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Oh Yes, We Call it the Streak

The Mets winning 11 games in a row.
Dwight Gooden winning 14 games in a row in one season.
Tom Seaver winning 16 games in a row over two seasons.
Tom Seaver striking out 200+ batters a year 9 years in a row.
Tom Seaver striking out 10 batters in a row to finish a game.
Jacob deGrom striking out 8 batters in a row to begin a game.
R.A. Dickey pitching one-hitters 2 starts in a row.
Turk Wendell pitching in 9 games in a row.
Moises Alou hitting in 30 games in a row.
Mike Vail hitting in 23 games in a row as a rookie.
John Olerud reaching base 15 times in a row.
Richard Hidalgo homering in 5 games in a row.
Mike Piazza recording an RBI in 15 games in a row.
Jose Vizcaino recording a hit in 9 at-bats in a row.
Rusty Staub recording a pinch-hit in 8 pinch-hit at-bats in a row.
Jeurys Familia converting 52 saves opportunities in a row.
Jose Reyes playing in 200 games in a row.

And, barring uncooperative weather, electrical shenanigans or some other stripe of catastrophe in the hours ahead, Faith and Fear recapping 2,000 regular-season Mets games in a row.

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He was referred to as the Iron Horse, yet how many games in a row did Lou Gehrig blog?

You read that right, if you read it all. We are on the cusp of FAFIF 2,000 (or F2K). There’s Cal Ripken, there’s Lou Gehrig, and then there’s us, if you’re not too picky about what actually happened in our respective consecutive games played/blogged streaks.

Some Mets streaks are more famous than others. Anthony Young’s streak of 27 losses in a row may be the most famous of them all, but it wasn’t delightful. Jose-Jose’s all-time Mets best games-played streak from 2005-2006 isn’t famous at all (even I had to look it up), but it does get at the consistency inherent in our heretofore unknown streak. How obscure is FAFIF’s run at 2,000? You’ve just now heard of it. Jason only heard of it last week when I told him about it, and he’s one of the two bloggers responsible for it. Nevertheless, this streak is real and it is spectacular. Or maybe it’s just real. I don’t know. We started a blog before the beginning of the 2005 season, we recapped the first game (a loss [2]), we recapped the next game (a loss [3]) and we kept going until suddenly we were up to 1,999 on Sunday (a loss [4]).

Contrary to the impression I’ve crafted directly above, they haven’t all been losses. The Mets’ record since we’ve taken it upon ourselves to have something to say out loud about every game they’ve played is 1,011 wins and 988 losses. That, like Jeurys’s streak, takes into account the regular season only. For the record, we’ve recapped 25 postseason games in a row. We’d be happy to recap more of those.

We don’t know when more of those will be available. We do know a game between the Mets and Rangers is scheduled tonight and, should it be played to a decision, we plan to tell you our thoughts about it sometime between its final out and the first pitch of the game after it, which projects as the 2,001st in our streak.

Not to get ahead of ourselves. As has been the case since April 4, 2005, we blog ’em one game at a time.