Hope is the best of things – June 18

Lakers win NBA title

Before I start on the Mets, I want to send out my congratulations to the Lakers for winning their 16th NBA title.  They overcame a 13-point 2nd half deficit to rally for the win, outscoring the Celtics 47-30 in the final 20:23.  Kobe Bryant was named MVP of the NBA Finals.  Bryant now joins Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to win multiple Finals MVP awards, regular season MVP awards, and NBA titles.

Most Championships NBA History

Celtics     17       last won in 2008

Lakers    16       2010

Bulls          6       last won in 1998

Spurs        4        last won in 2007

Kobe helped the Lakers franchise finally defeat the Celtics in a Game 7. The Lakers now have won 16 NBA titles, one less than Boston.

Dickey improves to 5-0, sets new Mets record

R.A. Dickey worked 6 innings last night allowing 7 hits and 2 ER in the Mets 6-4 win last night.  Dickey became the first Mets starter in team history to start a career with the Mets 5-0.  Pedro Feliciano and Elmer Dessens worked the 7th and 8th innings, while K-Rod came on the earn his 15th save of the season by striking out the side in the 9th.

R.A. Dickey improved to 5-0 on the season, becoming the first starter in Mets history to win his first 5 decisions.

Elmer Dessens pitched a perfect 8th inning for the Mets, and has literally come from nowhere to become the Mets dependable 8th inning man.  In his last 8 appearances, Dessens has thrown 9 innings, allowing zero runs and just 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4.

Elmer Dessens last 9 appearances

W-L           1-0

ERA           0.00

IP                9

Opp. BA    .120

K-BB          4-2

Holds           4

Elmer Dessens has become a reliable reliever for Jerry Manuel and the Mets this season.

Wright sets new career-high for consecutive games with RBI

David Wright went 1-5 last night with an RBI.  He has now driven in a run in each of his last 7 games.  That is the longest RBI streak for a Mets player since both Carlos Beltran had a streak of 8 straight games in 2006.  Wright is hitting .413 with 20 RBI since May 30th.

Longest Mets RBI streaks, Since 2001

Edgardo Alfonzo       July 2002          9 games

Carlos Beltran           June 2006         8 games

Carlos Delgado          June 2006         8 games

David Wright             June 2010         7 games

Jeromy Burnitz         July  2003         7 games

>>Mike Piazza holds the Mets record with 15 consecutive games with an RBI

David Wright's current RBI streak is the longest one for the Mets since Carlos Beltran and Delgado each put together 8-game streaks in June of 2006.

Mets explosive offense in last 4 games

The Mets offense has been outstanding the last 4 games of this road trip, as they have scored 32 total runs over that span.  The Mets have posted a .365 BA while collecting 58 hits and hit 5 HR.  The Mets have at least 12 hits in each of their last 4 games. That is one game shy of the all-time Mets record for consecutive games with at least 12 hits.

Most consecutive games with 12+ hits – team history

June 11-15, 1990             5 games

April 17-21, 1976             5 games

June 13-17, 2010             4 games>>

>>7 other times Mets have collected at least 12 hits in 4 straight games.  The most recent streak before this current one was from May 13-16, 2009.

Mets offensive totals, last 4 games

BA             .365

Hits              58

Runs            32

HR                5

RBI              31

Slug Pct.    .541

OBP           .380

The Mets offense, led by David Wright and Jose Reyes, have put up great numbers recently.

Mets get ready to take on Yankees in Subway Series 2010 Part II

Tonight the Mets travel to the Bronx to take on their fellow NYC occupant.  The Mets took 2 of 3 from the Yankees at Citifield in May and both teams are playing extremely well right now.  The Yankees had won 4 straight overall and 9 straight at home before losing the last 2 nights vs the Phillies.  The Mets are on a 7-game winning streak, having won 6 of them on the road.  The Yankees, like the Mets, have enjoyed much success at home this season.

Best home winning percentage – 2010 season

Braves           .750    21-7

Yankees        .719     23-9

Mets              .706     24-10

Tigers            .697     23-10

Rangers         .676     23-11

The Yankees have played excellent baseball at home this season losing just 9 of 32 games there.

The Mets will look to do something that they haven’t done much, and that’s win a season series from the Yankees.  Going back to their first meeting in 1997, the Mets have only taken the season series from the Yankees twice, in 2008 and 2004.

Mets season series record vs Yankees

Series wins           2

Series losses         6

Series ties             5

>>Mets are 14-22 all-time at Yankee Stadium (new and old).  They have only won 2 series at the Yankees (swept them in 2008 and won 2 of 3 in 2005).

Mets take on familiar foe in Vazquez

Tonight the Yankees will throw Javier Vazquez who won the Yankees only game at Citifield earlier this season when he went 6 innings and allowed just one run.  In his career Vazquez is 10-8 vs the Mets with a 3.24 ERA.

Javier Vazquez career vs NYM

Starts             24

W-L                10-8

ERA                3.24

Opp. BA         .234

K/BB              145/35

Vazquez will also be looking to expand upon a very impressive streak.  He has struck out at least one batter in 333 consecutive games.

Most Consecutive Games With Strikeout – Expansion Era (Since 1961)

Nolan Ryan         382

Randy Johnson   351

Dwight Gooden   349

Javier Vazquez   333<<

Curt Schilling      331

<<Active streak

New York Mets top 10 moments in regular season history

8.  Hojo takes Worrell Deep; leads to sweep of STL – the date was April 24, 1986 and the Mets were in St. Louis for the first of a 4-game series.  The prior season the Mets had lost the NL East to the Cardinals, and in their first meeting of 1986, the Cards had won in extra-innings in the only game of a series at Shea thanks to rainouts. The Cardinals took a 4-2 lead into the 9th inning and put their closer Todd Worrell on the mound.  With 1 out and George Foster on third, Howard Johnson crushed a Worrell fastball over the right field wall to tie the game.  The Mets wound up winning the game in the 10th inning on a Foster RBI single.  From there on the Mets swept the remaining 3 games of the series and set the tone for the 1986 season.

For his career Howard Johnson was 6-13 with 4 HR vs Todd Worrell.

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 an 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 want to become involved, check out our facebook page or email me.

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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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