Today's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.
Teams: Mets vs. Brewers
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012 • 2:10 p.m
Location: Miller Park • Milwaukee, WI
Starters: RHP Chris Young (4-7, 4.39) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (1-0, 3.46)
TV/Radio: SNY • WFAN • WQBU
Info: Game #146 • Road Game #75
METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost seven of their last eight games...New York is 2-8 in its last 10 games...The Mets are 20-39 (16-18 on the road) since the All-Star break.
ON THE ROAD: The Mets are now 7-4 in their last 11 road games and are 36-38 on the road this year after going 43-38 away from Citi Field in 2011...New York has won two of its last three road series...Overall, the Mets are 9-13-1 in road series this season...David Wright is third in the National League with a .328 road batting average.
RUBBER GAMES: The Mets are 5-7 this year in rubber games, including 1-4 on the road.
DAY LIGHT: Daniel Murphy (.354) ranks first in the National League in batting average during day games and David Wright (.326) is third ...Justin Turner is hitting .393 (22-56) during day games but does not have enough plate appearances to qualify...New York is 29-24 in day games this season, including 14-12 on the road...The 29 victories are tied for the fourth-most in the majors.
HIT COUNTDOWN: David Wright went 0-3 last night with two walks...He has 1,411 career hits, SEVEN shy of tying Ed Kranepool for the most in franchise history...Kranepool played in 1,853 games... Wright has played in 1,246 career contests...Three active players lead their current club’s all-time hit list...The Yankees’ Derek Jeter (3,286 hits), Colorado’s Todd Helton (2,420) and Texas’ Michael Young (2,209).
WRIGHT RANKINGS: David Wright is fifth in the majors with a .401 on-base percentage, tied for fifth with 40 doubles and is fifth in the National League with a .313 batting average...He ranks second in the NL with 78 walks...Wright leads the National League with 16 intentional walks...He is fifth in the NL with a .310 batting average vs. righties.
WRIGHT STREAK: David Wright has not committed an error in a career-high 39 straight games...Wright’s last error came on August 1 at San Francisco.
DANIEL MURPHY: Went 3-5 with an RBI last night...It was his second straight multi-hit game...Murphy is tied for fourth in the National League with 14 games with three or more hits...Murphy is hitting .419 (18-43) with four doubles, two home runs and six RBI in September.
MURPH DOUBLES: Daniel Murphy collected his 37th double last night, one shy of his career-high set in 2009...Murphy ranks sixth in the NL in doubles.
IKE DAVIS: Belted a two-run home run in the ninth-inning last night... It was his 27th home run of the year and the 20th on the road...Davis is second the National League with 20 road home runs and is tied for 10th in team history with his 20 road long balls...Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton leads the NL with 21 road home runs...Carlos Beltran holds the franchise record with 26 road home runs in 2006...Davis also moved into a fourth-place tie on the team’s single-season all-time list for home runs as a first baseman.
METS RETURN HOME: Following today’s game, the Mets return to Citi Field for the final homestand of the year...The Mets host a 10-day homestand vs. Philadelphia, Miami and Pittsburgh...The homestand is the second-longest of the year...New York had an 11-game homestand from May 24-June 4, and went 7-4.
CHRIS YOUNG: All four of his wins this year have come on the road. RECORD: New York used eight pitchers last night, tying the club mark for a nine-inning game, done seven previous times, last, September 29, 2010 vs. Milwaukee.
R.A. DICKEY: Leads the National League with a 2.68 ERA (second in the majors) and is tied for second in the majors with 18 wins, one behind Gio Gonzalez...Dickey is tied for second in the NL and tied for sixth in the majors with 197 strikeouts...Dickey also leads the NL in complete games (five) and shutouts (three), the most by a Mets pitcher since David Cone had five in 1992...Dickey is second in the NL in innings pitched and became the first Mets pitcher since Tom Glavine (2004- 2005) to toss over 200 innings in consecutive seasons...Dickey is third in the majors with a 1.04 WHIP and third in the NL with a .224 batting average against.
BRANCH RICKEY AWARD WINNER: R.A. Dickey has named the 2012 Branch Rickey Award recipient...He will be presented with his award on November 10 in Denver...Created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 1991, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people...Each year, the Major League Baseball teams nominate one player from their team for this nationally acclaimed award...All of the nominees personify Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self.”..Dickey was chosen by a National Selection Committee, comprised of 350 members of the sports media, past award winners, baseball executives and Rotary district governors.
PINCH-HIT HOME RUNS: The Mets have 10 pinch-hit home runs this year, tied for the major league lead with Colorado and the third-highest single-season total in club history…The 1997 squad had 11 pinch-hit home runs and the 1983 team hit a franchise-high 12…The Mets lead the majors with 40 pinch-hit RBI.
RISP TALE OF TWO HALVES: The Mets were 3-12 last night with runners in scoring position and are hitting .200 (92-460) 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 22nd in the majors...The Mets are hitting .257 with runners in scoring position and two outs, the fourth-highest average in the majors...The club hit .285 with RISP and two outs in the first half.
