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Schwei: The Dog Days Are A Downer For Mets

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By John Schweibacher
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August has not been kind to the Mets so far.

New York has gone just 3 and 9 this month, continuing a trend over the past few seasons where things unravel for the Mets during the final third of the baseball schedule.

Mets records April through July:

2009 49-53
2010 53-51
2011 55-53
Total 157-157 (.500)

Mets records August-September-October:

2009 21-39
2010 26-32
2011 3-9
Total 50-80 (.385)

Jason Isringhausen is one save away from becoming the 23rd pitcher to record 300 in a career. Seven of the pitchers in the 300 save club were at one time members of the Mets.

Here are the pitchers who have registered 300 or more saves and the number of saves they had both for and against the Mets:

Pitcher, saves, vs. Mets, for Mets

Trevor Hoffman, 601 33
Mariano Rivera,589 20
Lee Smith 478 38
John Franco 424 11
Billy Wagner 422 16 101
Dennis Eckersley 390 5
Jeff Reardon 367 20 10
Troy Percival 358 0
Randy Myers 347 21 56
Rollie Fingers 341 11
John Wetteland 330 11
Roberto Hernandez 326 2 4
Jose Mesa 321 13
Todd Jones 319 10
Rick Aguilera 318 2 7
Robb Nen 314 22
Francisco Cordero 313 4
Tom Henke 311 2
Rich Gossage 310 12
Jeff Montgomery 304 0
Doug Jones 303 10
Bruce Sutter 300 38

Mike Baxter made his Mets debut last week. Baxter was born in Queens and joins this list of one-time Mets who hail from the Mets home Borough:

Charlie Williams, Flushing
Mike Bruhert, Jamaica
Ed Glynn, Flushing
Allen Watson, Jamaica
Mike Baxter, Whitestone

Dillon Gee has now hit 12 batters this season, the most by any pitcher in the National League.

Here are the Mets’ all-time single-season “leaders” in most hit batters:

Pedro Astacio 16 2002
Kevin Appier 15 2001
Nolan Ryan 15 1971
Victor Zambrano 15 2005
Mike Pelfrey 13 2008
Al Jackson 12 1963
Dillon Gee 12 2011

Justin Turner has been hit by pitches nine times this season, the most by any Mets hitter. Turner still has a few more bruises to collect if he wants to climb to the top of this list, Mets who were hit by the most pitches in a single-season:

John Olerud 13 1997
Ron Hunt 13 1967
Fernando Vina 12 1994
Cliff Floyd 12 2006
Felix Millan 12 1975
Cliff Floyd 11 2005
Cliff Floyd 11 2004
Carlos Delgado 11 2007
John Olerud 11 2009
Ron Hunt 11 1964
Ron Hunt 11 1966

One night after his first career “walk-off” base hit, Lucas Duda’s first career sacrifice bunt helped the Mets in another come-from-behind win over San Diego last week. Here are the players who have had the most plate appearances as Mets without ever executing a successful sac bunt:

David Wright 4606
Mike Piazza 3941
George Foster 2610
Bobby Bonilla 2040
Carlos Delgado 2023
Cliff Floyd 1884
Frank Thomas 1301
Eddie Murray 1284
Darryl Boston 1016
Jeff Francoeur 755

The Mets conclude their road trip with three games against the Padres in San Diego before returning home to take on the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend at Citi Field.

Last week, the Mets scored four runs in two games against Padres closer Heath Bell. The ex-Met had only allowed just three runs in his 15 career appearances against New York prior to those two outings.

Another former Mets reliever, Francisco Rodriguez, will make his Citi Field return with the Brewers. K-Rod allowed two runs in his four lifetime outings against the Mets while with the Angels.

Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:

Runs: 1st inning runs. Mets have scored 70 times in the first inning in 2011, the 6th-most in the majors.

Hits: Five or more. Mike Pelfrey was forced to leave Saturday night’s start in the 5th inning after being struck by a line drive, ending the Mets 37-game streak of starters going at least five innings, two shy of the club record 39 set in 1985 and 1992.

Errors: Dog Days. Mets have gone 3 and 11 over their last 14 games, the club’s worst stretch since beginning the season 5 and 13.

How will the Mets fare this week? Let Schwei know below…

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