I already know callers today and fans of both teams are gonna set it up on tee for Mike. Both teams had bad performances yesterday and fans will complain all day. Clutch, expensive, obstructed views and despair will be all the rage for today. Don't do it, I implore you. The season is young and both teams, probably, will be fine. I mean, I hope the Yankees won't be fine but that's wishful thinking.
Now, I am not a major stat head. I don't wish that baseball games were played on a computer. I do like watching games and I do like going to games, eating hot dogs etc. That said, I wanted to lay out some quick numbers so we know that Mike's rhetoric is wrong. The first 10% of the baseball season is a small sample size and there is a good chance that they don't tell the whole story. So, here we go:
On the Mets being a sub-.500 team:
Mets Runs: 61 Mets Runs Allowed: 60
Outscoring your opponent will typically result in wins. Just saying.
Mets Don't Hit with RISP:
Mets OPS: .767 Mets OPS w/RISP: .792
NYY are "clutch":
NYY OPS: .767 NYY OPS w/RISP: .747
For comparison purposes, here is the LAD:
LAD OPS: .861 LAD OPS w/RISP .792
So, you see, the early numbers mean little, if anything. In fact, it seems as though the Mets are "clutch" and the others are not. Don't let Mike get away with his falsehoods today. The Mets have had some bad luck and haven't played very good defense. Hitting and pitching, while not ideal, have been pretty close to average, hence the 2 under .500 record.
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