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Random Notes About The Mets 17-1 Blowout Of The Cubs

Bet he was happier than usual Wednesday

Games like the one at Wrigley on Wednesday just make me giddy. Every baseball game has some measure of quirk to it, but the lopsided results that generate all kinds of crazy numbers that I wish I could tangibly swim in every morning. First, some facts about today’s accomplishments from the Metropolitans:

  • Those 17 runs were the most produced in a game by the Mets in more than 18 months.
  • That margin of victory was New York’s largest since another 17-1 game back in 1999 at the spacious Astrodome. That was a six-hit, three-homer night for the immortal Edgardo Alfonzo. And actually, the Mets have scored exactly 17 runs four times in franchise history. Three of those four games had a 17-1 final score.
  • As HardBallTalk has pointed out, David Wright, Ike Davis, Scott Hairston and Daniel Murphy helped the Mets become the first team since 2007 and just the fourth since 1918 to have a quartet with four RBIs each in a single game. It was the third time this season that the Mets had a trio of players record three hits each.
  • Scott Hairston collected as many RBIs in one at-bat — a sixth-inning grand slam — as he had in his previous 58 at-bats. But he’s got nothing on my long-lost cousin Daniel Murphy.
  • Murph came into the day without a round-tripper on the year. Before Wednesday, Murphy had spent 372 at-bats and about 11 months between home runs. And then he homered in consecutive at-bats against the Cubs. Murphy now has four games with at least four RBIs since he entered the league in 2008. Over that span, Murphy has more such games than Jimmy Rollins, Derek Jeter, Todd Helton, Scott Rolen, etc. And that really tells you what to think about the value of the RBI statistic.
  • Seven Mets — Wright, Davis, Murphy, Hairston, Andres Torres, Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda and starting pitcher Jon Niese — scored at least two runs each. That ties a franchise record and has occurred just two previous times. And it hadn’t happened in 41 years before Wednesday. A Mets pitcher hadn’t crossed the plate twice since R.A. Dickey in a 2010 game. That must have been his claim to fame back then. Things are different now.
A few stats on the hapless Cubs, owners of baseball’s worst record:
  • Jeff Samardzija had the worst start of his career with nine earned runs allowed, the most from a Cubs starter this season. But June has been especially harsh on him. He allowed 24 earned runs in 69 innings from April 8-June 4. In four starts since, Samardzija has given up 25 earned runs in 18.1 innings. I’d like to thank my opponent in fantasy baseball this week starting Jeff today and racking up a grand total of minus-18 points in a league that is completely unfair to starting pitching performances.
  • Casey Coleman replaced Samardzija in the fifth and allowed seven earned runs in his 1.2 innings of work. He became the first Cubs reliever since Donovan Osborne in 2002 to permit at least seven earned runs while recording less than six outs.

The Mets will visit the Dodgers on Thursday night and probably be shutout. I’ll be there to pick up my Eric Karros bobblehead.

The Cubs have the day off. After such a nasty beatdown, I think that’s the last thing they would like to have.

  1. Padrick
    June 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I just loved that they scored 17 runs with just four players picking up RBI.

    I don’t know what it is about it, but I find that fascinating. Like the Cubs CONSISTENTLY found themselves in the same situations throughout the game and ended up with nearly the same results each time. Astounding.

    • June 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      That kind of took shape in the 4th and 5th innings.

      4th: With one out, Lucas Duda walks. Ike Davis drives him in (double). After a Scott Hairston fly out, Daniel Murphy homers.

      5th: With one out, Lucas Duda walks. Ike Davis drives him in (HR). After a Scott Hairston fly out, Daniel Murphy homers.

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