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Remembering Mets History: (2015) Bartolo Colon's 31 Scoreless Innings Streak

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2015 was an up & down year for Bartolo Colon, he began the year at 4-0 and got as good as 6-1 with a 3.30 ERA by mid May. By mid June he was at 9-4 until he hit a snag and lost his next six decisions. As August began he finally earned a win in Miami, allowing just one run in seven innings. His next starts were up & down as he was 10-11 with an ERA near five by late August, then the ageless wonder went on a record setting roll. August 26th: On this night Bartolo Colon took the mound for the first place Mets (70-56) in Philadelphia, against Pete Mackanin's last place Phillies (50-77). The Mets gave Colon a quick 3-0 lead as they jumped on starter Jerad Eickhoff in the 1st inning. Curtis Granderson reached on an error, Yoenis Cespedes then reached on an infield single. As Daniel Murphy grounded out, Grandy scored making 1-0. Michael Cuddyer doubled down the left field line scoring Cespedes & Cuddyer would score on a Micahel Conforto base hit. On the mound Colo

Remembering Mets History (1969) Seaver Wins 19th In San Francisco

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Sunday August 31st, 1969: The weekend series came to its grand finale on this Sunday doubleheader at Candlestick Park. The second place New York Mets (76-54) were 4 1/2 games behind the Fading Chicago Cubs as they faced off against the first place San Francisco Giants.  The Giants were clinging to a half game lead with both the L.A. Dodgers & Cincinnati Reds right behind them. The Atlanta Braves were just two games out in a tight Western Division. The starters in this one, would be the Giants Mike McCormick, who had led the NL in wins (22) just two seasons ago against the Mets ace, who was leading the NL in wins this year, Tom Seaver. Seaver who was born in Fresno always enjoyed coming to San Francisco just 185 miles from his home. Starting Lineups Mets 1 Bud Harrelson SS 2 Bobby Pfeil 3B 3 Tommie Agee CF 4 Cleon Jones LF

Tug McGraw: 1973 N.L. Champion Mets Fireman (Part Two) "You Gotta Believe"

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In 1973  Tu g started out the season with another Opening Day save after relieving Tom Seaver to finish off the Philadelphia Phillies. In the first month of thee 1973 season he had four saves and was posting a 1.59 ERA, just like the Tug McGraw of old. But in mid May he began to struggle, he only notched one save from that point through mid June and he was getting hit hard. In an early May game he blew a four run lead against the Houston Astros, giving up a three run HR to Bob Watson. He was charged with seven runs overall on that day. He did get credit for three saves following that game but then allowed two HRs to the Pittsburgh Pirates, blowing a save while taking a loss. His ERA soared to 5.19 & over the next two months. He blew four saves, took two losses dropping to 0-4 on the year & only notched three saves. On June 28th he came in relief in the 7th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, Greg Luzinski & Tommy Hutton led the way & lit him up for four run

Tug McGraw (Part Three): Beyond His Mets Career

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In 1974 the Mets struggled, and McGraw was no exception. Tug had arm problems and couldn’t recover. A lump was found in his shoulder and it was even feared he may have had cancer. He went 6-11 with only three saves and a 4.16 ERA, in 88 innings he gave up 96 hits and 41 earned runs. The Mets organization believed McGraw was done and his arm was permanently damaged. On December 3, 1974, It was the first of many sad days to come in Mets history when the fan favorite and one of the most popular Mets ever was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Don Hahn and Dave Schneck in exchange for John Stearns, Del Unser and Mac Scarce. At the time of the trade, McGraw was the all-time Mets leader in saves & games pitched. He still ranks high on many of the Mets all time records: McGraw finished his Mets career at 47-55 (17th most wins) with 85 saves (5th all time) & a 3.17 ERA. He made 361 Mets appearances (6th all time) with 618 strike outs (11th all time) 350 walks (1