NEW YORK -- Angel Pagan, Luis Castillo and Jose Reyes, switch-hitters all, were the Mets' first three batters in the second game of their doubleheader Tuesday night. Each faced Dodgers starter Charlie Haeger who is right-handed. He also throws a knuckleball. So each of the New York trio batted right-handed.
Switch-hitters rarely switched to same "side" as a knuckleball pitchers until Red Schoendienst and Mickey Mantle did so on the 50's and 60's. But now switching is more prevalent, even though there are fewer knuckleball pitchers.
The Mets scored three times against Haeger in the first, incidentally.
Rain leads to shift in Mets' rotation
NEW YORK -- The rainout Monday night might have had some effect, but the schedule had more influence on the decision the Mets made Tuesday. A revision in the Mets' rotation was prompted by the identity of their opponent this weekend, the Phillies. Now Johan Santana is to start the Sunday night game at Citizens Bank Park, not Oliver Perez.
Perez was to have started against the Dodgers on Monday night, but the postponement pushed his fourth start to the second game of the doubleheader Tuesday. He still could have started Sunday with normal four days' rest against the Phillies on Sunday, but the club opted to have Santana make that start, even though it usually prefers to give Santana as much rest as possible.
Santana's sixth start will come before Perez's fifth.
Wright eighth Mets player with 1,000 hits
NEW YORK -- When David Wright singled to drive in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning of the second game, he put himself in rare company. At that point, he had 1,000 hits and 143 home runs in 868 games. The only players in the history of New York baseball to have played so few games and have as many hits and home runs are Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio.
"That can't be right," Wright said. "I don't think I belong there."
The calculations were made by the Elias Sports Bureau. They're right.
Wright is the eighth player to accumulate 1,000 hits with the Mets, the first since Mike Piazza. None of the others reached 1,000 in so few games. Piazza had the lowest total, 935, before Tuesday. Ed Kranepool is the franchise leader in hits -- 1,418 in 1,283 games. Kranepool had one at-bat in many of his games. Wright is batting .436 against the Dodgers in his career (140 at-bats). Since Wright broke in in 2004, no player has a higher average against any opponent (minimum 100 at-bats) except for Ichiro Suzuki, who has batted .444 against the Royals.
Mets face fourth consecutive veteran skipper
NEW YORK -- With Joe Torre in the other dugout Tuesday, the Mets established a rather arcane distinction. They became the first team ever to play four successive series against men who have managed at least 1,500 victories each -- Tony La Russa, Lou Piniella, Bobby Cox and Torre.
This date in Mets history -- April 27
The Mets played indoors for the first time on this date in 1965. They lost 3-2 to the Astros in the Astrodome. The 'Stros scored twice with two out in the ninth when left fielder Joe Christopher lost a catchable fly ball hit by Eddie Kasko in the lattice work in the dome. It fell for a double.
Mike Torrez pitched eight innings and Jesse Orosco one in the Mets' 2-1 victory against the Reds at Riverfront Stadium on this date in 1983. Torrez and Danny Heep drove in the runs, Heep with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Orosco allowed three runs in the eighth inning in the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Pirates at Shea Stadium on this date in 1985. Heep drove in both runs. Keith Hernandez had four hits. John Candelaria was the Pirates' closer then. He earned his fourth save.
Frank Viola (five innings), Wally Whitehurst (2 1/3) and John Franco combined to three-hit the Astros at the Astrodome on this date in 1990. Eric Yelding had all three hits, two against Viola. He had nine hits, all singles, in 15 career at-bats against the Mets' starter. Mark Carreon provided the lone run with a home run off Mark Portugal in the fourth inning. A two-run single by Rey Ordonez provided the winning margin in the Mets' 5-3 victory against the Expos on April 27, 1997, at Stade Olympique. Ordonez had three RBIs. He drove in four runs four times in his career.
Mike Piazza hit a home run in the sixth inning against Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers in Los Angeles on this date in 2004. The homer was the 351st of Piazza's career. His total and that of Carlton Fisk were the highest by catchers in the big league history after that point. The Mets won the game, 9-5.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.