Mets Drop Four In A Row For The First Time Since June

By John Schweibacher
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The Mets have dropped four games in a row for the first time since early June as they head into the last week of August.

Matt Harvey allowed a career-high 13 hits in the Mets’ 3-0 loss to the Tigers Saturday. It was the 17th time in club history a Mets pitcher allowed as many as 13 hits in a game and two shy of Tom Seaver’s dubious record 15.

Here are the games in which a Mets pitcher allowed 14-or-more base hits:

•5/25/76 Tom Seaver 15 at Phi 6 inn.

•6/4/64   Al Jackson 14 vs Hou 6 2/3 inn.

•6/22/95 Bill Pulsipher 14 vs Phi 6 2/3 inn.

•7/24/96 Jason Isringhausen 14 at Col 6 inn.

Marlon Byrd hit his 21st home run of the season last Tuesday night in the 5-3 win over the Braves. Byrd has proven to be one of the biggest bargains of the last off-season, signing a one-year deal with the Mets.

Here is the list of Mets who have hit 21 or more homers in their first season with the club after being acquired in a trade or signed as a free agent:

•Carlos Delgado  2006  38

•Dave Kingman   1975  36

•Frank Thomas   1962  34

•Gary Carter        1985 32

•Robin Ventura    1999 32

•Bernard Gilkey   1996 30

•Mike Cameron    2004 30

•Kevin McReynolds 1987 29

•Mo Vaughn            2002 26

•Mike Piazza          1998* 23

•John Olerud          1997 22

•Todd Zeile            2000 22

•Dave Kingman     1981 22

•Richard Hidalgo  2004* 21

•Marlon Byrd         2013 21

(*-acquired during season)

Juan Lagares picked up his 11th outfield assist last Wednesday in the Mets’ 2-1, 10-inning loss against Atlanta. Here is the list of Mets who registered 15 or more outfield assists in a season (courtesy

•Rusty Staub     1974 19

•Steve Henderson 1978 18

•Joel Youngblood 1979 18

•Joel Youngblood 1980 18

•Kevin McReynolds 1988 18

•Bernard Gilkey   1996 18

•Rusty Staub     1973 17

•Bernard Gilkey   1997 17

•Rusty Staub     1975 15

•Cliff Floyd     2005 15

Daisuke Matsuzaka lost his Mets debut to the Tigers, allowing five runs in five innings in a 6-1 loss. Matsuzaka is the 12th Japanese-born player to appear for the Mets.

Player       Years w/Mets Games

•Takashi Kashiwada 1997     35

•Masato Yoshii     1998-99 60

•Hideo Nomo       1998     17

•Tsuyoshi Shinjo   2001,03 185

•Saturo Komiyama   2002     25

•Kaz Matsui       2004   239

•Kaz Ishii         2005     19

•Shingo Takatsu   2005     9

•Ken Takahashi     2009     28

•Hisanori Takahashi 2010   53

•Ryota Igarashi     2010-11 79

•Daisuke Matsuzaka 2013     1

Matsuzaka wore uniform number 16 in his Mets’ debut, the 8th player to appear with that number since Dwight Gooden, who wore 16 from 1984 to 1994:

•Hideo Nomo     1998

•Derek Bell         2000

•David Cone       2003

•Doug Mientkiewicz 2005

•Paul Lo Duca     2006-07

•Angel Pagan       2008-11

•Rob Johnson       2012

•Daisuke Matsuzaka 2013

The Mets complete the homestand with a four-game series against the Phillies before heading to Washington this weekend. The Mets have gone 5 and 7 against both of these division rivals so far in 2013.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Mauled by Tigers. Mets allow 41 hits in three games vs. Detroit, the most allowed in a three-game home series since giving up 50 to Milwaukee August 2nd through 4th, 2005.

Happy Recap: Travis d’Arnaud. Rookie catcher hits first career home run in Sunday’s loss to the Tigers, giving him first two RBI’s and run scored in majors.

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