Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
April 26, 2005
BASEBALL: Lumber Company

After last night's action, the Mets are second in the league in runs scored, 6th in OBP but tied for the lead in HR. While it's still early to judge any individual player, through 20 games, Mets non-pitchers have 631 at bats - about a full season's worth for a regular player. What have they done with those at bats?


That's a portrait of a player with a solid base of offensive skill, maybe could improve the K/BB rate and cut down a bit on the DPs. But not bad at all for an entire team.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:10 PM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

This is somewhat off topic but on page 2 of today there is the team of the best fat guys at each position. Sid Fernandez did not make the team. They put Rich Garces on there who was REALLY fat but Sid was a load himself and he could deal, too. A terrible omission and a black day for Mets fans everywhere.

Posted by: jim at April 26, 2005 12:38 PM

Sid should have been there. And I think of Art Shamsky, who wasn't fat, but he was slower than most fat people.

Crank, your stats for the Mets so far are interesting, but I think you'd have to reduce the R/HR/RBIs by about 10% to 15% to get a typical player's season based on AB plus BB. And you know you wouldn't draft this player for your fantasy team.

Posted by: Attila at April 26, 2005 2:07 PM

Pedro just gave up 3 in the first inning. Crank, is there any short way of coming up with Pedro's 1st inning ERA over the past couple of years? It has to be way out of synch with his overall ERA.

Posted by: jim at April 26, 2005 7:22 PM

Pedro's splits the past three years are here. He's a little rough in first innings, rougher just in 2005.

Posted by: The Crank at April 26, 2005 8:28 PM

So just for this year, which is only a 5 game sample, his inning 1 ERA is 14.4 compared to innings 2-9 ERA of .87. Last year his inning 1 ERA was about 5.20 compared with inning 2-9 ERA of about 3.40. (In 2003 he only gave up 5 runs in 29 first innings so this is a really recent yet continuing phenomenom). I took a couple of stats courses in college but I would not profess to know if these are statistically significant numbers. However, they look pretty frightening.

Posted by: jim at April 27, 2005 9:31 AM
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