Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The series in Metrics (Mets vs Braves)
By Mark Simon
Notes from a split of the two-game series with the Atlanta Braves:
Wheeler turning in a good direction
Elias noted that Zack Wheeler became the second Mets rookie to beat the Braves three times in a season, joining Tom Seaver, who beat them four times in 1967.
Wheeler induced 14 swings-and-misses, matching his career high done twice previously (both against the Braves).
For those curious after seeing our article assessing Wheeler's pitching in report-card form, the Inside Edge grading system gave Wheeler a B. It liked his first-pitch strike rate (64 percent), but didn't like his offspeed strike rate (54 percent).
The Mets are now 9-3 in Wheeler's 12 starts. That matches the most wins in starts by the Mets for a pitcher within that pitcher's first 12 career appearances, tying Jason Isringhausen and Octavio Dotel.
Lagares' wonderful arm
Juan Lagares recorded his 11th outfield assist in Wednesday’s loss. The Mets outfield record is 19, by Rusty Staub in 1974. The most by a centerfielder is within Lagares' reach, 13 shared by Del Unser (1975) and Carlos Beltran (2006).
Satin's streak still alive
Josh Satin extended his streak of starts reaching base to 29. That's the second-longest streak of starts to start a season in Mets history, trailing only John Olerud's 57 straight to start 1999.
Nicely done for Niese
Jonathon Niese allowed one run in seven innings, striking out nine in Wednesday's no-decision. He's the first Mets lefty to strike out at least nine hitters in consecutive appearances since Johan Santana did so in 2008. Only three Mets lefties have had a streak of three straight such appearances -- Jon Matlack (twice), Sid Fernandez (three times) and Oliver Perez (once, in 2007).
The Mets have now played 17 extra-inning games and still have an outside shot at the franchise record of 25, set in 1978, when they lost 17 extra-inning games.
They now have 10 extra-inning losses, their most in a season since 2001 (when they went 10-10 in extended games). They haven't had more than 10 extra-inning defeats in a season since they had 11 in 1987.
Ike fixing his flaws
Ike Davis was 2-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday’s win, upping his batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage since his recall to .282/.448/.455 in 40 games since his recall.
Davis' most conscious change has been in his plate approach. He's gone from missing on one-third of his swings to missing only 18 percent of the time.
Davis' timing against offspeed pitches has been abundantly better.
When he was sent to the minors, Davis was 8-for-82 in at-bats that ended in an offspeed pitch (curveball, slider, or changeup). He's 16-for-54 against them since his recall, cutting his miss rate from 45 percent to 30 percent in the process.
The heat map below and the chart on the right shows how Davis has fixed the holes in his swing and covered more plate.