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Sunday Afternoons of Suck

After today's spell of misfortune, I got to thinking about how in recent years, the Mets might perform at their worst at home on Sundays. But more specifically, just day games. (I think this might be the Big Apple phenomenon that afflicts the Knicks as well.) Actually, they might simply do poorly on home weekend day games, but there are not as many Saturday ones as Sunday. 

Well, here goes. A listing of all weekend day games with results from the past 5 years with a few notes. Note that I've bolded the most egregious losses. 

 

2011

  • April 10th vs WAS, 7-3 L in 10 innings
  • (Sat) April 23rd vs ARI, 6-4 W
  • April 24th vs ARI, 8-4 W
  • May 8th vs LAD, 4-2 L
  • May 29th vs PHI, 9-5 W
  • June 19th vs LAA, 8-4 L
  • (Sat) July 2nd vs NYY, 5-2 L
  • July 3rd vs NYY, 3-2 W
  • (Sat) July 16 vs PHI, 11-2 W
  • July 17 vs PHI, 8-5 L
  • Aug 7 vs ATL, 6-5 L                   Total: 5-6, 3-5 on Sundays - Overall home record: 23-30, All other day games: 12-12

2010

  • (Sat) 4/10 vs WAS, 4-3 L
  • 4/11 vs WAS, 5-2 L
  • (Sat) 4/24 vs ATL, 3-1 W
  • (Sat) 5/8 vs SFG, 5-4 W, 11 innings
  • 5/9 vs SFG, 6-5 L (like today)
  • (Sat) 6/5 vs FLA, 6-1 W
  • 6/6 vs FLA, 7-6 W
  • (Sat) 6/26 vs MIN, 6-0 L
  • 6/27 vs MIN, 6-0 W
  • (Sat) 7/10 vs ATL, 4-0 L
  • 7/11 vs ATL, 3-0 W
  • 8/1 vs ARI, 14-1 L
  • 8/29 vs HOU, 5-1 W
  • (Sat) 9/11 vs PHI, 4-3 W
  • 9/12 vs PHI, 3-0 L
  • (Sat) 9/18 vs ATL, 4-2 L
  • 9/19 vs ATL, 6-3 L
  • (Sat) 10/2 vs WAS, 7-2 W
  • 10/3 vs WAS, 2-1 L, 14 innings            Total: 9-10, 4-6 on Sundays - Overall home record: 47-34, All other day games: 13-16  

2009

  • (Sat) 4/18 vs MIL, 1-0 W
  • 4/19 vs MIL, 4-2 L
  • (Sat) 4/25 vs WAS, 8-2 W
  • 4/26 vs WAS, 8-1 L
  • (Sat) 5/9 vs PIT, 10-1 W
  • 5/10 vs PIT, 8-4 W
  • (Sat) 5/30 vs FLA, 7-3 L
  • 5/31 vs FLA, 3-2 W
  • (Sat) 6/20 vs TAM, 3-1 L
  • 6/21 vs TAM, 10-6 L
  • 7/12 vs CIN, 9-7 W
  • 8/2 vs ARI, 5-2 L
  • (Sat) 8/15 5-4 L, 10 innings
  • 8/16 vs SFG, 3-2 W
  • 8/23 vs PHI, 9-7 L
  • (Sat) 9/5 vs CHI, 5-3 L
  • 9/6 vs CHI, 4-2 W (Murphy drove in all four runs)
  • (Sat) 9/19 vs WAS, 3-2 W
  • 9/20 vs WAS, 6-2 W
  • (Sat) 10/3 vs HOU, 5-1 W
  • 10/4 vs HOU, 4-0 W                      Total: 13-9, 7-5 on Sundays - Overall: 41-40, All other day games: 17-16

