Impressive Stats Through May

Kevin McCarthyContributor IJune 1, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  Gary Sheffield #10 of the New York Mets bats against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May17, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Mets have had their setbacks so far in the season, yet they are still only half a game back and seven games over .500. Let’s take a look at who some of the statistical leaders are for the Metsies.


  • Luis Castillo is hitting .294/.395/.353 this season, showing he can still get on base at a great amount. Luis is on pace to score over 100 runs. Every Mets fan must be pleased with his production so far.
  • David Wright tore apart May, hitting .378/.479/.561 with two home runs. So far the home run power is not there, and his slugging percentage for the year (.483) is just OK. It should be about 50 points higher, but I’m sure he will turn that around. He has been striking out a lot, but it’s easy to nitpick, isn’t it?
  • Carlos Beltran is off to his best season so far, hitting .352/.447/.551. He has been attributing his success to the curve ball machine. His power has not been what it’s been in the past, but I’ll take the high average and on base percentage, along with that beastly slugging percentage, which would be the second highest of his career.
  • Gary Sheffield’s overall numbers look great (.292/.433/.521), but  consider his numbers since he has taken over the left field job (.392/.508/.686 since May 13). Your jaw may have dropped. Looks like he found the fountain of youth.
  • Omir Santos may not get on base a whole lot (.303 OBP so far), but he has a knack for clutch hits. In “high leverage” situations this year, Omir is hitting .389 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 22 PA.


  • Johan Santana is a second half pitcher, but this year he has looked unhittable right from the get-go. His 1.77 ERA is tops in the NL and second only to Zack Greinke. He is on pace for a 20 win season and it seems the Mets offense woes when he is on the hill are gone. His home run numbers are also down, most likely helped by Citi Field’s dimensions.
  • Mike Pelfrey’s numbers look reminiscent of last year (3.88 ERA), but when you take out his first two starts of the year, he has an ERA of 2.96. His overall strike out numbers aren’t great, but he has 12 in his last two starts. Big Pelf is looking strong since that DL stint.
  • John Maine is also off to a career year for the Mets. The boys in the booth mentioned that Omir Santos has had a great effect on Maine and Pelfrey, as he has allowed them to become more comfortable with their secondary pitches. Maine has a 2.36 ERA in his last seven starts.
  • Livan Hernandez has been wonderful for the Mets. If you take out the beating Albert Pujols, the best hitter on the planet, gave him, then his ERA is 3.40 for the year. Livan has had great success so far, especially against some of the more inexperienced teams. Coming into Spring Training I didn’t really think much of him, and I was dead wrong.
  • Francisco Rodriguez is off to the best start of his career. He’s been perfect in save opportunities and it’s so much fun to watch him pitch. He clearly has a game plan on the mound and his three awesome pitches don’t let the hitter cheat. His 0.73 ERA is ridiculous and he has shown that he can go more than one inning. Got to love that about a closer.
  • Bob Parnell has been a sigh of relief for the Mets (pun not intended) so far this season with his 2.11 ERA. I think he is a pitcher more in the 2.50-3.00 ERA range as a reliever, as his WHIP is a little high (1.57). He’s touched triple digits on the gun and once he gets better control of his slider, he will be a special pitcher for this team.
  • Pedro Feliciano is really the unsung hero of the bullpen. He looks like he is back to his 2006 form when he had a 2.09 ERA over 60 innings of work. His walks are way down (1.4 BB/9; career is 3.8) and he has shown the ability to pitch often (27 out of 49 games)