The 2015 New York Mets: By the Numbers

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To get a better grasp of how the Mets, 40-39, are enduring the "highest of highs" and, more relevant of late, the "lowest of lows" to this point in 2015, we take a look at some significant numbers that shine light on the team's overwhelmingly inconsistent season thus far. Beware: The alarming discrepancies between the pitching and hitting numbers may require you to throw up a little. 

47 

The difference in baseball's team average in runs scored, 323, and the Mets' total runs scored 276.

.43 

Mets' runs scored per game over the past six games.

9

The number of times the Mets offense has been shutout this season.

39.2

The percentage of games where the Mets have scored 2 runs or less (31 times in 79 games). 

.394

The difference in the Mets' winning percentage at home (.691) and on the road (.297), which is the highest in baseball. 

63.3

The percentage of games in which Mets pitchers have thrown quality starts. New York is second to only St. Louis (52) in quality starts with 50. 

29

The number of teams that have scored more runs than the Mets after six innings of play. New York has produced just 63 runs beyond the sixth inning, 17 less than the next worst and 34 less than the MLB average. 

2

Only two teams have a better overall team WHIP than the Mets pitching staff. New York's 1.19 team WHIP is tied for third best with the Dodgers. 

43 

The amount of years since a Mets team owned a batting average lower than this year's .233. That was 1972 when the team collectively batted .225 at the end of the season. 

2.37

Mets pitchers are allowing an average of 2.37 walks per game, which is on pace to be a single-season franchise record. Even so, the Nationals own a slightly better average this season at 2.24 walks per game while the Mets sit behind Washington second overall.  

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Frustration boils over with another invisible offensive showing by Mets

The Mets' feeble offense has produced just 16 runs over the last 11 games and is now tied for worst in the majors in scoring one run of fewer for the 19th time this season.
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In New York's 1-0 loss to Chicago Tuesday night at Citi Field, Jon Niese (3-9) held the Cubs to one run over seven strong innings and was nonetheless dealt an undeserving loss. He proclaimed to the media afterwards that he's got a short memory and that the game is already forgotten. 

Even manager Terry Collins, after witnessing his lineup fail to produce a single run for the eighth time this season, expressed that he's not thinking about the past and that he's just focusing on the next game Wednesday night. 

“I don’t give a (----) if it’s the Cubs or it’s the New York City College,” Collins said clearly with conviction and anger after the Tuesday night loss. “We’ve just gotta win tomorrow. We can keep pitching great but we’ve gotta get some offense.”

Manager Terry Collins finally showed real distaste in the way his team is under-performing at the plate by using the expletive sh*t in the post games presser Tuesday night.
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He's right; the Mets' pitching has been wonderful. But the offense has been so feeble that saying it's invisible right now would be accurate. And let's face it, there's no forgetting how bad the Mets' hitting has become, producing just 16 runs over the last 11 games. The only reason it won four of eleven is because of outstanding pitching performances by Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz (and his hitting, too). 

This is what makes the whole Mets debacle so infuriating. 

Terry Collins couldn't ask for more out of his young guns who are giving the team a chance to win every night. But he also couldn't ask for less of his lackluster offense that is averaging 3.54 runs per game, third worst in baseball. 

Daniel Murphy returned to the lineup Tuesday, an obvious positive for the team, but the necessities for the Mets' woeful offense remain the same. It needs an extra bat or two to help produce runs and protect solid pitching performances that seem to go the wayside every night. 

It's been said many times before, and I'm not sure if it's been more significant than now, but the Mets are literally becoming impossible to watch. 

They're an enigma in themselves. They possess a great deal of promise yet they continue to fall because they simply can't score. 

Someone call Sandy. I'm becoming impatient and I'm not the only one. 



Mets are dominant at home but a joke everywhere else--What gives?

The Mets continue to struggle in games played away from Citi Field. The team is 3-12 in it's last 15 road games and is averaging just 2.47 runs on the road per game since May 22nd.
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If only every game was a home game for the New York Mets.

The Mets, who proudly own baseball's second best home record at 26-11, also hold baseball's second worst road record with 10 wins in 34 away games. 

We've all heard of "home-field advantage" that supposedly gives the host team an edge over the away team because of some illogical nonsense--cheerful fans rooting on your side or increased comfort for the home players. But this is simply used as an excuse in sports, and there is no distinct advantage (although teams on average win a little more at home, which makes sense). 

The Mets, however, are reading directly from the home-field advantage script and the numbers are too disproportionate to make much sense. 

New York is coming off a five-game losing streak in Toronto and Atlanta where the abysmal offense produced a total of six runs over five games. What's even more concerning, the Mets are averaging 2.47 runs scored in it's last 15 road games. 

