Struggling With Runners In Scoring Position in April

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets throws his bat after striking out in the first inning against the Florida Marlins on April 29, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 4-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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) .000
Felix Pie (12 ABs) .000
Chris Snyder (11 ABs) .000
Geovany Soto (14 ABs) .071
Miguel Olivo (14 ABs) .071
J.J. Hardy (22 ABs) .091
Felipe Lopez (11 ABs) .091
Torii Hunter (20 ABs) .100
J.D. Drew (28 ABs) .107
Jermaine Dye (18 ABs) .111
Michael Young (17 ABs) .118
Jhonny Peralta (25 ABs) .120
Alfonso Soriano (16 ABs) . 125
Mike Fontenot (16 ABs) .125
Lance Berkman (22 ABs) .136
Jim Thome (14 ABs) .143
Brandon Phillips (19 ABs) .158
Chris Young (19 ABs) .158

Alexei Casilla (25 ABs) .160
Hunter Pence (18 ABs) .167
Travis Hafner (18 ABs) .167
Adam Dunn (18 ABs) .167
Ryan 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.

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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.

Perhaps it's just some strange solace for me knowing that yes, there are actually players worse with runners in scoring position than David Wright—and it's very true that my Mets fandom is cynical and ridiculous.

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