>Things We Know About the Mets so Far

>28 games into the season, and an off-day yesterday, seems like the perfect time to dive into the 2010 Mets baseball-reference page and see what it can tell us about this lovable group of second place losers. I also just figured out how to import B-R tables – and by “figure out” I mean follow the easy directions of the site – so I’m going to be going overboard with that. Here’s some stuff I find interesting.

Leading Off: I generally don’t think where people hit in the order makes all that much of a difference over 162 games, but maybe it is time to stick Reyes back in the lead-off spot. Batters making the first plate appearance in each game are hitting a combined .115/.179/.192 in those 28 first inning plate appearances, though I’m guessing that .130 BABIP is bound to go up.

Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip
1st Batter G 28 28 26 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .115 .179 .192 .371 .130

Men on, Men Off: The Mets have an OPS of .713 with runners in scoring position – basically they’re hitting similar to how Ryan Theriot hit in 2009. That sounds bad
, but is actually impressive when compared to how they’re hitting with no one on base – their .666 OPS with no one on means they’re hitting comparably to 2009’s version of Kaz Matsui.

Split G PA AB BA OBP SLG OPS
RISP 28 293 234 .231 .332 .380 .713
28 606 552 .236 .304 .362 .666

Home Sweet Home: Mets pitchers have apparently been using Citi Field to their advantage over their first month, or they’re just getting hammered on the road – 19 of the 25 home runs they have allowed have come away from Citi Field. In the pitcher’s defense, I should note that the Mets have already played in hitter parks Coors Field, Citizens Bank Park, and Great American Ballpark – in fact, 13 of those 19 road home runs allowed were just surrendered on this last six game road trip through Philadelphia and Cincinnati – and since they didn’t allow any home runs Friday night, 13 home runs were just hit off Mets pitching in their last five games. In other words, a week ago, the Mets had surrendered six home runs at home and six on the road – twelve in total. One week later, they had allowed six at home, and nineteen on the road – twenty-five in total.

Split G PA HR SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Home 66 611 6 1.64 .229 .329 .335 .664
Away 55 506 19 2.13 .269 .345 .454 .800

Just Bull: Mets pitchers have thrown 253.1 innings, and 103 of those innings have been by the bullpen. If this current rate of bullpen use continues, Met relievers will throw 545 or so innings – for comparison, last year’s Dodger team used its bullpen for 571.1 innings and made the playoffs. On the other hand, five other teams used their bullpens for 540 or more innings and did not play into October. Most of them had awful rotations. I have no idea if bullpen overuse is indicitive of anything other than starters that don’t go deep into games, but the bullpen is being used a lot.

Split ERA IP SO/BB
as Starter 4.11 153.1 1.86
as Reliever 2.71 103.0 1.78

Speaking of Innings Pitched: Jon Niese leads the team in innings pitched, just inching out Santana. John Maine has somehow only gotten four less outs than Mike Pelfrey.

IP
Jonathon Niese* 35.0
Johan Santana* 34.0
Mike Pelfrey 30.0
John Maine 28.2
Oliver Perez* 26.2
IP
Francisco Rodriguez 12.2
Hisanori Takahashi* 18.2
Fernando Nieve 16.2
Jenrry Mejia 13.0
Pedro Feliciano* 13.0
IP
Raul Valdes* 12.2
Ryota Igarashi 6.2
Manny Acosta 5.1
Tobi Stoner 2.1
Sean Green 1.0
Team Totals 256.1
Rank in 16 NL teams 2
IP

Swing Away, Frenchy: Oh boy. Remember all that stuff about Jeff Francoeur learning to be more patient at the plate? Here’s the percentage of first pitches swung at by the starting eight.

Age PA Pit Pit/PA 1stS ▾
Jeff Francoeur 26 110 366 3.33 46%
David Wright 27 121 530 4.38 31%
Jason Bay 31 119 461 3.87 29%
League Average 3.86 25%
#Jose Reyes 27 110 430 3.91 25%
Rod Barajas 34 83 285 3.43 25%
*Ike Davis 23 57 236 4.14 21%
#Angel Pagan 28 101 391 3.87 13%
#Luis Castillo 34 96 364 3.79 9%
Team Total 1080 4153 3.85 25%

Ike Davis, controlling the strike zone – anyway, how does Francoeur compare to the entire National League?

Rk Age Tm PA Pit Pit/PA 1stS ▾
1 Jeff Francoeur 26 NYM 110 366 3.33 46%
2 *Kosuke Fukudome 33 CHC 95 364 3.83 43%
3 #Pablo Sandoval 23 SFG 116 376 3.24 42%
4 *Carlos Gonzalez 24 COL 106 335 3.16 41%
5 Mark Reynolds 26 ARI 119 493 4.14 40%
6 Yadier Molina 27 STL 103 373 3.62 39%
7 *Ryan Howard 30 PHI 120 440 3.67 38%
8 Hanley Ramirez 26 FLA 120 417 3.48 36%
9 Brandon Phillips 29 CIN 122 446 3.66 36%
10 Ryan Ludwick 31 STL 121 482 3.98 36%

Gotta lead the league in something, right? Now how does the French god of walks compare to entirety of major league baseball? Actually, a bit better. Vlad Guerrero takes over the lead by a sizable margin. I have no idea what the hell they’re teaching them down in Tampa.

Rk Age Tm PA Pit Pit/PA 1stS ▾
1 Vladimir Guerrero 35 TEX 111 337 3.04 52%
2 *Carlos Pena 32 TBR 113 439 3.88 48%
3 B.J. Upton 25 TBR 108 417 3.86 47%
4 Jeff Francoeur 26 NYM 110 366 3.33 46%
5 Vernon Wells 31 TOR 124 395 3.19 44%
6 Delmon Young 24 MIN 87 293 3.37 43%
7 *Kosuke Fukudome 33 CHC 95 364 3.83 43%
8 #Pablo Sandoval 23 SFG 116 376 3.24 42%
9 *Carlos Gonzalez 24 COL 106 335 3.16 41%
10 *Carl Crawford 28 TBR 117 435 3.72 41%

Two Headed Catching Monster: Henry Blanco has thrown out everyone who has attempted to steal off him. Rod Barajas has thrown out no one who has attempted to steal off him.

SB CS CS%
Rod Barajas 6 0 0%
Henry Blanco 0 5 100%
Team Total 6 5 45%

Okay, that’s all I have for now. Just thought it would be fun to see a few things that have been happening which you may not be aware of. And now you know . . .

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  1. Josh

    >Interesting tidbits there. Although, the IP by starters is better to look at after last night's game since everyone except for Perez has 6 GS now and Pelfrey leads with 37.1 IP (technically 36.1 IP for 6 starts).

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