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Friday, August 30, 2013

Mets Stat Facts: Anthony Recker, Eric Young, Matt den Dekker, Top of the Order Domination

Mets Stat Facts:

Birthday Recker
Anthony Recker became the second Mets player to homer in his birthday on the last 10 seasons, and the first to do so since Carlos Beltran homered on his 31st birthday in 2008. The last to homer and reach base at least three times, as Recker did, was Jeromy Burnitz on his 34th birthday in 2003.

Top of the order domination
Each of the first three hitters in the Mets lineup on Thursday (Young, Daniel Murphy and Andrew Brown) had multiple hits and multiple RBIs. It's unusual for the Mets to get that kind of production out of each of their top three hitters. The multi-hit, multi-RBI combo had only been done three times previously, the last coming in 2006, also against the Phillies. The hitters that day were Jose Reyes, Paul Lo Duca and Beltran.

Elias Sports Bureau Stat of the Series
Eric Young surpassed 30 steals for the season for the first time this week. Eric's father had nine seasons of 30 or more steals. The Youngs are the fifth father-son pair to each swipe 30 bases in a season. The others are the Alomars (Sandy Sr. and Roberto), the Bonds (Bobby and Barry), the Cruz's (Jose Sr. and Jr.) and the Wills (Maury and Bump).

Obscure Stat of the Series
Matt den Dekker became the third player in Mets history to go 0-for-5 in his major-league debut, joining John Gibbons (1984) and Tito Navarro (1993). Den Dekker also became the first Met with a stolen base in his first major-league game since Josh Thole in 2009.

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