Hope is the best of things – June 23

About last night

The Mets had perhaps their most impressive win of the season last night with their 14-6 dismantling of the Tigers and Justin Verlander.  Verlander entered the game 11-1 in 15 career starts vs NL opponents.  From the first batter of the game, the Mets came out very aggressive and took the game right to Verlander.  Angel Pagan continued his terrific play with 4 hits and 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.

4 hits, 4 RBI and 3 runs in a single game – Mets since 2001

Angel Pagan         June 22, 2010 vs DET

Mike Jacobs         August 24, 2005 at ARI

David Wright       August 10, 2005 at SD

Mo Vaughn          September 13, 2002 at MTL

Angel Pagan continued his recent stellar play with 4 hits, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.

Rain delay affects Niese

Thanks to an hour rain delay and an 8-run inning by the Mets, Jonathon Niese quest for his 4th straight win fell short last night despite being handed a 10-0 lead when he took the mound in the 4th inning.  Niese allowed 5 runs and departed with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the top of the 5th, falling 1 out short of picking up the win.

Perhaps the biggest hit in last night’s game came via Jose Reyes in the third inning. With the Mets up 5-0 and Niese having just failed to move the runners along via a bunt, Reyes singled with 2 outs to drive in Jeff Francoeur and keep the inning going. RBI hits by Angel Pagan and Ike Davis followed as a 5-0 lead quickly became a 10-0 lead thanks to Reyes.  Driving in runs with 2 outs and RISP has been a real issue for Reyes over the last 3 seasons.

Reyes hit with 2 outs and RISP in the third inning last night was just the 5th hit in 26 AB with 2 outs and RISP this season.  When the Mets won the NL East in 2006, Reyes was outstanding in that spot.  However since then he has really struggled.

Jose Reyes, 2 outs RISP

May 24, 2006 to end of season     H-AB   23-43     BA   .535    RBI   36

2007 to current                               H-AB   42-187   BA   .224    RBI   55>>

>> .159 BA (10-63) since July 30, 2008

Jose Reyes recent solid play has kick-started the Mets 2010 season, however, he still has struggled with 2 outs and RISP.

Beltran to start minor league rehab on Thursday

In a press conference yesterday, GM Omar Minaya laid out a time table for the return of Carlos Beltran to the Mets.  He will begin a minor league rehab regimen on Thursday in St. Lucie.  From there the Mets have 20 days to move him from the DL to the 25-man roster.

The main talk yesterday was who sits once Beltran comes back?  If I was Jerry Manuel I would end that speculation right now.  Manuel should announce that unless Jason Bay starts to produce like he has throughout his major league career, that his playing time will be the most effective.  Bay went 1-2 with 2 RBI last night to improve his massive RBI total to 29.  If this doesn’t strike a chord in Bay to get going then nothing will.  Whether Manuel means that or not isn’t the issue.  The issue is if Bay was faced with a perform or sit situation, perhaps this would finally snap him out of his slump.

Carlos Beltran – Season averages with NYM

BA        .281

OBP     .368

Slug.    .505

HR          25

RBI         93

Runs       94

Tonight the Mets face another hard throwing RH in Jeremy Bonderman.  On the season Bonderman is 3-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 13 games (12 starts).  He is 1-1 in his career vs the Mets, losing to them at Shea in 2004 and defeating them at Comerica Park in 2007.  Bonderman’s loss against the Mets is his only one in 7 career starts vs NL East teams as he is 5-1 vs them.  Overall, Bonderman is 8-7 in 23 starts vs NL opponents.

Jeremy Bonderman – Career vs NL opponents

Starts          23

W-L            8-7>>

ERA            5.05

Opp. BA     .271

>>5-1, 4.62 ERA in 7 career starts vs NL East teams

Jeremy Bonderman is 8-7 in 23 career starts vs NL opponents.

