For those who have read Moneyball, we know now that on-base percentage is the name of the game.
In the early going this season, the Mets have done a great job of getting guys on base. The team is tied for third place in the NL with a .335 on-base percentage with the Washington Nationals.
However, driving in those runs has been a more difficult task. Just in Wednesday’s game against the Braves, the Mets left 11 runners on base.
While the team’s on-base percentage may be third, their batting average with runners in scoring position is ninth in the league at just .236. That average drops to .208 with two outs.
Driving in the clutch run with two outs, especially late in the game, separates the men from the boys. There have been a few instances of guys coming up big with two outs (David Wright, Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis) this year, but this needs to become a recurring trend.
Of course, even the best teams will not be effective every time in driving in clutch runs. But the team’s th...