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Perception vs. Reality: Mets' Stats In Games I Attended

I attended seven Mets games this season, six at Citi Field and one at Nationals Park, resulting in a 4-3 record.  Without looking at numbers and going with my gut, I felt like the following Mets played well during these games:

I felt like the following Mets played poorly:

I decided to do some data entry and find out the Mets' stats during these seven games. Here are the top four and bottom four hitters, minimum eight plate appearances (PA):

Player PA OPS
Cory Sullivan 15 1.200
Alex Cora 8 1.071
Angel Pagan 23 1.058
Daniel Murphy 20 1.000
Player PA OPS
David Wright 24 .482
Fernando Tatis 11 .382
Jeff Francoeur 16 .259
Carlos Beltran 8 .250

 

My perception was right about Sullivan, Pagan, and Francoeur but wrong about Cora, Wright and Murphy.  Here's the same exercise but for pitchers (minimum three IP):

Player IP K BB ERA
Johan Santana 7 7 0 0.00
Ken Takahashi 3.1 2 4 0.00
Tim Redding 3.2 2 1 0.00
Mike Pelfrey 8 5 1 1.13

Player IP K BB ERA
Oliver Perez 5 7 5 3.60
Bobby Parnell 15 12 8 4.20
Brian Stokes 4 3 3 6.75
John Maine 4 1 2 15.75

My perception about both Johan and Parnell was correct, but individual pitching performances are more easily recalled.

Is there a point to this?  Not really, except to distract myself from the awful NLCS matchup. Maybe this shows (anecdotally) that we shouldn't entirely rely on just our eyes and memory when evaluating players. Those pesky numbers can help too.

This FanPost was contributed by a member of the community and was not subject to any vetting or approval process. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions, reasoning skills, or attention to grammar and usage rules held by the editors of this site.

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