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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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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.

Lost in the shuffle

Ramon Martinez actually fielding a batted ball
Ramon Martinez actually fielding a batted ball

Obviously and deservedly Omir Santos‘ 9th inning 2-run homer garnered most of the attention following last night’s dramatic come-from-behind Met win, but here’s a tiny salute to the defense.

The Mets played errorless ball and Ramon Martinez, David Wright and Luis Castillo made numerous excellent fielding plays and proper mental decisions to keep their team in the game.

Gentlemen, this is for you.

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Coming soon…the Sequel

One of these gentlemen is trying to get his old job back
One of these gentlemen is trying to get his old job back

bald-eagle-headMet play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen said last night during the 2nd inning, seven innings prior to Omir Santos‘ dramatic game-winning home run, that Brian Schneider’s return is imminent.  Cohen stated that it was likely the recovering catcher would be activated “during the Mets’ next homestand.”

How should the Mets handle his return to the roster?  Baseball insider Ken Davidoff shares his opinion in his ‘Sunday Reading’ today.  What’s yours?

Uh oh! KRod ‘collapses’ in pain from back spasms.

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According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Francisco Rodriguez is out indefinitely due to lower back spasms.
K-Rod collapsed outside the clubhouse from the pain and was seen tearing up as a stretcher was called for. He has taken on a hefty workload in New York this season and it’s obviously affecting him physically. J.J. Putz picked up his second save Saturday night and is likely to fill in should there be a save situation over the next few days. If Rodriguez requires a stint on the disabled list, Putz would obviously take on a ton of value. May. 23 – 10:34 pm et
Source: New York Post

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Post game: New York Mets 3, Boston Red Sox 2

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New York Future Star indeed!

At least for one night, as unlikely hero Omir Santos scraped the top of the green monster with a fly ball double that, after replay review, was ruled a two-run homer which gave the Mets a 3-2 lead.  Santos now has 15 RBI in 63 AB.

J.J. Putz then came on to close the game out, and while the television cameras searched futilely for any sign of Met closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ballpark, Putz’s 97 mph fastballs proved too much for the Red Sox and the Mets now find themselves on the verge of a series sweep, after having been swept out of Los Angeles.

simpsons-the-doh-4900579Josh Beckett got in Mike Lowell’s way on a Gary Sheffield foul pop up, and the ball fell to the ground extending Sheffield’s at bat.  Shortly thereafter Sheffield hit an RBI single, plating Carlos Beltran from second base and the Mets had an early 1-0 lead.

duel-cats1Mike Pelfrey promptly gave the lead away, giving up a two-run single to Kevin Youkilis in the bottom of the first inning.  No more runs would score until the top of the 9th.  Beckett recovered from Sheffield’s RBI single in the first to retire twelve straight batters.  He allowed only 4 more baserunners before leaving after 8 innings.  Pelfrey matched Beckett until he left after the 7th, and Pedro Feliciano not wanting to be embarrassed threw a scoreless 8th himself.  That set up the 9th inning drama.

legoredsoxJonathan Papelbon came on for the save but walked Sheffield to start the 9th.  Two strikeouts later, Omir Santos stepped up to the plate and carved his place in the hearts and minds of Met fans everywhere, but especially those that made the trip to Fenway.

Marlins Mets BaseballWhen summoned to pitch the 8th inning in his normal set up role, J.J. Putz often looks like this.  But when called upon in a save situation, his adrenaline flows and he makes it happen.  Unlike Papelbon, he overcame a leadoff walk and despite the scary line drive off the bat of J.D. Drew which was caught in right field, he finished off the Red Sox for his second save as a Met.

neil diamondWarm,

touchin’ warm,

reachin’ out,

touchin’ me, touchin’ you.

Ugh.  You guys can keep it.

Box score courtesy of Yahoo.com

NY Mets
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
D. Murphy 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .248
A. Pagan rf 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .316
C. Beltran dh 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .364
G. Sheffield lf 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 .260
D. Wright 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .353
J. Reed cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .317
O. Santos c 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 .270
R. Martinez ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .100
L. Castillo 2b 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .274
Totals 33 3 6 3 2 7 9
Batting
HR – O Santos (2, 9th inning off J Papelbon 1 on, 2 Out).
RBI – G Sheffield (10), O Santos 2 (15).
2-out RBI – G Sheffield, O Santos 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – L Castillo 1, D Murphy 1.
Team LOB – 5.
Base Running
SB – R Martinez (1, 2nd base off J Beckett/J Varitek).
Fielding
DP – 1 (L Castillo-R Martinez-D Murphy).
Boston
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
J. Ellsbury cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .298
D. Pedroia 2b 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .327
D. Ortiz dh 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 .201
K. Youkilis 1b 3 0 1 2 1 0 1 .388
J. Bay lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .287
J.D. Drew rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250
M. Lowell 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .281
J. Varitek c 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 .248
N. Green ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .303
Totals 32 2 6 2 2 7 12
Batting
RBI – K Youkilis 2 (23).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Ortiz 1.
GIDP – N Green.
Team LOB – 5.
Base Running
SB – J Ellsbury (18, 3rd base off M Pelfrey/O Santos), D Pedroia (5, 2nd base off M Pelfrey/O Santos).
Fielding
E – J Beckett (1, throw).
NY Mets
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
M. Pelfrey 7.0 6 2 2 1 6 0 4.31
P. Feliciano (W, 1-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.65
J.J. Putz (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.75
Boston
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
J. Beckett 8.0 5 1 0 1 5 0 5.01
J. Papelbon (L, 0-1; BS, 1) 1.0 1 2 2 1 2 1 1.80
Pitches-strikes – M Pelfrey 111-70; P Feliciano 13-8; J Putz 15-9; J Beckett 117-78; J Papelbon 15-9.
Ground balls-fly balls – M Pelfrey 12-3; P Feliciano 1-1; J Putz 2-1; J Beckett 8-11; J Papelbon 0-1.
Batters faced – M Pelfrey 27; P Feliciano 3; J Putz 4; J Beckett 30; J Papelbon 5.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Joe West. 1B–Ed Rapuano. 2B–Chad Fairchild. 3B–Paul Nauert.
Time: 2:49. (Plus unknown delay totaling 0 minutes in the 9th).
Attendance: 37,871.
Weather: 55 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, right to left.