Published on: 10th July, 2016
by Scott Mandel
New York finished its season-long, 11-game homestand 7-4…The Mets are now 26-20 at home in 2016 and are 8-7-0 in series at home this season.
SERIES NOTES: The Mets are 8-19 vs. the Nationals at Citi Field dating to 2014…This season, the Mets are 4-9 vs. the Nationals overall.
ONE-RUN GAMES: The Mets are now 18-11 in one-run games this season (11-5 at home)…The Nationals improved to 14-11 in one-run contests (6-7 on the road).
METS FIRST-HALF HOMERS: With a pair of home runs by José Reyes, the Mets set a franchise record for home runs in the first half with 122…This year’s Mets had been tied with the 2006 club for most in team history in the first half with 120.
JOSÉ REYES: Homered to lead off the game for the Mets and hit another solo shot in the third inning…Was his 22nd career leadoff homer and first since June 25, 2014 vs. the Yankees (while playing for Toronto)…It is his 17th career leadoff homer as a Met, which ties him for the franchise record with Curtis Granderson…Reyes is the first Met other than Curtis Granderson to hit a leadoff home run since Mike Baxter did so on August 30, 2012 at Philadelphia (off Kyle Kendrick)…It is the eighth multi-homer game of Reyes’ career and his first since September 27, 2011 vs. Cincinnati (both off Bronson Arroyo)…All eight of his multi-homer games have come as a member of the Mets.
STEVEN MATZ: Worked 7.0 innings and allowed three runs, earned, on six hits and suffered his fifth loss of the season…Struck out five and walked a career-high four batters…Tossed 7.0 innings for a second straight start, the first time he’s had back-to-back outings of at least 7.0 innings since May 20 and May 25…Suffered his third home loss of the season and is now 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA (20 earned runs/53.1 innings) in nine starts at Citi Field this season…Since his last win on May 25 at Washington, Matz is 0-4 with a 4.47 ERA (23 earned runs/46.1 innings) in eight starts.
NATIONALS WINS: With today’s win, the Nationals have matched their highest win total prior to the All-Star break in franchise history…The 1994 Montreal Expos recorded 54 wins prior to the All-Star break and were 54-33.
DANIEL MURPHY: Finished the game 1-4 with a home run and two RBI…His two-run home run was his 17th home run of the season and his sixth against the Mets…Has homered in four of his last five games versus New York dating to June 29…Has now hit safely in all 13 games he’s played versus the Mets this season…Is batting .423 (22-52) with three doubles, seven home runs and 21 RBI in those 13 games…The 21 RBI by Murphy versus the Mets so far this season are the most for an opposing player in a single season vs. the Mets since Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard had 21 RBI in 19 games versus the Mets in 2006.
GIO GONZÁLEZ: Tossed 5.2 innings and allowed two runs, earned, on four hits in his fifth win of the season…Struck out three and walked a season-high tying four…Won for the second time in his last 10 starts and allowed less than three runs for the first time since May 18 vs. the Mets at Citi Field (a span of nine starts)…Was 1-7 with a 7.66 ERA (42 earned runs/49.1 innings) in his last nine starts prior to today…Was his 20th career start vs. the Mets, his most versus any opponent.