Mets Game 82: Loss To Pirates
Pirates 5 Mets 2
Mets drop three of four against a .500 club, falling to 8 games below .500 themselves.
Mets Game Notes
What to say? The Bucs beat up on Bartolo Colon early, and the anemic Mets offense couldn’t make up the ground — despite collecting 13 hits.
Mets struck out “only” 9 times, and seeming every K came at just the wrong moment. The team was 2-for-15 with RISP, leaving 11 stranded. In contrast, Pittsburgh was 2-for-4 with RISP, and had 4 LOB.
Edinson Volquez reached his season high in strikeouts (7) in the fifth inning.
It was mentioned that the Mets hit a number of long fly balls that died and/or were caught on the warning track in this series. Looking at MLB Park Factors on ESPN, I learned that PNC Park is #5 in MLB in runs scored, suggesting that it’s a hitters’ park. However, it’s also #29 this year in home runs — meaning, it’s very difficult for players to hit homers in PNC. This, of course, piqued my curiosity regarding Citi Field, which everyone is always touting as a place that’s too big for homerun hitters. Well, not exactly, at least not according to the stats — Citi Field is #18 thus far this year in home runs at .954, sandwiched between two beers — Miller Park in Milwaukee and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. A bit more research uncovered something more intriguing. Last year, Citi Field was #10 in home run frequency at 1.120, sitting JUST A HAIR BEHIND that “other” ballpark in New York City — Yankee Stadium, which was at 1.128. Uh-oh, does that mean Citi Field might NOT be so difficult a place to hit homers? Could it be that Yankee Stadium is NOT so different from Citi Field, in terms of homerun hitting? Hmmm …
As you know, I’m not so great at understanding advanced metrics (I’m angry at numbers), so if you can elaborate on what these stats mean, please do so in the comments. It seems strange that Citi Field could be ranked so high in 2013 when the home team was 25th in all of baseball in homeruns last year.
Lucas Duda rapped a couple of base hits, including a double. It occurred to me that he seems to get a lot of hits — and extra-base hits in particular — when the score of the game is a wide gap. Checking out the splits on Baseball-Reference, I saw that my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. When the margin of a game is more than four runs, Duda has a .364 AVG, .391 OBP, .545 SLG (.937 OPS). It’s a small sample size (only 23 plate appearances), so not sure what it means in the long run, but if you were thinking similarly — that Duda has been hitting the ball well when the score is out of hand — you’re right. For all I know, that could be the case with most hitters, I haven’t done the research to find out.
For what it’s worth, Ruben Tejada has a .842 OPS when the Mets are ahead, .425 when the Mets are behind, and .692 in tie ballgames. Hmm … He did, however, drive in the Mets final run of the day — again, for whatever it’s worth.