Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mets starters, ten games in

I thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at the stats on the Mets starters after they have each had 2 starts. Obviously these could change wildly but it provides an interesting look at the the starters who have lead us to this wonderful 7-3 start.

Name
IP
ERA
WHIP
xFIP
BABIP
K/9
H/9
BB/9
Santana
10
.90
1.2
3.45
.304
11.7
6.3
4.5
Dickey
13
2.08
1.46
3.46
.333
6.92
9.69
3.46
Niese
12.2
2.13
0.95
3.16
.212
8.53
4.97
3.55
Pelfrey
11.2
3.09
1.8
2.65
.429
7.71
13.89
2.31
Gee
12.1
2.92
1.14
2.62
.306
8.03
8.76
1.46

Numbers in green were the leader in a category, numbers in red were the worst. The first thing that strikes me about this group is how balanced it is. The strengths and weaknesses are pretty well spread out and everybody is showing good to very good numbers. The worst ERA on the team is Pelf who has a very low 3.09, while Santana has yet to crack one.

xFIP which measures pitching independent of defense has the group inverse of ERA. Showing Pelf and Gee as the two best starters with Dickey and Santana as the two worst (but still with excellent mid 3 numbers). Right now Johan has been a strikeout machine averaging well over a K per inning, Dickey was the low man but as knuckler it is expected he will put weakly hit balls into play and get more outs through defense than K's.

Niese has given up the fewest h/9 and Pelf by far the most with 13.89 however BABIP provides a possible explanation here. Niese has benefited from an incredibly low .212 BABIP and Pelf by an equally unlikely .429 meaning that as both of these numbers get nearer to the baseline, Niese's numbers should be go up and Pelf's back down.

The bottom line is, if the Mets starters can keep this up, they are going to be a sight to see.

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