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I was speaking recently to another Mets blogger, and the topic of Justin Turner came up. After being unsurprised that a sabermetrician like myself prefers Josh Satin to Turner, he said that he liked Turner because, “Justin Turner is a clutch player.”
“There are certain players who are just better in clutch situations, you can’t deny that,” another person chimed in.
Before I knew it, I was by myself debating against a dozen other people trying to make the case that player’s performance does not change in high leverage situations.
Before we go any further, let’s establish a couple of things first. Clutch performances exist. On any given night, Justin Turner can in fact come through with a big hit in a high leverage situation. So can any other player in Major League Baseball. That’s the beauty of baseball. Any given player can come through in a clutch situation on any given day. There’s just no such thing as a player that is better in the clutch than he is in any other situation.
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Matt Harvey isn’t the only New York Mets pitcher not receiving any support from his hitters. The true measure of how well Jeremy Hefner has pitched this year isn’t found in his 2-6 record, but 3.72 ERA. Hefner has arguably been the Mets’ second most effective starter behind Harvey, which should mute any trade discussions.
HEFNER: Having understated season. (AP)
Please note: This article was written before/during the games played on June 29th, 2013, and all statistics are through games played on June 28th.
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