Thursday, May 17, 2012
The week in 'Met'rics (May 10-17)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
US Presswire/Steve MitchellA look back at the Mets, with help from resources such as Baseball-Reference.com
The rest of the NL can only look on in envy at David Wright's performance this season.
Stat of the Week
David Wright and Jose Reyes each had four hits in the Mets-Marlins game on Saturday.
They never had four hits in the same game as teammates with the Mets (2004-2011)
In Saturday’s win over the Marlins, R.A. Dickey became the second pitcher in Mets history to be the beneficiary of a hit by pitch with the bases loaded. The other was Jae Seo against the Cardinals in 2004.
Dickey also extended his streak of not striking out as a hitter. Through seven starts, he had 16 plate appearances and no strikeouts.
In fact, of his first 32 swings this season, he only missed twice.
The Wright Stuff
In this season of impressive statistical accomplishments, Wright notched a first.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wright’s .411 batting average through the team’s first 38 games makes him the first Met ever to carry a .400 batting average beyond the team’s 30th game of the season.
Cleon Jones was batting .411 after 30 games in 1969, but he slipped below .400 in his next game and never returned. He finished the season hitting .340.
A Grand Disaster
The Mets blew a two-run ninth inning lead in the finale of their road trip last Sunday, losing on Giancarlo Stanton’s walk-off grand slam. In what was a rough week for the Mets, we declare it the Moment of the Week.
It was the fourth walk-off grand slam the Mets have allowed since 2009, the most in the majors in that span. No other team has allowed more than two.
The Mets allowed their first walk-off grand slam in 1970 against Bob Bailey of the Expos. They’ve allowed 10 total since that season, matching the Tigers for the most in the majors.
It was the second time in the series that the Mets lost a game in which they led in the bottom of the ninth inning. Elias notes that the last time the Mets lost a pair of games in the same series in which they led in the bottom of the ninth or later was Sept. 3 and 5, 1992, against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Old Man Miguel
Miguel Batista beat the Brewers on Monday. It was the first time that Batista beat the Brewers since April 14, 1999, when he pitched his first career complete game as a member of the Montreal Expos.
Batista is the third 41-year-old to throw seven innings and allow no runs in a game for the Mets. Orlando Hernandez did it three times in 2007 and Tom Glavine also did it once that season. Both were slightly older than Batista, who is about six months younger than what Hernandez (reportedly) was at the time.
Batista has three wins for the Mets since turning 40. Glavine has the most wins by a Met in his 40s with 28, followed by Hernandez with 14 and Orel Hershiser with 13.
The next pitcher on the Mets' 40-plus win list is a good name though, one Batista can catch with one more victory. Hall of Famer Warren Spahn had four wins as a 40-plus Met.
Zack Greinke and two relievers combined to shut out the Mets, 8-0 on Monday, combining for 10 strikeouts and no walks in the process.
Only once in their history have the Mets had a worse home shutout loss in a game in which they whiffed at least 10 times and didn't walk. That came on August 14, 2006, a 13-0 loss to Cole Hamels and Phillies.
Oh, Happy Day
The Mets wrapped up their series with the Reds by stealing a game, scoring the last nine runs to win, 9-4. The Mets have more wins in day games (11) than night games (10), despite having played six more night games than day games.
Wright had two hits, giving him 25 in 15 day games this season. His .463 batting average in day games leads the NL, with Daniel Murphy not far behind at .389.
If Wright keeps this up, he'll be chasing the Mets' record for batting average in day games, set by none other than Murphy last season. Murphy hit .385, breaking the mark previously held by Paul Lo Duca, who hit .380 in day games in 2006.
Vintage Metric of the Week
Ike Davis’ 4-for-62 performance at home to start the season brought back some memories of some home struggles of the past.
The most notable home slump by a Met takes us back to 1986, when, of all people, Darryl Strawberry, went 0-for-47 at Shea Stadium from July 29 until it was finally broken on Sept. 7.
The Mets would turn out just fine that season.
But our spin in the time machine actually goes back to 1968, which is the residing spot for the two players who posted the worst single-season home batting average in Mets history (minimum 100 at-bats).
Middle infielders Jerry Buchek and Al Weis hit .132 and .133 respectively that season.