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Schwei: Mets Return To Citi Field After Long Road Trip And More Mets Notes

Mets Have 12 Walk-Off Loses This Season
Zack Wheeler (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zack Wheeler (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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By John Schweibacher
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The Mets return to Citi Field after going 5-6 on their road trip.

Three of the six losses came in the bottom of the 9th or in extra-innings, giving the Mets a total of 12 walkoff losses this season.

According to Ultimatemets.com, the Mets’ 12 walk-off losses equal the fifth-most in their history.

Most Mets Walk-off Losses in Season:

·       14   1974

·       14   1978

·       13   1967

·       13   1989

·       12   1962

·       12   1975

·       12   2010

·       12   2013

·       11   1982

·       11   1995

Mets pitchers tied a franchise mark with consecutive games of 13 or more strikeouts in the first two games against San Diego. It was the seventh time in team history that the Mets have recorded two straight games with

13 or more strikeouts:

·8/15/13 & 8/16/13 at San Diego:

•15 (Wheeler 12, Germen 3).

•13 (Niese 9, Torres 2, Rice 1, Hawkins 1).

·9/29/07 & 9/30/07 vs. Florida:

•15 (Maine 14, Muniz 1)

•13 (Sosa 4, Schoeneweis 2, Smith 4, Feliciano 1, Mota 1, Heilman 1).

·5/3/06 & 5/4/06 vs. Pittsburgh:

•14 (Martinez 9, Heilman 2, Wagner 2, Bradford 1).

•14 (Glavine 10, Sanchez 1, Julio 3).

·4/21/06 & 4/22/06 at San Diego:

•14 (Bannister 4, Oliver 1, Sanchez 1, Heilman 1, Wagner 3, Bradford 4).

•14 (Martinez 11, Julio 3).

·5/10/85 & 5/11/85 vs. Philadelphia:

•13 (Gooden 13).

•13 (Fernandez 9, McDowell 4).

·5/1/74 & 5/4/74 at LA vs. SD:

•16 (Seaver 16).

•13 (Matlack 9 McGraw 4).

·9/12/73 & 9/13/73 at Philadelphia:

•14 (Matlack 9, McGraw 5).

•14 (Seaver 12, McGraw 2).

Jonathon Niese picked up his second victory since coming off the disabled list in the Mets’ 5-2 win over the Padres this past Friday night.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Niese also became the eighth pitcher in Mets history to record six strikeouts in the first two innings of a game. Niese finished the night with nine strikeouts, the second-fewest by any of the Mets pitchers in those games:

·    Nolan Ryan 8/31/71 at St. Louis (12) ·    Pete Falcone 5/1/80 vs. Philadelphia (8) ·    Ron Darling 8/29/84 vs. Los Angeles (12) ·    Sid Fernandez 7/30/86 vs. Chicago (11) ·   Dwight Gooden 5/11/90 vs. Los Angeles (15) ·    David Cone 10/6/91 at Philadelphia (19) ·    Johan Santana 4/24/09 vs. Washington (10) ·    Jon Niese 8/17/13 at San Diego (9)

Zack Wheeler struck out 12 batters over six innings in the Mets’ 4-1 win last Thursday night in San Diego. Wheeler is just the fourth Mets rookie to fan 12 or more batters in a road start:

·   Zack Wheeler 8/15/2013  at San Diego 12 ·   Dwight Gooden 9/17/84  at Philadelphia 16 ·   Dwight Gooden 8/17/84  at San Francisco 12 ·   Roy Lee Jackson 7/19/80 at Cincinnati 12 ·   Jerry Koosman 7/21/68 at St. Louis 12

Pedro Feliciano lost two games in relief on the road trip. The lefthander returned to the Mets this month, making his first major league appearance since 2010. Despite being a member of four other organizations, Feliciano has never  pitched in the majors for any team other than the Mets. The lefthander’s 466 appearances for the Mets are the most by any pitcher who made all his career outings as a New York Met:

·       Pedro Feliciano  466

·       Bobby Parnell    298

·       Jeff Innis            288

·       Bob Apodaca     184

·       Jon Niese           111

·       Rick Baldwin    105

·       Bob Myrick        82

·       Dillon Gee         77

·       Grant Roberts    76

·       Josh Edgin        68

·       Scott Rice          64

(totals for current Mets through 8/19/13).

The Mets host the NL East-leading Braves and the AL Central-leading Tigers this week. The Mets are 6-7 so far this season against Atlanta, going 3 and 4 in the games played at Citi Field.

The Tigers will be making their second visit to Citi Field, the Mets took two of three at home against Detroit in 2010. Other than the Yankees (and Astros, who moved from the NL this season), the Tigers will become the only AL team to have faced the Mets at Citi Field in more than one series.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia. Mets lose both starters to elbow injuries on road trip.

Happy Recap: Dillon Gee. 7 and 2 with 2.27 earned run average since May 30th after win in final game of road trip.

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