Sep 29, 2018; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) hugs New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after being shown on the \"kiss cam\" during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Schwei's Mets Notes: Syndergaard Shutout, Fond Farewells

John Schweibacher
October 02, 2018 - 12:14 pm
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The New York Mets said good bye to the 2018 season and farewell to two of the best players in franchise history.

The Mets won the last game of the season, 1-0, over Miami Sunday afternoon, the eighth straight time they won their last regular season game at Citi Field.

Noah Syndergaard pitched the first shutout of his career, allowing just five hits and striking out six.

It was the fifth time in club history a Mets pitcher threw a shutout in the final game of the regular season:

Noah Syndergaard     Mia 0 at NYM 1   9/30/18

Miguel Batista             Cin 0 at NYM 3   9/28/11

Nelson Figueroa         Hou 0 at NYM 4  10/4/09

Al Leiter                      NYM 5 at Cin 0    10/4/99 (Game 163)

David Cone                NYM 7 at Phi 0     10/6/91 (Game 161)

Jose Reyes likely played his final game for the Mets Sunday. Reyes started the second most games overall in club history; 1,268 and the second most at shortstop, trailing only Bud Harrelson.

New York Mets captain David Wright played his final game Saturday night vs. the Marlins.

Wright played 1,585 games for the Mets, the second-most in club history and the second-most among players who spent their entire major league career with the club:

Ed Kranepool      1,853

David Wright      1,585

Ron Hodges           666

Juan Lagares          583

Wilmer Flores        581

Pedro Feliciano      484

Michael Conforto   427

Bruce Boisclair      410

Wright started alongside Jose Reyes on Saturday for the 878th time, the most by any pair of teammates in Mets history.

Reyes played second base in Wright's debut game on July 21st, 2004. The first game Wright and Reyes both started on the left side of the infield was on August 4th, 2004, a 6-5 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee.

As for Saturday night's game, the Mets beat the Marlins, 1-0, in 13 innings on Austin Jackson’s RBI double.

The Mets and Marlins had only played one longer game in terms of innings in New York, a 2-1, 20-inning Miami win at Citi Field back on June 8th, 2013.

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The last 1-0, 13-inning win the Mets had was back on May 31st, 2006 vs. Arizona at Shea Stadium on Endy Chavez’ game-winning single.

David Wright made his first appearance in the majors since May 27th, 2016, as the Mets lost to the Marlins, 8-1, Friday night.

Wright pinch-hit leading off the fifth inning and grounded out in what was the 10th pinch-hit at bat of his career.

The only base hit as pinch-hitter for Wright came on May 17th 2007, a RBI single vs. the Cubs as part of a five-run 9th inning in a 6-5 Mets’ comeback win at Shea Stadium.

The Mets won the rubber game of the series with Atlanta, 4-1, last Thursday night at Citi Field.

Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings for the win. Combined with Syndergaard and deGrom, Mets starters pitched 21 scoreless innings in the series

Brandon Nimmo walked for the 28th time in Septemeber, tying the club record set by Keith Hernandez back in July of 1984.

Jacob deGrom was dominant in his final start of the season, throwing eight shutout innings to finish with a major league-best 1.70 ERA as the Mets beat the Braves 3-0 last Wednesday night.

deGrom struck out the last Atlanta batter he faced, Ozzie Albies, for his 1,000th career strikeout.

Here are the pitchers who struck out 1,000 batters as Mets:

Tom Seaver         2541

Dwight Gooden  1875

Jerry Koosman   1799

Sid Fernandez    1449

David Cone        1172

Ron Darling       1148

Al Leiter            1106

Jon Matlack       1023

Jacob deGrom   1000

As Tyler Kepner of the New York Times noted last week, deGrom is the only Mets pitcher ever to finish a season with exactly a 10 and 9 won-loss record.

Prior to deGrom, the best earned run average by a Mets starter who won exactly 10 games in a season was posted by Bob Ojeda, who went 10 and 13 with a 2.88 ERA in 29 starts in his injury shortened 1988 season.

The Mets led 3-0 after six innings but the Braves rallied for a 7-3 win last Tuesday night in the opener of the three-game series.

It was the 13 game this season the Mets lost when leading going to the 7th inning, the most in the majors.

Syndergaard was in line for the win, but after the no-decision is now 0-2 in seven career starts against the Braves, the only NL opponent he has never beaten.

Happy Recap: Good Finish. The Mets went 31 and 20 over their last 51 games dating back to August 7th. Only the Tampa Bay Rays (33) had more wins over that span.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Bad Finish. The Mets had their 8th losing seasons in the last 10 years. The only other time that occurred in franchise history was between 1974 and 1983.