Jul 17, 2019

2016 Mets Right Handed Pitcher: Robert Gsellman (2016-2018)

Robert John Gsellman was born July 18th 1993 in Santa Monica, California. The six foot four right handed pitcher, was a star baseball player & basket player at Westchester high school in California. He batted .649 in his junior year & was noticed as a star athlete getting named to ESPN's Rise underclassman All California team.

In 2011 he was drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round. He remained at the A ball level playing with the Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, St. Lucie Mets & Savannah Sand Gnats through 2014. In that time he developed his two seamed fastball.

After posting an impressive 6-0 record with a 1.76 ERA, at St. Lucie in 2015, he was promoted to AA Binghamton where he went 7-7 with a 3.51 ERA. His wild ride on 2016 began at AA Binghamton where he went 3-4 with a good 2.71 ERA.

He was brought up to AAA Las Vegas, a hitters paradise, where he was just 1-5 with a 5.73 ERA.

In late August he was brought up to the Mets staff to replace the latest Mets pithing casualty; Steven Matz. The Mets had already lost Matt Harvey & Jacob deGrom. On August 23rd he made his MLB debut, coming in relief for Jonathan Neisse who had pain in his knee. Niese would also go down for the season. 

The young man who resembled Jacob deGrom due to his long hair found himself in the big leagues, filling some big shoes in a pennant race in the worlds largest stage.

In that first game Gsellman would pitch from the 1st thru the 4th inning shutting out the Cardinals in St. Louis, earning his first win. The Mets swept the series & turned their season around on their way to capturing the NL wild card top spot. His next game wasn't so good, as he lost to the Philadelphia Phillies.

On September 3rd, he found himself in a big spot at Citi Field, taking on the first place Washington Nationals. Gsellman pitched six innings, allowing just a run, walking three with six hits & four strike outs as the Mets went on to a 3-1 win. The Mets offense was led by a two run Curtis Granderson single. On September 9th he got no decision allowing four runs in a 6-4 Mets win at Atlanta.

After another no decision in Washington where he pitched five shut out innings, but the Mets lost 1-0 to Tanner Roark, he took another loss to the Braves.

On September 25th, he had an outstanding performance, pitching seven shut put innings & striking out eight Phillies in the Mets 17-0 rout over the Phils. 

Impressively he also retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced. Gsellman even got his first MLB hit when he bunted safely off pitcher; Jake Thompson in the 3rd inning. That win once again put the Mets atop the NL's top wild card spot.

On Friday September 30th, the Mets guaranteed themselves of at least playing for a wild card tie breaker, as the beat the Phillies in Philadelphia 5-1. Gsellman allowed seven hits but pitched out of trouble as he would allow just one run. He struck out seven & earned the victory.

Gsellman came out of no where in 2016 & gave the Mets a chance every time he took the mound in September. He was 4-2 pitching in eight games, striking out 42 batters while walking 15 in 44 innings posting a 2.42 ERA.

After the Mets season ended, Gsellman under went arthroscopic surgery on his non throwing shoulder to repair a torn labrum.

In 2017 he began the year with two losses in April & closing the month with a 6.23 ERA. He began May with two straight wins although he still gave up eight runs in those two starts over ten innings. He saw some time in the bullpen then returned for a decent start on May 24th against the San Diego Padres. 

On May 29th he had one of his best games of the year. He threw seven innings allowing two runs (one earned) on just three hits striking out five Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field, for his third win.

He would win three straight, beating the Pittsburg Pirates with six strikeouts in his next start & then a six & two thirds of an inning shut out, against the Braves in Atlanta on June 10th. 

From there he collected three straight losing decisions, with three no decisions as well. Three wins in September highlighted by a six inning one run win over Atlanta in his final start of the year got him to 8-7 with 5.19 ERA. Gsellman had 82 strike outs with 42 walks in 33 games over 119 innings of work.

He fought for a spot in Spring Training 2018 under new manager Mickey Callaway. Callaway & new pitching coach Dave Eiland placed him in the bullpen where he has done well. 

