Monday, September 17, 2012
The series in 'Met'rics (Mets vs. Brewers)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Jonathon Niese matched his career high in wins (11) and surpassed his career high in innings pitched in a season in Friday's win.
Niese has now pitched at least six innings in 18 straight starts. That's the fourth-longest streak by a Mets pitcher in the 2000s, trailing a 27-gamer and 22-gamer by Tom Glavine (in 2005-06, and 2004 respectively) and a 22-gamer by Pedro Martinez in 2005.
The biggest difference for Niese since the All-Star Break has been that he's limited the damage done by right-handed hitters. He allowed a homer at a rate of once for every 26 right-handed hitters he faced prior to the break, but that rate is just one for every 53 since then.
Niese has gotten a significantly greater percentage of called strikes (mostly on the outer-half) against righties in that span. His called-strike rate versus righties has jumped from 34 percent to 41 percent. He has struck out 17 right-handed hitters looking since the break, compared to 14 prior to the break.
Also notable was that Niese went 2-for-3 with a run scored, raising his season batting average to .216. His on-base percentage is .298.
Only five Mets pitchers have finished a season with at least 50 plate appearances and an on-base percentage better than Niese's .298. Topping that list was Glavine, who had a .328 on-base percentage in 2004. Mark Bomback (1980) and Mike Hampton (2000) rank second at .313.
Niese has four hits this season against pitches that our pitch-classification system denotes as having a "middle-middle" location (middle-third of the strike zone, height and width-wise).
He had only three hits on such pitches in the previous two seasons combined.
Double the pleasure
David Wright's two doubles in Friday's win gave him his fifth career 40-double season. All other Mets have a combined six seasons of at least 40 doubles. The only other player with multiple such seasons is Edgardo Alfonzo.
Wright is two doubles away from matching his career high of 42, done three times previously (2005, 2007 and 2008).
On the down side, Wright struck out twice in each of the three games, giving him 105 whiffs this season.
Wright, who struck out in 13 percent of his plate appearances in the first half, has struck out in 23 percent of them since.
The difference is entirely in what Wright has done against pitches thrown on the outer-third of the plate, or off the outside corner. Wright has gone from putting 43 percent of those pitches in play to putting just 29 percent in play.
He has whiffed 17 times on pitches off the outside corner since the All-Star Break, something he did only eight times prior.
Triple the pain
Our obscure stat of the series deals with pinch-hit triples, of which the Brewers had three in the first two games of the series. The Mets had only given up one pinch triple all season (to Tyler Colvin of the Rockies on April 28) and hadn't given up three in a season since 2003.
The Mets allowed two pinch-hit triples on Saturday, marking the first time in team history that they allowed two in a single game.
One Wily pitcher
Wily Peralta's outing gainst the Mets on Sunday was impressive: eight innings, no runs and two hits in his fourth career major-league appearance.
Only two other pitchers posted that sort of line against the Mets within their first four appearances -- Burt Hooton (1971 Cubs) and Jose DeLeon (1983 Pirates).