Ups and downs of the 2012 Mets
Johan Santana's no-hitter, Matt Harvey's debut...Jeremy Hefner failing to record a single out while allowing seven runs. Well, at least the Mets' 2012 season hasn't been all bad (even if it certainly hasn't been all good, either). Look back at the highs and lows of the past several months.
2011 – MOVING IN THE WALLS
Hoping to provide a power surge for the 2012 club, the Mets decided to alter the dimensions of spacious Citi Field. In left field, a new wall was erected that was about 4 feet closer to home plate and 12 feet closer in left-centerfield. A new wall in right field was about 11 feet closer to the plate, and the fence in front of the Mo's Zone/Modell's Clubhouse area was moved in approximately 10 feet.
FEB. 16 – GARY CARTER DIES
Spring training was still in its infancy when news broke that Carter died after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. He was 57. Carter helped lead the Mets to the world championship in 1986 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
MARCH 19 – WILPONS SETTLE MADOFF CASE
Team owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz settled their case with Irving Picard, the trustee for the victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, for $162 million, a sum they won't have to begin paying until 2016. They also won't be on the hook for the entire amount: the Wilpons can apply for reimbursement of their losses.
APRIL 2012 - 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
The team marked its 50th birthday by offering specially themed discounted tickets in certain sections, such as $2.50 tickets on Opening Day (the same price as Opening Day 1962). Alumni gatherings and major documentaries on SNY also helped ring in the celebration.
APRIL 27 – SCOTT HAIRSTON HITS FOR THE CYCLE
Hairston hit for the 10th cycle in Mets history (and first in six seasons) during an 18-9 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Hairston singled to center in the second inning, homered down the left-field line in the fourth, tripled to center in the fifth and doubled in the sixth.
JUNE 1 – JOHAN SANTANA THROWS METS' FIRST NO-HITTER
For 50 years — and 8,019 games — the Mets shared an infamous record: no no-hitters. On June 1, Johan Santana fixed that. In just his 11th start of the 2012 season after missing all of 2011 with a shoulder injury, Santha threw the franchise's first no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. Santana threw 134 pitches, striking out eight and walking five in a game that featured a disputed foul ball by Carlos Beltran and a wall-crashing catch by Mike Baxter.
JUNE 18 – R.A. DICKEY THROWS BACK-TO-BACK ONE-HITTERS
Dickey struck out 12 batters, allowing just a single hit during a win against the Rays on June 13. In his next start, he struck out 13 in a one-hitter against Baltimore. Dickey became the first pitcher in modern MLB history to throw back-to-back complete games while striking out 10 or more batters and allowing one hit or less in each game.
JUNE 27 – HOME RUN CYCLE
There were plenty of times when the Mets offense was unable to produce much at all. This was not one of those occasions. The Mets pounded out 16 hits and 17 runs at Wrigley Field, completing a home run cycle in the process. Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and a solo shot, Scott Hairston hit a grand slam and Ike Davis had a three-run homer.
JULY 26 – MATT HARVEY DEBUTS
The future arrived early as Harvey, one of the Mets' top prospects, made his MLB debut. He struck out 11 batters in 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while throwing in the upper 90s. Harvey also went 2-for-2 with a double.
JULY 29 – IKE DAVIS HITS THREE HOME RUNS
Davis homered in each of his first three at-bats -- all solo shots -- against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But he singled in his fourth at-bat and ended the game in the on-deck circle as David Wright struck out to end the Mets' 6-3 loss.
AUG. 23 – JOHAN SANTANA SHUT DOWN
The numbers post-All-Star break for Santana weren't pretty: 33 earned runs in 19 innings. He allowed at least six earned runs in five straight starts, going 0-5 in the process. Finally an MRI revealed lower back inflammation and the Mets shut down their ace southpaw.
SEPT. 20 – JEREMY HEFNER ROCKED
Hefner faced the first seven Phillies batters of the game and retired none. However, he did allow six hits and one walk. Hefner got the hook and his final line read like this: 0 innings pitched, 7 runs (all earned). That raised Hefner's ERA by 80 points, putting him back over the 5.00 mark.
SEPT. 26 – DAVID WRIGHT NABS METS ALL-TIME HITS RECORD
A third-inning bleeder down the third-base line gave Wright his 1,419th hit as a Met, passing Ed Kranepool for the all-time mark. Wright reached the milestone in his 1,256th game, ahead of the 1,853 games it took Kranepool to set the record.
SEPT. 27 – R.A. DICKEY WINS 20 GAMES
Dickey became the first Met in 22 years to win 20 games in a season (Frank Viola, 1990). He threw 128 pitches, allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings and struck out 13 (tying a career high) during a 6-5 win over the Pirates.