Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Mets News and Notes: DICKEY, QUALITY STARTS, WRIGHT, BAXTER
METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have won two of their last three games after losing six of their previous nine contests...New York is 11-12 on the road this year, including 2-3 on this road trip.
HOMESTAND: Following the completion today’s game, the Mets return to Citi Field for their longest homestand of the year (11 games) starting tomorrow as the Padres, Phillies and Cardinals visit New York.
TWO OR FEWER RUNS: The Mets improved to 9-5 in one-run games with last night’s 3-2 win, including 3-3 on the road in such games... Overall, the Mets are 14-6 in games decided by two or fewer runs this season...The .700 winning percentage in these games is second in the majors...Baltimore is first (.762, 16-5).
R.A. DICKEY: Earned his sixth win of the year last night to tie for the major league lead...It’s the earliest he’s reached six wins in his Career...Dickey did not post his sixth win of the year until August 29
last year...He struck out a career-high 11 batters and did not walk a batter...The 11 strikeouts equal the most by a Mets pitcher this season...Johan Santana had 11 strikeouts on April 24 vs. Miami ...Eight of his nine starts this year have been quality starts...The Mets are 7-2 in Dickey’s nine starts this year.
QUALITY STARTS: New York improved to 18-8 this year when its starting pitcher hurls a quality start. RUNS: The Mets have been outscored 210-179 yet the club is three games over .500...The Indians and Giants are the only other two
teams to have a winning record despite having a negative run differential this year...New York has been outscored 136-113 in innings 1-6 and 74-66 in innings 7-9 and extra innings.
WRIGHT'S HISTORIC START: David Wright was hitting .415 with a .515 onbase percentage after Monday’s game...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wright was the second righthanded batter with those marks over the last 80 years at the end of a game with at least 150 plate appearances into a season, joining Rico Carty in 1970 (.428/.519 through June 5).
WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright leads the majors with a .403 batting average and a .503 on-base percentage...Wright went 0-4 last night, just the third time this month and sixth time this year he’s been held without a hit (last time on May 16)...He is also tied for fifth in the majors with 29 walks and seventh in the majors in slugging (.604)...He has reached base safely in 36 of his 39 games...Wright has 56 hits in 39 games...He is tied for sixth in the majors with 14 doubles and tied for sixth in the NL with 29 runs scored...Wright also leads the majors with .447 road batting average and in first in the majors with a .412 mark vs. righthanded pitchers.
MIKE BAXTER: Hit leadoff last night for the first time in his career...Baxter doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning...Baxter is hitting .417 (10-24) this month...Among major leaguers with 25 or more plate appearances this month, he ranks fifth in the majors in batting average...Overall, he’s batting .378 (17-45) with 10 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple and eight RBI.
ON-BASE: New York ranks sixth in the majors with a .335 on-base percentage...The Mets are hitting .259 as a team, the ninthhighest mark in the majors.
RISP: The Mets were 2-6 with runners in scoring position last night ...Overall, New York is batting .255 (98-384) with RISP, ranking 10th in the majors...David Wright ranks 10th in the NL with a .368 batting average with runners in scoring position...New York is hitting .280 (53-189) with runners in scoring position and two outs, ranking first in the NL and fourth in the majors.
TWO-OUTS: The Mets scored three, two out runs last night and have scored 93 runs with two outs this year, the most in the majors ...The Mets are hitting .277 with two outs, the second highest average in the majors...New York’s pitching staff has allowed 79 runs with two outs, tied for the eighth most in the majors.
BANNER DAY: Mets Hall of Famers Dwight Gooden and Rusty Staub, and WFAN radio personalities Howie Rose and Evan Roberts will serve as judges for Banner Day on Sunday, May 27 prior to the 1:10 p.m. Mets-Padres game at Citi Field...Sunday marks the return of Banner Day, a Mets tradition from 1963 to 1996 when fans of all ages paraded around the field with homemade banners that professed their love for the team...For more information log onto mets.com