On April 4th he earned  his first win, with a two inning shut out relief appearance to beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

On April 20th another two inning shut out relief outing got him win #2 in Atlanta. Then four days later he was credited for a win in St. Louis. He then lowered his ERA under two heading into May.

On May 2nd, he suffered a four run pounding by the Braves in just one inning of work, raising his ERA again. He allowed run in his next two outings as well before settling down.

 He then went six games without allowing a run & picked up another win as well as his first save, which came on May 20th against Arizona. Thru May he was 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

In June he had two holds, then was credited with a save on June 17th in Arizona. On June 20th he blew a save in Colorado & the Rockies went on to a 10-8 win. Three days later he had a disaster of an outing, allowing five runs to the LA Dodgers at Citi Field.

On July 3rd he blew his sixth save of the year seeing his ERA top out at 4.44. The next day he received a hold a on the Fourth of July. On July 9th while pitching a scoreless 8th inning against the Phillies, he earned a win when Bandon Nimmo hit a walk off HR. 

On July 13th he earned his 4th save. He went to the half way point at 6-2 with 4 saves & a 4.31 ERA, leading the club with 43 appearances. He struck out 50 & walked 21 in 54 innings of work.

The Mets All Time Pinch Hit HR Leader: Mark Carreon (1987-1991)

Mark Steven Carreon was born July 19, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois. The six foot outfielder/ first baseman was a rare right handed batter that threw left handed.

His father was Camilo Carreon; a catcher for the Chicago White sox from 1959-1964. (see below) 

Mark Carreon was drafted by the New York Mets in the 8th round of the 1981 draft. As the Mets were winning the World Series in 1986 Carreon was batting .289 at AAA Tidewater.

In 1987 he followed by batting .312 earning him the promotion to the big league club. He debuted with the Mets as a pinch hitter on September 8thgoing hitless. He appeared nine games that September, getting a hit as pinch hitter in his second career at bat off the Cardinals; Greg Mathews.

On the next to last day of the season he drove in his first run, it came in St. Louis in a 7-1 Mets win. That year New York finished second to the Cards going 92-70. In 1988 it was back to AAA Tidewater for Carreon, where he hit 14 HRs & batted .263 in 102 games for the Tides. He did make his first appearance in May with the Mets, going 0-2 as a pinch hitter & returned in September going 5-7.

In 1989 he got to the club on May 18th & remained there for good playing as a reserve outfielder and pinch hitter. On May 12th he hit a 10th inning game winning single, off San Diego’s Mark Davis in a 3-0 win.

He tied a Mets single season mark with four pinch hit HRs, that year, matching Danny Heeps record set back in 1983. On May 12th he hit a pinch hit HR off the Padres Bruce Hurst in San Diego, helping Ron Darling & Rick Aguilera in a 3-0 shut out.

On June 4th he hit a 7th inning pinch hit HR against the Pirates Bob Kipper, breaking a 3-3 tie. The Mets went on to beat Pittsburgh 4-3,as Carreon delivered the game winning hit. On July 26th he hit a third pinch hit HR, this time in a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh. On September 22nd, in Montreal he helped Ron Darling to a victory, as he delivered his team record fourth pinch hit HR of the season, off native New Yorker John Candelaria.

Overall he enjoyed one of his best Mets seasons hitting .308 with six HRs six doubles 16 RBIs & a .370 on base % in 68 games.

In 1990 he had a big three hit day at Wrigley Field on April 16th, with a HR & three RBIs in a 10-1 Mets win. The next day he hit a solo HR there in a Mets loss. On April 27th he provided the only run of the game, with a solo HR off Mark Portugal, helping Frank Viola to the shut out.

In mid June he helped the Mets in their 9-6 win at Wrigley Field adding a two run HR. The next game he played in was in Pittsburgh on June 17th, he hit two HRs & drove in two runs in the 4-3 win. In August he suffered an injury that shut him down for the rest of the year. He finished with a .250 average, 10 HRs 12 doubles26 RBIs in 188 at bats. That year the Mets won 91 games but finished second to the Pirates.

