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By John Schweibacher
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The Mets are now two-thirds of the way through the 2011 schedule as they reached the 108-game mark after Sunday’s loss with a record of 55 and 53. The Mets have been at least a .500 team through 108 games in all but one of the last seven seasons:

Mets record through 108    Final record

·       2011   55-53          —
·       2010   54-54         79-83
·       2009   51-57         70-92
·       2008   58-50         89-73
·       2007   61-47         88-74
·       2006   64-44         97-65
·       2005   54-54         83-79

Mets best records through 108 games:

·       1986   73-35
·       1985   66-42
·       2006   64-44
·       1999   65-43
·       2000   63-45
·       1990   63-45
·       1988   63-45

Mets worst records through 108 games:

·       1962   27-79
·       1963   34-74
·       1964   34-74
·       1965   34-74
·       1993   38-70

Dillon Gee picked up his 10th victory of 2011 Friday night against the Washington Nationals, becoming the 10th rookie in Mets history to reach double-digit wins in a season. Here are the 10 Mets rookies who won 10 or more games:

·       Jerry Koosman   19    1968
·       Dwight Gooden  17    1984
·       Tom Seaver        16    1967
·       Jon Matlack        15    1972
·       Gary Gentry        13    1969
·       Ron Darling        12    1984
·       Mark Bomback   10    1980
·       Rick Aguilera     10    1985
·       Hisanori Takahashi 10 2010
·       Dillon Gee         10   2011

Mike Pelfrey went the distance, defeating the Reds, 8-2, last week in Cincinnati for the first complete-game road win of his career. Pelfrey did however allow his 19th home run of the season in that game, the most he has given up in any single season. Pelfrey is on pace to climb near the top of this list; most home runs allowed by a Mets pitcher in a season:

·       Roger Craig    35  1962
·       Pedro Astacio 32  2002
·       Jay Hook        31  1962
·       Pete Harnisch 30  1996
·       Rick Reed      30   1998
·       Roger Craig   28   1963
·       Rick Reed      28   2000
·       Steve Trachsel 28  2001
·       Steve Trachsel 26  2003
·       Bobby Jones    26   1996
·       Frank Tanana   26  1993
·       Jack Fisher       26  1966

The Mets swept their four-game series with the Reds last week in Cincinnati, the first time in club history New York took all four games of a road set with the Reds. It was also just the 10th road sweep of a series of at least four games in Mets history:

·       Mets at Cubs     6/22-6/25  1970 (5)
·       Mets at Cardinals 4/26-4/29   1971 (4)
·       Mets at Phillies    5/19-5/21   1972 (4)
·       Mets at Cardinals 9/28-9/30  1979 (4)
·       Mets at Atlanta   7/4-7/7 1985 (4)
·       Mets at Cardinals  4/24-4/27  1986 (4)
·       Mets at San Diego 5/16-5/19  1988 (4)
·       Mets at Montreal   7/1-7/4     1991 (4)
·       Mets at Philadelphia 9/6-9/9   2002 (4)
·       Mets at Cincinnati 7/25-7/28  2011 (4)

The Mets host N.L. East rivals Florida and Atlanta this week. Former Mets outfielder Mike Cameron homered in the eighth and ninth innings of the Marlins’ 7-5 win at Washington last week. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that gave Cameron sole possession of an obscure record; the first player in major-league history with a multiple-home run game for eight different teams. Prior to last Wednesday night, he shared the record with another ex-Met; Jeromy Burnitz and Reggie Sanders.

Cameron had a pair of two-homer games for the Mets; July 7th, 2004 at Philadelphia and July 29th, 2004 at Montreal. Burnitz also had two, two-home run games in a Mets uniform; September 12th, 2002 in Montreal and June 15th, 2003 in Anaheim. None of Reggie Sanders’ two-homer games came against the Mets.

Speaking of two-homer games, Scott Hairston homered twice in Sunday’s 3-2 loss in Washington to become the second player in the majors this season to hit two home runs in a game, including one as a pinch-hitter. Atlanta’s Mike McCann also accomplished the feat back on May 17th against Houston.

Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:

Runs: Road Sweet Road. Mets go 6 and 4 on 10-game road trip, giving them N.L.-best 33 road wins. Mets won just 32 road games in 2010 and 29 in 2009.

Hits: David Wright & Daniel Murphy. Wright went 20-for-44 (.455) on 10-game road trip while Murphy has now hit .361 (91-for-252) since May 21st.

Errors: Burned Rubber. Loss in series finale in Washington drops Mets record in rubber games to 7 and 9 in 2011.