Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Mets News and Notes: VS PHILLY, COMEBACKS, TWO-OUTS, RISP, NIEUWENHUIS, WRIGHT, BULLPEN, MEJIA, HISTORY


METS NEWS AND NOTES:

FIVE WINS: With a win tonight, the Mets would be five games over .500 for the first time since losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 19, 2010 (49-44)...This is the fifth time the Mets have been four games over .500 (4-0, 6-2, 7-3, 13-9 and 17-13) this year...The last time the Mets won five in a row was July 25-29, 2011.

METS VS PHILLY: With wins on Monday and Tuesday, the Mets won their second series at Philadelphia this year...The Mets took two of three from the Phillies, April 13-15...The last time New York won two series at Philadelphia was in 2008...The last time the Mets swept a three-game series at Philadelphia was June 13-15, 2006...The Mets swept a three-game series from the Phillies at Citi Field May 26-27, 2010...After this series, the Mets only have one trip to Philadelphia remaining on the schedule, August 28-30...The Mets host the Phillies at Citi Field for the first time on May 28-30.

METS VS NL EAST: The Mets are 12-5 (.706) vs. the National League East this year...That winning percentage is the best for any team vs. teams in its own division this year (minimum of five games)...St.Louis is second (16-11, .593 vs. NL Central)...The Mets play the Marlins on Friday in Miami...That series will be the Mets’ seventh
vs. an NL East team already this season...New York is 4-2 in those previous six series.

METS COMEBACKS: Ten of New York’s 17 wins have been come-from behind victories, including last night...The Mets are tied with the Braves for the most comeback wins in the majors...New York has five come-from-behind victories on the road.

TWO-OUTS SITUATIONS: The Mets scored five of their seven runs last night with two outs, including all four runs in the seventh inning and have scored 10 two-out runs in this series...Over its last 14 games, New York has scored 40 runs with two outs...The Mets have scored 67 runs with two outs this year, the most in the majors...The Mets are hitting .294 with two outs, the highest average in the majors...New York’s pitching staff has allowed 52 runs with two outs, tied for the
10th most in the majors.



METS WITH RISP: The Mets were 5-14 with runners in scoring position last night...New York is batting .262 (68-260) with RISP, ranking eighth in the majors...New York is hitting .289 (37-128) with runners in scoring position and two outs, ranking second in the majors.

KIRK NIEUWENHUIS: Leads all major league rookies with a .310 batting average, a .381 on-base percentage...Is tied for the major league lead among all rookies with 31 hits and 11 walks... Nieuwenhuis ranks second in the NL and fourth overall among rookies with 10 RBI and is tied for second with eight multi-hit games.

DAVID WRIGHT: David Wright is fifth in the majors with a .375 batting average...Wright is second in the majors with a .479 on-base percentage...He is tied for eighth in the majors with 20 walks and is ninth in the NL with a .552 slugging percentage...He has reached base safely in 25 of his 27 games.

METS BULLPEN: The Mets pen has tossed 7.2 scoreless innings during this series...The pen has allowed six hits, issued two walks and struck out six...Overall, the pen has not surrendered a run over its last four games (10.2 innings) with nine strikeouts...The Mets pen is tied for the major league lead with eight wins.

MEJIA RETURNS TO ACTION: Righthanded pitcher Jenrry Mejia made his first appearance earlier today in a minor league game since undergoing “Tommy John” surgery on May 16, 2011...Mejia pitched 5.0 innings for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League, allowed four hits, two runs, earned, with two walks and one strikeout at Brevard County (Milwaukee)...Mejia had a no-decision in a game St. Lucie won, 4-2.

THIS DATE IN METS HISTORY: The Mets acquire fan favorite Marv Throneberry from Baltimore for a player-to-be-named later (catcher Hobie Landrith) on May 9, 1962…Rusty Staub’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth downs the Giants, 6-5 on May 9, 1982.
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