Despite being four games under .500 the New York Mets have outscored their opponents through 108 games this season. By pure run differential the Mets are better than the Yankees, Cardinals, Rays, Pirates and Reds in 2014.
So how have the team from Flushing been able to score runs? The Base-On-Balls.
NYM lead the National League in walks. Terry Collins‘ lineup features five players with on-base percentages over .330. Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and David Wright have all been very good at reaching base this year. Only St. Louis has as many high OBP guys as the Mets.
Choosing MLB All-Star teams based on 90 days of performance is absolutely ridiculous. Consider the following players:
How many of those guys would you consider “stars”? If you answered “ZERO” you’re correct. To be fair they all played terrific ball in the major leagues sometime between April and June. This is an incredible accomplishment! There have been over 104,000,000 young males who have played baseball in the U.S. alone. Fewer than 1,700 have shown up on an AL or NL All-Star roster. Kudos to you Derrick Turnbow (class of 2006). Forever introduce yourself to strangers as a big league All-Star, just don’t mention your 7.3 RA/9 in 108 games (post AS selection).
Piling on the shortsightedness, I am unveiling the 2nd Half All-Star teams for 2011. These rosters were based entirely on player performance over the last 2 1/2 months of the season.
First the senior circuit (with 2nd half split stats)…
1B – Albert Pujols .584 SLG
2B – Dan Uggla .569 SLG
3B – Pablo Sandoval .593 SLG
SS – Troy Tulowitzki 40% BABIP
C – Yadier Molina .535 SLG
LF – Ryan Braun .642 SLG
CF – Matt Kemp 41% BABIP
RF – Lucas Duda .411 OBP
UT – Emilio Bonifacio 38% BABIP, 24 SB
LHSP – Clayton Kershaw 101 K/19 BB
LHSP – Madison Bumgarner 99 K/19 BB
RHSP – Javier Vazquez 96 K/16 BB
LHSP – Cliff Lee 101 K/13 BB, 2.0 RA/9
RHSP – Ian Kennedy 2.1 RA/9
RHRP – Sergio Romo 27 K/1 BB, 0.5 RA/9
RHRP – Kenley Jansen 0.8 RA/9
LHRP – Sean Marshall 36 K/7 BB, 0 HR
RHRP – J.J. Putz 0.8 RA/9
There are at least 4 names that scream “small sample size”. Who among these do you think is the next Rafael Ramirez (class of ’84) or Chris Brown (’86)? The future Danny Kolb (’04) or Edison Volquez (’08)?