Today's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.
Teams: Mets vs. Phillies
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • 7:05 p.m
Location: Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
Starters: RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75) vs. RHP Tyler Cloyd (ML Debut)
TV/Radio: SNY • WFAN • WQBU
Info: Game #130 • Road Game #65
Ruben Tejada - SS
Daniel Murphy - 2B
David Wright - 3B
Ike Davis - 1B
Lucas Duda - LF
Scott Hairston - CF
Mike Baxter - RF
Kelly Shoppach - C
Matt Harvey - RHP
METS AT A GLANCE: New York has won three games in a row for the first time since they won four straight from June 27-30...The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games...New York is 14-29 (10-14 on the road) since the All-Star break...The Mets are 10-15 this month.
ON THE ROAD: The Mets are 1-0 on their current nine-game road trip, the club’s second-longest of the season...The Mets are 30-34 on the road this year after going 43-38 away from Citi Field in 2011...David Wright is second in the National League with a .345 road batting average.
ROAD RUNS: After scoring nine runs last night, the Mets are now averaging 4.80 runs per game on the road, the third-highest average in the majors...The Angels are first (5.15 runs per game) and the Giants are second (5.11)...New York has allowed 4.81 runs per game on the road, the sixth-most in the majors.
AT PHILLY: The Mets are 6-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season...The last time the Mets won six games at Philadelphia was 2008 (6-3)...The last time New York won seven or more games in Philadelphia was in 1972 when they went 8-1...In 1969 and 1970, the Mets went 7-2 at Philadelphia...New York’s nine overall wins vs. the Phillies are the most since the clubs posted 11 victories in 2006.
SERIES: With a win tonight or tomorrow, the Mets would win their third three-game series in Philadelphia this year...The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed the only time in team history the Mets have won three series of three or more games in Philadelphia in a single season was in 1989, when the team won three separate series, two games to one.
EXTRA-INNINGS: The Mets improved to 3-5 in extra inning games this season with last night’s 9-5 triumph in 10 innings...The last time the Mets won an extra-inning game by four or more runs was April 28, 2007, when the club topped the Nationals, 6-2, at RFK Stadium.
COMEBACK: New York posted its 19th come-from-behind win of the year last night after trailing 4-1 after the first inning...The Mets have eight wins this season in which they overcame a deficit of two or more runs...Five of those eight two-run comeback victories have been against the Phillies, including four at Citizens Bank Park.
SECOND STRAIGHT FOR IKE: Ike Davis delivered the go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning with his run-scoring double...Davis hit a walk-off home run on Sunday in the ninth inning to beat the Astros, 2-1...Davis has eight game-winning RBI this year, tied for second on the team with Lucas Duda and tied for 25th in the National League...David Wright leads the club with 12 game-winning RBI.
IKE IN AUGUST: Ike Davis is hitting .289 (22-76) in August with four home runs and 11 RBI.
MIKE BAXTER: Hit his first home run of the year and his second career home run in the fourth-inning last night...Baxter’s other home run came on September 28, 2011 vs. Cincinnati.
KELLY SHOPPACH: Hit his second home run as a member of the Mets last night with his two-run shot in the 10th inning...Shoppach has hit 66 home runs in his major league career, 63 of them as a catcher...(He’s hit two pinch-hit homers and one as a designated hitter)...Shoppach’s career average of one home run every 22.0 at-bats as a catcher is the fourth-highest among active players with at least 1000 at-bats as a backstop...The top three are Mike Napoli (15.8), David Ross (20.5) and Brian McCann (22.0)...Information courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
WRIGHT IN CBP: David Wright has the most home runs by a visiting player at Citizens Bank Park...Wright has connected on 16 home runs in 72 career games in this park.
WRIGHT RBI: David Wright had two RBI last night...The Mets are 13- 0 this year when he drives in two or more runs.
WRIGHT RANKINGS: David Wright leads the majors with a .411 on-base percentage, tied for fourth with 36 doubles and is eighth with a .319 batting average...Wright is tied for eighth in the National League with 77 runs scored...He is tied for seventh in the NL with 55 extra-base hits...Wright is ninth in the NL with a .322 batting average with runners in scoring position.
METS STARTERS: Mets starters rank eighth in the majors with a 3.83 ERA...The starters have posted a 2.60 ERA (19 earned runs/65.2 innings) over their last 10 games and over their last 15 contests they have a 2.94 ERA (32 earned runs/98.0 innings).
HARVEY HISTORY: Matt Harvey has 43 strikeouts through his first six major league games, the most in franchise history…Nolan Ryan had 42 strikeouts through his first six major league games…Harvey finished with nine strikeouts in his last start, Wednesday vs. Colorado…He has seven or more strikeouts in four of his six starts...Harvey has also pitched 6.0 or more innings in four of his six starts.
