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David Wright, Jose Reyes duo generates many runs
The people promoting The Bill James Gold Mine 2009, sent some James-ian tidbits about your 2008 New York Mets:
"David Wright drove in Jose Reyes 42 times last year, the second-highest figure for a pair of teammates in the last six years." Only Gary Sheffield and Rafael Furcal reached a higher totalSheffield drove in Furcal 49 times in 2003."
"Johan Santana pitched a brilliant, must-win game on the penultimate day of the Mets season, but hes always pitched well against the best. His ERA against teams that are better than .600 is almost as good as his ERA against teams that are worse than .400."
Photo: AP"Jose Reyes led off 317 innings for the Mets in 2008by far the largest number of leadoff innings in the majors." He was the Mets leadoff man, of course, and then it just happened that a lot of innings ended with Reyes due up next. He also led the majors in times reached base leading off an inning (118), although not by such a wide margin. Ichiro Suzuki was second (114)."
"Among players who batted at least 200 times last year, Luis Castillo was the major leagues most patient hitter by far." He took 68 percent of the pitches he saw; no other hitter took more than 64 percent."
Through the first three innings, the Mets were baseballs best team, and it wasnt even close: They were 23.5 games over .500, 10 full games better than any other team. "From that point onward, they did a long, slow fade, holding fewer leads and facing more deficits each inning, ultimately finishing eight games over .500 and just short of making the postseason."