Results tagged ‘ Dwight Gooden ’

Most strikeouts through first 13 starts to a career

This is an interesting list, dating back to 1921. Check it out:

1. Hideo Nomo, 1995 Dodgers: 119 strikeouts, 1.99 ERA
2. Kerry Wood, 1998 Cubs: 118 strikeouts, 3.40 ERA
3. Herb Score, 1955 Indians: 107 strikeouts, 2.94 ERA
4. Jose DeLeon, 1983 Pirates: 106 strikeouts, 2.53 ERA
5. Gary Nolan, 1967 Reds: 97 strikeouts, 2.79 ERA
T-6. Stephen Strasburg, 2010-11 Nationals: 96 strikeouts, 2.71 ERA
T-6. Mark Prior, 2002 Cubs: 96 strikeouts, 3.65 ERA
T-6. Dwight Gooden, 1984 Mets: 96 strikeouts, 2.61 ERA
9. Matt Harvey, 2012-13 Mets: 95 strikeouts, 2.21 ERA

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Auction to benefit Shannon Forde ends Wednesday

Some pretty cool auction items still remain at CharityBuzz, with proceeds benefiting Mets staffer Shannon Forde, who is battling Stage IV breast cancer. Check out the full list here, but remember: these auctions all end Wednesday afternoon.

Available items are:

  • Two tickets to “Saturday Night Live” plus a backstage tour of the set
  • Private hitting lesson with Ike Davis, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Private pitching lesson with Dwight Gooden, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Four tickets to “Wicked,” plus a backstage tour and VIP passes
  • Two tickets to “The Book of Mormon” and dinner at NoBu
  • Meet Howie Rose and the WFAN radio crew, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Meet Keith Hernandez and the SNY television crew, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Two tickets to “Phantom of the Opera” plus brunch at Tribeca Grill
  • Meet Terry Collins, sit in on his press conferences, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Be the Mets team photographer for a day
  • Super Bowl XLVI Flip Card autographed by Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning
  • Four tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters plus a team-signed ball

Auction items for Shannon Forde still available

Auction items to benefit Mets staffer Shannon Forde, who is battling Stage IV breast cancer, are still available. Some great packages will be on the block until Dec. 19. Fans can bid on them here: http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/Shannon.

Items include:

  • A private hitting lesson from Mets first baseman Ike Davis
  • Saturday Night Live tickets and a backstage tour
  • A private pitching lesson from Mets great Dwight Gooden

And many more.

Matt Harvey’s elite rookie company

Matt Harvey’s rookie season is now complete. And impressive. Only five rookies in the modern era have struck out at least a batter per inning while posting an ERA equal to or lower than than Harvey’s 2.73 mark and acting primarily as a starting pitcher (thus, Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Martinez and a few others are disqualified). The complete list:

1. Dwight Gooden, 1984: 2.60 ERA, 11.4 K/9
2. Hideo Nomo, 1995: 2.54 ERA, 11.1 K/9
3. Francisco Liriano, 2006: 2.16 ERA, 10.7 K/9
4. Matt Harvey, 2012: 2.73 ERA, 10.6 K/9
5. Roy Oswalt, 2001: 2.73 ERA, 9.1 K/9

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Mets a footnote to no-hitter history

My first reaction tonight upon seeing that Matt Garza had thrown a no-hitter involved the Mets. By pitching the first no-no in Rays franchise history, Garza reduced the number of Major League teams without a no-hitter to two: the Mets and Padres.

It is simply astounding that the Mets, a franchise with two World Series championships that has been around for 49 seasons, has never had a no-hitter. They have employed some of the most electric pitchers in history, from Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden. They have played their home games for 47 of their 49 seasons in notorious pitcher’s parks. They have played nearly 8,000 regular season games in total. And still nothing.

Four teams had never thrown no-hitters heading into this season, but Ubaldo Jimenez crossed the Rockies off that list in April and Garza has now done so for the Rays. Now it’s just the Mets and Padres, two expansion teams from the 1960s, who have never had one. And the Mets had a seven-year head start on the Friars, who have never won a World Series.

Amazin’.

(In case you were wondering, the Mets have been no-hit four times, most recently by Houston’s Darryl Kyle in 2003. So there’s that.)

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