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Schwei: Wheeler’s Debut, Nieuwenhuis’ Walk-Off, Hawkins’ 900th And More Mets Notes

Zack Wheeler And Matt Harvey Set To Start Doubleheader On Saturday
Zack Wheeler (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Zack Wheeler (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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By John Schweibacher
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Zack Wheeler is scheduled to make his major-league debut on Tuesday night in the second game of the Mets’ day/night doubleheader against the Braves in Atlanta.

Wheeler’s stats at the Triple-A level are remarkably similar to Matt Harvey’s, who is slated to start the day portion of Tuesday’s twin bill. Here are Wheeler’s stats in his 19 combined Triple-A outings for Buffalo in 2012 and for Las Vegas this season, and Harvey’s 20 starts prior to his call-up last season:

Pitcher   G    W/L  ERA  IP        BB  K
Harvey:   20  7-5   3.68  110       48  112
Wheeler: 19  6-4   3.72  101.2    43  104

15 pitchers in the Mets’ history have gone at least five innings, allowed five hits or fewer and two runs or less in their major-league debuts as a starter, including a pair of Wheeler’s new teammates:

Date            Mets Pitcher             Dec. IP H R ER BB K

8/23/12 — Collin McHugh vs COL:  ND    7  2  0   0   1    9

7/26/12 — Matt Harvey at ARZ:       W   5.1 3  0   0    3  11

9/7/10 — Dillon Gee at WAS:           W    7   2  1   1   3    4

4/9/04 — Tyler Yates at MTL:         ND    6   5  0   0   0    4

4/5/98 — Masato Yoshii at PIT:        W    7   3  0    0   1    7

7/17/95 — J. Isringhausen at CHI:   ND   7    2  2   2    2    6

9/24/88 — David West at STL:        W   5     5  1   1    2    3

6/9/86 — Rick Anderson vs PHI:     ND    7    4  1    0    2   5

4/7/84 — Dwight Gooden at HOU:   W     5    3  1    1    2    5

9/6/83 — Ron Darling vs PHI:           L    6.1    5 1    1    1    6

5/20/81 — Greg Harris at SF:           ND      6     4 2    2   2    5

9/16/74 — Randy Sterling at MTL:ND    5.2   2 2    2   3    2

7/31/72 — Brent Strom vs MTL:      W     6.2   2 2    1   4    7

4/16/67 — Bill Denehy at PHI:           L      6.1   3 2    2  6    8

6/10/66 — Dick Rusteck vs CIN:      W        9    4 0    0  1    4

(Thanks to the Pitching Game Finder on baseball-reference.com for compiling this list.)

Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ three-run home run gave the Mets a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over the Cubs on Sunday at Citi Field. According to the Ultimate Mets Database, Nieuwenhuis’ homer was the seventh in club history to win a game with the Mets trailing by at least two runs when the batter came to the plate:

6/16/13 — Kirk Nieuwenhuis: three-run HR vs. Carlos Marmol (CHI)
8/30/92 — Bobby Bonilla: grand slam vs. Rob Dibble (CIN)
9/5/83 — George Foster: three-run HR vs. Al Holland (PHI)
6/14/80 — Steve Henderson: three-run HR vs. Allen Ripley (SF)
6/26/63 — Tim Harkness: grand slam vs. Jim Brewer (CHI)
6/7/63 — Duke Snider: three-run HR vs. Diomides Olivo (STL)
8/21/62 — Marv Throneberry: three-run vs. Elroy Face (PIT)

It was also the 24th three-run, game-ending homer in the Mets’ history. The last player to hit a three-run, walk-off home run for the Mets was Cliff Floyd, who did it against the Angels’ Brendan Donnelly to give New York a 5-3, 10-inning win on June 11, 2005 at Shea Stadium.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last three times that the Mets have overcome a deficit of three or more runs in the ninth inning or later to win a home game have been against the Cubs (September 25, 2004 and May 17, 2007).

Latroy Hawkins’ next appearance will be the 900th of his major-league career, tying him for 23rd all-time. Five of the top 17 pitchers who have the most career appearances were at one time members of the Mets, including the current top three:

Pitcher                      Games    Rank

Jesse Orosco:              1,251          (1st)
Mike Stanton:              1,178          (2nd)
John Franco:               1,119          (3rd)
Roberto Hernandez:    1,010          (12th)
David Weathers:            964           (17th)

Happy Recap: Walk-Off Wins — Sunday’s victory vs. the Cubs was the Mets’ sixth walk-off win of the season. The Mets have just 14 home wins total so far in 2013.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Tough Month — Coming into Sunday’s game, the Mets had gone 8-16 dating back to May 18. The Mets went 4-0 against the Yankees, but just 4-16 vs. all other opponents (the Cubs, Reds, Braves, Marlins, Nationals and Cardinals) during the 24-game stretch.

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