In 1991 he saw action in 106 games, the most in his Mets career, batting .260 but his power dropped off, hitting just four HRs, with six doubles & 21 RBIs. doubles. On April 16th, he hit a pinch hit HR during a losing effort in Pittsburgh. On April 28th, he entered a game against the Pirates at Shea & hit yet another pinch hit HR, although the Mets lost the game 7-3.

On May 4th, Carreon hit his third pinch hit HR in the young season, this one off the Giants Jeff Brantley at Shea Stadium in the 9th inning, tying up the game. The Mets won it when Howard Johnson hit a walk off HR in the 12th.

Carreons HR drought then lasted three months & when he did hit another, it came during a start. He would not hit anymore HRs that season, unable to tie his own record.

In January 1992 Carreon was traded to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Paul Gibson. After one season in Detroit batting .232, he signed with the San Francisco Giants and hit a career best .327 in 78 games played. He followed that up batting .301 in 1995 having career highs in HRs (17) RBIs (65) games (115), winning the Willie Mac Award for his leadership to the club.

The next season he started out great as he belted 7 HRs in April, but soon fell off and was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Jim Poole on July 9th. That year he hit a career high 34 doubles, overall while finishing his playing days in Cleveland.
In a ten year career he batted .279 with 557 hits 69 HRs 108 doubles 289 RBIs & a .327 on base % playing in 738 games. As a pinch hitter he hit .280 lifetime, and holds the Mets record with eight pinch hit HRs. Jordany Valdespin is now second with six.

Drama: When his MLB career ended he played in Japan for a year then returned back to the U.S. In 1999 he was arrested for stalking, burglarizing, & kidnapping his ex-wife in Mississippi.

In December 2007 he was named as steroid user in the Mitchell Report.

Former Met Mark Carreon's Dad: Camillo Carreon (1959-1966)

Camilo & Mark Carreon

Camilo Carreon known as "Cam" was born August 6, 1937 in Colton, California. The six foot one right handed catcher was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1956.

Camilo Carreon debuted on September 27th getting one at bat in just this one game, for the 1959 AL Champion "Go Go" Sox. He did not make the post season roster. The next season he spent some time in the United States Army & got to Spring Training camp late. After batting .270 at AAA San Diego in the Pacific Coast League he was brought up in June.

In 1961 he had a game winning hit off Whitey Ford, a two run pinch hit single. This broke up Ford's personal 14 game win streak.

After backing up Sherm Lollar, he became the White Sox' main catcher in 1962 & 1963, losing his job to future 1969 Mets World Series hero; J.C. Martin the following season. He spent six seasons with the White Sox, playing for Hall of Fame Manager; Al Lopez during some good years in club history.

He then moved on to the Cleveland Indians (1965) & Baltimore Orioles (1966) where he ended his career. That year he appeared in just three games for the World Champion Orioles.

In an eight year career he batted .264 lifetime with 260 hits 43 doubles 11 HRs 114 RBIs & a .331 on base %. In 320 games at catcher, he threw out 31% of would be base stealers.

Retirement: After his playing days, he worked for the Tucson Arizona Parks Department & for a golf course. He passed away at the young age of 50 in 1987.

Jul 16, 2019

50th Anniversary of the 1969 Mets: Mets Players Defend Thier Manager In Wake of Hawk's Book

50th Anniversary of the 1969 World Champion "Amazing Mets"

All Star Break- Summer of 1969: Today Ken "the Hawk" Harrelson (no relation to Bud Harrelson) is known as the long time (33 years) broadcaster of the Chicago White Sox. The controversial broadcaster in known for his "Hawkisms" & a homer, outwardly rooting for the White Sox team. 

Back in his playing days he was controversial & outspoken as well. He wore hip flashy colorful clothing of the late sixties, something ball players were not doing yet. Although he was not the first player to use one, he is credited with bringing the batting clove back to the game in his era. He wore a golf glove while batting.

