Sunday, July 29, 2012
Cycles, 3-HR Games and Losses
On Saturday night, Ike Davis became the ninth Met to hit three home runs in a game, leaving the yard in each of his first three at-bats against Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy. And the Mets lost.
On April 27, Scott Hairston became the tenth Met to hit for the cycle in a game, accomplishing the rare feat at Coors Field in Colorado. And the Mets lost.
Prior to Hairston's cycle, the Mets had won eight of the nine games in which one of their own had collected a single, double, triple and home run in the same game (the lone loss came in 2006 when Jose Reyes hit for the cycle against the Reds). Before Davis launched his three homers into the Arizona night, only once had the Mets lost a game in which a player hit a trifecta of round-trippers (also Reyes in 2006, this time versus the Phillies).
Entering the 2012 campaign, the Mets were 15-2 when they had an individual hit either three home runs or the cycle in a game. They're 0-2 in those such games this season.
Cycles, three-homer games and losses. Usually, one of those terms would not belong with the others. For the 2012 Mets, those terms have gone hand-in-hand. With their recent track record in games featuring memorable individual performances, it's a miracle the Mets were able to win their no-hitter this year.