Is there any clear explanation for the Mets' disparity in wins and losses at home and on the road? 

For starters, and I'm theorizing here, New York's pitching staff hasn't been this deep or competitive for quite some time and with Citi Field being one of the more pitcher-friendly ballparks in the league, this can certainly attest to at least why the Mets are winning at home. The Mets' home ERA of 3.23 is ninth-best in baseball while it's ERA on the road is ranked 15th at 4.05. 

But a more comprehensive answer would be the Mets' lack of run production on the road. New York has scored 100 runs in 34 away games, the second fewest away runs in the league behind the dreadful Phillies. At Citi Field, the Amazin's are fifth in runs scored at home with 157. 

So maybe the Mets players get stage fright every time they step on the opposing team's turf? Or maybe they feel overly-confident playing in front of their faithful fans and not so much anywhere else? 

Regardless of the truth, the fact of the matter is this reoccurring problem for the Mets needs to be resolved quickly. Failing to compete on the road will bite this team in the back down the stretch, especially if it wishes to be taken seriously as a contender come the All-Star Break, let alone September. 

Trading for a formidable bat, say, Ben Zobrist, to add in the lineup would be a good start. 

P.S: I'm talking to you, Sandy Alderson. Get on it.  



 


Jeurys Familia excels in role as Mets closer

Mets closer Juerys Familia's 1.16 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and .170 batting average against over 20 save opportunities and 31 innings pitched in 2015 proves he's the guy to be called on late in games.
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In the Mets clubhouse, he's referred to as "the Man." On the rubber in late game situations, he's referred to as the guy who closes the door.

Looming large with his towering 6-foot-3 frame on the mound, former setup man Juerys Familia is taking full advantage of his transformed role as Mets closer this season. After missing Saturday's game to accompany his wife and their newborn son, Familia returned to the clubhouse Sunday to pick up right where he left off by earning a four-out save to seal the victory--albeit a five-run comeback against Atlanta. 

It's been the common theme for Familia in 2015, and his 95 percent save percentage can attest to that. 

Familia is 19-for-20 in save opportunities this season. His 19 saves is tied for third most in the National League. Among the ten closing pitchers with at least 18 save opportunities, Familia leads all in innings pitched with 31 and still possesses the lowest batting average against at .170. 

Over his past nine games Familia has not allowed a run in 11 2/3 innings and over his has last 26 1/3 innings, he's surrendered just two. 

In a Mets season plagued with injuries and deficiencies across the diamond, the last spot on the roster that needs attention is their closer's. 

“I can't say enough about the job he's done. He is now the guy. He's the guy we've got to get to,” manager Terry Collins told reporters after Sunday's victory. “We talk about shortening games, you look up in that seventh inning and you figure, how do we get six outs here? Because then we can give it to the man.”

If Familia can continue to pitch the way he has for the remainder of the season, there's no telling to how valuable it would become for the Mets and their long-term plan in the bullpen. 




Promoting minor league pitching is becoming the trend for Mets front office

LHP Steven Matz is cruising through Triple A Las Vegas, boasting a 1.94 ERA over 12 starts and allowing only 55 hits over 74 total innings pitched.
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It started with Matt Harvey's major league debut in 2012.  Then it was Zack Wheeler's turn in 2013, Jacob deGrom's chance in 2014 and Noah Syndergaard's arrival this season. Now there's the possibility of another hopeful hand at the dispense of the Mets' minor league farm system. 

Joel Sherman in the Post estimates a July 1st arrival of top pitching prospect, left handed pitcher Steven Matz, who has shown tremendous consistency through 11 starts with Triple A Las Vegas this season. 

Matz, the Mets' second round pick in 2009, has surrendered just 18 runs (16 earned) over the span of 74.1 innings with Las Vegas. His ERA, as expected, is just below 2.00 at 1.94.  

The Mets are looking into the possible call up of Matz, 24, with Dillon Gee's departure to the bullpen and Jon Niese's recent struggles on the mound looming large. 

GM Sandy Alderson has already hinted at Matz's fast maturation in Triple A and told the Post's Mike Puma "We are not looking at this as a minor league season for him."

Whatever that really entails for Matz's near future in the majors is unofficially disclosed for the time being.

 What is not undisclosed is the instability of Jon Niese and Dillon Gee's roles on the Mets if they cannot find ways to improve fast. 

With Harvey, Wheeler, deGrom and Syndergaard as prime examples, the Mets are not afraid of giving their minor league arms, especially when they're as hot as Matz is, the chance to show what they can do for the organization's highest level of competition. 

My guess is we will find out in the coming weeks.