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.
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
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.
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.
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
– 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.
– 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
– 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.