Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

howtolieI can’t pretend to know if these statistics mean anything or not, so it’s hard for me to lie using them.  I’ll just give them to you and let you lie to yourselves.

As the Washington Nationals descend upon Citi Field, here are some away team statistics of theirs to consider beside some home team statistics for the Mets.

BATTING         BA   OBP   SLG    OPS

Mets home:  .287   .368   .432   .800

Nats away:   .286   .361   .462   .823

PITCHING     ERA    BAA    OBP    SLG    OPS

Mets home:   3.38   .247   .316   .373   .689

Nats home:   6.43   .315   .400   .492   .892

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If Your Reading This…You Are The Resistance…

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So i just tried to re-register on metsblog.com as it seems Matt reopened his comment section. It seems that i am able to review the posts that other bloggers made but i cannot comment on behalf of myself. Now i have tried on Firefox and Internet Explorer, only to find the same result. We started this site because we felt Matt was ignoring his bloggers that constantly give him traffic and makes his site the success that it is. How true to form i guess that Matt aparently has some of us blocked already. Its funny though, i joined Metsblog a 2 years ago and i attribue alot of my knowledge about the game to the debates and dialogue i had on that site. It just amazes me that for a simple request, Matt allowed this to go this far. I am interested to know if any of you have experianced the same thing. As far as this blogger…its safe to put me on the “ex-metsblog.com” blogger list…as im curious to know how the people outside his 50 “most trusted” bloggers feel about it. While i couldnt help myself with this quote above…it seems all too appropriate.

And the hits just keep on coming…

per adam rubin:

Reyes: ‘No chance’ I’ll play Monday

May 24, 2009

The Mets’ shortstops continue to fall. Jose Reyes did not try to run Sunday as Jerry Manuel expected, and the shortstop told the Daily News there’s “no chance” he’ll play Monday. Meanwhile, Manuel removed Ramon Martinez in the eighth inning with back discomfort, which nearly prevented him from starting. Manuel said he had two lineups on his desk pregame, the other with Fernando Tatis. Martinez said he’d try to start Monday at Citi Field.

Introducing the Mets new SS
Introducing the Mets new SS

This is getting out of control…it almost feels like we are going to have to call the whole AAA buffalo team to play at this point. The funniest part i believe is im sure we all thought going into the season the only person we were worried about injury wise was Castillo…boy would i trade that for this right now. Church is going to see doctors in NY and he can also be heading toward the DL. Ill tell you what, i still have faith we will make it…this will be one hellova story to tell the kids years from now when we win the whole damn thing. LGM

Split

Mets Road Trip 5-5
Mets Road Trip 5-5

So the Mets split their early season road trip 5-5 and now go home to face some good ole fashion division rivals for a bit. For me this road trip showed flashes of the type of team the Mets can be and i hope will be eventually by years end. With ALL the injuries that this team has underwent it is even amazing they took 2-3 in boston. Thats why it always bothered me that people would really try and make an arguement that the mets lack heart/grit. These guys played their hearts out and came back in a few games during this road trip vs Lincecum and Papelbon. I hope this at least opened the eyes of the naysayers that these guys do have that “edge” Omar is talking about and it is by no means over. These guys can fight and will fight. Sometimes you win and sometimes you dont. My favorite quote for baseball and life really is “You can fail 7 out of 10 times and still end up with a .300 avg”….think about that.

Post game: Red Sox 12, Mets 5

Cowboy Joe West, conspirator
Cowboy Joe West, conspirator

The Red Sox avoided a sweep by beating the Mets 12-5 Sunday afternoon at Fenway ParkTim Wakefield (6-2) got the win, the first time he’s beaten the Mets since 10/4/92.  Let the conspiracy theories begin:  Joe West was the third base umpire in both Wakefield victories.

twobombsThe Sox got half of their runs on two bombs, one 3-run homer each by the ageless Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis.  Not pictured, Ramon Castro of the Mets also homered, a solo shot with two outs in the second.

Mariners Red Sox BaseballThe game was delayed for 36 minutes in the bottom of the second inning due to some of the largest rain drops ever recorded in human history.  Met fans wish the rain never stopped, as the Red Sox took advantage of 6 walks by slugging 6 doubles and 2 homers to put the game away.

youkfing-787801In the bottom of the fifth inning, Youkilis flied out to right field after hitting a long fly ball over the left field wall, near the ‘Fisk pole.’ The fly ball was ruled foul on the field, and after the second video review in two days the umpire’s call of foul stood.  After the game, Youkilis was asked about the call and expressed his displeasure.

reddingicecreamTim Redding, upset at being removed from the game with 2 runners on base, despite the Mets having the lead and being just one out away from qualifying for a potential victory, chose to take out his aggression in a more productive way, serving ice cream to needy children.

