Can The Love Fest Last: A Saber Look at Jonathon Niese

Metszilla.comCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2010

NEW YORK - MAY 08:  Jonathan Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Our resident Sabermetrics analyst at Metszilla, The Bionicchop, decided to pull out his calculator, t-square, sun dial, pocket protector and whatever other nerdly devices he deemed necessary in order to get a good look at two of the better stories in New York baseball this season.

Part I of the story is that of the Mets rookie left-hander Jonathon Niese, who, after a torn hamstring tendon ended his 2009 season, entered this season without so much as a guaranteed spot in the rotation.  The highlights of his season are many and include a 1-hit complete game shutout against the Padres on June 10th.  About the only thing more encouraging than Niese’s current performance, is his future……even when you take a stab at his stats with a saber:

Numbers from the back of the baseball card

Numbers from the back of the Da Vinci Code

  • 23 years old
  • 3.38 ERA / 3.95 XERA
  • DOM (K/9) 7.1
  • CTL (BB/9) 2.8

For anyone who prays to the bible of sabermetrics the above indicators help get you to one bottom line, Base Performance Value (BPV).  An excellent resource for deciphering these statistics can be found on line at ...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: