Does four games provide you with enough data to start spotting trends? Probably not, but I’m going to do it anyway.
Here are two very disturbing trends…
Pitchers Not Going Deep
1. Johan Santana - 5.2 innings pitched
2, Mike Pelfrey – 5.0 innings pitched
3. Oliver Perez – 4.1 innings pitched
4. John Maine – 5.0 innings pitched
5. Bullpen – 14.2 innings pitched
Final Analysis – So far Mets pitchers are averaging five innings per start, forcing the bullpen to pitch four innings per game. This must stop if the Mets are going to keep their fancy new bullpen fresh and effective. If it continues expect a repeat of 2008.
Runner Left On Base
Game 1: 12 Left On Base
Game 2 - 7 Left On Base
Game 3 - 5 Left On Base
Game 4: 14 Left On Base
Final Analysis – To begin the season with such an alarming amount of runners left on base is not exactly the fast start and clean slate Jerry Manuel talked about this spring. The clutch hitting and situational hitting has been sparse. The reason everyone wanted Manny Ramirez in the off season was because most fans wanted someone who could pick up the team and carry it to post season on his back. No player on this current team has ever been able to do that for the Mets except for Beltran who has done it once before when he was traded to the Astros. The Mets need that Beltran more than ever this season.