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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Mets, who lost to the Braves 12-0 on Tuesday and 13-1 on Wednesday, are only the third team in major-league history that was at least 25 games over .500 to lose consecutive games, both by at least 12 runs. The other teams to do that were the St. Louis Browns of the American Association in 1891 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936.
• The Mets have lost seven of their last eight games and are 11-15 in September. But don't fret, Mets fans, several teams have struggled in September/October but still won the World Series that year. Here are some examples during the wild card era:
2005 White Sox: 4-10 during one stretch in September, turning a 9½-game lead to 1½
2002 Angels: 5-8 over last 13 games of the season
2001 Diamondbacks: 14-13 in September/October
2000 Yankees: 13-18 in September/October, 2-13 in last 15 games, lost last seven
1997 Marlins: 12-15 in September, 2-7 in last nine games
• The Mets are 28-26 (.519) in the 54 games Pedro Martinez has started in his two years with the club (17-14 in 2005, 11-12 in 2006), compared to 148-118 (.556) over the same span with any other starting pitcher.
Martinez is 0-4 with a 15.43 ERA in his last four starts. It's the second time in his career that Pedro has lost four straight starts. Martinez lost the final four regular-season starts he made for the Red Sox (Sept. 14-29, 2004).
The Braves scored six runs off Martinez in the third inning. It's the seventh time this season that Pedro has allowed four or more runs in an inning. In his first 14 seasons, Martinez allowed four or more runs in an inning 25 times, never more than four times in any one season.
• With a win tonight in what was probably his last game of the season, Tim Hudson improved his record to 13-12. Hudson is the third pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) to post a winning record and have at least 10 wins in each of his first eight (or more) major-league seasons. Carl Hubbell (12 seasons, 1928-1939) and Andy Pettitte (nine, 1995-2003) are the only other pitchers to do it over that span.
• Tampa Bay beat Boston 11-0, the largest margin of victory in a shutout for the Devil Rays in the team's nine-year history. The Devil Rays won two games by a 10-0 score: at Seattle on Sept. 8, 1998 and at Montreal on July 12, 2001.
• Josh Beckett was the losing pitcher in what was likely his last appearance of the season. Beckett (16-11, 5.01) and Randy Johnson (17-11, 5.00) both won at least 16 games with an ERA at or above 5.00. This will be only the third season since 1912 -- when ERA became an official statistic -- with more than one such pitcher. It also happened in 1996 (Kevin Ritz and Bobby Witt) and 1999 (Kevin Appier and Pedro Astacio).
• The Yankees scored five runs in both the third and fourth innings in their 16-5 win over the Orioles. It was the second time this season that a team scored at least five runs in consecutive innings in one game. The Yankees also accounted for the previous instance, in their 13-5 win over the Red Sox on June 5 (seven runs in the second inning, five runs in the third inning).
• Chien-Ming Wang won his 19th game of the season. Over the last 40 years, only three pitchers won 19 or more games for the Yankees in their sophomore season: Doc Medich in 1974 (19) and Andy Pettitte in 1996 (21).
• Hanley Ramirez hit two home runs Wednesday, including one to lead off the first inning. It was Ramirez's seventh leadoff home run this year, tying the single-season major-league record for rookies. Nomar Garciaparra hit seven leadoff home runs as a rookie for the Red Sox in 1997.
Ramirez also hit an inside-the-park home run in this game. Ramirez is the first player in 14 years to hit two (or more) home runs in a game, one to lead off the game for his team and one inside the park (Devon White did it for the Blue Jays in Minnesota on June 1, 1992.
• Joe Mauer dropped below Derek Jeter and into second place in the American League batting race on Sept. 15. Mauer has hit .429 (15-for-35) since then to regain the lead. Jeter has hit .277 (13-for-47) over the same span.
• Carlos Silva is 10-15 with a 6.07 ERA in 30 starts for the Twins. Silva is the first pitcher in major league history to have an ERA above 6.00 in a season in which he made 30 or more starts for a team that had a winning record.
• San Diego's Chris Young left Wednesday's game against St. Louis with a 2-1 lead and watched his bullpen squander it. It was the seventh time this season that his team's relievers blew a potential win for Young, tying him with Aaron Cook for the major-league high among starting pitchers.
• Albert Pujols' three-run home run gave the Cardinals the lead in their win over San Diego. It was Pujols' major-league high 23rd go-ahead home run of the season. David Ortiz (22) and Ryan Howard (21) are second and third on this list.
• Chase Utley got his 200th hit and 100th RBI of the season in the Phillies' extra-inning win. Utley also has 129 runs scored and 32 home runs this season. Only three other regular second basemen had 200 hits, 100 runs batted in, 100 runs scored and 30 home runs in a season. Rogers Hornsby did it three times (1922, 1925 and 1929), Bret Boone (2001) and Alfonso Soriano (2002).
• Houston overcame a five-run deficit in its win over Pittsburgh. It was the Astros' first win overcoming a deficit that large since Aug. 19, 2004, when they came back from five runs down to win at Philadelphia. The Blue Jays are now the only major league team that has not overcome a deficit of at least five runs in either 2005 or 2006.
• Four rookie pitchers recorded a win Wednesday night (Tim Corcoran, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Sampson and Tyler Johnson). Rookie pitchers have combined for 410 wins this season, the most in one season in the modern era of baseball (since 1900). Rookie hurlers combined for 405 wins in 2002.
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