Top 10 regular season moments in Mets history (to see moments 10-6 look at previous dates of Hopeisthebestofthings)

5.  Beltran beats STL, tops off comeback – the date was August 22, 2006 and the Mets were taking on Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd game of a 3-game series at Shea Stadium.  In the previous 2 seasons the Cardinals had proven they were the team to beat in the NL, and they were on track to win the NL Central again.  This night the Mets wanted to prove that they were now the best club in the NL.  Pujols got the Cards quickly ahead with  a 3-run HR in the 4th and a grand slam in the 5th both off Mets starter John Maine.  Trailing 7-1 entering the bottom of the 5th the Mets started to chip away.  Carlos Delgado connected on his 400th career HR off Jeff Weaver, a grand slam, to cut the lead to 7-5.  Jose Reyes ground out in the 6th cut the lead to one.  Meanwhile the Mets bullpen held the Cardinals scoreless for the last 4 innings.  Trailing 7-6 entering the bottom of the 9th the Cardinals brought in their closer Jason Isringhausen.  Izzy got Reyes to ground out to lead off the 9th, but Paul LoDuca followed with a single.  Izzy’s next pitch was slammed by Beltran deep over the RF fence to give the Mets an exciting 8-7 win.  The Mets went on to sweep the series and prove that there was now a new leader in the NL.

Beltran's HR was the final blow in the Mets rallying from 6 runs down to defeat the Cardinals.

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.

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Hope is the best of things – June 22

Why the Rants?

In my prior blog I was perhaps a bit to negative.  I didn’t mean to belittle the Mets accomplishments over the last month.  They have played much better and with a different attitude that they showed much of the last 3 years.  However, when you root for a team like I have interest in the Mets, you want to see them take the NEXT step. Beating the Yankees on Friday night was a great step.  Then watching them lose the next 2 days without any fight or passion or attitude just made me realize that this team still has a long way to go before they are ready to compete with the elite teams in this league.

I addressed some of the areas of concern (lack of SP depth, bullpen, bench, Jason Bay), so it would be nice to see Omar Minaya do something to help this team and fire up the fan base.  Cliff Lee would be nice, but not for a rental.  If the Mets get him they need to know he would re-sign with them.  We can’t be giving away our best prospects for a guy who will bolt come November.  We aren’t the Brewers.

Every now and then I will get after this team, but only because I want them to achieve greatness.  I’m sick of seeing them settle for 2nd rate.  I’m sick of them bowing to the Yankees.  I’m sick of them losing out of the best players because they don’t have the same aggressiveness of the Yankees or Red Sox.  When I say “Hope is the best of things” I mean it, and with this team it starts with hope.  From there we need the 25 players in uniform and the front office to move from “hope” to reality.

Fans can hope and pray, but management and the players are the ones who need to make it a reality

Mets host AL Central opponents

Tonight the Mets come home to Citifield to take on the Tigers.   Jonathon Niese gets the start against Justin Verlander.  Niese has won his last 3 starts since coming off the DL and gone at least 7 innings in all 3 starts (he is the first Met rookie to win 3 straight starts while throwing at least 7 innings since Jae Seo in 2003).

Jonathon Niese 2010 Averages per start; before and after DL stint

Before    W-L: 1-2   ERA: 4.79  IP: 5.1  WHIP: 1.79   Opp. BA: .322

After:     W-L: 3-0  ERA: 1.57   IP: 7.2  WHIP: 0.78  Opp. BA: .188

Jerry Manuel has not had to take the ball from Niese since coming off the DL.

Verlander has also won his last 3 starts and gone at least 7 innings in those starts.  On the season, Verlander is 8-4 with a 3.54 ERA.  In his career, Verlander has been excellent against National League opponents.  In his 15 career starts vs NL teams, he is 11-1.

Jason Verlander career vs NL opponents

Starts         15

W-L            11-1

ERA            3.10

Opp. BA     .216

K per 9       10.1

>>Threw a no-hitter vs the Brewers on June 12, 2007

Verlander has been excellent vs NL opponents, going 11-1 in his 15 career starts.

