Here are three interesting items from around the big leagues on Sunday …
• The Mets defeated the Phillies, 17-0. The 17 runs in a shutout represented the most in franchise history (eclipsing the 14 runs New York used to defeat Chicago in 1965 and Cincinnati in '98), and the most for any team since the Cubs blanked the Indians by the same score on June 17, 2015.
In Sunday's win, the Mets collected five extra-base hits. Among the dozen times in team history the club has plated at least 17 runs, these five extra-base hits are tied for the second fewest. On Aug. 7, 1971, they collected three in a 20-6 win over the Braves; on Aug. 14, 1979, they had five in an 18-5 win over Atlanta.
• Nelson Cruz hit a pair of home runs to help the visiting Mariners defeat the Twins, 4-3. Cruz's 41 home runs this season mark the third straight year he has reached the 40-homer plateau. He is one of three players in history to have at least 40 in his age-33, age-34 and age-35 seasons, joining Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire.
• The Cubs finished their home schedule with a 57-24 record (.704) and with a 2.72 team ERA as they defeated the Cardinals, 3-1. In the Wrigley Field era for the Cubs (since 1916), this .704 winning percentage at home represents the third-highest mark. In 1935, Chicago was 56-21 (.727) to supplant the 1933 team's .709 (56-23). The 2.72 team ERA is the lowest for the Cubs at Wrigley since '45, when they posted a 2.55.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.