Hope is the best of things – June 25-26

Mets fail to sweep Tigers, win 1st game vs Twins

Trailing 6-1 in the 6th inning on Thursday, the Mets rallied for 4 runs and had the tying run on third with 1 out and David Wright at the plate.  Wright struck out on a few pitches that would have walked in the tying run and the Mets never got that close again.  Even though Wright has picked up the pace considerably of late, he still has way too many of these instances where he fails to come through especially late in the game.

David Wright since 2008 – Runner on 3rd less than 2 outs tied or behind by 2 runs or less in the 7th inning or later

H-AB      2-10

RBI            2

K                6

Despite being on a recent hot streak, Wright still tends to choke in big spots.

Last night, Mike Pelfrey again was without his best stuff but fought enough to get the win.  He went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs in earning his 10th win of the season.  Jose Reyes had 2 hits and scored a run, while David Wright, Jason Bay and Ike Davis each had hits that scored runs.  K-Rod came on to earn his 17th save despite once again allowing 2 base runners in an outing.  Pelfrey is now 6-0 at home this season and 8-0 in night starts.

Mike Pelfrey fought threw 6 innings to earn his 10th victory of the season for the Mets.

Most consecutive wins at home to start season – Mets SP last 20 seasons

2010  Mike Pelfrey         6

2005  Jae Weong Seo     5

2000  Al Leiter                5

2004  Al Leiter                4

SOURCE: ESPN

Mike Pelfrey – 2010 night vs day starts

Day Starts            5 starts   W-L: 2-2   ERA: 5.28   Opp. BA: .303   WHIP: 1.57

Night Starts       10 starts   W-L: 8-0   ERA: 1.57   Opp. BA: .216    WHIP: 1.07

Last night the Mets won their 12th interleague game which ties the most wins against the AL since interleague play began in 1997.  In 1999 the Mets also won 12 games vs the American League.  The Mets have the next 2 days to break the record.

Thanks to great instinctive plays, like this Ruben Tejada slide to avoid Joe Mauer's tag, the Mets are one win away from setting a team record for wins vs AL opponents in a single season.

Most Wins vs AL teams – Single season

2010        12>>

1999        12

2008         9

2000         9

1998          9

>>have 2 more games remaining vs AL opponents

Tonight Johan Santana will face his former team.  Santana will become the 9th pitcher since 2003 to start a game against a team that they previously won a Cy Young Award with.  Last night Roy Halladay defeated the Blue Jays in the same situation. Carl Pavano will go for the Twins.  Pavano will be making his 20th career start vs the Mets (his first since 2005 with Florida).

Carl Pavano – Career vs Mets

Games           20 (19 starts)

W-L               7-7>>

ERA               3.60

Opp. BA        .259

>>6-1 since 2002 vs Mets

Carl Pavano will be making his 20th career start vs the Mets tonight.

Top 10 Mets regular season moments (to see moments 10-3 see previous editions of hopeisthebestofthings)

2. Piazza lights up New York after 9/11 – the date was September 21, 2001 and America and especially New York was in mourning after the terrorist attacks of September 11th.  The Mets were in the midst of an amazing run that had seen them knock 7-and-a-half games off the Braves lead in the last month.  Trailing the Braves by 5-and-a-half games entering this game, the Mets had a chance to cut the lead to 2-and-a-half with a sweep with 12 more games remaining.  A pitchers duel between Bruce Chen and Jason Marquis saw the Braves break a 1-1 tie with a 2-out RBI double by Brian Jordan off Armando Benitez.  Down to their last 5 outs, Edgardo Alfonzo worked a walk off of Braves reliever Steve Karsay.  Mike Piazza then stepped to the plate.  Piazza crushed Karsay’s 0-1 pitch deep over the CF wall to give the Mets a 3-2 lead and send Shea Stadium into a frenzy.  Combined with all the emotion of 9/11 their wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium.  Benitez then went out and after giving up a lead off single, got B.J. Surhoff to strikeout and Keith Lockhart to ground into a double play to give the Mets the win.

Piazza HR sent Shea Stadium into chaos, while giving the Mets a key win down the stretch.

With everything else that was going on in the world, Piazza helped baseball fans forget about things for a moment with his dramatic HR.

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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