Schwei’s Mets Notebook: Murphy’s All-Star Nod, Remembering Cashen And More
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By John Schweibacher
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Daniel Murphy will be the Mets’ lone All-Star at next Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic in Minnesota.
Murphy is the third second baseman in club history to be selected for the MLB All-Star Game. Ron Hunt, who started the 1964 game at Shea Stadium and was a reserve at the 1966 game in St. Louis, and Edgardo Alfonzo, who played in the 2000 game in Atlanta, are the only two Mets second baseman prior to Murphy to get the nod.
On Friday night, the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre homered in his first appearance at Citi Field, which became the 40th major league ballpark at which he’s hit a home run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Beltre’s total is the highest among active players.
On Saturday, Beltre homered again in Texas’ 5-3 win, becoming the sixth player to hit a home run in each of his first two games at the current home of the Mets. Elias notes that none of those players did so for the home team:
· Adrian Gonzalez SD (4/13/09 vs. Mike Pelfrey & 4/15/09 vs. Sean Green).
· Jesus Flores Was (4/24/09 vs. Francisco Rodriguez & Oliver Perez 4/26/09).
· Mark Reynolds (3) Arz (7/31/09 vs. Livan Hernandez, 8/1/09 Brian Stokes & Nelson Figueroa 8/3/09).
· Chris Heisey Cin (7/7/10 vs. Jon Niese 9/26/11 vs. Josh Stinson).
· Jarrod Saltalamacchia Mia (4/25/14 vs. Germen & 4/26/14 vs. Farnsworth).
· Adrian Beltre Tex (7/4/14 vs. Carlos Torres & 7/5/14 vs. Bartolo Colon).
The Mets beat the Rangers 6-5 on Friday night despite Jon Niese having to leave the game in the top of the first inning after being hit in the back by a line drive by Texas’ Alex Rios.
It was just the 11th time in club history that the Mets were able to win a game despite the fact their starting pitcher failed to record more than one out and the first in a home game since 1983:
· 7/4/14 6-5 vs. Tex Jon Niese 1/3IP 2H 1R
· 5/20/10 10-7 at Was John Maine 0IP 2H 1R
· 9/8/01 9-7 at Fla Bruce Chen 1/3IP 2H 3R
· 4/16/00 12-9 at Pit Bobby Jones 0IP 1H 2R
· 7/31/83 7-6 (12) vs. Pit Walt Terrell 0IP 3H 4R
· 5/8/83 10-5 vs. Cin Scott Holman 1/3IP 4H 5R
· 9/29/80 5-4 (10) vs. Pit Ed Lynch 1/3IP 3H 4R
· 9/18/75 7-5 vs. Chi Hank Webb 0IP 2H 4R
· 8/1/69 5-4 vs. Atl Don Cardwell 1/3IP 2H 3R
· 4/23/65 9-8 (11) at SF Gary Kroll 1/3IP 4H 2R
· 6/2/62 7-4 vs. Hou Tracy Stallard 1/3IP 5H 4R
New York Mets Hall of Famer Frank Cashen passed away last week at the age of 88. Cashen was the longest-tenured general manager in the history of the Mets and built the club that won the 1986 World Series.
Cashen, who won two World Series championships and four American League pennants as the GM of the Baltimore Orioles, joined the Mets in 1980 and stepped down at the end of the 1991 season.
Twenty-one of the 24 players on the Mets’ roster for the 1986 World Series were acquired by Cashen. Only Jesse Orosco (traded for in 1978), Wally Backman and Mookie Wilson (selected in the first and second rounds of the 1977 amateur draft) were not. Lee Mazzilli, who was originally drafted by the Mets in 1973, was dealt by Cashen to the Texas Rangers in 1982 but re-acquired in August of 1986.
Just two of the Mets’ 12 GMs in club history posted a better winning percentage during their tenures:
· Steve Phillips 1997-03/599-442/.575
· Johnny Murphy 1968-69/173-151/.534
· Frank Cashen 1980-91/984-898/.523
· Omar Minaya 2004-10/577-557/.509
· Bob Scheffing 1970-74/402-401/.501
· Joe McIlvaine 1993-97/279-310/.473
· Sandy Alderson 2011-/263-310/.459
· Joe McDonald 1975-79/361-449/.446
· Jim Duquette 2003-04/108-151/.417
· Al Harazin 1992-93/98-148/.398
· Bing Devine 1967/61-101/.377
· George Weiss 1962-66/321-547/.370
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: Zack Wheeler. Allows one run in 6 and 1/3 innings to get the win vs. Texas Sunday at Citi Field, his first home victory since last August 20th against Atlanta.
Hits: Travis d’Arnaud. Mets catcher has gone 11-for-37 with two homers and seven RBI’s in 10 games since return from AAA Las Vegas.
Errors: No Easy Outs. Mets gave up hits to Texas Rangers starting pitchers in each of the three games in their interleague series, after allowing hits to Braves starters in the final two games of the series last week in Atlanta.
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