The Mets are 10-5 all-time vs AL Central opponents at home.  All of those games were played at Shea Stadium.  The Mets are 3-0 vs the Tigers at home, having swept them at Shea in 2004.  However, that was a Tigers team that was coming off a 119-loss season, not one that is currently 8 games over .500 with one of the best pitchers in the game taking the mound.

The Mets have struggled against RH starters this season.  Despite their 26-22 record in those games, the Mets offense has struggled when facing a RH starter.

Mets W-L all-time vs AL Central opponents at home

Detroit               3-0

Cleveland          2-1

Kansas City       2-1

Minnesota         3-3

Top 10 Mets regular season moments (to see moments 10-6 look at previous dates of Hopeisthebestofthings)

5.  Matt Franco beats Rivera and the Yankees – the date was July 10, 1999. The Mets were hosting the Yankees in the 2nd of a three-game series at Shea Stadium.  In a back and forth game that saw 5 lead changes, the Yankees took a one-run lead into the bottom of the 9th.  With 2 outs and the bases loaded, Matt Franco was sent to the plate to hit for Melvin Mora.  Mariano quickly got ahead in the count 0-2 and threw what looked to be a game-ending strike three, but home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg called it either low or inside.  On the next pitch, Franco lined a single past Chuck Knoblauch into RF.  Rickey Henderson scored the tying run and Edgardo Alfonzo raced home with the winning run.  Mets won 9-8.

Matt Franco provided Mets fans a moment to remember when he beat Mariano Rivera and the Yankees on July 10, 1999.

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.

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Hope is the best of things June 20-21

2010 Mets return back to form

After Friday night’s win, the most negative Mets fan figured that the Mets would get at least 1 of the next 2 games with their 2 aces on the mound.  However, in typical Mets form, they failed once again to put their foot on the throat of a better opponent.

Much like the 2007 and 2008 season, the Mets will bring you to a point where it looks impossible for them to fail, and then they pull a performance out of the blue that makes you want to rip all your hair out.  What we are left with is yet another embarrassing episode in our long history of bowing to the team from the Bronx in losing 5-3 yesterday and 4-0 today.

Let’s face facts.  The Mets are nothing near the Yankees.  Even with injuries all over the place and facing our so-called “aces” and with the Yankees getting just 2 hits with RISP this entire series, they still stomped all over the Mets.  An offense that obviously only feeds on the bottom feeders of the league was shut down on three straight days. On Friday, Takahashi was up to the task. However, Pelfrey and Santana, yet again, Santana let the Mets down.

After putting together a very impressive 19-5 run, after losing 2 straight the Mets find themselves still 2-and-a-half games back of the Braves.  Here are some of the Mets biggest concerns this season.

Jason Bay has been a DISASTER

Slumps happen to the best hitters.  Three month long power outages and toothpick hitting OF with RISP only happen to Jeremy Burnitz and Jason Bay.  I love it how Yankees fans whine about the struggles of A-Rod or Teixeira and you look up and both of them have over 8 HR and 40 RBI.  If you want to know what “struggles” are, then look at the abortion of a season that the Mets starting LF is having.

Jason Bay power numbers through 67 games

2010     4 HR    27 RBI

2009   18 HR    65 RBI

2008   14 HR    36 RBI

2007   11 HR     46 RBI

2006   19 HR     52 RBI

2005   12 HR     33 RBI

2004   14 HR     46 RBI

Compared to last season through the same amount of games, Bay has 14 less HR and 38 less RBI.  Any Mets fan would take the DIFFERENCE in the power numbers from last season to this season.  It makes you think that why would the Red Sox let go of a player in his prime that drove in 119 runs and hit 36 HR for them last season for Mike Cameron and Jeremy Hermida?  Did they know something the Mets didn’t know??? Obviously, because Jason Bay is making the decision VERY easy for Mets management if and when Carlos Beltran comes back.  Forget about Francoeur and Pagan going to the bench, Bay should be escorted to his favorite spot and not move until someone needs a day off.

