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Some not-so-magical numbers for the 2012 Mets

Josh Edgin reacts after giving up a two-run

Josh Edgin reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Ryan Howard with two outs during the ninth inning with the Mets leading 2-1. Phillies took a 3-2 lead. (Sept. 19, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

After a 16-1 loss to the Phillies on Thursday night, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters his team was better than the three hits they mustered against rookie Tyler Cloyd.

Collins made sure to note that he meant no disrespect toward Cloyd but how much better can the 2012 Mets - at least the second-half version - and their manager think they are?

The most quantifiable way to judge a team is, of course, Ws and Ls.

Before the All-Star break, the Mets were 46-40, 4.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East and just a 1/2 game out of a wild card spot. Since that time, the Mets have gone 20-43 and find themselves in a weekend battle for last place in the division against the Miami Marlins.

That's not all that's at stake for these Mets, unfortunately.

No team that was more than five games above .500 before the break had a second-half record worse than the Mets' 20-43 — a .310 winning percentage. If the Mets keep it up, they'll end up even worse than the worst of the bunch: the 1983 Angels, who went 42-36 (.538) in the first half, then 28-56 (.333) in the second.

With 13 games left to play, there are more "magical numbers" to be had for the Amazin's.
The 2012 Mets may "top" a dubious all-time mark that was set by, well, the 1979 Mets. That year, the Mets were 6-32 at Shea Stadium after the break. More than 30 years later, Citi Field is just as haunting a ghost town; the Mets are only 4-24 at home - a .143 winning percentage.

It gets worse.

The Mets only registered those three hits against Cloyd on Thursday night, but they also failed to exceed three runs at home for the 16th straight game. The record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is 18 and was set by the 1915 Yankees while playing in the Polo Grounds.

So, are the Mets really better than three hits against Tyler Cloyd?

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