Hope is the best of things – June 7

Mets rally from down 5-0 to complete 3-game sweep of Marlins

Jeff Francouer continued his hot hitting as he went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBI as he extended his hit streak to 10 games and his RBI streak to four games.  The Mets have now won 8 straight home games (this is the Mets second win streak of at least 8 straight games at home this season).  The last time the Mets had 2 separate winning streaks of at least 8 games at home was in 1990).  The Mets completed their first 3-game sweep of the Florida Marlins at home since June 26-28, 2000.

New York Mets Series Sweeps at least 3 games vs Marlins in team history

June 4-6, 2010

June 26-28, 2000

June 22-24, 1999

Thanks to Jeff Francouer, the Mets swept the Marlins at home for just the third time in team history.

Jose Reyes seems to be falling back into his slump again as he has just one hit in his last 19 AB.  Reyes has also not scored a run in his last 5 games.  With Reyes not having scored during the Mets 3-game win streak, this marks just the 7th time in his career with the Mets that the Mets have won 3 straight games WITHOUT Reyes scoring a run (keep in mind these are only games that Reyes plays in).  If the Mets win on Tuesday and Reyes does not score it will tie the record for longest Mets win streak without Reyes scoring a run.

Mets longest win streaks without Reyes scoring a run

August           17-20      2006      4 games

June                4-6         2010      3 games*

September     1-3         2008      3 games

August            7-9         2008      3 games

July                 8-10       2008      3 games

July                20-22      2006      3 games

Sept/Oct       29-1         2005      3 games

>Spans Jose Reyes’ entire career (2003-Present)

*Active streak

Jose Reyes' recent play has very few people jumping for joy.

David Wright went 3-5 and is blistering hot over his last 7 games in which he has hit safely in all 7 games.  Wright has already equaled his HR total for all of last season when he hit his 10th HR on Saturday.     Wright’s strikeouts are also way down over the last 7 games, having not struck out in 5 of those 7 games.  His current streak of 10 AB without a strikeout ties a season-high for most AB without a K.  His current 3-game stretch without a K is the longest streak of consecutive games in which he has not struck out this season.

David Wright – Numbers during current 7-game hit streak

H-AB                    13-25

BA                          .520

HR                             2

RBI                            6

Runs                          8

Strikeouts                 4>>

>>Has not struck out in 10 straight AB (tied for season-high)

David Wright has found his stroke recently hitting over .500 with 8 runs scored in his last 7 games, while cutting down on the strikeouts.

Ryota Igarashi came on to pitch the 7th inning yesterday and continued his HORRID pitching since coming off the DL.  Igarashi threw 32 pitches in the 7th inning allowing 1 run while giving up a hit and 2 walks.  After a promising beginning to the season in which Jerry Manuel even handed him the 8th inning role, Igarashi has been beyond terrible since coming off the DL.

Ryota Igarashi – Before and since return from DL

Games        7              6

IP               6.2          4.0

H                 3              11

ER               1              12

ERA           1.35       27.00

K/BB          3/4          1/5

WHIP        1.13         4.00

The Mets won't keep standing around if Igarashi continues to implode like he has since coming off the DL.

Sunday’s game marked the 4th time this season that the Mets have rallied from down by at least 4 runs and tie or take the lead.  They are 2-2 in those games.  In all of those game the Mets have rallied in the 6th inning or later in each of them.

Mets rallying to tie/go ahead when down by 4+ runs at home in 2010

vs Marlins          June 6          trailed 5-0 in 6th         W, 7-6

vs Nationals       May 11         trailed 6-2 in 8th         W, 8-6

vs Giants            May 9           trailed 4-0 in 6th         L, 6-5

vs Marlins          April 7           trailed 6-1 in 7th         L, 7-6

Around the majors

– Ubaldo Jimenez improved to 11-1 despite his consecutive scoreless inning streak ending at 33.  He has a 0.93 ERA through 12 starts this season which is fourth-best in major league history.  The Rockies snapped a 3-game losing streak with their 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Best ERA Through 12 Starts – MLB History

Dutch Leonard           0.83        1914

Al Benton                    0.89        1945

Walter Johnson          0.93        1918

Ubaldo Jimenez          0.93       2010

Walter Johnson          0.95        1914

Ubaldo Jimenez continued his dominance yesterday to improve to 11-1 on the season with a 0.93 ERA.

– The Brewers defeated the Cardinals 4-3 in 10 innings despite another strong performance by Cardinals rookie starter Jaime Garcia.  Garcia allowed 2 ER in 6 IP and has not allowed more than 2 ER in any of his 11 starts this season.

Most Consecutive Starts; 2 or Fewer ER – To Start Season Last 10 Years

2008    Edinson Volquez       CIN     12

2010    Ubaldo Jimenez        COL    12<<

2010    Jaime Garcia             STL     11<<

2009    Zack Greinke            KC       10

2004    Jake Peavy                SD       10

<<Active streaks

Jaime Garcia has been dominant so far in his rookie season.

– The Padres defeated the Phillies in extra-innings 6-5 thanks to 8.1 scoreless innings from their bullpen.  The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the 10th but Tony Gwynn threw out Placido Polanco trying to go to third with one out on a single by Chase Utley.  After giving up what would have been a game-tying single to Ryan Howard, Heath Bell struck out Jason Werth to end the game.

– Matt Capps blew his 4th save in his last 6 save opportunities as the Nationals lost to the Reds 5-4.  The Nationals rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth after a Scott Rolen HR had put the Reds up, but allowed a run in the 10th to lose for the 5th time in their last 6 games.

Matt Capps waits for the ball back from the umpire after allowing a HR to Scott Rolen blowing his 4th save in his last 6 opportunities.

– The Dodgers defeated the Braves 5-4 in 11 innings giving the Braves their 3rd walk-off win in their last 5 games.  Martin Prado extended his hit streak to 11 games going 3-6 on the day.  Prado also scored a run in the game which extended his run scoring streak to 11 games (longest in majors this season).

Most Hits – National League 2010

Martin Prado                   ATL      80

Ryan Braun                      MIL      71

Chase Headley                    SD      66

Albert Pujols                     STL      66

Andrew A. McCutchen    PIT       66

Around the majors

– Rays defeat the Rangers to avoid the sweep and improve to a MLB best 22-8 on the road this season.

– Angles win their 5th straight with a 9-4 win over the Mariners.  The Angels are now just a 1/2 game back of the AL West leading Texas Rangers.  The Mariners have lost 3 straight and are a MLB-worst 5-16 in day games this season.

– The A’s improve to a MLB-best 11-4 in one-run games and avoid a sweep with a 5-4 win over the Twins.

The A's improved to a MLB-best 11-4 in one-run games with their 5-4 victory over the Twins yesterday.

– The Orioles defeat the Red Sox in 11 innings, snapping their 10-game losing streak and reward Juan Samuel with his first victory as a manager.  The Red Sox are now a MLB-worst 1-7 in extra-innings this season.

Worst W-L this season – Extra Inning Games

Red Sox     1-7<<

Mariners    1-6

Nationals    1-5

<<0-4 vs Orioles

The Orioles defeated the Red Sox in 11 innings to improve to 4-0 vs them in extra-innings this season.

– The Yankees score 4 runs in the 8th inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit and avoid the sweep from the Blue Jays.  Javier Vazquez won for the 4th time in his last 5 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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