The Amazins may have spent the last month falling precipitously in the standings, but a very interesting season of personal and team achievements continues. In Saturday night’s 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres, Mike Baxter tied the Mets’ record for most walks in a game with five. Vince Coleman accomplished the bipedal feat previously, but did so in extra-innings. Instead, Mike Baxter took all five strolls down to first within a nine inning game.
The last player to put his mark in the Mets’ record books was rookie, Matt Harvey, who very recently set the club record for most strikeouts in a pitching debut. His was a short, but rather dominating MLB first start, and win. At least the bullpen was able to preserve that game for him. But in his second time out, he could have used some run support; any run support. Matt is scheduled to make his Citi Field debut this coming Friday.
Then there’s Jordany Valdespin, who set the new Mets’ record for pinch-hit home runs. But maybe five trots around the bases one was too many. When his team mates pranked him in the clubhouse by tampering with his t-shirt, Jordany wasn’t all to pleased. But eventually, he figured out his place on the totem pole once Coach Terry got to him.
Other highlights of the season include R.A. Dickey breaking Jerry Koosman’s club of 31.2 consecutive scoreless innings pitched set during the 1973 season. And do not forget he pitched back to back one-hitters, as part of that streak. The last pitcher with back-to-back one hitters was Toronto’s Dave Stieb during the 1988 season. Jim Tobin was the last National Leaue pitcher to pitch two in a row. Dickey’s pair of one-hitters were the thirty-sixth, and thirty-seventh one-hitters in Mets history.
Johan Santana prevented that number from becoming number thirty-nine, for he pitched the first no-hitter in the history of the fifty-plus year old franchise. He needed 134 pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals to get it done. But letting him throw that many pitches remains a point of contention today, as he may still be suffering the effects of that day.
Because the Mets have fallen behind the pack, David Wright is being spoken about less in conversations regarding this season’s MVP. But R.A. Dickey remains a strong Cy Young candidate.