TWO-OUT RUNS: The Mets scored three two-out runs last night and have scored 73 two-out runs in 60 games (1.21 runs per game) in the second half this season after leading the majors with 187 two-out runs in the first half (86 games - 2.17 runs per game)...Overall, New York is tied for sixth in the majors with 260 two-out runs...
LAST START: Took a no-decision in the Mets’ 3-2 defeat against Atlanta on September 9 at Citi Field...Pitched 6.0 innings and allowed two runs, earned, five hits (one home run), and four walks...Struck out seven...Earned just his second quality start in his last six outings.
CONSECUTIVE WINS: Young has not won consecutive starts since September 29, 2010 and April 5, 2011...Has gone 20 starts without accomplishing that feat...Has not won back-to-back starts within the same season since 2009 (May 19 and May 24).
AUGUST 21: In the Mets’ 6-2 defeat against Colorado on August 21 at Citi Field, Young struck out the first four batters he faced, becoming the first Mets starter to begin a game with four strikeouts since Chris Capuano on May 27 of last season vs. Philadelphia…Finished with nine strikeouts, his most since also striking out nine on September 13, 2008, while with San Diego vs. San Francisco...Extended his longest scoreless streak of the season to 10.2 innings before allowing four runs in the sixth inning.
EXTRA REST: When pitching on five or more days rest this season, Young is 1-4 with a 5.17 ERA (31 earned runs/54 innings)...When pitching on four days rest this season, Young is 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA (16 earned runs/42.1innings)...For his career, Young is 28-21 with a 3.76 ERA (178 earned runs/426.0 innings pitched) when pitching on four days rest and 25-20 with a 3.89 ERA (190 earned runs/440.0 innings pitched) when pitching on five or more days rest...Young is making today’s start on six days rest.POST-ALL-STAR: Since the All-Star break, Young is 2-5 with a 5.32 ERA (33 earned runs/59.1 innings)...For his career, Young is 17-17 with a 4.32 ERA (173 earned runs/360.2 innings pitched) after the All-Star break, but is 36-24 with a 3.45 ERA (196 earned runs/511.1 innings pitched) before the All-Star break.
LEFTY/RIGHTY: In his last 14 starts dating to June 23 against the Yankees, Young has held right-handed batters to a .207 (30-145) batting average, a .250 on-base percentage, and a .359 slugging percentage, striking out 38 while walking only eight...Over the same period, left-handed batters are hitting .300 (45-150) against him with a .386 on-base percentage, a .573 slugging percentage, 21 strikeouts, and 20 walks.
DAYTIME PITCHING: This year, Young is 2-5 with a 5.32 ERA (38 earned runs/64.1 innings) at night and 2-2 with a 2.53 ERA (nine earned runs/32.0 innings pitched) during the day...For his career, Young is 37-35 with a 4.14 ERA (288 earned runs/626.2 innings pitched) as a nighttime starter and 16-6 with a 2.97 ERA (81 earned runs/245.1 innings pitched) as a daytime starter.
THIRD TIME THROUGH: Opposing batters are hitting .344 (32-93) the third time they face Young in a game this season, .360 (9-25) in the seventh inning or later, and .462 (6-13) in late and close situations...For his career, Young has held opposing hitters to a .232 batting average when facing them for the third time in a game, but they have hit .254 against him in late and close situations.
PITCHES PER INNING: Young’s career pitches per inning average of 16.9 (14,738 pitches/872.0 innings) is fourth-highest among active pitchers who have started at least 80 games and thrown at least 800.0 career innings...Young is averaging 16.1 pitches per inning (1552 pitches/96.1 innings) this season.
GROUND BALL/FLY BALL RATIO: Among pitchers who began their careers after the stat began to be kept in 1987 and have made at least 25 starts, Young has the lowest ground ball/fly ball ratio at 0.53 (685 ground balls/1289 fly balls)...This season, Young has a ground ball/fly ball ratio of 0.39 (69 ground balls/179 fly balls), which is lowest among pitchers with at least two starts...For his career, Young has gotten 34 ground-ball double plays in 546 possible situations (6.2%)...The 34 total GIDP are second-fewest and the 6.2% is fewest in the majors among active pitchers with at least 100 career starts.
STOLEN BASE PERCENTAGE: Since 1974, no pitcher with at least 40 career starts has had bases stolen against him at a higher rate than Young...Base stealers have been successful against Young on 90.3 percent of their attempts (158 steals on 175 attempts)...This season, base stealers have been successful on 83.3 percent (15-18) of their attempts against Young.
OPPONENT BATTING AVERAGE: Ranks second behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw among active pitchers who have made at least 50 career starts with an opponent batting average of .224...Kershaw is first at .216...Young’s opponent batting average this season is .268, which for him would be a career-high for a season.
LAST WIN VS. MILWAUKEE: Won, 10-1, on September 7, 2008 at Miller Park, as a member of the San Diego Padres...Pitched a nine-inning complete game, the only complete game of his career, and allowed one run, earned, and two hits (one home run)...Did not walk a batter and struck out five.
LAST LOSS VS. MILWAUKEE: Young has never lost to the Brewers. Career vs. Milwaukee: In two career games, both starts, Young is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA (three earned runs/15.0 innings) vs. the Brewers.