Bay Back In Lineup, Spin In Center, Harvey On The Hill

*** Starting Lineup ***

  1. Ruben Tejada – SS
  2. Jordany Valdespin – CF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  6. Jason Bay – LF
  7. Mike Baxter – RF
  8. Rob Johnson – C
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

*** Mets Notes ***

Mike Baxter established a franchise record with five walks in nine inning game. The previous mark was four walks done many times last by Jason Bay on June 29, 2011 at Detroit. Vince Coleman walked five times in a 16-inning game vs. Pittsburgh on August 10, 1992. The last major leaguer to walk five times in a nine-inning game was the Phillies’ Ryan
Howard on May 30, 2006.

The Mets drew a season-high 10 walks yesterday. New York is tied for third in the National League and tied for sixth in the majors with 362 base on balls. Last night was the 54th time in team history the club had double-digit walks in a nine-inning game and the first time since August 13, 2008 at Washington. The Mets had two walks with the bases loaded last night and has six walks with the bases full this year, which is tied for ninth in the National League. David Wright is fifth in the majors with 65 walks.

Ruben Tejada went 2-5 last night to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, equaling his career-best. Tejada also had a 10-game hitting streak from June 12-27, 2010. Tejada is batting .369 (17-46) during this current stretch. The Mets shortstop is hitting .331 (52-157) with a .369 on-base percentage since he returned from the Disabled List on June 24.

Daniel Murphy tied his career-high with four hits last night. It was his fifth four-hit game this year and the sixth of his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy’s five, four-hit games tie him with Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen for most in the majors this year. The five games with four or more hits are tied for the second most in franchise history for a single-season. Keith Hernandez had seven games of at least four hits in 1985. Murphy is hitting .392 (47-120) with 20 RBI and 20 extra-base hits over his last 33 games. Murphy is batting .405 (45-111) against NL West opponents this season.

Over the team’s last seven games, the pitching staff has posted a 2.17 ERA (15 earned runs/62.1 innings). Overall, Mets starters rank eighth in the majors with a 3.77 ERA. The bullpen has posted an ERA of a 1.96 (four earned runs/18.1 innings) over its last eight contests. Overall, New York’s bullpen has the second-worst ERA (4.91) in the majors. The pen has lost 21 games, the third-most in the majors and has 17 blown saves, the third-most in the majors.

Matt Harvey has 18 strikeouts over his first two major league games. He has more strikeouts than any other pitcher in franchise history after his first two major league games. Tom Seaver (1967), Dick Selma (1965) and Bill Denehy (1967) are tied for second with 13. 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). Harvey has allowed two earned runs, seven hits and six walks in 11.2 innings.

Frank Francisco earned the save last night after inducing a double play in his first appearance since June 22 vs. the Yankees. Francisco has saved 11 of his last 12 save opportunities dating back to May 14. Despite missing over a month, Francisco is tied for 10th in the NL with 19 saves and his 19 saves are the second-most in his career. He registered 25 saves in 2009 with Texas.

*** Game Preview *** 

The Mets finally end this 11 game road trip today as they take on the Padres for the series. So far on the trip, the Mets took 2 of 4 from the Diamondbacks, 3 of 4 from the Giants, and 1 of 2 from the Padres. A win today would mean that the Mets have won or split a series three times in a row. Matt Harvey will get the start for the Amazin’s as he takes on Jason Marquis.

Matt Harvey is 1-1 over two starts this season with a 1.59 ERA while pitching 11.1 innings. In that stretch he has allowed 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned has walked 6 batters and struck out an amazing 18 batters. Being the third start in his major league career, Harvey has not seen any of the batters on the Padres roster before in the majors, thus there are no batting statistics to report.

Jason Marquis, the pitcher who annually calls the Mets for employment, makes the start for the Padres this afternoon. On the season he is 6-10 over 18 starts, 102.1 innings of work with a 5.54 ERA. With the Padres this year, he is 4-6 over 11 starts and 68.1 innings of work. His numbers were better over the course of July as he made 6 starts, 36 innings of work with an ERA of 5.o0, but his last start was a stinker as he allowed 7 ER in 6.1 innings of work. In 2011 he pitched in two games against the Mets allowing 4 ER over 9.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jason:

Bay 16-45, 4 2B, 3B, 5 HR
Wright 14-34, 3 2B, 2 HR
Cedeno 7-16, 4 2B, 3B
Murphy 3-9, 3 2B
Hairston 1-7
Davis 2-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!