Today's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.
Teams: Mets vs. Marlins
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 • 7:10 p.m
Location: Marlins Park • Miami, FL
Starters: RHP R.A. Dickey (20-6, 2.69) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (1-4, 3.86)
TV/Radio: SNY • WFAN • WQBU
Info: Game #160 • Road Game #79
METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost three in a row following a four-game winning streak...New York has lost three or more in a row 13 times this year and has won three or more straight 12 times...New York is 6-4 in its last 10 games...The Mets fell to 20-21 in one run games (7-11 on the road).
ON THE ROAD: The Mets are 8-8 in their last 16 road games and are 37-42 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 .322 road batting average.
BULLPEN: New York’s bullpen suffered its 28th loss last night, the fourth-most in the majors...It was also the team’s 19th blown save, tied for the 10th-most in the majors...The Mets bullpen had 27 losses in 2011 and 24 blown saves.
VS. MIAMI: The Mets had their franchise-high seven game winning streak vs. the Marlins snapped last night...New York is 11-5 vs. Miami this year...The most wins the Mets have ever posted in one season vs. the Marlins is 12 (2001).
WHAT A PAIR: David Wright has 41 doubles this year and Daniel Murphy has 40 doubles...They are the third pair of teammates to have 40 or more doubles in the majors this season...Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks and Texas’ Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler are the other two pair of teammates to accomplish that feat.
MORE DOUBLES NOTES: Wright is one double shy of tying his career-high of 42 (2005, 2007 and 2008)...Murphy has already set his career-high in doubles...Bernand Gilkey holds the franchise record with 44 doubles in 1996.
MIKE BAXTER: Delivered a pinch-hit RBI double last night...Baxter is hitting .458 (11-24) as a pinch-hitter this year, the highest average in the majors (min. 20 at-bats)...Baxter’s average is the third-highest in team history as a pinch-hitter (min. 20 at-bats)...Bruce Boisclair is first (.571, 12-21 in 1976) and Ed Kranepool is second (.486, 17-35 in 1974)... Baxter has six pinch-hit doubles this year, the most in the majors and he has eight pinch-hit RBI, tied for the sixth-most in the majors.
WRIGHT RANKINGS: David Wright is ninth in the majors with a .392 on-base percentage and sixth in the National League with 41 doubles and seventh in the NL with a .308 batting average...He is fourth in the NL with 80 walks and ninth with a .314 batting average with runners in scoring position...He is also 10th in the NL with a .302 batting average vs. right-handers.
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 16.5 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 (26) while San Diego’s Chase Headley leads the NL with 23.
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.
RISP TALE OF TWO HALVES: The Mets went 5-15 with runners in scoring position yesterday and are hitting .213 (119-560) 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 .245 with RISP on the season, ranking 21st in the majors...The Mets are hitting .258 with RISP and two outs, the fourth-highest average in the majors.
R.A. DICKEY: Is tied for second in the majors 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).
ON THE ROAD: Dickey is 10-3 this year on the road...The 10 wins are tied for third-most in the majors...He ranks fifth in the NL with a 2.81 ERA on the road.
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 third-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.
THIRD-OLDEST TO 20: Dickey became the third-oldest pitcher to record the first 20-win season of his major league career...Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
STRONG STARTS: Dickey has pitched 7.0 innings or more and allowed one or fewer runs 15 times this season...Dwight Gooden holds the franchise record with 18 such starts in 1985...Dickey’s total is the most in the National League this year and two behind Seattle’s Felix Hernandez for the major league lead.
STRIKEOUTS: Dickey has seven double-digit strikeout games this season, the most in the NL...Dickey’s strikeout total (222) is the 12th-most in team history and the most by a Mets pitcher since 1990 when David Cone had 233 strikeouts and Dwight Gooden had 223.
REMEMBER WHEN: Dickey established the team franchise scoreless streak earlier this year tossing 32.2 scoreless frames from May 22- June 13...Dickey went 42.2 innings without surrendering an earned run from May 22-June 24, the longest such stretch since Orel Hershiser tossed 59.0 consecutive innings without allowing a run (earned or unearned) in 1988.
LAST START: Earned his 20th win of the season in the Mets’ 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 27...Threw 7.2 innings, extending his league-leading total to 227.2 innings…It’s the most by a Mets pitcher since 2008, when Johan Santana tossed 234.1...Allowed three runs, earned, eight hits, and two walks...Struck out a career high-tying 13...Became the Mets first 20-game winner since Frank Viola won 20 games in 1990...Joins Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Dwight Gooden, Frank Viola, and David Cone as the only Mets to win at least 20 games in a season.