The Rod Barajas obsession is OVER

He was a nice story through the first 2 months of the season, belting HR every few games, and coming up with his share of clutch hits.  Somewhere in the last month, however, his career caught up with him.  Since Barajas hit his last HR on May 31, he has just 2 XBH with no HR and no RBI while seeing his BA drop over 25 points.  He has worked very well with the pitching staff, which I guess is his main reason for being on this team, but the offensive threat he was earlier this season is gone.

Rod Barajas – Since June 1

H-AB      8-44

HR            0

RBI           0

XBH          2

Whaddya Bench?

The next area of concern is the Mets bench.  While fans are infatuated with Chris Carter, a career-minor leaguer does not a good bench player make.  After hitting his 2nd 3-run HR of the road trip last Sunday, Carter went 3-22 with 0 HR and 0 RBI for the rest of the trip.  Overall he is hitting .231.

With his 0-3 today, Fernando Tatis now has gone almost a calendar month without a hit, going 0-14 since his single in the 8th inning on May 23.  His BA on the year is a robust .179 with 2 HR and 6 RBI.

Alex Cora and Henry Blanco have been excellent defensive players for the Mets, but no one will ever brag about their offense. Cora by far this season has been the Mets most productive offensive player, driving in 14 runs in just over 100 AB.

Overall their pitching has been very solid.  However, the inability of their aces to step up in first the Phillies series and now the Yankees series is a BIG cause for concern. Perhaps the Mets biggest problem over these last 3 seasons has been their lack of killer instinct.  In 2007 and 2008 they took leads of at least 2 games into the final week of the season which were played at home.  In both cases they failed.  They had multiple chances earlier in each season to bury their opponents but failed to do so (lost final 8 games vs Phillies in 2007).

Fast forward to 2010.  Early in the season they were riding a 9-game win streak after defeating the Phillies in the first of a 3-game series at Philadelphia.  They then lost the next 2 games by a combined score of 21-5 with their 2 aces on the mound.  That sent them into a funk where they lost 14 of their next 20 games.

After taking the first game of this series, the Mets had an 8-game winning streak. Again, with their 2 aces on the mound, on the road against a rival they get embarrassed, losing the final 2 games of the series by a combined score of 9-3 and not scoring for the final 15 innings.

I mentioned in a previous blog that the aura of this team had changed.  That the loser, quitting mentality and overall victim, woe is me, status of this team had changed. Perhaps I spoke to soon, or perhaps I was blinded by hope.  Whatever it was, this team now has the next few weeks to show us what it’s true colors are.

In order to keep the fans feeling good about this team and for their own self-psyche, the Mets need to end the losing streak right here and take at least 4 of 6 in this next home stand.  However, if they continue to have problems scoring runs and their pitching reverts back to mid-May, then we will have seen the best of the 2010 Mets and their season will be over.

