By John Schweibacher
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The Mets and Yankees meet for the first time this season as the two teams play the Bronx portion of the Subway Series this weekend.
For the first time since interleague play began in 1997, Mariano Rivera will not be part of the Yankees-Mets matchup. Rivera, who is out for the season, has gone 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA and 20 saves in his 33 regular season appearances against Mets.
Only four other Yankees have recorded saves against the Mets in interleague play. All four instances came from 2001 through 2004 and each of them came in games played at the old Yankee Stadium:
•7/6/01 Ramiro Mendoza (3-inning save in 8-3 win).
•6/28/02 Orlando Hernandez (4-inning save in 11-5 win).
•6/27/03 Dan Miceli (1-inning save in 6-4 win).
•6/27/04 Tom Gordon (2-inning save in 8-1 win).
The Yankees have won six of the nine games played against the Mets at the new Yankee Stadium beginning with the Luis Castillo error in the bottom of the 9th inning back in the first Mets-Yankees interleague game played there in 2009.
The Mets have been outscored 52-29 by the Yanks in the nine games played at the new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have also won six of nine vs. the Mets at Citi Field, outscoring them 39-21.
Jose Reyes and Gary Sheffield are the only Mets to have homered more than once at the new Yankee Stadium, twice each. They also share the club RBI lead there with four.
David Wright is the Mets leading hitter at the new Yankee Stadium, batting .292. Fernando Nieve, Hisanori Takahashi and R.A. Dickey own the three Mets victories in the Bronx since 2009.
Louisiana high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini was the Mets’ first-round pick (12th overall) in the MLB Draft. New York also took Purdue Catcher Kevin Plawecki with the 35th selection, the compensation pick for losing Jose Reyes to the Marlins in free agency. The Mets used picks 71 and 75 (also a compensation choice) to draft Arkansas third baseman Matt Reynolds and Texas high school pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz.
Notable 35th Picks in June MLB Draft History:
•Johnny Damon KC 1992
•Aaron Rowand CHX 1998
•Mark Langston SEA 1981
•Jason Marquis ATL 1996
Notable 71st Picks in June MLB Draft History:
•Ken Caminiti HOU 1984
•A.J. Pierzynski MIN 1994
•Danny Tartabull CIN 1980
•Floyd Bannister OAK 1973
•Mike LaCoss CIN 1974
•Jerry DiPoto CLV 1989
Notable 75th Picks in June MLB Draft History:
•Tino Martinez BOS 1985
•Jason Thompson DET 1975
•Grady Sizemore MTL 2000
•Yunel Escobar ATL 2005
David Wright’s home run in the series opener in Washington moved him past Jose Reyes for the Mets’ all-time lead in runs scored, Here is the leaderboard for runs scored in Mets’ history:
•David Wright 738*
•Jose Reyes 735
•Darryl Strawberry 662
•Howard Johnson 627
•Edgardo Alfonzo 614
•Mookie Wilson 592
•Cleon Jones 563
•Carlos Beltran 551
•Ed Kranepool 536
•Mike Piazza 532
(*-thru games of 6/7)
Scott Hairston hit his 5th pinch-hit home run as a Met in Monday’s loss to the Cardinals. Only three players in club history have hit more pinch-hit homers for the Mets:
•Mark Carreon 8
•Ed Kranepool 6
•Rusty Staub 6
•Ron Swoboda 5
•Matt Franco 5
•Tim Teufel 5
•Scott Hairston 5
•Danny Heep 4
•Steve Henderson 4
•Todd Hundley 4
•Lee Mazzilli 4
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: R.A. Dickey. Knuckleballer becomes first 9-game winner in majors, extending his scoreless innings streak to 24 and 2/3 innings in win over Nationals.
Hits: Lucas Duda. Mets rightfielder takes over club lead with 10 home runs, hitting five in his last eight games.
Errors: Bumpy Road. Mets have now made 32 errors in their 27 games away from Citi Field. The club has just 15 errors in 31 home contests.
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