The Mets are fourth in the NL in walks with 187 — though, there are several teams within four or five free passes, so you could say they’re middle of the pack.
Those 187 walks translate to an average of close to 4 bases on balls per game (3.8, to be exact).
In May, however, I’d like to point out a few details.
May record: 9 wins, 14 losses.
Of those 14 losses, they walked 3 times or less 11 times. And of those 11 times, 9 times it was 2 walks or less.
Among their 9 wins, they walked 4 times or more 6 times.
So, when they drew at least four walks in a game, their record was 6-3.
Interestingly, when the Mets won 14 and lost 12 in March/April, they averaged nearly 5 walks per game (4.77 to be exact). So far in May, they are averaging a hair under 3 walks a game (2.8).
Again: 14-12 record while drawing close to 5 walks a game. 9-14 record while taking under 3 free passes per game.
Added bit of trivia: in 9 games vs. the Braves, the Mets drew 20 walks (about 2 per game), and have a record of 2 wins, 7 losses. In two of those losses, they did not draw ANY walks, and drew only one in two of the others.
Coincidence? Not likely.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.