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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.

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

OSantosNYFS

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.

State of the Mets Rotation

JohanHappy Johan Santana Day! (a.k.a. The Great Santana) What, don’t you say that every time Mets Ace Johan Santana is scheduled to take the mound? Before he does, let’s take a look at the state of the Mets rotation.

This time through the rotation the Mets will be showcasing Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Tim Redding, John Maine and Livan Hernandez.

Let’s see how they’ve done this year and what we might expect from them this week:

Johan Santana (5-2):

Santana won the NL Pitcher of the Month Award in April and is well on his way to another Cy Young caliber season. In his last start, Santana allowed six runs, four earned on 11 hits against the San Francisco Giants but still managed to get a Win thanks to some great hitting by the Mets.

As fangraphs.com points out here,

Santana is primed for a huge season. In 39.2 innings this season, Santana has punched out a jaw-dropping 54 batters (12.25 K/9), which is the highest rate of his career. His FIP sits at a microscopic 2.03, and he has compiled 1.7 WAR already.

In his last start against the Red Sox, Santana allowed one run on 7 hits in 5 innings.

Mike Pelfrey (4-1):

Mike PelfreyPelfrey had a case of the Yips last week. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits against the San Francisco Giants but suffered his first loss of the season as the Mets were unable to score on Matt Cain and the Giants bullpen.

Pelfrey is sporting a 1.54 WHIP, .286 BABIP, and a 5.23 FIP. Most striking is his 0.65 K/BB ratio, the worst in his career. However, his GB/FB ratio stands at 1.80, the best of his career.

Tim ReddingTim Redding (0-0):

Redding allowed two runs on 2 hits while walking four and striking out four in six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nonetheless, the Mets made 5 errors and left 11 on base, and in the 11th, had probably one of the worse innings in baseball this year (Glad I went to bed after the 10th).

I won’t bore you with any stats, since one game is not enough to go off of.

John MaineJohn Maine (3-3):

Maine allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Maine flirted with disaster the whole night but hung a slider to Casey Blake for a three run home run.

Maine is sporting a 1.42 WHIP, .260 BABIP and a 4.83 FIP. His career best GB/FB ration is 0.80 (2006) but stands at 0.91 this year. Also, Maine’s LD ratio is at 22.5%, the highest of his career.

Livan HernandezLivan Hernandez (3-1):

Livan allowed one run on seven hits while walking one and striking out two in seven innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Livan was wonderful, but the offense failed him as they left nine on base and couldn’t capitalize when they needed to.

Livan is sporting a 1.47 WHIP, .316 BABIP and a 4.65 FIP.

In his last start against the Washington Nationals last year, Livan allowed six runs giving up 10 hits in six innings.

The Mets need the rotation to continue to give the team quality starts, especially with the bats slumping. If the Mets are able to take 2 of 3 from the Boston Red Sox, they’ll come back with a 23-20 record and would’ve gone 6-5 on the west to east trip. Let’s Go Mets!

P.S. I’d love some feedback, especially about what’s missing from this post. Thanks.