The Series in Metrics: Mets vs. Padres

April, 4, 2013
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Two out of three wasn't bad for the Mets' first series of the season. We return with our post-series recaps with this first offering of notes and numbers.

Team Stat of the Series: They can hit!
The Mets matched their best offensive output for the first two games of a series with their 19 runs in the first two games, a mark previously only reached in 1969.

In the first two games, the Mets went 9-for-26 with four walks and nine RBIs with two outs, and went 10-for-19 with three home runs with runners in scoring position.

Player Stat of the Series: Harvey's Gem
From 1975 to 2012, only one pitcher (ex-Met Hideo Nomo) had thrown at least seven innings in which he allowed one hit or fewer and struck out 10 or more within his team's first two games of the season.

But in a span of two days in 2013, it happened twice. Matt Harvey followed Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish's near-perfecto with a seven-inning, one-hit, 10-whiff gem.

Darvish and Harvey became the fourth and fifth pitcher's in the Live Ball Era to have such a start. Nomo (a no-hitter for the Red Sox in 2001) joined Lon Warneke (1934 Cubs) and Ferguson Jenkins (1974 Rangers).

Buck-ing the trend
John Buck made it a nice Mets debut with a home run in each of the last two games of the series. He joined Jerry Grote (1974), Gary Carter (1985 and 1988) and Mike Piazza (2004) as Mets who homered twice as catchers within the season's first three games.

Quirk of the Series: Niese and tidy
We detailed the key to Jon Niese's pitching success in our review of the season opener, but what of his 2-for-2 day with a walk at the plate?

It made him the second pitcher in Mets history to help his cause with two hits, a walk and an RBI in an opener, joining Craig Swan (1980).

The walk was the first four-pitch walk that Niese drew in his career. He's the second to draw one from Edinson Volquez. The other: Randy Johnson.

Let's Go Next Level
Three observations that go beyond the basic box score

1.) Harvey got 24 swings-and-misses in his win (20 in the upper half of the strike zone or above), six more than he had in any start last season.

The Padres missed on 52 percent of their swings against him, by far the highest miss rate of any Mets starter since the start of the 2009 season.

Second-best are starts by Johan Santana against the Marlins in 2009 and Chris Capuano against the Braves in 2011 (41 percent).

2.) The Mets hit five home runs in the series, but didn't hit the ball particularly hard otherwise. Inside Edge, a video-tracking service for major league teams, credited the Mets with 10 "hard-hit" balls in the three games (including only two in the 11-run opener). They averaged six hard-hit balls per game last season.

3.) Ike Davis went 1-for-12 and looked off his game, other than his home run in Wednesday's win. He was 1-for-10 with four strikeouts against pitches in the strike zone and was 0-for-7 with six whiffs in two-strike situations.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187