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Schwei’s Mets Notebook: DeGrom’s Dominance, Disappointing Series And More

Jacob deGrom (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Jacob deGrom (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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By John Schweibacher
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After suffering their first losing homestand since late May, the Mets go back on the road this week to take on the Nationals and Phillies.

The Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner both pitched two-hitters against the Mets this weekend for San Francisco. They were just the fourth and fifth complete games by Giants pitchers against the Mets while allowing two hits or fewer:

• 7/11/72: SF 6 at NYM 1, Ron Bryant 9ip 2h

• 8/24/75: NYM 0 at SF 6, Ed Halicki 9ip 0h

• 8/17/88: NYM 0 at SF 4, Rick Reuschel 9ip 2h

• 8/1/14: SF 5 at NYM 1, Ryan Vogelsong 9ip 2h

• 8/3/14: SF 9 at NYM 0, Madison Bumgarner 9ip 2h

Jacob deGrom tossed 6 and 2/3 no-hit innings Saturday night before allowing a Pablo Sandoval double. It was the third-longest no-hit bid by a rookie in franchise history. Randy Tate pitched 7 and 1/3 hitless innings against the Expos at Shea on August 4, 1975, and Dwight Gooden threw seven hitless innings at Pittsburgh on June 6, 1984.

Tate lost his no-hitter when Montreal’s Jim Lyttle singled with one out in the eighth and lost the game as well when the Expos scored four times in the inning on an RBI single by Gary Carter and a three-run home run by Mike Jorgensen.

Gooden allowed a leadoff single to Pittsburgh’s Doug Frobel in the eighth inning of his no-hit bid and did not get a decision in an eventual 2-1 Mets win in 13 innings.

Daniel Murphy surpassed the 30-double mark for the fourth time in his career last week. Only three other players in club history have four or more seasons with 30-or-more doubles:

• David Wright: 7

• Carlos Beltran: 5

• Jose Reyes: 4

• Daniel Murphy: 4

• Keith Hernandez: 3

• Howard Johnson: 3

• Kevin McReynolds: 3

• John Olerud: 3

• Carlos Delgado: 3

Vogelsong threw a two-hitter for his second career complete game as San Francisco beat the Mets, 5-1, last Friday night at Citi Field.

Vogelsong faced 28 batters, one over the minimum, allowing a single to Juan Lagares leading off the sixth and Lucas Duda’s 20th homer to start the eighth.

It was just the ninth time in club history that an opposing starting pitcher faced 28 or fewer Mets batters in a complete game, nine-inning win:

• 5/5/64: NYM 0 Mil 6- Warren Spahn

• 6/21/64: Phi 6 NYM 0- Jim Bunning

• 10/2/65: Phi 6 NYM 0- Jim Bunning

• 7/1/66: Pit 12 NYM 0- Woody Fryman

• 10/2/81: Mtl 3 NYM 0- Steve Rogers

• 9/29/87: NYM 0 Phi 3- Don Carman

• 4/17/91: NYM 0 Pit 4- John Smiley

• 9/8/93: NYM 1 Hou 7- Darryl Kile

• 8/1/14: NYM 1 SF 5- Ryan Vogelsong

Duda homered in the loss Friday night, becoming the 12th player in Mets history to reach the 20-homer mark in a single season while appearing in the majority of games at first base.

Here is the list of the Mets’ first baseman with a 20-or-more home run season:

• Carlos Delgado: 2006 (38), 2008 (38) and 2007 (24)

• John Milner: 1973 (23), 1974 (20)

• Dave Kingman: 1981 (22), 1982 (37)

• John Olerud: 1997 (22), 1998 (22)

• Donn Clendenon: 1970 (22)

• Eddie Murray: 1993 (27)

• Rico Brogna: 1995 (22)

• Todd Zeile: 2000 (22)

• Mo Vaughn: 2002 (26)

• Mike Piazza: 2004 (20)

• Ike Davis: 2012 (32)

• Lucas Duda: 2014 (20)

The Mets began the homestand with a 7-1 win over the Phillies, despite giving up 13 hits in the victory. It was just the fourth time in club history Mets pitchers gave up 13-or-more hits and allowed one run or fewer:

• 9/9/73: NYM 3 Mtl 0 (George Stone and Tug McGraw combine on the shutout despite allowing 13 Expos hits)

• 9/15/95: Phi 1 NYM 4 (Jason Isringhausen gives up 13 hits and relievers Jerry Dipoto and John Franco give up one apiece in the win).

• 4/17/10: NYM 2 Stl 1 (20) (Nine Mets pitchers give up 15 hits in a marathon 2-1 win)

• 7/28/14: Phi 1 NYM 7 (Bartolo Colon gives up 10 hits and the Mets’ bullpen allows three more in the victory)

Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:

Runs: Jacob deGrom – Mets’ starter was named National League Rookie of the Month after going 4-1 with a 1.39 earned run average in July.

Hits: Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia – Mets’ relievers both allowed runs in the 4-3 loss to the Giants Monday. The duo had given up just two earned runs in their last 38 and 1/3 innings combined coming into the game.

Errors: Giant Loss — The Mets had gone 5-0-1 in their last six home series and had won 10 of their last 13 sets at Citi Field before dropping three of four to San Francisco.

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