Top 10 Regular Season moments in Mets history

6.  Piazza tops 2-out rally with blast off Mulholland – the date was June 30, 2000 and the Mets were playing their hated rivals the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium.  Trailing 8-1 in the bottom of the 8th, Robin Ventura grounded out to drive in Derek Bell and move Mike Piazza to third base, however there were now 2 outs. Todd Zeile then singled to drive in Piazza and make the score 8-3.  Jay Payton then followed with another single to put runners on 1st and 2nd which prompted Braves manager Bobby Cox to go to his bullpen and bring in Kerry Ligtenberg.  Ligtenberg walked Benny Agbayani to load the bases, then walked PH Mark Johnson and Melvin Mora to cut the Braves lead to 8-5.  Cox again went to his bullpen, this time bringing in lefty Terry Mulholland.  Mulholland then walked Bell to cut the lead to 8-6 and make it 4 straight bases on balls for Braves pitchers.  So…situation is bases STILL loaded, STILL 2 outs and the score now 8-6 with Edgardo Alfonzo coming to the plate.  Fonzie quickly fell behind in the count 1-2.  Fonzie then ripped the next pitch into the 3b-SS hole and into left field.  Joe McEwing (who had PR for Mark Johnson) scored and Mora raced home with the tying run.  Shea Stadium was now in a frenzy.  Up stepped Mike Piazza with the chance to give the Mets the lead.  Piazza hammered Mulholland’s first pitch like a bullet down the left field line.  Never getting any higher than 10-12 feet off the ground, the ball caromed off the padding in between the auxilary LF scoreboard and the fence to give the Mets a 10-8 lead.  Shea Stadium had now reached a noise level where the stadium was shaking.  Piazza was greeted by high-fives and a curtain call. Ventura grounded out to second to finally end the inning, but the damage was more than done.  Armando Benitez then closed out the Braves in the top of the 9th to give the Mets an improbable 10-8 victory.

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Hope is the best of things – June 19

Before I begin

Writing for 8 people to read a blog is very disheartening, especially since two days earlier I had over 100 people visit (thanks to Mark Simon’s article on ESPN.com). What that tells me is the people who did visit, didn’t think to much of this and didn’t come back.  To go from 104, 48 to 8 is absolutely humiliating and makes me feel like I’m wasting my time.  Hopefully people will come back, but for those few of you who do read this, please let me know what you like or don’t like about this blog.  To lose 96 viewers in 2 days is almost impossible, even for a moron like me.  For those who do read, I appreciate you very much.

Mets win streak now at eight

Now that I got my whining and crying out of the way, the Mets won their 8th straight last night with a glorious 4-0 win over the Yankees.  Hisanori Takahashi was outstanding throwing 6 scoreless innings and Pedro Feliciano followed with 2 scoreless innings of his own.  Angel Pagan had a huge 2-run single in the 8th to give the Mets some breathing room.  K-Rod survived a scare in the 9th to retire Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher with the bases loaded.

Ike Davis' 2-out single and David Wright's terrific slide, gave the Mets an early 1-0 lead.

With his second straight outing of 6 innings and no runs allowed, Hisanori Takahashi joined 3 other pitchers since 1920 to allow zero runs to the Yankees in their first 2 starts vs them while throwing at least 6 innings in each start.

1st 2 Career Starts vs NYY, 6+ IP, 0 R – Since 1920

Hisanori Takahashi  NYM     2010

Sidney Ponson          BAL       1998

Scott Sanderson       OAK       1990

Ray Culp                    BOS       1968

Takahashi joined rare company with his 2nd outing of 6 innings of shutout baseball vs the Yankees.

The Mets win last night was only the second shutout by a visiting team at the new Yankee Stadium.  The first one was also by a National League team, exactly one year earlier: Craig Stammen and four Washington relievers blanked the Yankees, 3-0, on June 18, 2009. (SOURCE: ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU/ESPN)

The Mets record now stands at 39-28 which is tied for the 2nd best record in the NL with the Padres.  Considering where this team was just a month ago, this is remarkable.  After a 2-1 loss to the Yankees on May 21st the Mets were 3 games under .500 at 20-23 and 7 games out of first place.  Since then they are 19-5 and have moved to within a half-game of first place.  If the Braves weren’t playing as well as they have been, the Mets would easily be in first right now.

Mets since May 22th

W-L                     19-5   (best in majors)

BA                        .287

Runs PG             5.1

Starters W-L     17-2

ERA                     3.32

WHIP                  1.30

Sv-Sv Op.           11-12

The Mets have now won 8 straight games overall and 7 straight games on the road. This is the 4th time the Mets have had as many as two win streaks of 8 games or longer in a single season.  The Mets 7 game road win streak is their longest since winning 9 straight in 2006.

