The Mets coming into this season were not expected to be playing as good as they have this season by many so called baseball experts. The list of players no longer on the team are well documented as part of the reasons why plus the additions or lack thereof made as well.
OK so looking at the 2011 & 2012 Mets teams after 75 games played there is a 2 game difference record wise from what they were last year (37-38) to what they were this year (39-36). Pretty close and yet this year’s team has achieved so much more when compared to last like pitching the Mets 1st no-hitter or going 8 games over .500 also having yet to be a single day under .500 and I’m sure other things as well.
Still despite the closeness record wise after the same number of games. This seasons team should be hitting for a lesser batting average than 2011 right?
Wrong, strange enough they share the same Batting Average after 75 games as they did last year .255/BA.
OK well this seasons team has allowed a higher percentage of inherited runners to score right?
Wrong, again strange enough they have allowed the same percentage of inherited runners to score 31%.
OK well then this seasons team clearly has thrown a higher percentage of pitches for strikes right?
Wrong again, they have thrown the same percentage of pitches for strikes 64%.
All in all they have eerily similar numbers with the exception of a few like stolen bases and more notably strikeouts by both the pitching and the hitting. Below is a chart that compares the 2 seasons after 75 games played.