He began his career with the Kansas City A's as one of the teams first star players, he left in 1966 but was brought back by popular demand the next year. His time in Kansas City ended when he allegedly called owner Charley Finley " a menace to baseball". Finley moved the A's to Oakland & would win three straight World Series in the early seventies.

Harrelson would go on to he Boston Red Sox in their 1967 Impossible Dream season & win the A.L. pennant with them, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. In 1968 he led the AL in RBIs (109) & had his best season. Shockingly he was traded to Cleveland the next year, at first he retired to veto the trade but did come back to play with the Indians. An injury led him to retire in 1971 at age 30.

But back in 1966 he was sent to the Washington Senators in mid season & would spend part of the 1967 season there as well. At that time, Gil Hodges was manager of the Senators. Hodges was a stern disciplinarian, a strict rule enforcer, a conservative man who took the game very seriously. Ken Hawk Harrelson did not get along with his manger Gil Hodges.

By  1969, Gil Hodges was in New York trying to win the NL East in Miracle fashion, that summer, Harrelson released his autobiography, while he was playing on a poor Indians team that would lose 97 games. In his book he was one of the only people to ever say anything negative about Hodges. Hawk, trashed Hodges, calling him " a Jekyll & Hyde"-"unfair, unreasonable, unfeeling, incapable of handling men, stubborn, Hoilier than thou, & ice cold".

During one losing game in Washington, Harrelson suggested to the manager that he start a fight to get the team to pull together. Hodges refused telling him " that shows something about the kind of person you are". Another time, Hodges benched Harrelson because his hair was too long, telling him he'll play when he gets it cut. Harrelson got it cut in the locker room by a teammate & was inserted in the line up.

Quotes- Gil Hodges: In reference to love beads, which Harrelson did wear, "maybe the players would be better off with Rosary beads instead of love beads".

When the book came out, Hodges Mets team stuck up for him immediately. Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Ron Swoboda & Ed Charles were the most indignant.

Quotes- Tom Seaver told the Daily News: " That doesn't seem like the manager I know. Mr. Hodges treats his players with an attitude of professionalism. Maybe Mr. Harrelson in his immaturity couldn't tell   the difference between professionalism treatment & someone picking on him."

Jerry Koosman who said he was shocked to read that article, noted it was probably a publicity stunt to sell more books, adding he just lost one sale on him.

The Manager who was upset at the distraction surrounding his club, said he did not wish to comment at this time. He was chasing a pennant in the second half of the season.

Former Mets Short Stop (1964-1966) Coach (1973-1976) & Manager (1975): Roy McMillan

Roy David McMillan was born on July 17, 1929 in Bonham, Texas. The five foot eleven right handed hitting short stop, was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1947. After four years in the minors he made his MLB debut briefly in 1951.

McMillan played every game from the 1952 season through the 1954 season, leading the league in games played twice. 

He became one of the best shorts stops in the league, winning the first gold glove given out at short stop in 1957. He won two more the next two seasons.

In 1954 he set a record at the time, turning 129 double plays at short stop. He would go on to lead the league in games played at short as well as in fielding percentage six times each. He led in assists four times, put outs three times and played in two All Star games.

McMillan was so good at short he was considered in the MVP voting five times. He was typical for shortstops of his era, great glove without much hitting.

From 1955 through 1957 he posted on base percentages over .360 % each year., while drawing over 66 walks each year. In 1957 he hit a career high 25 doubles posting a .317 on base percentage. After spending ten years in Cincinnati he was traded to the Milwaukee Braves for Juan Pizzaro in 1961.

In Milwaukee he hit a career high 12 HRs in 1962 and continued playing some of the best short stop in the league. In May 1964, he was traded to the New York Mets in exchange for Jay Hook and a player to be named later. That player turned out to be Wayne Garrett's brother; Adrian Garrett.

McMillan played in 113 games at short stop the rest of the way for the '64 Mets. He turned 64 double plays posting a .976 fielding % (second best in the NL). McMillan debuted as a Met on May 9th in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at home. In his second game he tripled & doubled off former Met Roger Craig, scoring a run as well in the Mets 4-1 win.