Mets seasons with at least two separate win streaks of 8 or more games

1969     3 streaks (11, 10 and 9 game streaks)

2010     2 streaks (two 8 game streaks – one current)

1986     2 streaks  (11 games and 8 games)

1985     2 streaks (both 9 games)

Longest road win streaks, team history

2006      9 games   June 7-23

2001      8 games   August 18-September 8

1988       8 games   May 16-June 6

2010       7 games   June 11-Current>>

>>Mets have won 7 straight road games 5 other times in their history

Jose Reyes recent play is a big reason the Mets have their longest road win streak since 2006.

Mets win streak vs Yankees

The Mets have now won 3 straight games vs the Yankees.  Since interleague play began in 1997, the Mets have never won 4 straight games vs them.  This is their 4th time winning 3 straight games vs them.  The other times occurred in 1999, 2004 and 2008.

Big Pelf looks to win 10th game

This afternoon Mike Pelfrey will look to extend the Mets win streak to 9 games and his record to 10-1.  Pelfrey will look to become the first Mets pitcher since Al Leiter in 2000 to start a season 10-1.  Only Terry Leach started a season better than both Pelfrey and Leiter when he started 10-0 in 1987.  Leiter and Leach are the only pitchers to start a season 10-1 or better for the Mets.

Al Leiter is one of two Mets pitchers to start the season 10-1 or better.

Top 10 New York Mets regular season moments – to see moments 8-10 visit Hopeisthebestofthings from June 16-18.

7.  Mlicki shutouts the Yankees – In their first ever regular season meeting, the Mets traveled to the Bronx on June 16, 1997.  Dave Mlicki wasn’t much of a Mets pitcher. Despite possessing tremendous stuff, Mlicki finished his career 24-30 with a 4.15 ERA with the Mets.  However, this one night in the Bronx he was great.  Mlicki (who entered the game with a 2-5 record) allowed 9 hits and 2 BB, but pitched out of trouble all night.  When the final out was recorded via a Derek Jeter strikeout (Mlicki had 8 that night), Mets fans everywhere got to celebrate a win over the Yankees…and not JUST a win, but a shutout!  No matter where he is or what he does with the rest of his life (Mlicki retired after the 2002 season with a career record of 66-80) he will always be remembered for that single moment in Mets history.

Todd Hundley congratulates Dave Mlicki after his 9-hit shutout of the Yankees.

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.

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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.

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Hope is the best of things – June 17

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Mets stay on roll with 6th straight win

Behind consistent pitching by Jonathon Niese and a potent offense that has seemed to find its way, the Mets defeated the Indians 8-4 last night.  Niese has now won 3 straight starts since coming off the DL and has 4 wins on the season overall.  Niese has now pitched at least 7 innings in all of his starts since coming off the DL and in all 4 of his wins this season.  Niese is the first Mets rookie to win three consecutive starts while pitching at least seven innings in each game since Jae Seo in 2003 (May 31–June 11).

Jonathon Niese 2010 Averages per start; before and after DL stint

Before    W-L: 1-2   ERA: 4.79  IP: 5.1  WHIP: 1.79   Opp. BA: .322

After:     W-L: 3-0  ERA: 1.57   IP: 7.2  WHIP: 0.78  Opp. BA: .188

Jonathon Niese has been a revelation since coming off the DL as his numbers have improved drastically.

Angel Pagan went 3-5 with 3 RBI last night.  Pagan is now batting .370 with RISP which is first on the Mets and one of the highest in the NL.  Pagan now has 29 RBI on the season which is 3 shy of a career-high 32 that he drove in last season.  Pagan has now hit in 5 straight games and scored a run in his last 3 games.

Highest BA with RISP; 2010 NL leaders

Adam LaRoche        ARI       .373

Angel Pagan             NYM     .370

Jorge Cantu              FLA      .370

Albert Pujols             STL      .362

Ian Desmond            WSH     .358

>>Minimum 54 AB

Pagan has given Mets fans a dependable substitute for Carlos Beltran this season.