2008 

  • (Sat) 4/12 vs MIL, 5-3 L
  • 4/13 vs MIL, 9-7 L
  • (Sat) 4/26 vs ATL, 4-3 W
  • 4/27 vs ATL, 6-3 W
  • 5/11 vs CIN, 8-3 W
  • (Sat) 5/31 vs LAD, 3-2 W
  • 6/15 vs TEX, 8-7 L & 4-2 W (Robinson Cancel with a big pinch hit)
  • (Sat) 6/28 vs NYY, 3-2 L
  • 6/29 vs NYY, 3-1 W
  • (Sat) 7/12 vs COL, 3-0 W
  • 7/27 vs STL, 9-1 W (Santana CG, Wright hit HR #20)
  • 8/10 vs FLA, 8-2 L
  • 8/24 vs HOU, 6-4 L
  • 9/7 vs PHI, 6-2 L (won second game of double header, but it was an 8:05 start)
  • 9/14 vs ATL, 7-4 L
  • (Sat) 9/27 vs FLA, 2-0 W
  • 9/28 vs FLA, 4-2 L                   Total: 9-9, 5-7 on Sundays - overall home record: 48-33, All other day games: 20-16

2007

  • (Sat) 4/14 vs WAS, 6-2 L
  • (Sat) 4/21 vs ATL, 7-2 W
  • 4/22 vs ATL, 9-6 L
  • (Sat) 5/12 vs MIL, 12-3 L
  • 5/13 vs MIL, 9-1 W
  • (Sat) 5/20 vs NYY, 10-7 W
  • (Sat) 6/2 vs ARI, 7-1 W 
  • 6/3 vs ARI, 4-1 L
  • 6/24 vs OAK, 10-2 W
  • 7/15 vs CIN, 5-2 W
  • (Sat) 7/28 vs WAS, 3-1 W (Ruben Gotay's RBI single made a winner out of El Duque)
  • 7/29 vs WAS, 5-0 W
  • 8/12 vs FLA, 10-4 W (Why couldn't this happen on the last day of the season, too?!)
  • (Sat) 8/25 vs LAD, 4-3 W
  • (Sat) 9/8 vs HOU, 3-1 W
  • 9/9 vs HOU, 4-1 W
  • (Sat) 9/16 vs PHI, 5-3 L
  • 9/17 vs PHI, 10-6 L
  • (Sat) 9/29 vs FLA, 13-0 W
  • 9/30 vs FLA, 8-1 L                             Total: 13-7, 6-4 on Sundays - Overall: 41-40, All other day games: 17-15

Here are the highlights of what I found.

  • In 2011, 2010, and 2008, the Mets faired significantly poorer in these games than in the rest of their home games, by a large margin last year in particular. Definitely more pronounced on Sundays than Saturdays.
  • 2007's strong team actually finished with the same home record as 2009's lousy team. These happen to be the two years in which they actually performed better in the home Sunday day games than overall.
  • The 5-year trend, outside of 2009, is for not just home losses, but for late season losses at home on Sunday afternoons (albeit, there have been a bunch of September losses, period)
  • Last year's lowlights: on August 1, a 14-1 drubbing by the terrible Diamondbacks when they still had a slight chance of playoff baseball; Roy Oswalt CG shutout that lasted 2:15 minutes; the Acostalypse serving up a grand slam, the 12th of the year by Mets pitching in a 6-3 loss to Atlanta; and, of course, the final regular season appearance for Oliver Perez ending finally in the 14th inning with a loss
  • September home losses on Sunday afternoons totaled five in 2007 and 2008. They indeed were indeed some of the most excruciating ones. In chronological order: the 6-error 10-6 loss to the Phillies lost on a pinch-hit grand slam by Dobbs, the stunning unclutch performance by Glavine to end the 2007 season, Moyer shutting down the Mets in the opener of a double header, a 5-run 9th to blow a 4-2 lead against Atlanta, and the Marlins beating the Mets a day after Santana's 3 hit shutout got our hopes up
  • We went 6-12 against the Phillies in '07 but 11-8 vs them in '08
  • Fredi Gonzalez is a jerk. On crushing the Mets postseason dreams again: "It is fun. I'm not going to lie to you." 

This year's team has been by far the worst of the last five at winning at home. Yet, rough Sunday afternoon games at home have been a Mets staple, again, outside of the anomaly of 2009. I think it's due to a mixture of coincidence and poor late season play. Because these are typically rubber games or a series you have a chance to sweep, these losses probably sting the most. When injuries and division rivals come into play, that makes it all the worse. 

This FanPost was contributed by a member of the community and was not subject to any vetting or approval process. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions, reasoning skills, or attention to grammar and usage rules held by the editors of this site.

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