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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Coming Home, Close Games, Scoring Early, Mets Starters, Francisco, Wright

Mets News and Notes:

COMING HOME: The Mets begin their longest homestand of the season tonight...The Padres (4 games), Phillies (3 games) and Cardinals (4 games) visit Citi Field...The Mets are 12-8 at home this year...The Mets will play 23 of their next 29 games in New York City, including three at Yankee Stadium (June 8-10).

CLOSE GAMES: The Mets improved to 6-1 in games decided by two runs with yesterday’s 3-1 win at Pittsburgh...Overall, the Mets are 15-6 in games decided by two or fewer runs this season...The .714 winning percentage in such games is second in the majors ...Baltimore is first (.727, 16-6).

SCORING EARLY: New York has scored in the first or second inning in five of its last six games (11 runs total)...The Mets are 13-5 this year when scoring first.

METS STARTERS: Over the last five games, Mets starting pitchers have gone 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA (nine earned runs/29.2 innings)...R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese each went 7.0 or more innings and allowed one run...The last time that the Mets played consecutive games in one series with their starting pitcher lasting at least 7.0 innings and allowing no more than one run in each game was June 4-5 last year at Citi Field when Dillon Gee and Dickey accomplished the feat, beating the Braves.

FRANK FRANCISCO: Had three saves on the road trip and has retired nine straight batters...Francisco has converted his last four save opportunities...He is tied for second in the National League with 12 saves...Francisco has two blown saves.

THE WRIGHT FILES: David Wright leads the majors with a .399 batting average and a .497 on-base percentage...Yesterday marked the first day that Wright did not end with a .400 batting average or better since
May 14...Wright is also tied for sixth in the majors with 29 walks and seventh in the majors in slugging (.601)...He has reached base safely in 37 of his 40 games...Wright has 57 hits in 40 games...He is tied for fourth in the majors with 15 doubles and tied for seventh in the NL with 29 runs scored...Wright ranks ninth in the NL with a .378 mark vs. lefthanded pitchers.

WRIGHT ON: The Mets are 15-2 this year when David Wright has at least one RBI in a game.

DOUBLES: David Wright had an RBI double yesterday...The Mets have collected 83 doubles this year, the most in the National League and third most in the majors...The club has at least one double in 16 straight games (38 total).

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