On September 7th in the first game of a double header at Shea Stadium, McMillan hit a rare two run HR off Houston's Claude Raymond. He later added another RBI leading the Mets to a 7-5 victory. On the season for New York he hit .211 with 8 doubles two triples one HR 25 RBIs & a .246 on base %.

In 1965 he led the team in games played (157), at bats (528) & sacrifice hits with 16 (third in the NL) while batting .242. At short stop he was second in assists (477) third in put outs (248) & second in errors (27) posting a .964 fielding % while turning 80 double plays. 

On April 20th his sac bunt scored a run in a scoreless game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Mets went on to win the game 3-2. On May 4th McMillan singled to score Ron Swoboda with the tying run in the 7th inning of game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets went on to win it 2-1.

On May 16th he hit a HR in the first game of a double header against his old Reds team mates. On June 20th he singled driving in the first two runs of a 3-2 Mets win in the second game of a double header at Dodger Stadium. He closed out June driving in runs in three of the last four games of the month.

From August 16th through August 28th the weak hitting short stop drove in eight runs, while enjoying a hit streak of 15 of 18 games. McMillan played in 157 games batting .242 with 19 doubles two triples, one HR 42 RBIs & a .280 on base %.

On May 29th 1966 McMillan who always seemed to do well against the Dodgers, had a game winning hit in the top of the 9th inning. His single off star reliever Ron Perranoski scored Hawk Taylor in what was the games winning run. He hit his last career HR on July 20th, 1966 off Giant's Hall of Famer, Juan Marichal in San Francisco. It came in the top of the 8th inning breaking a 1-1 tie. The Mets went on to win it with Ron Swoboda's 10th inning HR.

He finished his playing career with the Mets in early August 1966 playing 76 games batting .214 with one HR nine doubles one triple & 12 RBIs.

McMillan served a huge role in developing the career of Bud Harrelson, serving as his mentor at shortstop. Harrelson learned a lot from McMillan on his way to becoming one of the best shortstops of his generation.

McMillan finished his career with over 2000 games at shortstop, and at the time of his retirement was only one of four shortstops to do so.

In a 16 year career he played 2028 games at short stop (18th all time) with 6191 assists (16th all time) 3705 put outs (19th all time). In over 6191 attempts he made only 290 errors (74th all time), turning 1304 double plays as a short stop (8th all time) while posting a .972 fielding percentage (68th all time).

He was a lifetime .243 hitter with 1639 hits 253 doubles 35 triples 68 HRs a .314 on base % 140 sac hits & 665 walks.

Honors: Roy McMillan was inducted to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1971.  

After his playing days, McMillan managed the Visalia Mets in 1968 & 1969. He then went on to coach for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1972, and filled in as manager for two games when Dave Bristol was fired.

He came back to the Mets organization and joined Yogi Berra’s coaching staff for the 1973 Pennant season. He stayed on board through 1975, and served as interim manager when Berra was fired in August 1975.

McMillan became the sixth manager in Mets history and enjoyed a six game winning streak as soon as he took over as manager. The players seem to respond to him quickly. But an 11-16 September ruined any playoff hopes the team had. McMillan went 26-27 in the last 53 games of the season, finishing up in third place.

In 1976 he was replaced by former Mets minor league manager Joe Frazier, but stayed on board with the Mets coaching staff for one more season.

He later became a scout for the Montreal Expos. McMillan was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1971. He passed away from a heart attack in 1997 at his home in Bonham, Texas, he was 68.

Remembering Mets History: (1989) El Sid Sets Team Record For Lefties With 16 Ks

Friday July 14th 1989: On this night Davey Johnson’s New York Mets (46-40) were in third place, three games behind the Montreal Expos & Chicago Cubs.

The Mets were in Atlanta taking on Russ Nixon’s last place Braves (37-52). Tonight Sid Fernandez (6-3) took on second year pitcher; John Smoltz (3-2). 


Starting Lineups 

 In the 1st inning, Fernandez struck out Oddibe McDowell & Lonnie Smith. The Mets scored first on a Kevin McReynolds HR in the 2nd inning.

