April 12, 2007

No Luck On Friday The 13th

Marty noble at Mets.com, writes about the Mets and them playing games on Friday the thirteenth:

The Mets have played 41 regular-season games on Friday the 13th and won merely 17 times. In addition, they have lost each of their three postseason games played on the date, including the vexing loss to the Cardinals in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series last year.

It goes deeper than that, too. Half of the 22 losses on the date have been by one run. The Mets once committed six errors in one Friday the 13th game (September 2002), allowed five unearned runs and lost by three. They entrusted a 5-4, ninth-inning lead to Anthony Young on Friday, Aug. 13, 1993, confident that the curse that had been fueling his 27-game losing streak had run its course. But in his first decision following the streak, Young allowed a final-pitch grand slam by the feared Phillies slugger Kim Batiste.

Of course, that could have been bad baseball as much as bad luck.

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