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Game 2 Recap: Max Scherzer no-hits Mets, Nationals 2, Mets 0

Max Scherzer threw his 2nd no-hitter of the 2015 season in a 2-0 victory by the Washington Nationals. The Mets had one baserunner all night, Kevin Plawecki, who reached on a throwing error by third baseman Yunel Escobar. It is fascinating to consider that Max Scherzer was only a bloop single, a leaned-in hit-by-pitch, and a throwing error away from 3 perfect games this season. Scherzer is only the 5th player in history to throw 2 no-hitters during one regular season, and the first since Nolan Ryan in 1973. Scherzer ties Ryan’s 1973 record for strikeouts in a no-hitter, with 17. Scherzer also fell one shy of Tom Seaver‘s 10 consecutive strikeouts, but Curtis Granderson popped out to end the strikeout stretch and end the game.


Matt Harvey was very good for the Mets tonight, allowing 1 unearned run on 4 hits in 6 innings, while walking none and striking out 11. His one run allowed scored in the 6th inning, after Michael Taylor reached on a fielding error by 3rd baseman Kelly Johnson. Clint Robinson singled him to 3rd with 1 out, and Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly to bring him in. Dan Uggla homered in the 7th against Hansel Robles to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead, and those two runs were all they needed.

Max Scherzer was absolutely dominant, and his game score of 104 is 2nd in major league history. Scherzer walked none, hit none, and struck out 17, while only allowing one baserunner on Yunel Escobar’s throwing error (a throw first baseman Clint Robinson should have handled). Between the two teams, there were 35 strikeouts and no walks, and some part of that must be a major league record. I’m fairly certain that the 35 strikeouts is a major league record for a 9-inning game, but I have not been able to confirm that. It was definitely the best pitching performance I have ever seen.

POSITIVES: Matt Harvey, Erik Goeddel, and Carlos Torres. Harvey was very strong over 6, Goeddel struck out the side, and Torres pitched a clean inning. Other than that…

NEGATIVES: Offense… but frankly, a game like this is much easier to accept than game 1. Here, they were facing a pitcher who, honestly, was not going to be stopped. Also, Hansel Robles allowed yet another home run, around 3 strikeouts.

The Mets finish their season tomorrow at 3:10 against the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, in an abbreviated start, will face off against Tanner Roark. The Mets are now 1.5 games behind the Dodgers for home field advantage, and their magic number to clinch it is now 1.

WPA Winner: Matt Harvey (.107 pitching, -.011 hitting, .096 total)

WPA Losers: Hansel Robles (-.100), offense (none under -.100, but aside from Plawecki’s ROE, none over -.042 either…)

Best Play: None over .100 (highest was Plawecki’s ROE, .069)

Worst Plays:

  • Dan Uggla homers, Nationals up 2-0, 7th inning (.133)
  • Clint Robinson singled, Michael Taylor to 3rd, 0-0, 6th inning (-.111)

Game Recap: Phillies 7, Mets 5; Ugly effort does Mets in after 5-run 1st inning

The Mets (89-69) fell to the Phillies (61-97) by a score of 7-5. The Mets held a 5-0 lead in this game after two home runs in the first inning, but Logan Verrett and the bullpen blew the lead in the ugliest game Mets fans have seen in a long time. Wild pitches, ejections, hit batsmen, they were all present.


The Mets jumped over Phillies starter Alec Asher in the first inning, after a Curtis Granderson double, a walk to David Wright, and a 3-run home run by Daniel Murphy. They tacked on even more after a walk to Yoenis Cespedes and a 2-run home run by Michael Conforto. The Mets jumped to a 5-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, starter Logan Verrett worked around a couple baserunners.

Verrett struck out the side in the bottom of the 2nd, and in the top of the 3rd, Yoenis Cespedes was hit by a pitch on his left hand. Fortunately, x-rays were negative and Cespedes only has a contusion. Kirk Nieuwenhuis would pinch-run and remain in the game in center field. Verrett ran into trouble in the bottom of the 3rd after allowing consecutive singles. A fantastic sliding catch by Kirk Nieuwenhuis induced a double play, but Verrett walked Aaron Altherr to set up a 2-run double by Darin Ruf. The lead was cut to 5-2. The Mets threatened in the top of the 4th, but to no avail, but Wilmer Flores was removed for a pinch-runner with lower back stiffness. Ruben Tejada replaced him.

Verrett worked out of trouble in the bottom of the 4th, but was not so lucky in the 5th. After getting a groundout to lead off the inning, Verrett hit Odubel Herrera with a pitch, a pitch that looked intentional enough for the home plate umpire to warn both benches. The Mets had been hit twice in the game so far; Cespedes and Nieuwenhuis. Verrett lost Aaron Altherr to a walk and Erik Goeddel was able to get Darin Ruf to pop out. Jon Niese, in to face Cody Asche, was not so lucky, allowing an RBI single before getting a sharp groundout. The Mets lead was cut to 5-3.

After Michael Cuddyer reached on a fielding error by Cody Asche, pinch runner Eric Young Jr. stole 2nd with one out. Unfortunately, the Mets didn’t convert and left Young at 2nd. In the bottom of the 6th, things really fell apart. After Hansel Robles got Brian Bogusevic to line out to left, Robles was ejected from the game (along with manager Terry Collins) after a pitch sailed at Cameron Rupp‘s head. Reliever Bobby Parnell inherited a full count and walked Rupp on 1 pitch, then walked pinch hitter Chase d’Arnaud. A wild pitch advanced the tying runs into scoring position, and Freddy Galvis converted with a single to center, taking 2nd on the throw to the plate. The game was tied at 5-5. Dario Alvarez entered and got Odubel Herrera to pop out for the 2nd out, but then hit Aaron Altherr with a pitch on his back foot. Carlos Torres relieved him, and two wild pitches allowed the go-ahead run to score before he struck out Darin Ruf.

Both teams were turned aside in the 7th and the Mets were turned aside in the 8th before Tyler Clippard unleashed the 7th wild pitch of the game, scoring Andres Blanco (leadoff double) from 3rd. The Phillies led 7-5. Ken Giles retired the side in the 9th to end an ugly game.

What an absolutely ugly game. Between the two teams, there were 10 walks, 7 wild pitches, 4 hit batsmen, 2 ejections, a passed ball, an error, and a ball thrown at Cameron Rupp’s head. Gary Cohen called it a candidate for the worst game in MLB history. It truly was something to behold. After Alec Asher’s incredible struggles in the 1st inning, the Mets bullpen (sans their best relievers, of course) one-upped him.

As the Mets battle for home field advantage, these games simply can’t happen. When Robles was ejected in the 6th, I didn’t comprehend Bob Geren‘s decision not to bring in Addison Reed. Bobby Parnell, who has certainly been better later, was absolutely no help, as he gave up the lead after a couple walks and a line-drive single to Freddy Galvis. Through that ridiculous 6th inning, neither Reed nor Clippard entered the game. Instead, it was a combination of Parnell, Dario Alvarez, and Carlos Torres who gave up the lead.

Thank goodness, though, nothing is broken in Yoenis Cespedes’s left hand. Wilmer Flores’s stiff back may be more of a concern, but it does not appear like Cespedes will be out for a lengthy period of time.

POSITIVES: Daniel Murphy and Michael Conforto continue to show more power than expected, Murphy with his career-high 14th home run of the season and Conforto with his 9th. Curtis Granderson was 2/5 with a double and a run scored, while Addison Reed pitched a clean outing in relief. Dario Alvarez made an appearance and retired a lefty, so that’s something.

NEGATIVES: The bullpen, the manager, the bench coach, and the downright ugliness. The game was on the line in the 6th inning, and the failure of Bob Geren or Terry Collins (whoever was making the decision) to bring in Addison Reed or Tyler Clippard is downright insulting to the fans. Bobby Parnell, Dario Alvarez, and Carlos Torres, all of whom are coming off either injury or ineffectiveness, were entrusted to a key inning. The three relievers, at least two of which will not be on the postseason roster, failed the test. Somehow, Geren felt the need to bring Reed and Clippard in after the fact. Too late, buddy. Aside from Addison Reed, all the relievers were guilty to some extent, even if they weren’t charged with a run. Logan Verrett, apart from the 2nd inning, was shaky during his entire start. The offense blew multiple opportunities after converting on their opportunities in the first inning.

The Mets take on the Phillies in the series finale tomorrow at 12:05, a changed game time to accommodate the weather forecast. Sean Gilmartin or Tim Stauffer (likely both, since neither were used tonight) will face off against Jerad Eickhoff.

WPA Winners: None over .100

WPA Losers: Bullpen (-.505) (-.633 without Goeddel, Alvarez, and Reed, who had net positive contributions)

Best Plays:

  • Daniel Murphy hits a 3-run home run, Mets up 3-0, 1st inning (.157)
  • Michael Conforto hits a 2-run home run, Mets up 5-0, 1st inning (.108)

Worst Plays:

  • Freddy Galvis hits a 2-run single, game tied 5-5, 6th inning (-.237)
  • Aaron Altherr scores on a wild pitch by Carlos Torres, Phillies up 6-5, 6th inning (-.167)
  • Darin Ruf hits a 2-run double, Phillies down 5-2, 3rd inning (-.104)
  • Cody Asche hits an RBI single, Phillies down 5-3, 5th inning (-.102)

Mets 2015 NLDS Roster Predictions

NL East 2015

Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Mets and Dodgers is in only 9 days, on Friday, October 9th at a time and place to be determined. Here are my predictions for the roster in round one:

The starting 8:

Curtis Granderson (RF), David Wright (3B), Daniel Murphy (2B/1B/3B) Yoenis Cespedes (CF/LF), Lucas Duda (1B), Travis d’Arnaud (C), Michael Conforto (LF), Ruben Tejada (SS)

No surprises here. Barring injury, these 8 are all locks for the roster (though Flores and Cuddyer will certainly get some starts).

The bench:

Kelly Johnson (2B/1B/OF), Wilmer Flores (SS/2B), Michael Cuddyer (OF/1B), Juan Lagares (CF), Eric Young Jr. (OF/2B), Kevin Plawecki (C)

No surprises here as well. The only uncertainty is Eric Young Jr., who will almost certainly be left off the roster if Juan Uribe is healthy and ready to play.

The rotation:

Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz

Maybe Bartolo Colon will be the fourth starter, but I think it’ll be Matz. Assuming his side injury is nothing major, this should be what we see.

The bullpen:

Jeurys Familia, Tyler Clippard, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Erik Goeddel

Here’s where there’s the most uncertainty. Familia, Clippard, Reed, and Robles are all locks. Colon and Niese are very likely, and the final spot will likely go to Erik Goeddel or Sean Gilmartin. My money’s on Goeddel, since he can be a situational right-hander in the earlier innings. Gilmartin is not a lefty specialist (nor is Niese, for that matter), but Niese has a much longer track record with the Mets. Plus, with Niese and Colon in the bullpen, they won’t need another long-relief type.

A couple of things could throw a wrench into the plan. Don’t be shocked to see Carlos Torres in the postseason bullpen if he can prove his health over the next few days. Similarly, don’t count out Dario Alvarez or Eric O’Flaherty. Alvarez has rejoined the team, but he may be as much of a long shot as Jerry Blevins. With O’Flaherty, the team’s desire to have a situational lefty in the bullpen may trump his terrible performance so far. I certainly wouldn’t include him, since I think Goeddel, Gilmartin, and Torres are all far superior options.

On Platoons:

The Mets have not shied away from platoons this season, a move I see as a smart one. Others, like perpetual cliché machine Harold Reynolds, believe a team’s struggles can stem from failure to use a regular lineup. For example, when commenting last night on the Dodgers’ use of platoons, especially in their outfield, Reynolds commented that he believed it would be their undoing in the NLDS against the Mets.

Platoons have served the Mets well for the season, but with Juan Uribe hurt and Juan Lagares struggling, it is very possible the only extra right-handed bat that enters the lineup against lefties is Michael Cuddyer (in place of Michael Conforto). Since 3/4 of the Dodgers pitchers the Mets will face will likely be left-handed (Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood), it is very likely we see a lot more of Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, and Daniel Murphy against lefties. However, if Juan Uribe is healthy and ready to go, don’t be shocked to see him at 2nd base in place of Murphy or Duda (with Murphy sliding to 1st base).

Game Recap: Phillies 4, Mets 3

The Mets (89-68) lost to the Phillies (60-97) by a score of 4-3. The Mets were undone by a 1st inning 3-run home run by Darin Ruf, and despite two home runs from Lucas Duda, were unable to convert on a slew of offensive opportunities.


Bartolo Colon got off to a rough start, and after 1-out singles to Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr, Colon allowed a 3-run home run to Darin Ruf to make it 3-0 early. Lucas Duda struck back with a solo home run in the top of the 4th to make it 3-1.

Colon, after the 3-run home run, went through 5 innings without allowing another run. Colon allowed 8 hits, walked none, and struck out 3. Jon Niese came on in relief in the 6th inning, and got through the 6th before getting into a 1st and 3rd, 2-out jam in the 7th. Erik Goeddel allowed an RBI single to Aaron Altherr through the left side before striking out Darin Ruf to end the threat. The Phillies were up 4-1

In the top of the 9th, David Wright walked against Ken Giles to lead off the inning. After Giles got Daniel Murphy to ground into a forceout and Yoenis Cespedes to strike out, Lucas Duda hit an opposite-field 2-run home run to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3. Giles then came back to strike out Travis d’Arnaud to end the game.

Overall, it was a game of missed opportunities for the Mets. They had at least one runner on in every inning of tonight’s game, but the team left 12 men on base and was 1/10 with runners in scoring position. Despite 5 walks and 9 hits, they were only able to convert on Duda’s two home runs.

Let’s hope Madison Bumgarner can take a bite out of Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers to help the Mets’ quest for home field advantage. Bumgarner and Kershaw face each other tonight at 10:15 in San Francisco.

POSITIVES: Lucas Duda continues his hot hitting, and was 3/5 with two home runs and a hard-hit out. Unfortunately, the one plate appearance in which he didn’t hit a ball hard was a strikeout against lefty reliever Adam Loewen, which left the bases loaded to end a major threat. Bartolo Colon worked around multiple jams and kept his team in the game after the early home run. Jon Niese, while not great out of the bullpen, showed he was able to get some outs. Carlos Torres made his first appearance in 9 days and pitched a scoreless inning; Torres had been recovering from a calf strain.

NEGATIVES: The offense, while getting 8 hits and 5 walks, was unable to convert any of their opportunities. Yoenis Cespedes in particular was 0/5 with 2 strikeouts.

WPA Winners: None over .100

WPA Losers:

  • Bartolo Colon (-.168 pitching, -.053 batting, -.221 total)
  • Yoenis Cespedes (-.166)

Best Play: None over .100

Worst Play:

  • Darin Ruf hit a 3-run home run, Phillies up 3-0, 1st inning (-.234)
  • Curtis Granderson flied out with the bases loaded and 1 out, 3-1 Phillies, 6th inning (-.107)
  • David Wright flied out with the bases loaded and 2 outs, 3-1 Phillies, 6th inning (-.106)

Game Recap: Yankees 11, Mets 2, Errors undo Robles after strong Harvey start

The Yankees (82-66) defeated the Mets (84-65) by the score of 11-2. Matt Harvey was fantastic in 5 shutout innings, but the wheels came off due to two errors, a 2-run double, and a 3-run home run by the Yankees in the 6th against Hansel Robles. CC Sabathia, after a rough start, shut down the Mets through 6 innings.

The Mets got off to a quick start against CC Sabathia, with back-to-back doubles by Ruben Tejada and David Wright to give the Mets a quick 1-0 lead. Sabathia struck out Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Uribe, before walking Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda to load the bases with 2 outs. The Mets were unable to convert though, as Michael Cuddyer popped out to end the inning.

Matt Harvey was strong through his 5 innings pitched tonight, and allowed only 1 hit (an infield single) and walked 1 while striking out 7 and keeping the Yankees off the board. The Mets had a couple of opportunities with runners at 2nd and 2 outs against Sabathia, but both times, left the runners where they were. After Harvey’s 5 innings were done, the Mets had a 1-0 lead going into the top of the 6th.

During the first 5 innings, Juan Uribe hurt his collarbone while making a diving stop, and would have to come out of the game in favor of Daniel Murphy.

Hansel Robles came in for the 6th, and allowed an infield single/throwing error on Daniel Murphy to lead off the inning. Brett Gardner tried to bunt Jacoby Ellsbury over, but grounded it right to Robles. Robles threw wide to 3rd base, and David Wright missed a catch he should have had, and was charged a missed catch error to put runners on 1st and 3rd for Carlos Beltran. Beltran sent a line drive past Juan Lagares to the center field fence to score two runs and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Robles then struck out Brian McCann, walked Greg Bird, and struck out Chase Headley before allowing a 3-run home run to Dustin Ackley to put the Yankees ahead 5-1. Sean Gilmartin finished the inning, but the damage was done.

Sabathia finished his 6th inning, and once again kept the Mets off the board. In the top of the 7th, Eric O’Flaherty allowed a single, a hit-by-pitch, and a walk surrounding a couple outs. Erik Goeddel came in to try and escape the jam, walked in a run, then got Stephen Drew to fly out to end the inning. The Yankees had a 6-1 lead. The Yankees tacked on 5 more in the 8th with 2 singles, 3 walks, a Juan Lagares error (the team’s 4th of the game), and a 3-run home run by Greg Bird (against Carlos Torres and Tim Stauffer).

The Mets tacked on a run in the 8th, but were set aside in the 9th, completing the 11-2 loss.

That was an ugly loss, especially because of how they started against CC Sabathia. You just had a feeling that with that kind of start, Harvey going well, and the Nationals’ win today, this team would step up. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and the magic number remains at 8 while the Nationals cut the Mets’ division lead to only 6 games. The errors were pretty ugly too, and it’s easy to feel bad for Robles, who probably should have exited the inning without much issue. That being said, he still gave up the double and the home run.

The positive, of course, is Matt Harvey’s strong outing, even if it was cut short. (Another positive, to a lesser extent, was the appearance of Carlos Torres on the mound, his first appearance since his calf injury, even if he did give up a few runs).

From here on out, the Mets have 3 against Atlanta at home, 4 against Cincinnati on the road, 3 against Philadelphia on the road, and 3 against Washington at home. (The Nationals have 3 against Baltimore, 3 against Philadelphia, 1 against Cincinnati, and 3 against Atlanta before that final series). If the Mets can go 6-4 against those three bad teams, the Nationals would have to go 9-1 to make the final series matter. 7-3 would force the Nats to have a perfect record the rest of the season. And who knows, perhaps a decent Baltimore team can take a bite out of their momentum this week.

The Mets take on the Braves tomorrow, with Jon Niese facing Shelby Miller, at 7:10 at Citi Field.

WPA Winner: Matt Harvey (.264)

WPA Loser: Hansel Robles (-.625)

Best Play: David Wright hits an RBI double, Mets up 1-0 (1st inning) (.105)

Worst Plays:

  • Dustin Ackley hits a 3-run home run, Yankees up 5-1 (6th inning)
  • Carlos Beltran doubled, 2 runs score. Yankees up 2-1 (6th inning)

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post had the score as 11-1. It was a long night.

9/20/15 Game Preview: Sabathia vs. Harvey, Tejada leads off vs. lefty

The Mets (84-64) take on the Yankees (81-66) tonight at 8:08 at Citi Field, broadcast on ESPN. CC Sabathia (4.93 ERA, 4.69 FIP, 1.42 WHIP, 149 2/3 IP over 26 starts) takes on Matt Harvey (2.88 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 1.04 WHIP, 171 2/3 IP over 26 starts). The Mets look to take the rubber game of the series.

The Mets have a magic number of 8, and they are looking to lower it. After wins by Washington both yesterday and today, the Mets have a 6.5 game lead with 14 games to play, good for a magic number of 8.

Lineups:Matt Harvey


  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (L)
  2. Brett Gardner, LF (L)
  3. Carlos Beltran, RF (S)
  4. Brian McCann, C (L)
  5. Greg Bird, 1B (L)
  6. Chase Headley, 3B (S)
  7. Dustin Ackley, 2B (L)
  8. Didi Gregorius, SS (L)
  9. CC Sabathia, P (L)


  1. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (R)
  4. Juan Uribe, 2B (R)
  5. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  6. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  7. Michael Cuddyer, RF (R)
  8. Juan Lagares, CF (R)
  9. Matt Harvey, P (R)

Of note for the Mets, Carlos Torres may be available out of the bullpen soon. Also, Jacob deGrom‘s start on Tuesday will be skipped in favor of Logan Verrett, in order to preserve deGrom’s innings. Verrett may make his start on Wednesday instead of Tuesday, in order to have Bartolo Colon go on regular rest. As a reminder, Harvey will be going half outings the rest of the way, meaning he may only go 4-5 innings tonight. I’m sure that is also context and pitch count dependent.

UPDATE: Tyler Clippard is available to pitch tonight and Jacob deGrom will be pushed back, not skipped. It appears Verrett will start on Tuesday.

Ruben Tejada is batting leadoff for the Mets for only the 2nd time this season. In that one game (also against a lefty), Tejada was 1 for 3 with a walk and a sacrifice fly in a 6-2 Mets victory behind Matt Harvey against the Diamondbacks. Tejada, for the season, has reached base at a .348 clip against lefties, better than usual leadoff men Curtis Granderson (.261 vs. LHP) and Juan Lagares (.331 vs. LHP). With Juan Lagares struggling of late, it makes sense to flip them in the order (especially considering Ruben Tejada walks a lot more than Juan Lagares).

Matt Harvey struggled mightily in his last start against Washington, but much of that was a result of Yoenis Cespedes’s misplay in center field. After being skipped last time through the rotation, Harvey is pitching on 11 days’ rest. For his career with 6+ days of rest, Harvey has a 1.51 ERA over 83 2/3 IP over 13 starts, with 29 walks and 103 strikeouts (a WHIP of 0.92). Though he will be facing a lefty only lineup (.303 wOBA against vs. lefties with 15 of his 18 HR allowed this season), he will be pitching at home, where he has a 2.47 ERA and a WHIP of 0.98 over 102 IP. Also, Harvey dials it up in high leverage situations, allowing a .158 wOBA against in 53 plate appearances this season. (Harvey’s wOBA against for the entire season is .272).

CC Sabathia has had a rough time of it this year, but he has certainly pitched better of late. Over 6 starts since August 6th, Sabathia has a 2.76 ERA over 32 2/3 IP (though his FIP and xFIP are higher, at 3.94 and 4.63, respectively). Look for that to play a role at Citi Field, which has played slightly more home-run-friendly than league average this season (especially for righties, which the Mets lineup is stacked with today). Sabathia has allowed 23 of his 26 home runs this season to right handed batters, who have a wOBA of .370 against him. Sabathia also holds righties to a 1.59 WHIP, compared to 0.80 vs. lefties.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

Thursday Links and Notes: Is Cespedes a serious MVP candidate?

After J.P. Morosi’s article for Just A Bit Outside suggesting Yoenis Cespedes as a National League MVP contender, the internet reacted as it normally does: with speed and vigor…

Personally, I think Cespedes should get consideration. Since there’s no MLB MVP award and no multi-league award, I don’t think Cespedes should be penalized for starting the season in the other league. That being said, his numbers still come in below some serious NL contenders, such as Bryce Harper, that have spent the whole season in the National League.

For yesterday’s scores across MLB, click here.

Mets Notes:

  • Carlos Torres out at least “a week or two” with a left calf strain. Tim Stauffer replaces in the bullpen
  • Logan Verrett will start on Monday for the Mets in Matt Harvey’s spot against Miami
  • Matt Harvey will likely start next against the Yankees the weekend of September 18-20
  • The series in Washington was the first time since 2012 (in Philadelphia) the Mets have swept a road series with every victory coming from behind.
  • According to Elias, it was only the 3rd time the Mets had swept a 3+ game series while coming from behind in the 6th inning or later all three games. Both other times were in 2012.
  • Also according to Elias, it was the latest time in the regular season that a first place team has swept a team within five games of the division (or league, pre 1969) lead.

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