Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/7/12
The 2012 Mets are succeeding thanks to a great record in close games. It is up for debate if they will be able to continue this performance throughout the year but for right now they are 11-3 in games decided by one or two runs. Most fans would say they have done a good job of coming through in the clutch. And perhaps no one has come through in the clutch more than Kirk Nieuwenhuis. One of the problems with clutch is that there is no one correct way to describe it. Some people may define it as coming through in close and late situations. And that certainly is a reasonable definition. But it leaves out an AB with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of a scoreless game. If Player X gets a hit there, that seems like a clutch hit to me. Another issue is what do we define the clutch performance against? According to Baseball-Reference, the NL OPS in high leverage situations is .699 this year. So, which player is more clutch – a player who averages a .900 OPS overall but who has...
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