As I was watching the Mets painful debacle yesterday, I couldn't help but notice just how bad this team is with runners in scoring position.
I have yet to find a statistic that reflects just how bad this team is when they have runners in scoring position, especially late in games.
But trust me folks, it's ugly.
The one guy on the Mets that stuck out to me in particular was David Wright.
Here was Wright, the face of the franchise, up yesterday with runners on first and second and no one out, and I had absolutely no confidence that he could get a hit with a runner in scoring position.
Wright has let me down far too many times this season, and hell, it's not even May.
But what surprised me is that Wright has not been nearly as bad as I thought with runners in scoring position this season.
According to ESPN, Wright is hitting .226 in 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Perhaps my mind was deceived by the number of times Wright failed to come through when the Mets absolutely needed him to deliver. Either way, the stats are pretty interesting.
And what I found most amazing is that there are tons of high profile players who are struggling even more than Wright at the plate with runners in scoring position.
Here is a list of some of the names and their batting average with runners in scoring position in April:
Cameron Maybin (18 ABs) .000Felix Pie (12 ABs) .000Chris Snyder (11 ABs) .000Geovany Soto (14 ABs) .071Miguel Olivo (14 ABs) .071J.J. Hardy (22 ABs) .091Felipe Lopez (11 ABs) .091Torii Hunter (20 ABs) .100J.D. Drew (28 ABs) .107Jermaine Dye (18 ABs) .111Michael Young (17 ABs) .118Jhonny Peralta (25 ABs) .120Alfonso Soriano (16 ABs) . 125Mike Fontenot (16 ABs) .125Lance Berkman (22 ABs) .136Jim Thome (14 ABs) .143Brandon Phillips (19 ABs) .158Chris Young (19 ABs) .158Alexei Casilla (25 ABs) .160
Hunter Pence (18 ABs) .167
Travis Hafner (18 ABs) .167Adam Dunn (18 ABs) .167Ryan Church (18 ABs) .167
Want to know why the Cubs and Diamondbacks are struggling on offense this season? Look no further than this list, which shows that each team has three regulars hitting less than .158 with runners in scoring position.
And it is interesting to note that there are guys on this list who are otherwise off to great starts at the dish: Adam Dunn, Michael Young, Torii Hunter, etc.
I'll be honest, I did not expect to see any of those names on this list (well, maybe Dunn given his terrible history hitting with runners in scoring position).
I'm also wonder how there's only one Met on this list.
So take these numbers for what they're worth at this point, because I'm sure these numbers are bound to go up in the following months.
Keep in mind that statistics do not tell the whole story.