Sunday, July 13, 2008

The New York Mets won their ninth straight game tonight, shutting out the visiting Colorado Rockies, 7-0. What's more interesting, I would say, is a streak-within-the-streak. Specifically, during Games 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the winning streak, Mets opponents had a hard time getting a hit, let alone runs.

According to's "Elias Says..." feature from the Elias Sports Bureau:

The Mets held the Rockies to one hit on Saturday, after Colorado had three hits on Friday and the Giants had three hits in each of the Mets' previous three games. It's the first time in modern (since 1900) major league history that a team has held its opponents to three or fewer hits in each of five consecutive games.

In tonight's ninth game of the winning streak, New York pitchers gave up seven hits, thus ending the three-or-fewer-hits streak. Slippage!

1 comment:

birtelcom said...

Teams on average allow their opponent three hits or fewer roughly once every 25 games or so. The likelihood of such an occurrence ever happening five straight times, even over a century worth of baseball games, was very small.