Found November 05, 2011 on MetsOnline:
According to ESPN’s statistics, the 2011 New York Mets were the fifth oldest team in all of Major League Baseball. The oldest team was the Phillies (29.9), then the Rangers (29.8), then the Brewers and the Yankees (both 29.5). The Mets, Red Sox, and Giants (all 29.3) were tied for the fifth oldest team in Major League Baseball. I had no idea that the Mets’ players were much older than the league average. Looking back at the 2011 team, many of the main contributors were pretty young. At the start of the 2011 season, the average age of Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada, Josh Thole, Lucas Duda, Pedro Beato, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and (for the sake of the argument) Ike Davis was approximately 24. But, at the same time, the average age of R.A. Dickey, Jason Isringhausen, Tim Byrdak, D.J. Carrasco, Jason Bay, and Johan Santana was around 35. Despite these statistics and the Mets’ record, age definitely does not directly correlate with losing. In fact, all of the teams in the playoffs this year had an average age in the top 60% of the league. Also, five of the eight oldest teams in all of baseball made it into the playoffs in 2011. Two of those teams, the Rangers and the Cardinals, ultimately made it to the World Series. And… Checkout this stat: The four oldest teams in had the top four records in all of Major League Baseball. So, this leads to an important question: If the Mets are the fifth oldest team, and the oldest teams have the best records, why don’t the Mets have one of the best records?
  1. There are exceptions to everything: For example, the Tampa Bay Rays were the 18th oldest team and they had the seventh best record.
  2. Bad Contracts: The majority of the older players on the Mets are here on long term deals and did not perform as expected. Johan Santana factored in to the age stat, as did Jason Bay, D.J. Carrasco, and others. The older players on the other good teams are with their teams on better deals and are performing well because their team’s GM handed out good contracts.
  3. Luck: To win you need to have good luck. Call me dumb, but if the Mets were luckier this season, they COULD have made it to the playoffs.
A prediction to conclude: The Mets’ average age will probably decrease each of the next few seasons. However, during that time their record will probably increase.
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