Mets continue streak of 5 runs in an inning

The Mets scored 5 runs in the third inning last night, marking the third straight game that they have put together a 5-run inning.  This was the 7th time that they had accomplished this in team history, and the first time since August 2004.

Most consecutive games; 5 or more runs in an inning – team history

June 14-17, 2010            3

August 3-5, 2004            3

August 2-5, 2003            3

April 22-23, 2000           3

May 24-27, 1998             3

June 12-13, 1990             3

September 7-9, 1988       3

Wright continues RBI streak

David Wright smoked a 2-run double in the third inning to extend his consecutive games with an RBI to six games.   This is the 5th time Wright has driven in a run in 6 straight games, and the first time since 2007.  Wright has never driven in a run in 7 straight games in his career.

David Wright – Most consecutive games with RBI

June 10-16, 2010                                6    (13 total RBI)

July 18-24, 2007                                 6    (10 total RBI)

August 28-September 2, 2006         6    (15 total RBI)

June 9-15, 2006                                  6    (10 total RBI)

April 3-11, 2006                                  6    (10 total RBI)

David Wright has tied a career-high with RBI in 6 consecutive games.

No MINOR thing

Last night, the three Mets affiliates in action won their games by a combined score of 29-2.  Binghamton won 11-2, St. Lucie won 6-0 and Savannah won 12-0.  Perhaps most impressive of these wins was Savannah pitcher Mark Cohoon.  The 22-year old LHP out of Burleson, TX is now 7-1 on the season with a 1.30 ERA.

Mark Cohoon last 3 starts

W-L          3-0

ERA          0.00

IP              27

Opp. BA    .118

K/BB         22/4

Mark Cohoon threw his third straight SHO last night for the Mets Single-A affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats.

R.A. Dickey takes on Cleveland tonight

R.A. Dickey will take the mound for the Mets tonight hoping to improve to 5-0 on the season.  So far Dickey has been a revelation for the Mets this season, posting a 2.78 ERA and able to consistently pitch around trouble.  Dickey is one of 4 Mets starters in team history to go 4-0 in their first 5 starts with the Mets.  Dickey will hope to join Terry Leach as the only Mets starter to go 5-0 in his first 6 starts with the team.  The Mets will be looking for their first 6 game road win streak since August 2008.

R. A. Dickey – 2010 Season

Starts                5

W-L                 4-0

ERA                 2.78

K/BB              24/10

IP per Start     6.2

Mets starters to go 4-0 in first 5 starts – team history

R. A. Dickey        2010            2.78 ERA

Terry Leach        1981-85      0.76 ERA>>

Harry Parker       1973            2.41 ERA

Ray Sadecki          1970           3.11 ERA

>>Terry Leach started his career 6-0 in first 7 starts.

Dickey is 1-0 in 8 career appearances (2 starts) against the Indians.

Top 10 Mets regular-season moments

9. Strawberry hits the clock at midnight – the date was October 1, 1985 and most of NY was in the dark because of Hurricane Gloria.  My family had lost power for a week and I was forced to listen to the game on my transistor radio.  With six games remaining the Mets trailed the 1st place Cardinals by 3 games.  This was game 1 of a three game series the Mets needed to sweep.  Ron Darling matched John Tudor pitch for pitch for 9 innings, allowing just 4 hits and no runs in perhaps his best performance as a Met.  Tudor went one better, throwing 10 scoreless innings.  Jesse Orosco relieved Darling in the 10th and struck out Jack Clark with the winning run on 2nd to end the inning.  Ken Dayley then took over for Tudor and promptly struck out Hernandez and Carter to start the 11th.  Upped stepped Darryl Strawberry who proceeded to crush a Dayley fastball about 500 ft to right center field that wound up hitting a clock.  Orosco then worked around a Mookie Wilson error in the bottom of the inning to nail the win down for the Mets.  The next night Gooden won 4-2, but the Cardinals then took game 3 of the series to end the Mets chances of a division title in 1985.

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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.

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