Schwei’s Mets Notebook: DeGrom Keeps Rolling, Duda The Slugger And More
By John Schweibacher
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The New York Mets return to Citi Field this week after going 5-5 on their post All-Star Game road trip.
Jacob deGrom and three relievers combined on the shutout in the Mets’ 2-0 win over the Brewers Sunday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, deGrom became the first rookie in club history to win four consecutive games in one season while pitching at least six innings and allowing no more than one run in each game.
The Mets came from behind to beat the Brewers, 3-2, Friday night after trailing 2-0 heading to the ninth inning. New York has four wins when trailing after eight innings this year, tied with Milwaukee for the third-most in the majors and one behind San Francisco and Oakland.
Here are those four Mets comeback wins this season:
• 4/5/14 vs. Cin (trailed 3-2, scored four in ninth on Ike Davis grand slam)
• 4/25/14 vs. Mia (trailed 3-2, scored two in ninth on RBI singles by Omar Quintanilla and Curtis Granderson)
• 5/11/14 vs. Phi (trailed 4-1, scored three in ninth and once in 11th on RBI single by Ruben Tejada)
• 7/25/14 at Mil (trailed 2-0, scored three in ninth; two on two-run homer by Lucas Duda)
Ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez took the loss for the Brewers Friday night but came back Saturday night to record the save for Milwaukee. K-Rod now has four career saves against the Mets.
Here is the list of former Mets who had at least 10 career saves against them:
• Tug McGraw: 22
• Randy Myers: 21
• Jeff Reardon: 20
• Billy Wagner: 16
• Armando Benitez: 14
• Mel Rojas: 12
• John Franco: 12
• Mike Marshall: 10
• Tim Burke: 10
• Jason Isringhausen: 10
Duda hit four home runs on the Mets’ road trip, giving him a career-high 18 and raising his career total to 62. Excluding switch-hitters, only 10 other left-handed batters in club history have hit more than 60 home runs for the Mets:
• Darryl Strawberry: 252
• Ed Kranepool: 118
• Carlos Delgado: 104
• John Milner: 94
• Cliff Floyd: 81
• Keith Hernandez: 80
• Robin Ventura: 77
• Rusty Staub: 75
• Ike Davis: 68
• John Olerud: 63
• Lucas Duda: 62
Travis d’Arnaud had an RBI triple in the Mets’ 3-1 win last Tuesday in Seattle. It was the first triple by a Mets catcher since Josh Thole had a three-base hit that also drove in a run back on August 30, 2010 against the Braves in Atlanta.
The Mets have not had more than two triples by catchers in one season since the strike-shortened 1994 season, when they had three. In 1975, Mets catchers had six three-base hits, the most in club history. Jerry Grote had five triples that season and John Stearns had one.
Last week, David Wright celebrated the 10th anniversary of his major-league debut. Wright, who played his first game for the Mets back on July 21, 2004, is just the sixth position player in club history to play for the Mets for 10 consecutive years or more:
• Ed Kranepool: 9/22/1962-9/30/1979
• Cleon Jones: 9/14/1963-7/18/1975
• Bud Harrelson: 9/2/1965-10/2/1977
• Jerry Grote: 4/15/1966-8/23/1977
• Ron Hodges: 6/13/1973-9/30/1984
• David Wright: 7/21/2004-present
Only four pitchers have spent more than 10 consecutive years with the Mets:
• Tom Seaver: 4/13/1967-6/12/1977*
• Jerry Koosman: 4/14/1967-9/30/1978
• Dwight Gooden: 4/7/1984-6/24/1994
• John Franco: 4/11/1990-10/3/2004
(* first stint with Mets)
Only four other active players who played in 2004 and are still with the same teams have appeared in more career games than Wright:
• Derek Jeter: New York Yankees
• Paul Konerko: Chicago White Sox
• David Ortiz: Boston Red Sox
• Jimmy Rollins: Philadelphia Phillies
The Mets took two of three from the Mariners last week in Seattle. The two victories were the Mets’ first at Safeco Field, having been swept in their only other series there against Seattle back in 2005.
Here are the ballparks both past and present where the Mets have two wins or fewer in the regular season:
• Tiger Stadium: (0-3)
• Metrodome: (0-3)
• Tokyo Dome: (1-1)
• Estadio Monterrey: (1-2)
• Kauffman Stadium: (1-2)
• Oakland Coliseum: (1-2)
• Comiskey Park: (2-3)
• Safeco Field: (2-4)
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: Jacob deGrom — The Mets’ rookie is 4-0 with an ERA of 0.66 since July 8, and has not allowed a home run since June 5 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Hits: Lucas Duda — The Mets’ first baseman is hitting .284 (21-for-74) with six home runs and 15 RBIs in July.
Errors: Bobby Abreu — The Mets’ outfielder was hitting .319 after his 4-for-4 game on June 13 vs. San Diego, but has gone 6-for-47 since to drop his average to .244.
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