By John Schweibacher
» More Columns
Justin Turner delivered his second game-ending RBI of the season in the Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Cubs this past Friday night.
Turner, who was credited with a game-winning RBI against Oakland back in June when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th inning, is just the third Mets rookie to have two walk-off RBI’s in a season:
1988 – Kevin Elster
4/17 3-2 vs. St. Louis single in 9th
5/31 5-4 vs. Los Angeles HR in 11th
2001 Tsuyoshi Shinjo
5/20 6-5 vs. Los Angeles single in 9th
7/18 4-3 vs. Florida double in 11th
2011 Justin Turner
6/22 3-2 vs. Oakland HBP in 13th
9/9 5-4 vs. Chicago double in 9th
Jose Reyes led off the game and scored the lone run in the Mets’ 1-0 win over the Marlins last Wednesday in Florida. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was just the 6th time in Mets history that the their lead-off man scored what would prove to be a game’s only run in the first inning.
Here are some more of the details of the Mets lead-off hitters who scored in the first inning of a Mets’ 1-0 win:
9/7/11 Jose Reyes at Florida (scored on Lucas Duda RBI double)
5/12/04 Kaz Matsui at Arizona (lead-off HR)
8/30/00 Benny Agbayani vs Houston (scored on wild pitch)
5/10/93 Vince Coleman vs Florida (scored on Eddie Murray sacfly)
7/25/77 Lenny Randle at L.A. (scored on Steve Henderson double)
9/7/73 Wayne Garrett at Montreal (lead-off HR) Nick Evans drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in the Mets’ 7-4, 12-inning win over the Marlins last Tuesday.
It was the third time in that game that Evans had a go-ahead run batted in. Only three other Mets in club history had a game in which they put the Mets in front three different times. Here are the four Mets who had three go-ahead RBI’s in one game:
8/1/72 Cleon Jones 3-2 W(18) vs. Philadelphia (sacfly 6th; HR 8th; single 18th)
7/29/01 Mike Piazza 6-5 W vs. Philadelphia (double 1st; fielder’s choice 7th; HR 9th)
8/10/03 Jason Phillips 7-4 L at Arizona (single 1st; single 3rd; single 5th)
9/6/11 Nick Evans 7-4 W(12) at Florida (single 6th; single 8th; single 12th)
Carlos Beltran led the Mets with 66 runs batted in when he was dealt to the Giants in July. This past week, both Angel Pagan and Jason Bay went past the 52 RBI-mark this season and assured the Mets would not finish the 2011 season with the lowest team leader in RBI’s in club history.
Here is the list of the 10 lowest RBI totals to lead the Mets (excluding strike-shortened seasons in 1981 & 1994. Thanks to WFAN’s Joey Wahler for coming up with this list).
1. 1972 Cleon Jones 52
2. 1968 Ron Swododa 59
3. 1963 Frank Thomas 60
4. 1966 Ken Boyer 61
5. 1965 Charlie Smith 62
6. 1977 Steve Henderson 65
7. 1971 Cleon Jones 69
8. 2003 Ty Wigginton 71
9. 2009 David Wright 72
Tie-10. 2004 Mike Cameron 76
Tie-10. 1980 Lee Mazzilli 76
Tie-10. 1995 Rico Brogna 76
The Mets host the Washington Nationals in a four-game series at Citi Field and then begin their final road trip of 2011 with a weekend series against the Braves in Atlanta.
The Mets do not figure to see Livan Hernandez when the face the Nationals. The former-Met made what was expected to be his final start of the season when the Mets last faced the Nats in D.C. earlier this month. The Mets defeated Hernandez and the Nationals, 6-3, in that September 4th start, handing Livan his 16th career loss against New York, the most among active pitchers.
Here is the list of pitchers who had 15 or more career losses against the Mets:
Steve Carlton 36
Rick Reuschel 25
Jerry Reuss 21
Greg Maddux 19
Livan Hernandez 16
Nelson Briles 16
Ferguson Jenkins 15
Bob Knepper 15
John Smoltz 15
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: Daniel Herrera. No runs allowed in his first seven appearances since joining Mets.
Hits: Streaks. Jose Reyes 14-games, Justin Turner 11-games and Jason Bay a 10-game hitting streak.
Errors: Can’t Close. Mets relievers are just 15 for 25 in save opportunities since Francisco Rodriguez was traded at all-star break.
Will the Mets finish strong? Let Schwei know in the comments below…