Hope is the best of things – June 6

Mets look for sweep today after yesterday’s win over Marlins

Behind brilliant pitching from Jon Niese, the Mets won their 2nd straight game and improved on their major league leading 21 home wins.  Niese went 7 innings and looked dominant at times.  This was Niese’s 2nd win of the season, the other coming at Philadelphia on April 30.  When Niese looks like he did yesterday, the Mets present and future look very bright as their rotation suddenly goes from worrisome to dependable.  With Pelfrey and Santana being as dominant as they have been this season, Niese’s role on this pitching staff is critical.  Let’s hope that yesterday’s start was the beginning of a consistent trend that will carry him through the rest of the season.

If Jonathon Niese can pitch as well as he did yesterday, the Mets rotation takes on a whole new look.

David Wright snapped a streak of 96 AB without a HR at Citifield. That marked the 3rd longest of his career at ANY stadium.  He went 122 at-bats at Dolphin Stadium without a home run (2004–2008) and 102 ABs at Shea Stadium (2006).

David Wright – Longest HR droughts at MLB Parks

’04-08 Dolphin Stadium        122 AB

2006   Shea Stadium               102 AB

2010    Citifield                          96 AB>>

>>Snapped streak with 2-run HR off Nate Robertson yesterday

David Wright hit his first HR at Citifield since Opening Day in the Mets win yesterday.

Jeff Francouer continued his hot hitting by going 2-4 with an RBI. He now has RBI in 3 consecutive games and has a 9-game hitting streak.  Here is a breakdown of Francouer’s incredibly streaky season.

Games                    10                29             17

BA                          .457            .124          .379

RBI                            7                12              11

Multi-hit games       6                  0               7

First Column: April 5-16, 2nd Column: April 17-May 18, 3rd Column: May 19-Present.

Jeff Francouer can lift his head up with his solid play of late.

With a win today the Mets will have their first 3-game win streak vs the Marlins since September 21-23, 2007 when the Mets were attempting to hold on to the NL East lead.  For those of you who remember, in the first game of that four-game set, the Mets trailed 4-3 entering the 9th inning when they rallied for 4 runs thanks in part to a PH 3-run double by Marlon Anderson and a big 2-out hit by Carlos Beltran.  Taking a 7-4 into the bottom of the ninth, Billy Wagner was unavailable due to back pain.  Jorge Sosa and Pedro Feliciano were unable to hold on to the lead as the Marlins rallied for 3 runs to tie the game.  The Marlins won it in the bottom of the 10th on a Dan Uggla double.

I remember seeing the Phillies reaction to this loss on SportsCenter and they were jumping all around and celebrating. That ONE game cost the Mets a postseason berth.

The Marlins celebrate as Hanley Ramirez scores the winning run in a game that cost the Mets the 2007 NL East title.

Ike Davis breaks into rare territory

Ike Davis collected his first career 4-hit game yesterday while scoring 3 runs in the Mets 6-1 win.  Davis became just the 5th first baseman in Mets history to go 4-4 or better with 3 runs scored.

Mets First Baseman to Go 4-4 or Better With 3 Runs Scored

2010   Ike Davis                     vs FLA           W, 6-1

2002   Mo Vaughn                vs MTL           L, 11-8

1998    John Olerud              vs MT L          W, 8-4

1985    Keith Hernandez      vs SD              W, 12-4

1965    Jim Hickman            vs STL            W, 6-3

Around the majors

– The Braves rallied to score 7 runs in the 7th inning and overcome a 2-0 deficit to win their 10th game in last 11.

– The Phillies snapped a 12-game streak of scoring 3 runs or less with a 6-2 win over the Padres.  In that game Jamie Moyer became just the 3rd pitcher in MLB history to win 100 games after turning 40 years old.  Moyer threw his 2nd complete game of the season last night, and at age 47 he is the 2nd oldest pitcher in MLB history to throw a complete game (Phil Niekro was the oldest).

Most Wins after turning 40 – Major League History

Phil Niekro           121

Jack Quinn           104

Jamie Moyer       100>>

>> Includes win Saturday

Digger Phelps son-in-law became the 3rd pitcher in MLB history to win 100 games after his 40th birthday.

– The Reds defeated the Nationals behind Mike Leake who is now 5-0 in his rookie season.  Leake joined Johnny Couch in 1922, Herm Wehmeier in 1948 and Santo Alcala in 1976 as the only other Reds pitchers to win their first five decisions in their rookie season.

– Dontrelle Willis made his first start as a Diamondback and threw 6 shutout innings in Arizona’s 4-3 win over the Rockies.

Dontrelle Willis was all smiles in winning his first start with the Diamondbacks.

– The Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 3-2 in 14 innings to thwart Andy Pettitte’s chance of becoming the 3rd player to win 200 career games with the Yankees (Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing are the others).  Mark Teixeira struck out 5 times in the Yankees loss.

Yankees to strike out 5 times in a game – team history

Mark Teixeira        2010  vs TOR

Melky Cabrera       2007 vs  LAA

Andy Phillips          2005  vs TB

Bernie Williams      1991   vs KC

Stan Bahnsen         1968   vs CAL

Mark Teixiera joined a rare list of Yankees with his 5 K performance in yesterday's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

– Tommy Hunter’s complete game helped the Rangers defeat the Rays to send the Rays to their 8th loss in last 12 games.  Josh Hamilton homered for the Rangers and now is 10-22 in June.

– Jon Lester improved to 11-0 vs the Orioles in his career.  After going 0-2 with a 8.44 ERA in his first 3 starts, Lester in now 7-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last 9 starts.

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About Mark Kelly - CKMagicSports

Sports Historian that is well versed at the four major sports first, then College Hoops, Football, Olympics, Tennis, Golf and NASCAR. Former ESPN Researcher in Bristol, CT. After a 10-year career working in everything from SportsCenter to ESPNNEWS to Cold Pizza. Had to retire due to complications from Cancer treatment. I am a now 25-year survivor that still suffers everyday from the side effects of chemotherapy & radiation. Suffer from Crohn's disease and Lymphedema everyday and started a website called CKMagicSports.com that I do podcasts on that you can help support by clicking on KNOCKOUTCANCER link on my CKMagicSports website. https://www.gofundme.com/KOCANCER Read more about my 25-year battle with the disgusting side effects of this disease here. http://www.ckmagicsports.com/marks-story/
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