Hope is the best of things – June 24

Mets win 2nd straight vs Tigers

After the Mets loss on Sunday, I said that this home stand coming up was one that would make or break this season.  So far the Mets have responded.  Last night they got another strong performance from R.A. Dickey, throwing 8 shutout innings and Jose Reyes, who had 3 hits, scored 3 runs and homered.  The 5-0 win was the Mets 10th shutout of the season which leads the majors.

Most shutouts – MLB 2010

Mets           10

Rockies        9

Padres         9

Athletics      7

R.A. Dickey allowed 4 hits in 8 shutout innings last night to lead the Mets to their major league leading 10th shutout.

Reyes is back to form

After looking overwhelmed and overmatched for most of the 2010 season, Jose Reyes has finally returned to his 2006-07 form.  The low point of the season for Reyes came on May 19th when suffering through a 4-32 slump his average had dipped to .210. Since then Reyes has raised his average to a now season-high .283.

Jose Reyes – 2010 Season

Through May 19  BA .210    OBP .248    Slug .280    Runs  20    HR 0    RBI 11

Since May 19>>   BA .372    OBP .413    Slug .620    Runs  28     HR 6    RBI 19

>> .435 BA, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 18 runs in last 14 games

When Jose Reyes is hot, there is no more exciting player in baseball to watch.

Last night Reyes had his 2nd straight game with 3 hits and scoring 3 runs.  Only 4 other players in Mets history have accomplished that feat.

3+ Runs, 3+ hits in consecutive games – Mets History

Jose Reyes                  June 22-23, 2010

Edgardo Alfonzo        September 10-11, 1997

Kelly Stinnett             June 6-7, 1994

Gary Carter                September 3-4, 1985

Ron Hunt                    May 14-15, 1966

SOURCE: Elias/ESPN

Gary Carter is one of 5 Mets to collect 3+ hits and score 3+ runs in consecutive games.

Back to Dickey

R. A. Dickey won his 6th straight start last night, becoming the first Mets since Mike Pelfrey in 2008 to win six straight starts.  Including his no-decision in his first start with the Mets, Dickey has gone at least 6 innings in all of his starts.  Since starting his six game win streak, no pitcher in the majors has more wins the Dickey.

Most Wins – Starters Since May 25th

R. A. Dickey             6

Freddy Garcia         5

Phil Hughes              5

Mets love interleague play

With their win last night, the Mets improved to 11-3 in interleague play and 8-0 against teams other than the Yankees.  The Mets 11 wins this season are the 2nd most in a single season against the American League since interleague play started in 1997. In 1999 the Mets won 12 games vs the AL, but that year the Mets played 18 games vs the AL, not the 15 that they have played every year since 2001.

Most Wins vs AL teams – Single season

1999        12

2010        11>>

2008         9

2000         9

1998          9

>>have 4 more games remaining

The Mets 11 wins this season vs AL opponents is their 2nd most since interleague play began in 1997.

Takahashi takes on Mr. Should-Be-Perfect game tonight

Hisanori Takahashi will get a chance to extend the Mets winning streak to 3 games tonight and sweep the Tigers when he faces off against Armando Galarraga.  Since throwing his perfect game (that didn’t count), Galarraga has had 3 straight no-decisions while posting a 4.24 ERA.  Galarraga is 4-3 with a 4.99 ERA in 11 career starts vs NL teams.

Armando Galarraga covers first base as Jason Donald hits the bag and first base umpire Jim Joyce looks on. Joyce called Donald safe robbing Galarraga of his perfect game.

Since getting knocked around by San Diego and Florida, Takahashi has responded well in his last 2 starts, winning both of them while allowing 1 run on 10 hits in 13 innings. In his 3 starts vs AL opponents this season, Takahashi is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA.

Hisanori Takahashi vs AL opponents

Starts          3

W-L           2-0

ERA           0.47

Opp. BA    .221

K per 9       4.3

Takahashi has been outstanding in his 3 starts vs AL opponents.

Top 10 regular season moments in Mets history (to see moments 10-4 look at previous dates of Hopeisthebestofthings)

3. Ball on Wall Miracle Keys Mets win vs Pirates – the date was September 20, 1973.  The Mets entered the game trailing the 1st place Pirates by 1-and-a-half games.  Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th the Mets were down to their final out with the tying run on 2nd and only backup catcher Duffy Dyer to pinch hit for pitcher Harry Parker.  Dyer doubled off Ramon Hernandez to tie the game at 3.  In the top of the 13th Dave Augustine of the Pirates was at the plate with 2 outs and Richie Zisk on first base.  Augustine hit a drive that appeared to be going for a home run. Instead, it hit the point at the very top of the wall, going directly on a fly into Cleon Jones’ hands. Jones whirled and threw to Wayne Garrett, who had been moved to shortstop, who then threw to Ron Hodges at the plate for the out.  In the bottom of the inning, Ron Hodges singled in John Milner to give the Mets a 4-3 win and move them within a half-game of first place.  The next night the Mets beat the Pirates bad, 10-2, to take over first place where they would remain for the rest of the season.

Mets catcher Ron Hodges not only tagged out Zisk, but got the game-winning hit in the bottom of the inning.

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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