The Braves answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Dale Murphy & Ed Whited both singles and were moved over on a sac bunt. Bruce Benedict singled in Murphy & John Smoltz brought in Whited on a ground out.

In the 4th inning, Sid struck out the side then two of three in the 5th inning. In the 6th he struck out the side again, then two more in the 7th & 8th innings. El Sid was racking up the K’s, he had struck out twelve of fifteen Braves since the 4th inning. 

But Smoltz was doing fine as well, after a Mackey Sasser RBI single in the 5th, he shut out the Mets the rest of the way through eight innings. Joe Boever pitched a scoreless 9th. In the bottom of the 9th, Fernandez fine outing was spoiled on a walk off HR by Lonnie Smith. Fernandez struck out a season high; 16 on the night allowing six hits and no walks. 

Sid led the Mets staff in strike outs in 1989 with 198. He won 14 games on the year, one of three Mets pitchers to do so; Ron Darling & David Cone being the others. Bob Ojeda won 13. The Mets finished second to the Chicago Cubs that year at 87-75.

Jul 15, 2019

50th Anniversary of the 1969 Mets: Mets Click Their Heels Winning Two At Wrigley

50th Anniversary of the 1969 World Champion "Amazing Mets"

As the Summer of '69 moved on, the surprising  New York Mets were dominating the first place Chicago Cubs head to head.

After beating Tom Seaver 1-0 in the opener at Wrigley Field, the Cubs third base man Ron Santo jumped up clicking his heels while leaving the field.

This had been a tradition for Mr. Santo & it did not sit well with the Mets. The Amazing's thought it was a bush league move, a sign of disrespect & they wanted revenge. The Young Mets would step up & take the next two.

Tuesday, July 15th 1969- The next day, Al Weis hit one of his two HRs of the regular season, a three run blast. Ken Boswell added a solo shot as the Mets won it 5-4. Tommy Agee drove in the other Mets run with a triple. Pitchers, Gary Gentry & Ron Taylor combined for the win.

Wednesday, July 16th 1969- In the rubber game, a full house packed Wrigley Field, and all the transistor radios in New York were tuned in on this Wednesday afternoon.  
Starting Lineups

Future Hall Of Famer, Fergie Jenkins took the hill for Chicago, and the Mets battered him around in the 1st inning.

Tommie Agee doubled and scored on Ken Boswell's base hit. Cleon Jones who was batting .346, singled and stole his 13th base of the year.

Wayne Garrett was intentionally walked and Ed Kranepool singled home Jones making it 2-0.

Then, second string catcher J.C. Martin ( a .227 hitter) drove a base hit to left field scoring two more Mets runs. It was now 4-0 Mets.

In the 2nd, Tommy Agee hit his 16th HR of the year, to make it 5-0. Jones & Art Shamsky both singled, then Wayne Garrett grounded to the pitcher, but Jones scored on the throw to first making it 6-0.

Mets starter Don Cardwell, got knocked out in the 2nd inning, after giving up four runs on six hits, as the Cubs made a game of it. Jim McAndrew relieved Cardwell & allowed a run on three hits. All of a sudden it was a one run 6-5 lead by the time Cal Koonce took the mound in the 3rd.

Koonce stopped the Cubs cold, he scattered just four hits over the next five innings, in a stellar relief performance getting the win. Reliever, Ron Taylor closed out the 8th & 9th innings earning his 9th save of the year.

The Mets did add more runs, Al Weis hit his second HR in two days, the only two he would hit all season, in the 5th inning. Art Shamsky added a two run HR in the 8th inning, his 7th of the year making it 9-5 Mets.

After the game, The Mets' Tom Seaver jumped & clicked his heels outside the Mets dugout while smirking over at Ron Santo & the Cubs.

Not only were these surprising young Mets winning, they weren’t taking anybody's crap.

Remembering Mets History (2016): Jacob deGrom Tosses One Hitter

Sunday July 16th, 2016: Terry Collins Mets (49-42) were battling hard for the wild card spot by mid July, just coming off a rough series losing three of four to the Nationals.

