What Can I Expect From The Dodgers Series? Not Much

Barbara RobinsonContributor IJuly 7, 2009

MILWAUKEE - JULY 1:   Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Miller Park on July 1, 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

If you look at the head to head stats this could be a good series. But only if you simply skim the numbers.

Look at the seven stats highlighted and there is the main problem with the Mets and why this could be a very very painful three game set.

Of the seven the one I think is most egregious are the errors. The Dodgers come in with 37 and the Mets with 55. Of those 55 aproximately 12 either contributed to losing the lead after the 7th inning or let the tying/winning run score in a road game.

What is worst is that some 25% of the errors this year were from lackadaisical play. Errors happen, thats baseball but this type of play seems to point towards not being in the game.

Too many errors on this team are from not appying this simple rule: TWO-HANDS!!

 
 
LA Dodgers (52-30, 24-17 Road)
NY Mets (39-42, 22-17 Home)
 
 LAD: C. Kershaw  (5-5, 3.49 ERA)  NYM: M. Pelfrey  (6-3, 4.26 ERA)
Head to Head Analysis
DodgersHITTING STATSMets
.272Average.270
398Runs355
774Hits739
151Doubles154
14Triples17
64Home Runs50
375RBIs334
320Walks308
542Strikeouts453
30HBP26
69GIDP75
73/26SB / CS79/22
26Sac Flies27
37Sac Hits46
.349OBP.347
.403SLG%.394
.752OPS.741
DodgersPITCHING STATSMets
3.57ERA4.26
25/41Sv / SvOpp23/35
313Runs375
296Earned Runs341
629Hits717
64HRs75
315Walks311
635Strikeouts519
1Complete Games1
5Shutouts5
41Holds48
62GIDP60
34Quality Starts43
.231Opp. Avg.260
.315Opp. OBP.337
.362Opp. SLG%.403
.677Opp. OPS.740
DodgersDEFENSE STATSMets
82Games Played81
2240Putouts2162
37Errors55
816Assists785
77Double-plays75
.988Fielding %.982
DodgersCATCHER STATSMets
71/24SB Att/CS54/18
66.2%SB %66.7%
0Passed-Balls0
3Pitcher Pickoffs1
1Catcher Pickoffs0
7Pitcher Caught Stealing5

We also can't seem to get hits with runners in scoring position in any consistent manner. There was a game recently where we had the bases loaded three times and three different hitters came up and we did not get a single run. That is almost impossible.

A drunk on the local beer league team could manage to get in front of a pitch in order to score a run. Any kind of fly ball and we get a run. Its laughable. Only I'm not laughing any more.

Which stat do you think shows more why these two teams are in thier relative positions in the standings?