Schwei’s Mets Notebook: 2 Straight Sweeps, Familiar Parks And More
By John Schweibacher
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The New York Mets limp home this week after being swept by the Cubs in Chicago and the Giants in San Francisco.
The Mets had done well at AT&T Park the last two seasons, winning three of four against the eventual World Series winners in 2012 and all three vs. the Giants last July.
The Giants had not swept the Mets in San Francisco since 2002, part of a streak of 12 straight regular-season home wins by the Giants over the Mets in the first dozen meetings between the two teams at the ballpark that opened in 2000. The Mets did win Game 2 of the 2000 NLDS at San Francisco.
Michael Morse’s RBI single in the ninth capped the San Francisco Giants’ 5-4 comeback win over the Mets Saturday night.
It was just the third Mets loss to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth or extra innings at AT&T Park (which opened in 2000) and the first in 13 years:
· 6/7/2014: 5-4, Michael Morse RBI single vs. Jenrry Mejia
· 5/11/2001: 3-2 (10), Benito Santiago RBI single vs. Armando Benitez
· 5/3/2000: 8-5, Jeff Kent 3-run homer vs. Turk Wendell
San Francisco was the site of the Mets’ first walk-off loss in club history.
On May 26, 1962, Willie Mays’ two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th gave the Giants a 7-6 win over the Mets at Candlestick Park.
Felix Mantilla had given New York the lead with a solo homer in the top of the inning, but Mets starter Jay Hook, who was still in the game, gave up a leadoff single to Harvey Kuenn and the game-ending home run to Mays two batters later to take the hard-luck loss.
The Mets were swept by the Cubs last week in Chicago. It was the 13th time in club history the Mets failed to win a game in a series of at least three games at the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field.
The Mets have played against the Cubs at Wrigley in every one of their seasons dating back to 1962, something they will also do when they face the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in August.
Here are the stadiums and ballparks that the Mets have played in for at least 30 seasons, and their winning percentage at that venue:
· Wrigley Field: (1962- present): 53, .467
· Dodger Stadium (1962-present): 52, .406
· Shea Stadium (1964-2008) : 45, .520
· Busch Stadium (1966-2005): 40, .505
· Candlestick Park (1962-1999): 38, .428
· Jack Murphy Stadium (1969-2003): 35, .474
· Astrodome (1965-1999): 35, .386
· Riverfront Stadium (1970-2002): 33, .435
· Veterans Stadium (1971-2003): 33, .443
· Fulton County Stadium (1966-1996): 31, .474
· Three Rivers Stadium (1970-2000): 31, .487
Nate Schierholtz’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Cubs a 2-1 win over the Mets in the opener of their three-game series last Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
It was the first time in nine years that the Mets lost a game to the Cubs in Chicago in the bottom of the ninth or in extra innings, and just the fourth since the Cubs moved from the NL East to the NL Central after Major League Baseball realigned following the 1993 season:
· 6/3/2014: 2-1, Nate Schierholtz RBI single vs. Scott Rice
· 5/11/2005: 4-3 (10), Derrek Lee solo home run vs. Heath Bell
· 5/5/1996: 5-4, Sammy Sosa solo home run vs. Jerry Dipoto.
· 5/3/1996: 4-2, Sammy Sosa three-run home run vs. Paul Wilson
The Mets completed their five-game series at Philadelphia with an 11-2 victory over the Phillies last Monday night. Wilmer Flores capped a six-RBI performance with a ninth-inning grand slam in the win, tying a club rookie record.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Mets rookies to drive in six runs in one game were Jeromy Burnitz at Montreal in 1993 and David Wright at Milwaukee in 2004.
Flores also became just the third Mets shortstop to drive in six runs in a game:
· 6/2/2014: Wilmer Flores at Phi, 6
· 7/19/1992: Dick Schofield vs. SF, 6
· 9/22/1967: Jerry Buchek vs. Hou, 6
Don Zimmer passed away last week at the age of 83. Zimmer was involved in professional baseball for 66 years, including his time as an original New York Met in 1962.
Zimmer was the starting third baseman in the Mets’ first regular-season game on April 11, 1962 at St. Louis. Zimmer went 1-for-4 in that game but had just three hits in his next 48 at-bats, including a 34 at-bat hitless streak.
On May 6, the Mets traded Zimmer to the Reds for Bob “Lefty” Miller and Cliff Cook. According to the Ultimate Mets Database, Zimmer, prior to his passing, was the 10th-oldest living Mets player.
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: First Impression — The Mets have scored 45 first-inning runs this season, two less than San Francisco for the major-league lead.
Hits: Curtis Granderson — Grandy hit two home runs in the loss to the Giants on Sunday, and is now hitting .279 with seven homers and 23 runs batted in since May 1.
Errors: d’Moted — Travis d’Arnaud was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas after hitting just .180 with three homers and nine RBIs in 145 plate appearances this season.
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