We can beat a dead horse all day long about how bad and disappointing the 2009 Mets have become, and how we’re going to have to endure a few months of meaningless baseball now that all hope for the playoffs is basically lost. So instead of beating the horse, I’m just going to point out a few things I noticed when perusing stats last night (through Sunday’s games)…..
The Mets have 53 home runs, worst in the majors. The Phillies have 126 and the Yankees 136. Gary Sheffield leads the team with 10 homers, and David Wright still only has 5. FIVE.
Speaking of Wright, while he’s batting a respectable .322, his 5 homers and 44 RBI puts him in the company of guys like Jacoby Ellsbury (5, 29), Freddy Sanchez (6, 34) or Pat Burrell (5, 32). Those are decent players, but Wright is supposed to be more in the company of guys like Ryan Braun (16, 58) or Albert Pujols (34, 90). In fact, Wright has similar power numbers to teammate Daniel Murphy (5, 29). What the hell is that?
The Mets have 814 hits and 362 RBI. The Phillies have 804 hits and 457 RBI. Think about that….less hits, but almost 100 more runs batted in?
The Mets have one complete game, and it’s not by Johan…it’s by Livan. The Giants and Royals each have 8 complete games to lead the majors. The GIANTS and ROYALS.
Mets’ pitchers have given up 361 walks, trailing only Washington (365) for worst in the majors. And of course, their 10 balks leads the majors by far, thanks mostly to Pelfrey’s “yips.”
The Mets could have had Raul Ibanez, who has 24 homers, 65 RBI and is batting .316 for you-know-who.
The Phillies’ notable rookie this year is pitcher JA Happ, who is 7-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 65 strikeouts. The Mets’ notable rookie is F-Mart, who is batting .176 with one homer and 8 RBI.
Amazingly, the Mets’ hitters have only struck out 501 times, which is best in the majors. But I guess power hitters strike out more, and the Mets have almost no power, so in that context it makes sense.
The Phillies’ top home run hitters are Ibanez (24), Ryan Howard (23), Chase Utley (21) and Jayson Werth (20). The Mets’ top home run hitters are Sheffield (10), Carlos Beltran (8), and Wright (5). Oh, and Jeff Francoeur also has 5, but he hit most of those with the Braves.
I probably just made you all sick, and I’m right there with you. I can’t wait for this season to be over so we can move on!