Mets Leaders in Runs Created

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Runs Created is a statistic invented by Bill James that estimates how many runs a player contributed to his team on offense (that is, how many runs he created with his bat). The basic formula is:

Hits plus Walks
times Total Bases
divided by At Bats plus Walks

Or times on base, multiplied by power, divided by opportunities. Other writers have created more accurate versions of Runs Created since James, but this thirty year old formula is 95% accurate for predicting a team’s runs scored. If you apply the formula to a player, you can estimate how many runs he created for his team just using his hits, walks, total bases, and at bats.

David Wright passed Darryl Stawberry in 2010 as the Mets’ franchise leader in runs created. The top ten Mets in runs created, all time (the top three are easily guessed):

Rk Player RC From To G PA R RBI BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 David Wright 763 2004 2010 1004 4335 639 664 .305 .383 .516 .899 *5/D
2 Darryl Strawberry 759 1983 1990 1109 4549 662 733 .263 .359 .520 .878 *9/87
3 Mike Piazza 675 1998 2005 972 3941 532 655 .296 .373 .542 .915 *2/3D
4 Edgardo Alfonzo 671 1995 2002 1086 4449 614 538 .292 .367 .445 .812 45/6D
5 Howard Johnson 663 1985 1993 1154 4591 627 629 .251 .341 .459 .801 *56/897
6 Ed Kranepool 638 1962 1979 1853 5997 536 614 .261 .316 .377 .693 *379/8
7 Jose Reyes 598 2003 2010 924 4254 634 379 .286 .335 .434 .769 *6/4
8 Cleon Jones 586 1963 1975 1201 4683 563 521 .281 .340 .406 .746 *789/3
9 Keith Hernandez 546 1983 1989 880 3684 455 468 .297 .387 .429 .816 *3
10 Carlos Beltran 539 2005 2010 741 3221 490 493 .279 .366 .499 .864 *8/D
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/27/2010.
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