 by Jackson in 1962.

Tejada a road warrior
Ruben Tejada had his 16-game road hitting streak snapped on Saturday.

Only three Mets whose primary position was middle infield have had longer road hitting streaks than that – Jose Reyes (24 games in 2010, 17 in 2008), Jose Vizcaino (21 games spanning 1995 and 1996), and Ken Boswell (17 games in 1971). Edgardo Alfonzo had a 17-gamer as well, split between third base in 1998 and second base in 1999. Rey Ordonez matched Tejada's streak in 1999.

The series in 'Met'rics (Mets vs. Marlins)

August, 9, 2012
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.

Shortstop Watch
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.

Torres’ Near-Cycle
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, 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.

Ridiculous Metric of the Week: This Olson has a twin
Garrett Olson joined Bob Shaw of the 1966 Mets as the only two pitchers to make their debut for the team by coming on in relief and allowing at least four runs in one-third of an inning or less.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 4, Mets 2

August, 7, 2012

The Mets returned home and fell further below .500 after falling to the Marlins, 4-2, on Tuesday night. The Mets are now just three games out of last place in the NL East.

MARLINS GOT YOUR NUMBER: Jon Niese entered Tuesday's game with a 1-4 record in eight career starts against the Marlins, his worst winning percentage against a National League team. His ERA was 4.47 in those games.

While Miami scored all four of its runs in one inning, Niese didn't have his best day. He allowed eight hits and walked one while striking out four. All the damage came in the fourth, when he couldn't navigate the middle of Miami's lineup.

HIT FOR BAY: Before the game, manager Terry Collins essentially said the struggling Jason Bay is becoming a platoon player. Entering Tuesday, Bay was in a 2-for-31 slump.

As he now has to adjust to becoming a lefties-only batter, it will be key for Bay to find some rhythm at the plate. He was able to line a single in the fifth and score the team's second run. He had been booed in his first two at-bats and earned some sarcastic cheers after notching his single. He was 1-for-4.

HITTING STREAKS LIVE ON: Shortstop Jose Reyes and Ruben Tejada both carried hitting streaks into this one and they both kept it going. Reyes pushed his league-high streak to 25 games while Tejada is now at 12. Tejada was 1-for-5.

Reyes, in his second return to Citi Field after signing with Miami, was booed. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored. With Tejada playing well at shortstop this season, Mets fans haven't been forced to miss Reyes, who was once perhaps the most beloved Met.

UP NEXT: The Mets will turn to Chris Young (3-5, 4.22 ERA) as he will face Nathan Eovaldi (2-7, 4.66 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.

The series in 'Met'rics (Mets at Giants)

August, 3, 2012

Getty Images/Jason WatsonScott Hairston continued his late-inning mastery of the Giants.

Great Scott!
Via my colleague, Dan Braunstein, we learned that Scott Hairston became the second Met ever with a game-tying home run in the eighth inning or later and a go-ahead home run later in the same game.

The other to do it was Todd Zeile in a road win against the Phillies on June 2, 2004. The last to do it on any team was Brian McCann, who did it for the Braves last season.

It was the fourth time this season that Hairston either tied a game or put his team ahead in the seventh inning or later. The only player with more to that point in 2012 is Adam Jones with five.

The home run gave Hairston 16 home runs that either tied the game or put his team ahead in the seventh inning over the last six seasons.

Of those 16, six of them have come against the Giants. Over the last six seasons, no other player has more than three such homers against the Giants.

Great Escape
Josh Edgin bailed the Mets out in the ninth inning on Monday by striking out Marco Scutaro looking with the bases loaded and two outs to keep the game tied.

The last time a Mets pitcher preserved a tie game with a bases-loaded strikeout looking in the ninth inning or later was July 3, 2004, when John Franco struck out the Yankees’ Jorge Posada. The Mets would win the game, 10-9, in the bottom of the ninth when Kazuo Matsui beat the throw home on Shane Spencer’s nubbed ground ball.

Wacky Wednesday
Ruben Tejada snapped his 628 at-bat homerless drought with his first-inning homer in Wednesday’s wacky win. It’s the Mets first homer to lead off a game in San Francisco since Jon Nunnally hit one in 2000.

This was the seventh time the Mets opened a game in San Francisco with a home run. They’ve also done so seven times on the road against the Braves and Phillies.

Games like this are why sites like exist.

On it, we found that it is the second time in Mets history that they scored two runs or fewer and won a nine-inning game, when their combo of hits, walks, hit by pitches and reached on errors was 20 or more.

The other instance was against the Padres on May 14, 1989, a game won 2-1 on an error by Padres shortstop Luis Salazar.

Eric Hornick, the statistician for the New York Islanders telecasts, passed along that it’s the first time since June 18, 1979 against the Astros that the Mets had nine hits, nine walks, and a hit by pitch, and scored two runs or fewer.

It’s the first time that they’ve won a game with that combo.

Harvey Happenings
Matt Harvey’s second start wasn’t quite as notable as his first, but he’s distinguished himself well through two games.

Harvey set the Mets record for most strikeouts in his first two career starts with 18.

That surpassed the mark shared by Dick Selma, Bill Denehy, and Tom Seaver, who each had 13.

For more on Harvey, check out our month-in-review piece.



Bartolo Colon
12 3.82 130 167
BAD. Murphy .301
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .856
ERAJ. Niese 3.47
SOZ. Wheeler 148