As I have been reading blog posting after posting and comment after comment about the struggles of the 2010 Mets an article from last month continues to resurface on my mind. On January 10th Ted Berg wrote an amazing article that explained the struggles of the 2010 Mets. It all could be summed up in two names. JERRY and OMAR.
Here is the telling stats from this article:
The Phillies gave 473 PAs to position players with sub-.300 OBPs.The Braves gave 625 PAs to position players with sub-.300 OBPs.The Marlins gave 479 PAs to position players with sub-.300 OBPs (though it’s worth noting that Wes Helms compiled 287 with an even .300 mark).The Nationals — the lowly Nationals! — gave 1285 PAs to position players with sub-.300 OBPs.And the Mets gave 1633 PAs to position players with sub-.300 OBPs.
When you break this down this is 27% of the Mets TOTAL PAs. Is there any wonder the offense stunk? This is what gives me hope for this season and the new administration. Hopefully gone will be the days of whack a mole and back to the days where the hitters have a plan and are able to execute that plan at the plate.