By John Schweibacher
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The New York Mets return home this week to face the Nationals and Cubs, but they may have wanted to stay in Philadelphia.
The Mets went 8-2 this season at Citizens Bank Park and scored first in all 10 games against the Phillies. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the first time that’s happened in the majors since 1961, when the Los Angeles Dodgers went 9-1 in Philadelphia and scored first in all 10 games at Connie Mack Stadium.
The Mets took three of four from the Phillies this past weekend in Philadelphia. The Mets are now 55-46 all-time at Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004. The Mets have a better road record in just three other road ballparks that they have visited for at least 11 seasons:
• Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati: 21-14 (.600)
• Bank One Ballpark, Arizona: 33-26 (.559)
• Miller Park, Milwaukee: 24-19 (.558)
• Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia: 55-46 (.545)
Last week, Daniel Murphy had multiple hits in a career-high five straight games. Murphy’s streak was the longest by a Met since David Wright had seven straight multi-hit games from July 24 through July 30 in 2011. Murphy’s 217 career multi-hit games are the 14th-most in club history:
• David Wright: 465*
• Jose Reyes: 385
• Ed Kranepool: 341
• Cleon Jones: 334
• Edgardo Alfonzo: 314
• Mookie Wilson: 308
• Mike Piazza: 278
• Darryl Strawberry: 266
• Jerry Grote: 258
• Keith Hernandez: 256
• Howard Johnson: 247
• Bud Harrelson: 231
• Carlos Beltran: 223
• Daniel Murphy: 217*
(*- Wright and Murphy totals through 8/11/14)
Bartolo Colon became the third Dominican-born pitcher to reach 200 wins, joining Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219), as the Mets won in Philadelphia, 5-4, last Friday night. Only two other active big-league pitchers have earned 200 victories: Tim Hudson (213) and the disabled CC Sabathia (208).
Colon reached the milestone at the age of 41. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, among pitchers who made their major-league debut after World War II, only Charlie Hough (44), Jamie Moyer (42), Kenny Rogers (41) and Tim Wakefield (45) reached the 200 mark after their 41st birthday.
Two other pitchers recorded their 200th major-league win with the Mets: Orel Hershiser (July 22, 1999 at Montreal) and Pedro Martinez (April 17, 2006 vs. the Braves at Shea Stadium).
Hershiser went seven innings in a 7-4 Mets victory at Olympic Stadium. He would win three more games that season for New York and one the following season with the Dodgers, finishing his career with 204 regular-season wins.
Martinez went 6 and 2/3 innings in a 4-3 Mets victory against Atlanta. He won six more games that season and eight over the following two seasons for the Mets. Martinez won five games for the Phillies in 2009 to finish his career with 219 regular-season wins.
Bobby Abreu was designated for assignment by the Mets last week. Abreu hit .238 in his 66 games for the Mets and was just 2-for-31 as a pinch hitter. Only eight other batters in club history had three pinch hits or fewer in 25 or more at-bats as a pinch hitter in a single season:
• Gary Rajsich, 1982: 2-for-35 (.057)
• Bobby Abreu, 2014: 2-for-31 (.065)
• Donn Clendenon, 1971: 2-for-27 (.074)
• Tom Grieve, 1978: 2-for-25 (.080)
• John Milner, 1975: 3-for-32 (.094)
• Jordany Valdespin, 2013: 3-for-29 (.103)
• Ron Hodges, 1979: 3-for-29 (.103)
• Dave Marshall, 1972: 3-for-29 (.103)
• Luis Lopez, 1999: 3-for-28 (.107)
The Mets suffered a pair of walk-off losses on their road trip, losing last Thursday at Washington when Bryce Harper hit a 13th-inning home run and Sunday in Philadelphia on Ryan Howard’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
The Mets’ 11 walk-off losses are the most in the majors. Here are the Mets’ all-time highs for walk-off losses in a single season:
• 1974: 14
• 1978: 14
• 1967: 13
• 1989: 13
• 2013: 13
• 1962: 12
• 1975: 12
• 1982: 11
• 1995: 11
• 2014: 11
Schwei’s Runs, Hits and Errors:
Runs: Lucas Duda — His seven home runs since the All-Star break are the second most in the majors.
Hits: Anthony Recker — His game-reversing three-run homer in the win vs. Phillies was the Mets catcher’s first hit since the All-Star break.
Errors: Carlos Torres — The Mets’ reliever has allowed a home run in five of his seven appearances since the All-Star break.
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