Ultimately, the wounded Mets finished their 10 game road trip with a 5-5 split.  Their next game is Monday night at Citi Field, when nature’s tonic the Washington Nationals visit New York.  John Lannan (2-3, 3.63) opposes John Maine (3-3, 4.53).  Box score courtesy Yahoo.com

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NY Mets
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
D. Murphy 1b 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 .248
A. Pagan rf 2 1 0 0 2 2 0 .286
C. Beltran dh 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .361
G. Sheffield lf 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 .262
D. Wright 3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .350
J. Reed cf 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .311
R. Castro c 4 1 2 1 0 0 4 .253
R. Martinez ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .087
F. Tatis ph-ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .278
L. Castillo 2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .273
Totals 33 5 8 5 4 6 10
Batting
2B – R Castro (4, M Delcarmen).
HR – R Castro (3, 2nd inning off T Wakefield 0 on, 2 Out).
S – A Pagan.
RBI – R Castro (13), C Beltran (30), D Wright (30), J Reed (3), G Sheffield (11).
2-out RBI – R Castro, D Wright, J Reed.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – G Sheffield 1, F Tatis 1, R Castro 2.
GIDP – C Beltran.
Team LOB – 6.
Base Running
SB – A Pagan (3, 2nd base off T Wakefield/G Kottaras).
Fielding
Outfield assists – A Pagan (N Green at 2nd base).
Boston
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
J. Ellsbury cf 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .297
D. Pedroia 2b 2 2 1 1 3 0 2 .329
D. Ortiz dh 5 0 0 0 0 2 8 .195
K. Youkilis 1b-3b 4 2 1 3 1 1 1 .383
J. Bay lf 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 .286
J.D. Drew rf 5 2 4 1 0 1 0 .271
M. Lowell 3b 5 2 3 3 0 1 3 .291
J. Bailey pr-1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190
G. Kottaras c 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 .200
N. Green ss 5 1 2 2 0 1 2 .309
Totals 39 12 16 12 6 7 19
Batting
2B – J Drew 2 (11, T Redding, B Stokes); J Ellsbury (9, T Redding); G Kottaras 2 (4, T Redding 2); M Lowell (15, P Feliciano).
HR – M Lowell (8, 2nd inning off T Redding 2 on, 0 Out), K Youkilis (7, 7th inning off B Stokes 2 on, 2 Out).
RBI – M Lowell 3 (32), G Kottaras (5), N Green 2 (15), J Bay (45), J Drew (21), D Pedroia (15), K Youkilis 3 (26).
2-out RBI – G Kottaras, N Green 2, J Bay, J Drew, K Youkilis 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Ortiz 2, M Lowell 2, N Green 1.
Team LOB – 9.
Fielding
DP – 1 (D Pedroia-N Green-K Youkilis).
NY Mets
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
T. Redding (L, 0-1) 4.2 8 6 6 4 4 1 6.75
S. Green 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.36
K. Takahashi 0.2 0 1 1 1 1 0 3.86
B. Stokes 1.1 6 5 5 1 1 1 2.89
P. Feliciano 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.50
Boston
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
T. Wakefield (W, 6-2) 6.0 7 5 5 4 3 1 3.99
M. Delcarmen (H, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.86
T. Saito 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.38
BALK – K Takahashi.
Pitches-strikes – T Redding 94-53; S Green 1-1; K Takahashi 14-7; B Stokes 33-20; P Feliciano 13-9; T Wakefield 94-59; M Delcarmen 28-21; T Saito 15-10.
Ground balls-fly balls – T Redding 3-7; S Green 0-0; K Takahashi 0-1; B Stokes 2-1; P Feliciano 1-1; T Wakefield 10-5; M Delcarmen 4-0; T Saito 2-0.
Batters faced – T Redding 26; S Green 1; K Takahashi 3; B Stokes 11; P Feliciano 4; T Wakefield 28; M Delcarmen 7; T Saito 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Ed Rapuano. 1B–Chad Fairchild. 2B–Paul Nauert. 3B–Joe West.
Time: 2:57. (Plus 2 rain/unknown delays totaling 38 minutes in the 1st, 5th).
Attendance: 37,446.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, out to center.

Way back machine: Wakefield defeats Mets 10/4/92

Shea Stadium, Attendance: 14,274 Sunday, October 4, 1992, (null)
Time of Game: 1:58
Pirates

2
96-66
Won 1
1st
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Pirates         0  0  0   0  0  1   1  0  0    2  4  1
Mets            0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0    0  3  0
W: Tim Wakefield (8-1), L: Bret Saberhagen (3-5), S: Steve Cooke (1)
Mets

