By John Schweibacher
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The Mets close out the 2013 season with a three-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati, and then they return home for four games vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Mets will come into their final home series with a 32-45 record at Citi Field this season.
For the third consecutive year, the road has been kinder to the Mets than home. The Mets come into the week with 39 wins away from home this season, seven more than they currently have at Citi Field.
This will be the 10th time in club history that the Mets will finish a season with more road wins than home wins. Here are the biggest margins of road victories over home wins in club history for the Mets.
Season | Road Wins | Home Wins
2011 43 34
1968 41 32
1994 32 23
1979 35 28
2013 39 32
2007 47 41
1993 31 28
2012 38 36
1966 34 32
1972 42 41
Hawkins has collected all of his 12 saves this season after Bobby Parnell went down with a disc problem in his neck in early August after recording 22 saves in 2013.
Parnell and Hawkins are the 12th pair of Mets teammates and the the first in 14 years to each record 10 or more saves in a single season:
• 2013: Bobby Parnell: 22/LaTroy Hawkins: 12
• 1999: Armando Benitez: 22/John Franco: 19
• 1992: Anthony Young:15/John Franco: 15
• 1988: Randy Myers: 26/Roger McDowell: 16
• 1987: Roger McDowell: 25/Jesse Orosco: 16
• 1986: Roger McDowell: 22/Jesse Orosco: 21
• 1985: Roger McDowell: 17/Jesse Orosco: 17
• 1984: Jesse Orsoco: 31/Doug Sisk: 15
• 1983: Jesse Orosco: 17/Doug Sisk: 11
• 1970: Ron Taylor: 13/Tug McGraw: 10
• 1969: Ron Taylor: 13/Tug McGraw: 12
• 1968: Ron Taylor: 13/Cal Koonce: 11
Wilfredo Tovar made his debut for the Mets on Sunday, becoming the 28th player to make his first career appearance for the Mets this season.
That total is the most since the 2006 season, but is still well short of the all-time club mark for newcomers, set of course in their first year in the majors:
• 1962: 45
• 1967: 35
• 2004: 29
• 2002: 29
• 2013: 28
• 2006: 28
• 2008: 27
• 2009: 26
• 1998: 26
Josh Satin delivered a game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning last Wednesday night to give the Mets a 5-4 victory over the Giants.
It was the second time this season that the Mets had a walk-off hit with the bases loaded and two outs while trailing in the game. The first came back on July 1 against Arizona, on Andrew Brown’s RBI single in the 13th inning.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other year the Mets had two come-from-behind, bases-loaded, two-out walk-off hits was in 1999, and Satin’s game-winner was just the ninth such game-winner overall in club history:
•9/18/13 vs. SF: Josh Satin RBI single in 9th
•7/1/13 vs. Ari: Andrew Brown 2-RBI single in 13th
•7/10/99 vs. NYY: Matt Franco 2-RBI single in 9th
•5/23/99 vs. Phi: John Olerud 2-RBI single in 9th
•5/17/94 vs. Fla: Joe Orsulak 2-RBI single in 9th
•6/24/91 vs. Mtl: Kevin McReynolds Grand Slam in 9th
•6/24/90 vs. Phi: Tim Teufel 2-RBI single in 9th
•4/18/84 vs. Mtl: Wally Backman 2-RBI double in 9th
•6/26/63 vs. Chi: Tim Harkness Grand Slam in 14th
Satin’s game-winner was the Mets’ 10th walk-off victory this season. In six of those walk-off wins, the Mets were trailing going into their at-bat in the ninth and/or extra innings:
• 4/7/13 vs. Mia: bot 9 (trailed 3-2, Marlon Byrd 2-RBI single).
• 4/24/13 vs. LA: bot 9 (trailed 3-2, David Wright RBI single in 9th, Jordany Valdespin grand slam in 10th)
• 5/28/13 vs. NYY: bot 9 (trailed 1-0, Wright RBI single, Lucas Duda RBI single).
• 6/16/13 vs. Chi: bot 9 (trailed 3-0, Byrd solo HR, Kirk Nieuwenhuis 3-run HR).
• 7/1/13 vs. Arz: bot 13 (trailed 3-2 in 9th, Satin RBI single; trailed 4-3 in 13th, Brown 2-RBI single).
• 9/18/13 vs. SF: bot 9 (trailed 4-1, Zach Lutz RBI double; Juan Centeno RBI single, Satin 2-run single).
Nine Miles of Rough Road: Another Losing Season — The Mets’ 82nd loss last weekend means that 2013 will be their fifth- straight losing season, the club’s longest streak since having six consecutive below-.500 seasons from 1991 through 1996.
Happy Recap: David Wright — The Mets’ captain returned from the disabled list and went 4-for-8 with two home runs and three RBIs in his two games against Philadelphia.
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