Monday, August 5, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs. Royals)
By Mark Simon
Notes and nuggets from the Mets’ series loss to the Kansas City Royals, one that is most noteworthy for the loss of their team captain.
The Mets added a pair of extra-inning games to their ledger, giving them 15 for the season. That’s still 10 shy of their franchise record of 25 set in 1978.
It marked the 16th time that the Mets have treated their home fans to consecutive games of 11 innings or more (first since 2007). They’ve never had a streak of three in a row.
The Mets have played 807 extra-inning games in which they are 382-423-2. The 807 games are fifth most among teams since their first season, 1962.
Living without David Wright
David Wright’s hamstring injury will sideline him for three to five weeks and leave the Mets with a sizable hole in their lineup.
Wright has been worth 5.6 Wins Above Replacement this season, the third-highest total among NL position players and a number that almost matched the tally of Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera (5.9) for best among major-league third basemen. In fact, both Wins Above Replacement systems (Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs) were in virtual agreement on Wright’s 2013 value. Fangraphs had him pegged for 5.7 WAR, trailing only Cabrera (6.4) and Mike Trout (6.9) among position players
The Mets two losses on Saturday and Sunday made them 3-9 in games that Wright doesn’t start over the last two seasons.
It was Young’s first career walk-off homer, matching the total his father had.
It was also the Mets first walk-off homer in an interleague game since Cliff Floyd hit one against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 11, 2005.
The tally of walk-off home runs in club history now stands at 119 for the Mets and 121 against them.
Another good start from Gee
Dillon Gee allowed one run and three hit in seven innings in Friday’s win, though he got a no-decision. It marked the 10th time this season that a Mets starter pitched at least seven innings, allowing one run or fewer and got a no-decision. Only the Giants have more such NDs, with 11.
Gee lowered his ERA to 2.53 in his last 12 starts, the best of any Mets pitcher since May 30 (Matt Harvey’s is 2.60).
Gee continues to throw a dominant changeup. In his first 10 starts of the season, the pitch netted him 35 batters retired and yielded 22 hits/walks. In his last 12 starts, that ratio jumped to 50 batters retired and 15 hits/walks.
Gee retired nine batters with the pitch on Friday, three by strikeout.
Marlon Byrd’s sun struggles on Sunday were unusual given how well he has played right field this season. Byrd’s eight Defensive Runs Saved rank tied for ninth-best in the majors, and tied for fifth-most in the National League.
The other five players to play right field for the Mets this season have combined for -5 Defensive Runs Saved in 238 1/3 innings.
Maxwell the Mets-killer
Justin Maxwell’s go-ahead homer marked the second time he’s hit a go-ahead homer against them in the ninth inning or later (he beat them with a walk-off grand slam in 2009). Maxwell and Giancarlo Stanton are the only players to have two such homers against the Mets in the last five seasons.