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Schwei: Hits And Walks Highlight Mets’ Trip

Daniel Murphy, Mike Baxter (credits: Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Daniel Murphy, Mike Baxter (credits: Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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By John Schweibacher
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The Mets return home to Citi Field this week to host their NL East rivals, the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves.

Jose Reyes comes into the series with a 24-game hitting streak. Reyes’ previous career high was 20 games, set in 2005 while he was with the Mets.

The Marlins’ club record for consecutive games hitting safely belongs to former Met Luis Castillo, who had a 35-game hitting streak in 2002. The only other club record hitting streak that is held by a former Met is the Toronto Blue Jays record of 28, set by Shawn Green in 1999. Ruben Tejada is also on a career-high hitting streak, coming into this homestand having hit safely in his last 11 games. Tejada is hitting .335 (54-for-161) since returning from the disabled list on June 24.

The Mets have gone 6-0 against the Marlins and Braves at Citi Field so far this season, sweeping both clubs in the three-game series in their lone visits to Flushing in 2012. The Mets have gone 1-2 against the Marlins in Miami and 1-5 against the Braves in Atlanta so far this year.

Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 and scored two runs in the Mets’ 6-2 win at San Diego Saturday night. Murphy has five games in 2012 with at least four hits, tying Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen for the most in the majors.

Murphy is just the 5th player in Mets history with five or more four-hit games in a single season:

· Keith Hernandez 7 1985
· Jose Reyes 5 2005, 2006
· Tommie Agee 5 1970
· Frank Taveras 5 1980
· Daniel Murphy 5 2012

Mike Baxter tied an overall Mets club record with five walks in Saturday night’s victory. Vince Coleman set that Mets walk record on August 10, 1992, in a 4-2, 16-inning loss against Pittsburgh. Baxter was the 20th Mets player to draw at least four walks in a nine-inning game:

· Mike Baxter 8/4/12 at SD W 6-2
· Jason Bay 6/29/11 at Det W 16-9
· David Wright 8/22/07 vs. SD L 7-5
· Carlos Delgado 8/3/07 at Chi W 6-2
· Mike Cameron 8/19/04 at Col W 10-3
· Mo Vaughn 4/25/03 vs. Arz W 4-3
· Mike Piazza 5/27/00 at Stl W 12-8
· John Olerud 8/30/99 at Hou W 17-1
· Todd Hundley 5/6/97 at Col L 12-11
· Todd Hundley 4/4/96 vs. Stl W 10-9
· Jose Vizcaino 5/17/94 vs. Fla W 4-3
· Bobby Bonilla 5/8/92 vs. LA W 4-3
· Dave Magadan 6/4/91 vs. Cin W 4-2
· Darryl Strawberry 8/8/84 at Chi L 7-6
· Ron Hodges 6/20/83 vs. Stl W 6-4
· Lee Mazzilli 7/21/78 vs. Atl W 12-3
· Art Shamsky 9/8/70 vs. Mtl W 10-5
· Cleon Jones 5/11/69 vs. Hou W 11-7
· Al Luplow 6/9/66 vs. Atl L 8-4
· Pumpsie Green 9/9/63 at Phi W 6-3

The Mets reached the 108-game mark this past Saturday, with a record of 53 and 55, two-thirds of the way through the 2012 season. It’s only the second time in the last eight seasons that the Mets were below .500 at the two-thirds mark of the season: Mets Records through 108 games:

· 2012 53-55
· 2011 55-53
· 2010 54-54
· 2009 51-57
· 2008 58-50
· 2007 61-47
· 2006 64-44
· 2005 54-54
· 2004 52-56

Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:

Runs: Scoring 1st. Mets scored the first run in eight of the 11 games on their road trip and are now 38 and 18 in 2012 when scoring the first run of a game.

Hits: Ronny Cedeno. Has gone 10-for-20 with 12 runs batted in over his last nine games played and is hitting .391 (18-for-46) since coming off the disabled list on June 22nd.

Errors: Jason Bay. Batting just .109 (6-for-55) since coming off the disabled list on July 17th.

How will the Mets fare this week? Make your prediction in the comments below!