Hope is the best of things – June 16

Mets win 4th straight on road

The Mets set a new team high for a single-season with their 4th straight road win vs an American League opponent.  After struggling through the first 4 innings, Johan Santana was reprieved of a 4-1 deficit thanks to a 5-run 5th inning for the Mets.     After being given the lead, Santana retired 9 of his final 10 batters, handing a 7-4 lead to the bullpen.  K-Rod survived a 2-run HR by Shelly Duncan in the 9th, but held on to record his 14th save in 17 chances.

Jose Reyes continued his hot play, going 1-4 and scoring 2 runs, including scoring from 2nd base in the 5th inning on a David Wright ground out.  Reyes has been hot again over the last 7 games hitting .448 with 6 runs scored.

The Mets rallied from down 4-1 in this game marking the 4th time (all since May 11th) that the Mets have rallied from at least 3 runs down to win a game this season.

Mets largest deficits overcome to win game – 2010 season

June 6 vs FLA          Down 5-0  heading into bottom 6th      Won 7-6

May 11 vs WSH        Down 6-1 heading into bottom 8th       Won 8-6

June 15 at CLE         Down 4-1 after 4 innings                        Won 7-6

June 4 vs FLA          Down 3-0 heading into bottom 3rd       Won 4-3

Thanks to Santana's grit and Reyes aggressive base running, the Mets won their 5th straight game.

Longest single-season road win streaks; vs American League opponents

2010         4  (June 11-Current)

2008         3  (May 17-June 16)

2003         3  (June 11-13)

2001         3  (June 10-13)

1999          3  (June 6-July 16)

Wright continues on hot streak

David Wright went 3-5 last night with 3 RBI.  Since May 30th (span of 14 games) Wright has been on a roll.  Over that span he is hitting .453 with 17 RBI.  Perhaps the most impressive thing for Wright is that he is averaging a strikeout every 5 AB over this stretch, compared to striking out every 2.7 AB from the start of season through May 29th.  Another striking number during this streak is Wright is hitting .545 with RISP over that span.

David Wright Since May 30th

Games                14

BA                     .453 (24-53)

HR                        4

RBI                     17

BA with RISP   .545 (6-11)

K per AB             1 every 5

David Wright deserves all the high-fives he can get for the way he has played in the last 2 weeks.

Wright has also now driven in a run in 5 straight games.  This marks the 10th time in his career that Wright has done this, and the first time since September 21-25, 2008. He can tie his career-high for most consecutive games with an RBI tonight if he does so for the 6th straight game.

David Wright – Streaks of at least 5 consecutive games w/RBI; by seasons

2010  –   1 (5-game streak)

2009  –   0

2008  –   2 (both 5 game-streaks)

2007  –   3 (two 5-game streaks and a 6-game streak)

2006  –   4 (three 6-game streaks and one 5-game streak)

2005  –   0

2004  –   0

David Wright recorded 3 hits and drove in 3 runs for the 2nd straight game yesterday. This was the 2nd time he has done that, as he also did that in 2009.  Only two other players in Mets history have accomplished this feat.

3 hits/3 RBI consecutive games Mets history

2010  David Wright        June 14-16

2009  David Wright        May 15-16

2008  Carlos Delgado      September 7-9

1985   Gary Carter          September 3-4

Source: Elias/ESPN

The Mets have now won 16 of their last 21 games and are 10-2 in the month of June.   The 10-2 record is the best in the majors for June.  Recently, Mets teams have struggled during this month as the Mets have just one season above .500 since 2000.

The Mets have been celebrating wins at a much greater pace recently.

Best W-L in June – MLB

NY Mets              10-2        .833

NY Yankees        10-3        .769

Texas Rangers    10-4        .714

LA Angels            10-5        .667

Tonight, Jonathon Niese goes for his 3rd straight win as he takes on Mitch Talbot of the Indians.  Both are making their first appearance against either team.  The Mets are now 8 games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 season.

Jon Niese will look to build off his dominating performance of a week ago tonight against the Indians.

In yesterday’s blog, I listed the Top 10 (+2) worst moments in Mets history, at least my perspective of them.  Today I will start on the Top 10 greatest moments in Mets history.  However, this list will be a little different as I will break it up into regular season and postseason. Each day for the next 20 days I will add another.  So…here is number 10 starting with the regular season.

10 Greatest Moment in Mets Regular Season History

10. – Mets pitchers SHO, drive in runs in DH (9/12/69) – Entering their doubleheader vs the Pirates on September 12, 1969, the Mets held a 2.5 game lead over the Chicago Cubs.  In game one Mets starter Jerry Koosman threw a 3-hit SHO in the Mets 1-0 win.  Koosman also drove in the Mets only run of the game with a 5th inning single to score Bobby Pfeil.  In game 2, Don Cardwell threw 8 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits, while Tug McGraw came on in the 9th to retire the side as the Mets won again 1-0.  Like Koosman in game 1, Cardwell also drove in the Mets only run when he singled in Bud Harrelson in the 2nd inning.  The Mets won both games 1-0 with the pitcher driving in the only run in both games.  Amazing.  The Mets lead grew to 3.5 games and 13 days later they clinched the NL East.

Help Fund for Cancer Survivors

I might as well use this blog to educate people that cancer survivors out there need your help.  Many of us (myself included) have suffered awful side effects from the chemotherapy and radiation.  As a result of my treatment, I now suffer from Hemochromotosis, Crohn’s Disease and Lymphedema.  I had to retire in April 2008 after being diagnosed with Hemochromotosis. Disability payments are not NEARLY enough to live on and many of us in situations like mine need help.  PLEASE help me by donating to a fund to start a foundation for cancer survivors.  If you want more information or are looking for something like this and want to become involved, check out our facebook page or email me.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Help-Start-a-Foundation-or-Fund-for-Cancer-Survivors/108359165870155?ref=ts

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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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