Mets Game 28: Win Over Orioles
Nice win — and series sweep — for the Mets. I didn’t see the game but below is the recap provided by the Mets PR staff, fortified by my witty commentary in italics.
METS VS. ORIOLES: The Mets have won eight straight games vs. Baltimore, dating to June 11, 2010… New York’s eight consecutive wins against Baltimore extends its longest winning streak against any American League opponent…The last time the Mets won eight straight games against one opponent was when they won eight straight against San Francisco from June 3, 2008-May 16, 2009…The Mets have also won six straight games vs. the Orioles in New York (June 18, 2006-present)…New York has swept three straight series from the Orioles…The Mets are 21-9 (.700) all-time against Baltimore during the regular season.
Seems the Mets are in the Orioles’ head. With luck, it will be a rematch of the 1969 World Series this fall.
HOME START: The Mets are 13-3 at home this year, tied for the second-best start through 16 home games in team history…New York began 14-2 at Shea Stadium in 1985 and 13-3 at Shea to begin 1986.
1986! Do you know what the Mets did that year???!!!
HOME SWEEPS: New York has swept four of its five series at Citi Field this season (Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta and Baltimore)…The Mets swept four home series over the last two seasons combined (two in 2013 and two in 2014).
doh! What do you suppose this is? a) the Mets are simply this awesome; b) the Mets have some kind of advantage in the Field At Shea Bridge, not unlike the 1987 Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome; d) Good timing of facing the right teams at the right times; e) None of the above.
DILSON HERRERA: Went 3-3 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his first career home run at Citi Field…His three hits tied a career-high (also done September 5, 2014 at Cincinnati) and his three RBI also tied a career-high (also done September 1, 2014 at Miami).
Is this the beginning of the end for Daniel Murphy?
HOME RUNS FOR HERRERA: Dilson Herrera joins Gregg Jefferies as the only second basemen in franchise history to hit four home runs in their first 23 career games.
I remember buying Jefferies’ rookie card for $8. It’s in a little plexiglass case and everything. You know what it’s worth now? Let’s just say that investment did NOT beat the S&P 500 over the past 28 years.
JACOB deGROM: Tossed a season high-tying 7.0 innings, allowing one run, earned, on six hits…Struck out a season-high nine batters and walked one…His most strikeouts in a game since he struck out 10 in his final start of last season at Atlanta on September 21.
deGROM AT HOME: Over his last 10 home starts, dating to July 8, 2014, he is 8-1 with a 1.30 ERA (10 earned runs/69.0 innings)…His 1.62 ERA (17 earned runs/94.1 innings) in 14 career home games is the second-best mark in the majors since the start of the 2014 season (minimum 50.0 innings)…Only trails Andrew Cashner’s 1.51 home ERA in that time.
Perhaps deGrom is for real after all?
deGROM HITTING: Singled in the fourth inning to snap an 0-for-21 drought at the plate, dating to August 23, 2014…Began his career hitting 10-for-35 (.286).
About time he got his bat going. Maybe he can be moved up to 8th in the lineup next time around.
METS STARTERS: Since May 1, Mets starting pitchers have posted a 1.07 ERA (four earned runs/33.2 innings).
Gee, that’s amazin’.
6-9 HITTERS: The Mets 6-9 hitters went 5-for-9 (.556) with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored tonight.
Was it just an unusually good day for the bottom of the order, or should Terry Collins reconsider the lineup order?
CURTIS GRANDERSON: Hit his second home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the third inning…He is hitting .315 (17-54) with nine runs scored, five doubles, two home runs and eight RBI over his last 16 games.
Well it’s about friggin’ time the Grandyman hits one over the fence. Is this the beginning of a massive streak, in which he puts the team on his back and carries it?
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