AT THE PLATE: Matt Harvey is batting .455 (5-11) on the year.
BULLPEN: The Mets bullpen tossed 5.2 scoreless innings last night, allowing only two hits and recording five strikeouts...The pen has not allowed a run in its last four games, spanning 10.2 innings...They have allowed three hits, issued four walks and notched seven strikeouts...The pen also picked up the victory in relief, its second in as many games ...Bobby Parnell won both contests.
RISP: The Mets went 4-13 with runners in scoring position last night and are 7-for-their-last-45 (.156) with RISP...The Mets are hitting .176 (31-176) with runners in scoring position since August 1...The Mets are hitting .252 with RISP on the season, ranking 16th in the majors...The Mets are hitting .269 with runners in scoring position and two outs, the third-highest average in the majors.
TWO-OUTS: The Mets scored one two-out run last night and have scored 240 two-out runs this year, which is the fifth-most in the majors ...New York is hitting .262 with two outs, the fifth-highest average in the majors...New York’s pitching staff has permitted 220 runs with two outs, the 12th-most in the majors.
MINOR NOTES: The Mets 2012 first-round pick shortstop Gavin Cecchini has been promoted to Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League...Cecchini hit .246 (47-191) with nine doubles, two triples, one home run and 22 RBI in 53 games with Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League.
LAST START: Received the first no-decision of his career in the Mets’ 5-2 loss vs. Colorado on August 22 at Citi Field...Pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, earned, and three hits...Walked two and struck out nine...Has struck out at least seven in four of his six starts, and has held the opposition to four hits or less in five of his six starts.
RUN SUPPORT: In his six starts this season, Harvey has received 13 runs of support (2.17 RS/start)...The only Mets starting pitcher to receive less run support per start is Miguel Batista (1.20 RS/start)...Received three runs of support in his last three starts from July 31 to August 10, before receiving six runs of support in his start at Cincinnati on August 16.
ROOKIE STRIKEOUTS: His 18 strikeouts set a franchise record for most strikeouts by a pitcher after his first two major league games...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three other active pitchers struck out at least 18 batters in their first two major league games: Stephen Strasburg (22), Tim Hudson (19) and Johnny Cueto (18)...Has a K/9 this season of 10.8
MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY: Made major league history on July 25 by becoming the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to throw 10 or more strikeouts and have at least two hits in his major league debut...Research courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
METS HISTORY: Harvey has 43 strikeouts through his first six major league games, the most in franchise history...Nolan Ryan had 42 strikeouts through his first six major league games.
LEFT/RIGHT SPLITS: Harvey has held right-handed hitters to a .190 average (11-58) this season, and has not surrendered a home run to a righty...Lefties have hit .183 (13-71) with three home runs...Since Harvey made his debut on July 26 at Arizona, his opponents batting average of .186 ranks fourth in the majors and second in the NL...He trails Clayton Kershaw’s (LaD) .166 opponent batting average.
STRIKEOUTS: Harvey’s 11 strikeouts were the most in franchise history for a pitcher making his major league debut...The previous record of eight strikeouts was held by Tom Seaver, April 13, 1967 vs. Pittsburgh and Bill Denehy, April 16, 1967 at Philadelphia...His 11 strikeouts were tied for the eighth-most since 1900 for a pitcher making his major league debut.
MORE HAREY: Walked one in his start on August 15 at Cincinnati, after issuing a season-high five base-on-balls in start vs. Atlanta on August 10, and has issued 15 base-on-balls through the first six starts of his career...Has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his six starts.
THE REST OF THE STORY: Harvey is the fourth pitcher since 1960 to strike out 11 or more batters without allowing a run in his major league debut, joining Milwaukee's Steve Woodard (July 28, 1997), Cleveland's Luis Tiant (July 19, 1964) and San Francisco's Juan Marichal (July 19, 1960)...Information courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
ACTIVATED: Harvey was placed on the Mets’ taxi squad on July 23 and was activated to the 25-man roster on July 24...At the time of his promotion, the 23-year old ranked second in the International League with 112 strikeouts...Also tied for the Bisons lead in wins (seven) and had the second-best ERA (3.68) on the team among qualifying pitchers.
FIRST-ROUND METS: Harvey is the 10th pitcher chosen in the first round by the Mets to make a start for the team...He is the first since RHP Mike Pelfrey made his Mets debut on July 8, 2006...Including Harvey, eight of the the 10 are righties.
2012 ALL-STAR: Named MiLB.com Top Star honors in the 2012 Triple-AAll-Star Game on July 11...Threw two hitless innings, striking out two.
2011 HIGHLIGHTS: In his first professional season, finished with a combined 13-5 record and a 3.32 ERA (50 earned runs/135.2 innings) in 26 starts with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League...Was 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 14 starts for St. Lucie and 5-3 with a 4.53 ERA in 12 games for Binghamton.