By John Schweibacher
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The Mets head into this year’s Subway Series off a rough week in which they lost two of three to St. Louis and three of four to Colorado.READ MORE: Sharee Jones Charged With Arson, Hate Crime After Fire At Brooklyn Yeshiva
The Mets salvaged the final game of their series with the Rockies with a 6-4 win on Sunday. Neil Walker had three hits, including an RBI triple and a three-run home run.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Walker has hit only four of his 17 home runs this season batting fourth in the lineup. Only one other Mets second baseman started as many games as a cleanup hitter in his career with the club as Walker, who has done it 35 times in 2016. Jeff Kent batted fourth 59 times as a Met, all in 1995, hitting nine home runs in that spot that season.
The Mets lost to the Rockies, 7-2, on Saturday on Mike Piazza night at Citi Field. Piazza feasted on Colorado pitching during his career, putting up the following numbers:
· Batting average: .337 (second only to .344 against Houston, among teams Piazza had 400 plate appearances against).
· Home runs: 34 (third behind the 38 he hit against Atlanta and the 44 he belted against Philadelphia).
· RBIs: 121 (second behind Philadelphia — 130)
· Runs: 81 (third behind Montreal/Washington, 85, and Philadelphia, 100)
Charlie Blackmon had four hits in the Rockies’ 6-1 victory over the Mets on Friday night. It was the seventh four-hit game against the Mets this season and the third in July.
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· 7/23; Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) 4-for-5
· 7/4; J.T. Realmuto (Marlins) 4-for-4
· 6/27; Ben Revere (Nationals) 4-for-5
· 6/19; Freddie Freeman (Braves) 4-for-5
· 6/9; Scooter Gennett (Brewers) 4-for 4
· 5/28; Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers) 4-for-5
Jeurys Familia blew his second straight save as the Mets lost the opener of the four-game series, 2-1, on Thursday. According to the Elias, it was only the second time in Mets history that they lost two consecutive games in the ninth inning after taking a lead into the final inning. The only other time it happened was against the Cubs at Shea Stadium in 1983. Jesse Orosco could not hold a 6-3, seventh-inning lead for starter Ron Darling on Sept. 17, as he gave up four runs in three innings in the eventual loss, and Doug Sisk could not protect a 5-4 lead for Walt Terrell the following day as Chicago rallied for two runs in the ninth to win.
Familia’s team-record streak of 52 consecutive regular-season saves come to an end when he allowed two runs in the ninth inning during the finale of the Mets’ series against the Cardinals. It was the first blown save for Familia since July 30, 2015 against the Padres at Citi Field. Familia also blew the save in his outing prior to that loss to San Diego four days earlier against the Dodgers, but the Mets rallied to win that game, 3-2, in 10 innings. Two of Familia’s five blown saves in 2015 were against the Cardinals.
The Mets and Cardinals split a doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field, with St. Louis winning the opener, 3-2, and the Mets taking the nightcap, 3-1. Jedd Gyorko homered in both games of the twinbill for the Cardinals. The only other time St. Louis had a player hit a home run in each game of a doubleheader against the Mets was back on Aug. 20, 1998, when Brian Jordan and Mark McGwire both did it in a doubleheader split at Shea Stadium.
Happy Recap: Better late than never. Alejandro De Aza went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Sunday’s win to finish July with a .375 average.MORE NEWS: Gabby Petito Foundation Holds Fundraiser On Long Island
Nine Miles of Rough (Rocky) Road: The Mets finished 1-6 against the Rockies this year after going 7-0 against them last season.