Today the Mets were in Philadelphia for the rubber game, after splitting a pair with the Phillies (43-50). Jacob deGrom went against Zach Eflin.

Starting Lineups

Jacob deGrom was on his game tonight, he started out striking out two batters in the 1st inning & another in the 2nd.

In the 3rd,  with two outs, pitcher Zack Eflin singled to center with a ground ball through the middle. No one knew it at the time, but it was a spoiler as deGrom would not allow another hit the rest of the way.

After easy 4th & 5th innings with no strike outs, he struck out two in the 6th inning, rolling along. It wasn't until the 8th inning where allowed his first & only walk of the game as well. By the 9th inning he still hadn't thrown 100 pitches yet, so manager Terry Collins let him finish out the game.

In this day & age it was a rare scene but deGrom went out & completed his one hit shut out. He ended the game striking out Odubel Herrera for his seventh K.

deGrom went to 6-4 on the year, lowering his ERA to 2.38 among the leagues bests. In 2016 he struggled with injuries getting shut down in early September with a ulnar tear, missing the Mets post season drive & wild card game.

The Mets gave him run support as early as the 2nd inning, when James Loney singled & Juan Lagares tripled him in. In the 3rd inning, Curtis Granderson added his 16th HR of the year to make it 2-0.

In the 5th deGrom himself got aboard with a base hit & came home on a Jose Reyes double.

In the 8th inning, Loney singled again & Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 16th HR of the year to top off the 5-0 Mets shut out.

Trivia: It was the 39th one hitter in Mets history, the last coming in 2013.

Remembering Mets History: (1975) Joe Torre Grounds Into A Record Four Double Plays

Monday July 21, 1975: A small crowd of 13,414 came out to Shea Stadium to see Yogi Berra's third place Mets, just over .500 at 46-44. ten games back of first place, take on Preston Gomez's last place Houston Astros (34-63).

The Mets sent George Stone (2-1) to the mound. Stone was recovering from rotator cuff surgery & although he was never as effective as he once was especially in the 1973 Mets pennant season, he was one of the first pitchers to come back to pitch after the surgery.

His opponent that night for Houston was Ken Forsch (3-7). 

Starting Lineups

Houston knocked out George Stone by the 3rd inning, knocking him around for five runs on eight hits. In the 1st inning after Wilbur Howard & Kevin Gross singled, ground outs by Enos Cabell & Bob Watson gave the Astros a 2-0 lead.

In the 2nd, Wilbur Howard doubled home Larry Milbourne for a 3-0 lead. In the 3rd, Roger Metzger hit a triple with two on, making it 5-1.

The Mets scored in the bottom of the 2nd, on a Rusty Staub solo HR, his 12th of the year. Later Dave Kingman added a solo HR, his 19th of the year, to add to the 6-2 Mets loss.

On this night Mets Brooklyn born, third baseman; Joe Torre  set an MLB record by grounding into four double plays in the game. Each time Torre came to bat, Mets second baseman Felix Millan had reached base ahead of him, getting four base hits.

In the 1st inning Millan singled, Torre followed up grounding out to the pitcher Ken Forsch who turned the double play. In the 3rd inning, Del Unser & Millan both singled, Torre killed that inning by hitting a double play ball to the short stop.

In the 6th, Millan got his third hit of the night, with a single to right field. He was quickly erased when Torre grounded out to second baseman Larry Milbourne who turned the double play.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Del Unser singled for the second time, followed by Felix Millan who collected his fourth hit of the night. Torre came to bat & grounded to short stop Roger Metzger.

Felix Millan
Metzger threw to Milbourne who stepped on second, then threw to Bob Watson at first, successfully turning the double play.

With that Torre became the first player in MLB history to hit into four double plays in one game.

Twenty other players in MLB history had grounded into three double plays in a game, but never had anyone done it four times. The Mets own Teddy Martinez had grounded into three DPs in a game the previous year.

Quotes: After the game Torre joked “I’d like to thank Felix Millan for making this all possible, I’ll just tell the kids they were all bullets”.