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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Mets Statistical Year in Review

Mets Statistical Year in Review - From ESPN/Baseball-Reference

  • The Mets went 77-85 in 2011. It’s the second time in team history that they won exactly 77 games, the first coming 20 years ago in a very disappointing 1991 season.
  • These Mets scored 718 runs, 12th-most in team history, but second-most in a losing season. They scored 746 runs when they went 71-91 in 1996.
  • The Mets had an-NL leading 309 doubles, second-most in team history, trailing only the 323 of the 2011 squad. It marked the second time the team led the league in doubles, the other coming in 1989.
  • The Mets led the National League in walks drawn for the first time since 1992. It’s a category they also led in both 1962 (the lowest of lows) and 1986 (the highest of highs).
  • The Mets finished second in the National League in on-base percentage (.335), their highest NL ranking since 1999, when they led the league. The only other seasons they were a top-two team were three pretty good years-- 1986 to 1988.
  • This season marked the first 162-game season in which the Mets did not have a player play 130 games with the team. The Mets also were without 130-game players in 1972, 1981, and 1994. The 1972 season could also count- it was a 156-game season due to a player strike. No Met finished with more than 122 games.
Jose, Jose, Jose
  • Jose Reyes is the second player in Mets history to lead the National League in most at-bats per strikeout (13.1). The only other player to do it was second baseman Felix Millan, who led the NL each season from 1973 to 1975.
  • Reyes also shared the NL lead in triples with Shane Victorino, despite not hitting any triples in his final 43 games. He stockpiled them early, setting a Mets record for multi-triple games in a season with three.
  • Reyes was part of the second instance in Mets history in which they had the same pair of players steal at least 30 bases in back-to-back seasons. Angel Pagan and Reyes did so this season. Lee Mazzilli and Frank Taveras did it in 1979 and 1980.

Obscure Stat of the Season I
  • The most obscure stat on the offensive side was that Chin-Lung Hu went 1-for-20, finishing with an .050 batting average. Only two Mets position players had a worse batting average, with at least 20 at-bats in a season-- Sandy Alomar Sr. was 0-22 (.000) in 1966 and catcher Butch Benton was 1-for-21 (.048) in 1980.
The Best There Was
  • Chris Capuano’s 13-strikeout, two-hit shutout of the Braves on August 26 earned him a Bill James Game Score of 96, the highest in the major leagues all season.
  • Bill James Game Score ranks pitcher starts, usually on a scale from 0 to 100, with 49 to 50 being average. The rating is based on a pitchers innings pitched, hits allowed, runs allowed, strikeouts, and walks.
  • It marked the fourth time in Mets history that a Mets pitcher finished a season with the highest Bill James Game Score, the first since 1985 when Dwight Gooden’s Game Score of 92 against the Phillies on September 16 (a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts) tied him with Jimmy Key and Dennis Eckersley for best of the season.
  • Tom Seaver claimed top Game Score pitching honors in a season twice, in 1970 and 1974.
Dickey Deserved Better
  • R.A. Dickey’s season marked the 42nd time in Mets history that a pitcher finished with an ERA of 3.30 or better in 200 or more innings. However, Dickey’s 8-13 record and .381 winning percentage surpassed Jon Matlack’s .464 winning percentage in 1974 as the worst of those 42 seasons.
Golly Gee!
  • Dillon Gee hit 14 batters with a pitch this season, two shy of the Mets record set by Pedro Astacio in 2002. Gee’s 14 hit-by-pitches rank fourth-best in Mets history, one shy of the three-way tie featuring Nolan Ryan (1971), Kevin Appier (2001), and Victor Zambrano (2005) for second-most.
  • Gee won 13 games this season with a 4.43 ERA. That’s tied for the second-most wins by a Mets pitcher whose ERA was greater than 4.4 (tied with Orel Hershiser in 1999 and Tom Glavine, 2007). The only pitcher with more, Steve Trachsel, who had 15 wins and a 4.97 ERA in 2006.
Obscure Stat of the Season II
  • The Mets used 23 pitchers this season and every one of them recorded at least one decision. It’s the fifth time in Mets history in which every pitcher used in a season got at least one decision. The other occurrences were in 1970, 1979, 1983, and 1995.

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