Everything going Wright for Mets
July, 5, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDavid Wright is mobbed by his teammates after recording his first walk-off hit since 2008.The New York Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Philadelphia Phillies. After finishing 7-11 against the Phillies last season, the Mets have won eight of 12 games against Philadelphia this year.
The hero for the Mets on Thursday was David Wright. The third baseman, who drove in four (or more) runs for the third time in his last eight games, won the game with a single to break a ninth-inning tie. It was his seventh career walk-off hit, but first since 2008.
Including a walk-off sacrifice fly in 2006, it was Wright’s eighth career game-ending RBI, tying Kevin McReynolds for the Mets record.
Wright's game-winning single came on an inside fastball out of the strike zone. This season, Wright is 10-for-57 (.175) in at-bats ending with pitches outside the strike zone.
All 10 hits have come against inside fastballs. Wright is 10-for-23 (.435) in at-bats ending with an inside fastball out of the strike zone this season.
With his game-winning hit against Jonathan Papelbon, Elias informs us that Wright is the first player to have walk-off hits against both Papelbon and Mariano Rivera.
Papelbon has three losses this season, with two of those against the Mets.
The Mets were able to win despite a subpar start from R.A. Dickey. After allowing only one earned run in his previous seven starts against National League opponents, Dickey allowed five runs in seven innings against the Phillies.
The run that the Phillies scored in the first inning snapped a streak of 20 consecutive starts for Dickey without allowing a run in the opening frame. The last team to score against Dickey in the first was the Washington Nationals on September 2, 2011.
Around the League
• The Mets weren’t the only NL East team to rally for a ninth-inning win. The Nationals won for the first time in 27 games this season when trailing after eight innings. They beat the San Francisco Giants, who had been 40-0 when leading after eight in 2012.
• The Chicago White Sox finished up a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers. It was the first time this season that the Rangers were swept in a series of at least three games. That leaves the White Sox as the only team that hasn’t been swept this season.
• Jim Thome picked up his first RBI with the Baltimore Orioles, the sixth club for which he has driven in a run. The only player with more career RBI than Thome who drove in runs for more teams was Al Simmons with seven.
• The Pittsburgh Pirates moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since 1992. That bodes well for the Bucs, since 1992 was the last time they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs.