New York pitchers have allowed one earned run in the last three games after Jae Seo continued his terrific rookie season by combining with two relievers on a one-hitter in a 5-0 win over Florida on Tuesday night.
It was the third straight game that the Mets were involved in a one-hitter. Steve Trachsel threw a complete-game one-hitter at Anaheim on Sunday. Florida rookie Dontrelle Willis threw a one-hitter against them on Monday night.
The Elias Sports Bureau, baseball’s statistician, was unable to immediately determine if a team had ever been involved in three consecutive one-hitters.
New York’s starting pitchers have allowed only six hits in their last 20 2-3 innings.
“Our pitching has been good. It’s been fun to watch,” said outfielder Jeromy Burnitz, who homered in the seventh to break a scoreless tie. “When the pitching has been dominating as ours has been, it does take some of the pressure off the hitters.”
Al Leiter faces the Marlins in Wednesday’s contest, and is coming off one of his better efforts of the season, scattering eight hits in six innings of a 11-0 win at Texas on Thursday night.
The veteran left-hander, who pitched with the Marlins in 1996 and on their World Series-winning team in 1997, is 10-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 15 career starts against his former team.
Brad Penny hasn’t been as fortunate against the Mets in his short career, and is 0-6 with a 6.12 ERA in nine starts. He has won three of his last five starts, including an 8-0 win at Texas on Friday night, in which he pitched seven innings.
STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 13 1/2 GB, NL East. Marlins - 4th place, 13 GB, NL East.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Leiter (7-3, 4.82 ERA). Leiter is 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA in seven road starts.
MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Penny (5-4, 3.44 ERA). The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in seven home starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Ty Wigginton, .272 avg. and 42 runs; Cliff Floyd, 13 HRs and 39 RBIs; Roberto Alomar and Roger Cedeno, 5 SBs. Marlins - Alex Gonzalez, .323 avg.; Mike Lowell, 21 HRs, 57 RBIs and 47 runs; Juan Pierre, 28 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Marlins, 4-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - OF Burnitz is 3-for-7 against RHP Penny in his career, two of those hits are home runs. … Left-handed batters are hitting .299 against LHP Leiter this season. … OF Burnitz is two hits shy of 1,000. He has four home runs in the last five games. Marlins - 2B Luis Castillo is hitting .400 (16-for-40) in his career against Leiter. … Florida committed three errors in its 18 previous home games, then was charged with two in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s defeat. … 1B Derrek Lee is hitting .500 (12-for-24) with three homers and 10 RBIs in his career against LHP Leiter.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 15-21 on the road; Marlins - 19-16 at home.
INJURIES: Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; SS Rey Sanchez (thumb), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (side), 60-day DL; IF Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL. Marlins - RHP Josh Beckett (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Abraham Nunez (hamstring), 60-day DL.