Mets split DH with Padres
Yesterday was a rare occasion where each team dominated in a very similar fashion. In the first game, Mat Latos handcuffed the Mets, as did Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Heath Bell, as they retired the final 22 Mets to come to bat. Those are the types of games where most fans cry about their team not trying. This was not the case yesterday. As much as I asked myself “Who are these guys” that seem to grow on the Padres bullpen tree, I quickly found out after looking up their numbers.
As shocked as I was the see the names and the ERAs of the pitchers on the Padres, these guys can throw. Latos has NASTY stuff, and who really knows where Gregerson or Adams came from, but combined they have allowed just 13 ER in 60.2 IP this season (1.92 ERA) while holding opponents to a .133 BA. They also have not allowed a run in their last combined 22.2 IP.
Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams – Combined Stats in 2010
Opp. BA .133
After Henry Blanco went deep in the second inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead, the Mets didn’t have another player reach base. Sometimes you have to tip your cap to the other team, and these pitchers on the Padres deserved it in Game 1.
Game 2 was a very different story. Jon Niese took the mound for the Mets looking for his second straight victory. What he gave the Mets almost mirrored the output of the Padres from the 2nd inning on in Game 1. Niese allowed just one runner to reach base (Chris Denorfia) who led off the 3rd inning with a opposite-field double. From there on out, Niese faced 21 batters and retired them all.
Overall it was probably the most effective Mets performance I have ever seen from a Mets starter. The start was just Niese’s 18th in his career. Thanks to good friend and ESPN researcher Mark Simon, he helped put Niese’s accomplishment in perspective.
Niese became just the just the 8th pitcher in baseball history to throw a shutout where only ONE player reached base. Niese became just the 2nd Met pitcher to throw a SHO where 1 player reached base (joining Tom Seaver in 1969). Amazingly, Game 1 starter Mat Latos accomplished this same feat less than a month ago. Overall, it was the 23rd time during the regular season a Mets pitcher has thrown a complete game one-hitter of nine innings or more (Bobby Jones threw a one-hitter in the 2000 NLDS).
Pitchers to throw CG of 9+ IP – First 18 games
Allowed 0 or 1 base runner – MLB history
2010 Jon Niese NYM-18th start
2010 Mat Latos SD -17th start
2008 Hiroki Kuroda LAD -16th start
1986 Jimmy Jones SD -1st start
1970 Vida Blue OAK -16th start>
1966 Woody Fryman PIT -17th start
1958 Von McDaniel STL -9th start
1922 Charlie Robertson CHW -5th start>>
>> Perfect game
(Special thanks to Mark Simon and Baseball-Reference for their help on this. For a deeper perspective on Niese’s accomplishment, see Mark’s article on ESPN.com http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/4574/10-things-to-know-nieses-one-hitter)
For the series with the Padres the Mets hit a combined .196 with 7 runs scored. I kept wondering how the Padres could be 10 games over .500. Now I know that they are because they have great pitchers who no one knows. Jason Bay had by far the worst series for Mets hitters, going 0-9 with ZERO RBI and ZERO runs scored. In his last 9 games Bay is hitting just .189 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
Jason Bay – Last 9 games
BA RISP .100 (1-10)
>Has not homered in his last 58 AB (3rd longest streak this season)
Mets travel to Baltimore to take on the Orioles
Tonight, the Mets travel to Camden Yards to face the team with the majors worst record in the Baltimore Orioles. This will be the Mets 2nd straight season playing at Camden and the 6th time since interleague play started in 1997. Overall the Mets are 8-6 in 14 games played there.
Mets W-L at Camden Yards
Overall this will be the 7th time that they have faced the Orioles as the Mets have won 13 of the 22 all-time regular season matchups between these two teams (don’t forget the Mets won the 1969 World Series vs the Orioles in 5 games). Hopefully Jason Bay will be able to regain some of his offensive touch as he has historically done well at Camden Yards.
Jason Bay – Career at Camden Yards
R.A. Dickey takes his perfect 3-0 record as Met out there against Jeremy Guthrie whom the Mets beat last season in there only win against the Orioles. This will be the Mets first visit to an AL park this season. They also travel to Cleveland and the Bronx to face the Yankees. Historically, the Mets have not done well playing on the road against the AL, as they have had just 2 seasons of winning records since inter-league play began in 1997. Overall they are 44-63 (.411) on the road in inter-league play.
Mets W-L on road vs American League opponents