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I know the Mets are still waiting for the franchise’s first no-hitter, but what they did this week might be even more rare:

Three consecutive shutouts of the same team, and the two-time defending National League champions, to boot.

Consider: There’s been two perfect games in Major League Baseball since this last occurred. There’s been 10 no-hitters since then, too.

I first heard Gary Cohen on the SNY broadcast say it: three consecutive shutouts of the same team hasn’t happened in Major League Baseball since 2004 — Kansas City losing at Minnesota. The Mets haven’t done that since 1969 (also against the Phillies). Incidentally, their 9-1 homestand earlier this year also matched a feat performed by the ’69 Miracle Mets (and the 1988 team, too).

I looked it up, and the Twins shut out the Royals for three straight games, the last one on July 7, 2004. True, Minnesota did it with three complete game shutouts, but that hardly tarnishes the Mets’ streak. Twenty-seven innings against the same team without allowing a run to score is rare enough.

By the way, the winning pitcher in the second game of that Twins streak? Johan Santana (natch).

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