Today's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.
Teams: Mets vs. Marlins
Date: Monday, October 1, 2012 • 7:10 p.m
Location: Marlins Park • Miami, FL
Starters: RHP Jeurys Familia (0-0, 8.64) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-5, 3.96)
TV/Radio: SNY • WFAN • WQBU
Info: Game #160 • Road Game #79
METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost two in a row following a fourgame winning streak...New York is 7-3 in its last 10 games...The Mets are 21-30 in the first game of a series (11-14 on the road).
ON THE ROAD: The Mets are 8-7 in their last 15 road games and are 37-41 on the road this year after going 43-38 away from Citi Field in 2011...New York is 9-15-1 in road series this season...The Mets went 14-11-1 in road series last year...David Wright is fifth in the National League with a .319 road batting average.
VS. MIAMI: The Mets have won seven straight against Miami, dating back to August 9...It’s the club’s longest winning streak vs. the Marlins in team history...The previous mark was six games from September 20, 1997-June 11, 1998...New York is 11-4 vs. Miami this year...The most wins the Mets have ever posted in one season vs. the Marlins is 12 (2001).
DANIEL MURPHY: Extended his career-high with his 40th double yesterday...Murphy became one of only seven players in franchise history to collect 40 or more doubles in a single season, joining Bernard Gilkey, David Wright, Edgardo Alfonzo, Howard Johnson, Carlos Beltran and Gregg Jefferies...Murphy hit .337 (30-89) with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in September, the sixth-highest mark in the National League.
RUBEN TEJADA: Went 1-4 yesterday and has at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games (17-48, .354).
150: David Wright has played in 153 of the Mets’ 159 games this year... This is the sixth time that Wright has played 150 or more games in a season for the Mets (2005-08, 2010 and 2012), extending his own club record...The only other Mets players with more than three 150-game seasons are Howard Johnson and Jose Reyes (four each).
HISTORY: David Wright became the team’s all-time hits leader with his 1,419th career hit with his third-inning infield single off the Pirates’ Jeff Locke on Wednesday…Wright, who now has 1,423 hits, passed Ed Kranepool who finished his career with 1,418 hits while playing in 1,853 games from 1962-1979...Wright already became the franchise leader in RBI, walks and runs scored this year…He also holds the club mark in doubles and extra-base hits.
IKE DAVIS: Is tied for seventh in the National League with his 31 home runs and is third in the NL with a home run every 16.4 at-bats.
SECOND HALF HOME RUNS: Ike Davis has 19 home runs since the All-Star break, tied for the fifth-most in majors and the second-most in the National League...Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has the most second half home runs (25) while San Diego’s Chase Headley leads the NL with 22.
ROAD HOME RUNS: Ike Davis is second in the National League and tied for fourth in the majors with 20 home runs on the road this season... Giancarlo Stanton leads the NL with 21 road home runs and Adam Dunn leads the majors with 23.
2013 SCHEDULE: The Mets will begin the 2013 season at home vs. the San Diego Padres on April 1 at 1:10 p.m...The opening homestand continues Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4 with games against the Padres followed by a three-game series with the Miami Marlins, April 5-7...The Mets host the Yankees at Citi Field on Memorial Day, May 27 at 7:10 p.m. and Tuesday, May 28 at 7:10 p.m...The Mets then travel to the Bronx for a two-game series, May 29-30...New York’s remaining Interleague schedule includes games against the American League Central...The Mets will travel to Minnesota, April 12-14, Chicago, June 25- 26 and Cleveland, September 6-8...In addition, the Mets host the White Sox May 7-8, Royals, August 2-4 and Tigers, August 23-25 at Citi Field.
JEURYS FAMILIA: Will make his first major league start tonight...Has appeared in eight games in relief since joining the team on September 4...Familia made 28 starts for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League this year, going 9-9 with a 4.73 ERA (72 ER/137.0 IP).
R.A. DICKEY: Will make his final start of the year tomorrow night...He is tied for second in the majors and NL in wins, and leads the National League in strikeouts (222), innings pitched (227.2), complete games (five) and shutouts (three)…He has the second-lowest ERA (2.69) in the NL...Dickey leads the majors with 26 quality starts.
20 WINS: Dickey became the first Mets pitcher with 20 wins in a season since 1990, when Frank Viola went 20-12…Dickey joins Tom Seaver (1969, 1971, 1972, 1975), Jerry Koosman (1976), Dwight Gooden (1985), David Cone (1988) and Viola as the only Mets to win at least 20 games in a season...The last Mets pitcher to win 21 or more games in a season was Dwight Gooden (24-4 in 1985).
DICKEY VS. MIAMI: Dickey is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA (six earned runs/39.0 innings) in five starts against Miami this season…The five wins against Miami are the most any one pitcher has ever had against the Marlins’ franchise in a single season...Dickey is also 8-0 with a 0.92 ERA vs. the Fish over the last two years (eight starts)...Dickey is the third pitcher in Mets history to win eight or more consecutive starts against one team, joining Dwight Gooden, who won nine in a row vs. the Cubs (1988-91), and Tom Seaver, who beat the Padres in eight straight starts (1972-75).
