Cleveland didn't quite rock for the Mets, as they lost two of three games to the Indians. Here's a quick snapshot of the statistical highlights.
EY delivers again
Eric Young Jr. continued a recent hot streak with the game-winning hit in the Mets' lone victory in the series on Sunday. It was his second career go-ahead hit in the ninth inning or later, both of which have come with the Mets.
Young is 15-for-40 (.375 batting average) with nine runs scored, six RBIs and five steals in his last 10 games. He’s in the midst of a stretch in which he’s been safe on 16 of his last 17 steal attempts.
The Mets are 36-34 in Young’s 70 games played (28-43 without him). Estimates on his value to the team using advanced stats vary from 0.9 Wins Above Replacement (via Baseball-Reference.com) to 2.0 Wins Above Replacement (via Fangraphs.com), though both are big fans of his baserunning.
In fact, for the season Young rates third in the majors in Fangraphs’ baserunning metric (Ultimate Baserunning Rating or UBR), contributing 8.6 runs, 8.2 of which have come with the Mets. He has the highest UBR in the game (3.8) over the last 30 days.
LaTroy’s late life
LaTroy Hawkins picked up his eighth save in nine tries since taking over the closer’s role when Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list. He’s been credited with a scoreless outing in 16 of his last 18 appearances.
If it seems like Hawkins has had a little extra life on his fastball the last two times out (in Cleveland and Atlanta), that would seem to be so. His last 14 heaters have averaged nearly 95 mph. For the season, Hawkins’ fastball averages 92.5 mph.
Kazmir the Magnificent
Scott Kazmir pitched brilliantly against the Mets in the series opener, striking out 12 and walking none over six scoreless innings.
He’s the first pitcher to have at least 12 strikeouts and no walks against the Mets since John Smoltz had a 15-strikeout game against them in April, 2005 (Willie Randolph’s first managerial win).
Kazmir was the sixth pitcher to hit those benchmarks without allowing a run, the only one of the six to be left-handed.
Kazmir hit 95 mph on the radar gun 17 times, the second-most he’s done so in a game this season. The Mets were helpless against those pitches, getting one hit against them and striking out seven times.
The Mets finished this series 64-77, their winning percentage of .454 ranking eighth-worst in baseball. This is important because if the Mets finish in the bottom 10 of the standings, their first-round draft pick would not be taken away if they signed a top-level free agent (one whose team extended him a qualifying offer).
It’s going to be a very tight “race” for one of those bottom 10 spots, as there are 14 teams with a legit chance to finish that low. The Mets “lead” over the teams with the 11th- and 12th-best records is slim, just one game over the Phillies and 1 1/2 games over the Rockies.