How to Not Score Runs

I’ll just present this without comment.

Mets batters since the All-Star break (click to make bigger, back away from your computer to make smaller):

Okay, I lied. There will be some comments:

- Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are the only two Mets with above-average on-base percentages since the break; Reyes and Angel Pagan are the only two regulars with above-average slugging percentages. Hence, Reyes is the only regular with an above-average OPS since the break.

- Reyes is also the only regular batting above .248; Luis Castillo is third on the team with a .238 post-break average.

- You can #BlameBeltran, but he’s third on the team in OPS since his return . . . with a .692 OPS. So maybe just #BlameEveryone

- Daivd Wright, Ike Davis, and Jeff Francoeur all have sub-.300 OBP. Castillo and Josh Thole have sub-.300 slugging percentages.

- Davis has 15 RBI and a .633 OPS since the break. Batting order position makes an enormous difference in RBI totals.

- Even the pitchers are hitting well below the league averages for pitchers. Jose Reyes is literally the only player on the team hitting at an acceptable level.

- The “everyone else” group has a higher on-base percentage than slugging percentage, but both numbers are below .250.

There really isn’t much else to say. No one except Reyes is hitting. That’s how you score 92 runs in 33 games.

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7 responses to “How to Not Score Runs

  1. Ceetar

    >Well, hopefully Jerry Manuel will find yet another lineup for tonight. Eventually he'll find the one that unlocks the "hits" door right?

  2. Patrick Flood

    >I want him to pick the lineup out of a hat, just for entertainment value.

  3. Anonymous

    >Watching the games night after night, seeing the Mets make out after out – pop up, ground ball, lazy fly, warning track fly, strike out swinging, strike out looking, the occasional liner right at someone – has become a numbing experience. On the occasions when they manage to put runners in scoring position there is no longer any expectation whatsoever that someone will deliver the key hit to drive them in. Watching the Mets bat these days is like sitting in your car and trying to start it when you know the battery is too weak to get the engine to turn over. You sit there and stupidly turn the key, listening to the limp and insufficient labor of the engine and hope that through some act of divine intervention it will actually come to life. But somewhere in your unhappy head you know it's not going to happen. The cranking sound will get weaker and weaker until it eventually doesn't do it anymore, and then there's just an impotent clicking sound when you turn the key, and then you sit there and try to figure out what to do next. Looking at the chart in this post and seeing in black and white exactly how bad the offense has been brings it all back home. After the absolutely historic collapse of '07; after the misery of the first half of '08 and then the resurgence in the second half, leading to the fooled-you-twice echo collapse of that year; after the MASH unit debacle of '09; Met fans might have thought it just had to be better this year. Or, being Met fans, they might have wondered what new and impossible way the team would find to fail this time around. Either way, we now have the answer. Welcome to another season in hell.

  4. Anonymous

    >A friend of mine who is a Mets and Jets fan sent me an e-mail that just said "I'm dealing with the Mets the same way I have in August for the past few years…..J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets". Pretty much sums up the futility of the Mets.

  5. Anonymous

    >This article should have been titled "How to Not Split Infinitives"…

  6. Patrick Flood

    >@ Anonymous 11:32Thanks for the unsolicited grammar tip, but I'm going to go with Grammar Girl on this: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/split-infinitives.aspx

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