Remembering Mets History (2002) Al Leiter Becomes First Pitcher To Defeat All 30 MLB Teams
Going into this game, Leiter had victories against 29 MLB teams that have been in existence since 1901. With tonight's win, he becomes the first pitcher to beat all 30 MLB teams.
In the 2nd, Roberto Alomar tripled with one out & scored on a Roger Cedeno fielder's choice. Mike Piazza then came to bat & blasted his second HR in as many innings. This gave him seven HRs & 16 RBIs on the young season.
In the 3rd, a two run Joe McEwing HR finally knocked out Helling who allowed eight earned runs on eight hits & three HRs.
The Mets greeted Brian Anderson with three straight hits, including an RBI hit to Mo Vaughn. Mike Piazza grounded out to second bringing in another run.
Al Leiter would go 13-13 with a 3.48 ERA in the Mets dismal 2002 season where they finished fifth (75-86).
In seven seasons with the Mets Leiter was 95-67 with a 3.42 ERA, winning 15 or more games three times. He won ten or more games each season & is sixth on the Mets all time win list.