Heading into tonight's opener of a three-game set against the Braves in Atlanta, Brave reliever -- and former Met Billy Wagner -- is just 15 strikeouts away from tying Jesse Orosco for the most all-time strikeouts for a left-handed reliever.
So, it looks like a long shot that Wagner will tie or break the mark against the Mets. It would mean five strikeouts per night against the Met lineup, and a feat like that for the aging reliever would be asking a lot.
Here is a little breakdown of Orosco and Wagner's total:
-Wagner's 1,156 strikeouts have come in relief.
-Orosco has 1,179 in total, 1,169 of those have come from the bullpen
-Orosco was a Met from 1979-1987... and don't forget 2003
-Wagner playd for the Mets from 2006-2009, and has been the reliever for the NL East over the course of the last decade, as prior to his time with the Mets and Braves Wagner made his name with the Phillies.
NOTE: The most staggering stat for the Mets heading into tonight's series opener against the first place Braves has to be this one:
In their last 20 games at Turner Field the Mets are 5-15.
Again, 5-15. That's a .250 winning percentage. Wow.