Seth Lugo pitches against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Citi Field.

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Schwei's Mets Notes: Subway Series, Losing At Home, MLB Draft

John Schweibacher
June 12, 2018 - 8:33 am
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The New York Mets put an end to their longest home losing streak in 16 years by salvaging the final game of the homestand, 2-0, over the Yankees Sunday night.

The Mets had dropped 10 straight at Citi Field, their worst drought at home since losing a club record 15 in a row at Shea Stadium in 2002.

Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Anthony Swarzak combined on a three-hit shutout, the seventh for the Mets all-time vs. the Yankees, but just their third in a game at Shea Stadium or Citi Field:

6/10/18  Yankees 0 at Mets 2   Lugo, Gsellman and Swarzak 3-hits

6/15/02  Yankees 0 at Mets 8   Estes, Strickland and Guthrie  5-hits

7/10/00  Yankees 0 at Mets 2   Hampton and Benitez 7-hts

The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead but lost the middle game of the three-game series with the Yankees, 4-3, Saturday night.

Aaron Judge broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning with a solo home run off Anthony Swarzak to complete the comeback for the Yankees, the second straight night the Mets fell behind on a homer in the 8th inning.

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Credit Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions for this list of Yankees go-ahead HR’s in the 8th inning or later vs. the Mets:

7/10/99  Yankees 8 at Mets 9  Jorge Posada vs. Dennis Cook

6/14/02  Yankees 4 at Mets 2 (10) Robin Ventura vs. Satoro Komiyama

6/10/12  Mets 4 at Yankees 5  Russell Martin vs. Jon Rauch

6/24/12  Yankees 6 at Mets 5  Robinson Cano vs. Miguel Batista

8/14/17  Mets 2 at Yankees 4  Aaron Hicks vs. Hansel Robles

6/8/18    Yankees 4 at Mets 1  Brett Gardner vs. Jacob deGrom

6/9/18    Yankees 4 at Mets 3 Aaron Judge vs. Anthony Swarzak

The Yankees took the opener of the Citi Field portion of the Subway Series, 4-1, Friday night.

Brandon Nimmo led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, his fourth homer in his last eight games, which proved to be the Mets’ only run of the game.

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It was the fourth time in club history a Mets leadoff hitter began a game vs. the Yankees with a home run, but the Mets have failed to win any of those four games:

6/8/18    NYY 4 at NYM 1  Brandon Nimmo vs. Masahiro Tanaka

8/3/16    NYM 5 at NYY 9  Curtis Granderson vs. Chad Green

4/26/15  NYM 4 at NYY 6  Curtis Granderson vs. Nathan Eovaldi

6/19/10  NYM 3 at NYY 5  Jose Reyes vs. Phil Hughes

The Orioles completed the two-game sweep of the Mets, 1-0, Wednesday afternoon.

Dylan Bundy and two relievers combined on the five-hit shutout, just the second 1-0 loss for the Mets in an interleague game.

On May 15th, 2014, the Yankees beat the Mets, 1-0, at Citi Field as Chase Whitley, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and David Robertson combined on a three-hitter. Jacob deGrom took the loss that night in his major league debut.

The only other 1-0 Mets’ loss vs. an American League club was against the Boston Red Sox in Game One of the 1986 World Series at Shea Stadium.

The Mets lost the opener of the two-game set against the Orioles, 2-1, last Tuesday night.

It was Baltimore’s first win in six tries at Citi Field and the first time they defeated the Mets on the road since 2006 at Shea Stadium.

Last month, the Blue Jays got their first road victory against the Mets. Toronto was 0-12 against the Mets (0-3 at Citi Field) in Flushing.

The Pirates lost their first eight games vs. the Mets at Citi Field from 2009-2011, the longest losing streak at the Mets’ new ballpark before posting their first win.

Last Monday, the Mets selected high school outfielder Jarred Kelenic from Wisconsin with the sixth pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and came to terms with him on a contract later in the week.

The Mets had selected sixth overall in the June amateur draft twice before in club history; in 1997 and 1975.

In 1997, the Mets chose Geoff Goetz, a left-handed high school pitcher who never made it to the major leagues, but was included in the trade that brought Mike Piazza to the Mets from the Marlins a year later.

In 1975, the Mets selected high school catcher Butch Benton, who appeared in just 51 major league games, 16 of them with the Mets.

Here are the top six, 6th overall draft picks in the June MLB Draft by WAR according to baseball-reference.com

1985  Pirates      Barry Bonds            162.8

1992  Yankees   Derek Jeter                72.4

2002  Royals      Zack Greinke            62.6

1986  Brewers    Gary Sheffield          60.5

1979  Cardinals  Andy Van Slyke       41.3

1981  Padres       Kevin McReynolds  30.1

In addition to Sheffield and McReynolds, three other sixth overall picks went on to play for the Mets in their careers.

Zack Wheeler, who was picked 6th by the Giants in 2009, McKay Christensen, selected sixth by the Angels in 1994 and Tom Grieve, taken by the Senators in 1966 with the 6th pick in that year’s June draft.

Happy Recap: Starting Right. Over the last 21 games, Mets starters have a 2.31 ERA (31 earned runs/119.0 innings), the lowest in the majors.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Poison Pen. Over the last 16 games, the Mets bullpen is 1-10 with a 6.63 ERA (43 earned runs/58.1 innings).