20-GAME WINNER ON SUB .500 TEAM: Dickey is the first 20-game winner on a below .500 team since 1997, when Roger Clemens went 21-7 for the Toronto Blue Jays, who finished the season 76-86 and Brad Radke who was 20-10 for the ’97 Twins, who were 68-94…Clemens won the AL Cy Young award that year with 96% of the vote...In fact, Dickey’s .769 winning percentage would be the fourth-best in major league history for a pitcher on a team that finished below .500...Sandy Koufax (19-5, .792 for the 1964 Dodgers) is first, Tim Lincecum (18-5, .783 for the 2008 Giants) is second and Bob Gibson (23-7, .767 for the 1964 Cardinals) ranks third.
THIRD-OLDEST TO 20: Dickey became the third-oldest pitcher to record the first 20-win season of his major league career...Dickey (age 37 years, 334 days as of Thursday), trails only Mike Mussina (who was 39 years old when he won his 20th game for the 2008 Yankees) and Jamie Moyer (age 38 with the 2001 Mariners) on that list...Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
STRIKEOUTS: Dickey has seven double-digit strikeout games this season, the most in the NL...Dickey’s strikeout total (222) is the 12thmost in team history.
RISP TALE OF TWO HALVES: The Mets went 0-5 with runners in scoring position yesterday and are hitting .209 (114-545) with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break…In the first half, the team hit .269 (199-739) with RISP...Overall, the Mets are hitting .244 with RISP on the season, ranking 21st in the majors...The Mets are hitting .260 with runners in scoring position and two outs, the third-highest average in the majors.
LAST APPEARANCE: Appeared in relief when the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-0, on September 26 at Citi Field...Pitched 2.0 hitless innings, allowing one walk...Struck out one.
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT: Made his major league debut in the Mets’ 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on September 4 of this season after being recalled from the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) of the International League earlier in the day.
2012 SEASON: Making his first career start today after making seven appearances out of the bullpen...In those seven appearances, Familia has pitched to a 0-0 record with a 8.64 ERA (eight earned runs/8.1 innings pitched)...Struck out seven in those 8.1 innings... Righties hit .176 (3-17) with one triple...Retired the first batter of an appearance six out his seven appearances...Seeking to be the fifth Mets player to record their first career win this season joining Jeremy Hefner, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, and Josh Edgin...Has struck out at least one batter in every appearance this season but one.
2012 AAA: Made 28 starts of the Buffalo...Went 9-9 with a 4.73 ERA (72 earned runs/137.0 innings...Struck out 128 batters in those 137.0 innings, good for a 8.48 K/9...Pitched at least 5.0 innings in each of his last five starts dating to August 8 vs. Syracuse....The 28 starts are a career-high breaking his previous high of 24, which he set in 2010 while pitching for the St. Lucie Mets (A) of the Florida State League...The 137.0 innings pitched are also a career-high.
AHEAD IN COUNT: With Buffalo, when Familia got ahead in the count, batters hit .188 (36- 191) with one home run, four doubles and 23 RBI...When Familia fell behind in the count, batters hit .342 (64-187) with four home runs, 16 doubles, and 32 RBI.
MINOR LEAGUE TOTALS: Prior to this season, had compiled a 23-23 record with a 3.57 ERA (171 earned runs/430.2 innings pitched) in 82 career games, 81 starts...Has 416 strikeouts in those 430.2 innings... Was 10-6 with a 2.69 ERA (40 earned runs/134.0 innings pitched) in 24 games, 23 starts for the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League in 2009, and was also named the Sterling Organizational Player of the year...Played for the World Team in the XM Radio Futures Game in 2010.
2011 SEASON: Began the year with St. Lucie (A)...Made six starts before being promoted to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League on May 10...Was the Sterling Award recipient of Binghamton, emblematic of the team MVP...Ranked fifth among Mets minor leaguers with 132 strikeouts...In 23 games combined, all starts, he was 5-5 with a 2.90 ERA...In 124.0 innings, he allowed 106 hits, 50 runs, 40 earned, with 43 walks and 132 strikeouts...Went 7.0 innings twice: May 10 vs. New Britain and May 15 at Trenton.
MORE 2011: In 17 starts with Binghamton, he went 4-4 with a 3.49 ERA (34 earned runs/87.2 innings pitched)...In his first eight starts for Binghamton, he was 0-2 with six no-decisions and a 3.35 ERA (17 earned runs/45.2 innings pitched)...In his next nine starts, he went 4-2 with a 3.64 ERA (17 earned runs/42.0 innings pitched)...Right-handed batters compiled a .194 (40-206) against him.
DOUBLE-DIGIT STRIKEOUTS: Put together two double-digit strikeout games in back-to-back starts...Struck out 11 at Trenton on June 12, 2011 and 10 vs. Trenton at home on June 18, 2011.
SIGNED: Signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 13, 2007.