0
72-90
Lost 1
5th, 24 GB

Batting Stats

Pittsburgh Pirates           AB   R   H RBI   BB  SO    BA   OPS  Pit  Str   PO   A  Details
A Cole RF                     3   0   0   1    0   0  .255  .633   14    9    4   1   SF
J Bell SS                     4   0   0   0    0   0  .264  .709    9    7    3   3
  K Young 3B                  0   0   0   0    0   0  .571 1.238              0   0
A Van Slyke CF                4   0   1   0    0   1  .324  .886   13    9    2   0
  W Pennyfeather CF           0   0   0   0    0   0  .222  .444              0   0
B Bonds LF                    3   1   1   1    0   0  .311 1.080    9    6    1   0   HR
  A Martin LF                 0   0   0   0    0   0  .167  .487              0   0
J King 2B                     3   0   0   0    0   0  .231  .643   10    7    1   1
  C Garcia 2B-SS              0   0   0   0    0   0  .205  .426              3   1
O Merced 1B                   3   0   0   0    0   1  .247  .717   10    5   10   0
M LaValliere C                2   0   0   0    0   1  .256  .677    5    4    3   1
  T Prince C                  1   0   0   0    0   0  .091  .329    2    2    0   0
J Wehner 3B-2B                3   1   1   0    0   0  .179  .479   10    8    0   5
T Wakefield P                 1   0   0   0    0   0  .071  .175    1    1    0   1
  G Varsho PH                 1   0   1   0    0   0  .222  .636    1    1    0   0
  Z Smith P                   0   0   0   0    0   0  .122  .320              0   0
  C Espy PH                   1   0   0   0    0   1  .258  .650    3    3    0   0
  B Walk P                    0   0   0   0    0   0  .093  .209              0   0
  S Cooke P                   0   0   0   0    0   0  .333  .667              0   0
Totals                       29   2   4   0    0   4               87   62   27  13
Batting Events
HR: B Bonds (34, off B Saberhagen; 7th inn, 0 on, 1 out).
SF: A Cole (2, off B Saberhagen).
TB: B Bonds 4; A Van Slyke; G Varsho; J Wehner.
RBI: A Cole (15); B Bonds (103).
Team LOB: 1.
With RISP: 0 for 1.
Fielding Events
DP: 1. J Wehner-C Garcia-O Merced.
E: J Bell (22).
Baserunning Events
Pickoffs: A Van Slyke (1st base by B Saberhagen).
New York Mets                AB   R   H RBI   BB  SO    BA   OPS  Pit  Str   PO   A  Details
P Howell CF                   3   0   0   0    0   1  .187  .418   10    6    5   0
  D Dozier LF                 1   0   0   0    0   0  .191  .498    2    2    0   0
W Randolph 2B                 3   0   0   0    1   1  .252  .670   15    8    0   1
  D Schofield PR              0   0   0   0    0   0  .206  .597              0   0
D Gallagher LF-RF             3   0   1   0    1   0  .240  .638   12    4    2   0
J McKnight 1B                 4   0   0   0    0   0  .271  .687   12    9   10   0
R Thompson RF-CF              2   0   0   0    1   0  .222  .662    9    2    4   0   CS,GDP
J Kent SS                     3   0   1   0    0   0  .239  .741    9    7    1   3
C Donnels 3B                  3   0   0   0    0   1  .174  .482   13    8    0   2
T Hundley C                   3   0   1   0    0   0  .209  .572   12    8    5   0
B Saberhagen P                2   0   0   0    0   0  .107  .245   10    7    0   3
  D Boston PH                 0   0   0   0    0   0  .249  .764              0   0
  C Walker PH                 1   0   0   0    0   0  .289  .742    2    1    0   0
  P Gibson P                  0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .143              0   0
Totals                       28   0   3   0    3   3              106   62   27   9
Batting Events
TB: T Hundley; D Gallagher; J Kent.
GIDP: R Thompson (2).
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 0 for 2.
Baserunning Events
CS: R Thompson (2, 2nd base by T Wakefield/M LaValliere).

Pitching Stats

Pittsburgh Pirates            IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str  Ct·Sw·Lk   GB·FB·LD· ?   GmSc  IR-IS   LevI    WPA
T Wakefield, W (8-1)           5     1   0   0    1   3   0   2.15   17   59-37   24· 5· 8    6· 7· 2· 0     67    -     0.88   0.26
Z Smith, H (1)                 2     0   0   0    1   0   0   3.06    6   19-10    7· 0· 3    3· 2· 1· 0          0-0    1.64   0.15
B Walk, H (1)                  0.2   2   0   0    0   0   0   3.07    3   10-6     4· 1· 1    3· 0· 0· 0          0-0    2.44   0.03
S Cooke, S (1)                 1.1   0   0   0    1   0   0   3.52    5   16-8     5· 0· 3    0· 4· 0· 0          1-0    1.97   0.12
Totals                         9     3   0   0    3   3   0          31  104-61   40· 6·15   12·13· 3· 0          1-0 
New York Mets                 IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str  Ct·Sw·Lk   GB·FB·LD· ?   GmSc  IR-IS   LevI    WPA
B Saberhagen, L (3-5)          8     4   2   2    0   4   1   3.50   27   77-55   36· 6·13    8·15· 5· 0     70    -     0.91   0.05
P Gibson                       1     0   0   0    0   0   0   5.23    3   10-7     4· 2· 1    2· 1· 0· 0          0-0    0.27   0.01
Totals                         9     4   2   2    0   4   1          30   87-62   40· 8·14   10·16· 5· 0           -  
Balks: B Saberhagen (2).
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: B Saberhagen (3; A Van Slyke, 1st base).

Other Info

Umpires: HP – Phil Cuzzi, 1B – Terry Tata, 2B – Steve Rippley, 3B – Joe West.
Time of Game: 1:58.
Attendance: 14,274.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Start Time Weather: 65° F, Wind 9mph in from Leftfield, Cloudy, No Precipitation.