STRIKEOUTS: Fanned a career high-tying 13 in his last start vs. the Pirates on September 27, increasing his NL-best strikeout total to 222 (also struck out 13 on June 18 vs. Baltimore)...Has struck out double-digits for the seventh time this season, the best in the NL...Threw 128 pitches, 92 for strikes...The 128 pitches are the second most of his career and trails only the 131 he threw on May 2, 2004 vs. Boston, while with Texas...The 92 strikes are tied for the most by an NL pitcher this season...Justin Verlander (Det) had an MLB-high 96 strikes on June 5 vs. Los Angeles (NL)...Only 12 Mets have ever thrown at least 92 strikes in a game, with Jae Weong Seo doing it last on September 21, 2003 vs. Montreal...Al Jackson holds the club record with 101 strikes on May 18, 1963.
MARLINS DOMINANCE: In five starts vs. the Marlins this season, Dickey has gone 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA (six earned runs/39.0 innings pitched), including two complete games (one shutout)...The five wins against Miami are the most any one pitcher has ever had against the Marlins’ franchise in a single season...Dickey has won eight straight decisions and starts vs. Miami dating to April 3, 2011...His last loss vs. the Marlins came on June 28, 2010.
STRONG STARTS: Dickey has pitched at least 7.0 innings and allowed one run or less 15 times this season...The total is the most in the National League and two behind Felix Hernandez (Sea) for the major league lead with 17...Dickey’s total is tied for third-most in club history with Jerry Koosman (1968) and Frank Viola (1990)...Only Dwight Gooden and Tom Seaver had higher single-season totals...Gooden holds the franchise record with 18 such starts in 1985...Bob Gibson (StL) had 24 such starts in 1968, the most in the majors since 1918.
SHUTOUTS: Dickey’s three shutouts this season are the most in a season by any Mets pitcher since David Cone hurled five shutouts in 1992...Dickey has five career shutouts, four with the Mets...The three shutouts rank tied for second in the majors and first in the NL this season...Felix Hernadez’s (Sea) five shutouts lead the majors.
RANKS: Dickey ranks in the top five in all three NL triple crown categories (W, ERA, K)...Tied for second in the major leagues in wins with 20...Has struck out 222 in 227.2 innings this season, ranking fourth in the majors and first in the NL...Is fourth in the majors and second in the NL with a 2.69 ERA...David Price (TB) leads the majors with a 2.56 ERA...Third in the the NL with a 1.05 WHIP...Also has seven double-digit strikeout games this season, second to Yu Darvish (Tex) in the majors who has eight..The seven double-digit strikeout games are the most by a Mets pitcher since David Cone had eight in 1992 ...Is first in the NL with 22 starts of pitching at least 7.0 innings...David Price (TB) lead the majors with 23 starts of at least 7.0 innings.
MORE RANKS: Has recorded 26 quality starts, first in both the majors and NL...His K/BB ratio of 4.11 is fifth in the majors and fourth in the NL...Has limited opposing right-handed batters to a .216 (98-453) batting average this season, good for sixth in the NL...Dickey has 14 starts in which he has struck out eight or more this season, tying him for third in the majors with Justin Verlander (Det)...Max Scherzer (Det) leads the majors with 17 such starts.
CAREER-HIGH STRIKEOUTS: Dickey recorded 12 and 13 strikeouts in back-to-back starts at Tampa Bay on June 13 and again vs. Baltimore on June 18, respectively, setting a new career-high each time...He first set his career-high striking out 11 at Pittsburgh on May 22...Has since matched his career-high with 13 strikeouts in his last start vs. the Pirates on September 27.
ONE-HIT WONDER: On June 18 vs. BAL, Dickey became the 10th pitcher since 1900 to record consecutive one-hitters...Became the first pitcher in modern baseball history (since 1900) to register back-to-back complete game one-hitters with 10 strikeouts or more in both starts.
LAST WIN VS. MIAMI: Won, 4-3, on September 22 of this season at Citi Field...Pitched 8.0 innings, allowing two runs, earned, six hits, and two walks...Struck out four.
LAST LOSS VS. MIAMI: Lost, 10-3, on June 28, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium...Pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, earned, five hits, and one walk...Struck out three.
CAREER VS. MIAMI: In 14 career games, 12 starts, Dickey is 10-2 with a 2.75 ERA (26 earned runs/85.0 innings pitched) vs. the Marlins.