Yesterday over at Metsmerizedonline.com there was a fan post submitted by longtime MMO fan “Metsie” who I’d like to say Thanks at this time for his post that inspired me to write this one. The theme was to show that the Mets were not that far removed from the Phillies offensively and that what separates the Mets from the Phillies is pitching. While Metsie showed a player to player comparison to make his point along with a chart taking the park factors into account. I wanted to try looking at it in a different way that involved looking at them by the overall production both position by position and as a whole overall.
I am pretty certain that most of you reading this already know that obviously the Phillie pitching is far superior than the Mets so I am not saying anything you don’t most likely already know. What led to me do this post is just how close offensively the Mets have been compared to the Phillies in 2 categories “runs per game” and “SLG%” this 2011 season.
As of yesterday morning with 154 games already played by both teams the Phillies held a 25 game lead on the Mets in the NL East. Here are the 2 things that stood out for me among the teams offensively.
- The Mets are averaging 4.42 runs per game compared to the Phillies 4.41.
- Though the Phillies have hit 45 more homeruns than the Mets the Phillies SLG% when compared to the Mets is 4 points better .395 to the Mets .391.
When you take into account the bandbox the Phillies play in I was surprised to see how close the Mets and Phillies were in Runs per game and also in SLG%. The biggest factor in SLG% being the Mets have out doubled the Phillies 294 to 247.
With Alderson recently stating that the Mets may change the dimensions of CitiField to make it a more hitter friendly park it will be interesting to see what players like a Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and David Wright may do over a full season. Add the hope of a returning Jose Reyes and a long overdue return to form from a Mr. Jason Bay the Mets bats just may be a force to be reckoned with in 2012.
Still I have not forgotten that what seperates us from the Phillies is pitching and with a rotation of Santana, Dickey, Pelfrey, Niese and Gee penciled “for now” into the rotation for 2012. You don’t have to wonder too hard how those names will match up to a Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels and Worley.
Below I enclosed a chart that breaks down the Mets and Phillies Hitting and Pitching so far this 2011 season after 154 games.
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