Wednesday, April 22, 2009

At Least the Mets Can Hit .300

Sure, the Mets can't hit in scoring position to save my life, but wow, these guys can hit .300!

As of last night's game against the Cardinals, each position player on the Mets was hitting at least .300 with the exception of Ramon Castro (and Castro only has 20 at bats this season). Think about that: the Mets entire infield and outfield is hitting at least .300 right now. Crazy.

Proof:

J Reyes SS 5 1 2 1 0 1 1 .339
D Murphy LF 3 0 1 1 1 0 2 .320
D Wright 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 .306
C Delgado 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .300
C Beltran CF 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 .354
R Church RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .350
R Castro C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .150
L Castillo 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .400

I know it's only 13 games into the season, but this is still very, very impressive. And somewhat weird.

When you consider that each of the seven guys hitting over .300 has at least 40 at bats, this feat seems somewhat astonishing.

(Note: Has this ever happened before? Seven starters, all hitting above .300 this "late" into the season.) *It seems as though the odds would be astronomical*

What's not impressive is the Mets record: 6-7. It's incredible to think that this team has not gotten off to a better start considering how hot their bats are.

In the end, hitting .300 doesn't matter when the team doesn't win. The Mets have to perform better with runners in scoring position if they are going to make a serious push in the NL East.

4 comments:

1930 cards said...

The 1930 St. Louis Cardinals starting 8 all hit over .300, with a team average of .314... which was good for 3rd in the NL.

Josh said...

Holy crap. That's incredible.

What a team that was. OF Showboat Fisher was on the bench and he hit .374 that season...

Side note...they had two starters strike out less than 20 times and another who struck out only 27???

Wow.

Anonymous said...

I know that the 1999 Mets had 5 starters hitting .300 at the end of the season.
C-Mike Piazza (.303)
2b-Edgardo Alfonso (.304)
3b-Robin Ventura (.301)
LF-Ricky Henderson (.315)
CF-Darryl Hamilton (.339)
RF-Roger Cedeno (.313)

I listed Darryl Hamilton because although Brian McRae is listed as the CF on baseball-reference, Hamilton was acquired in a trade and ended up playing 55 games there, finishing the season as the primary CF. I should also note that a seventh starter had a line very close to .300...

1b-John Olerud (.298) (.427 OBP)

Anonymous said...

My mistake, typo in the first line. It should read "...1999 Mets had six starters hitting .300 at the end of the season."