2010 Postmortem: The Biggest Hits

Most Mets-related discussion is justifiably focused on the future. That doesn't mean we can't still reflect on this past season. Over the next week or two, we'll dissect 2010 -- what went right, what went wrong, who should stick around in 2011. And there will be posts like this one, recalling memorable moments from the season. Here are the top ten most valuable plate appearances by the Mets in 2010, according to the statistic Win Probability Added (WPA).

10. David Wright, 10/2/10
Play: Three-run home run off Tyler Clippard in the bottom of the eighth inning
WPA: .363
Game Result: Mets 7, Nationals 2

This was the last in a string of late-inning, late-season homers by David The Unclutch. It broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Mets their final win of the year. Clippard had a fine season out of the bullpen for the Nats but was victimized twice by the Mets during the final weekend. See entry #2 on this list.

8. (tied) Ike Davis, 6/8/10
Play: Solo home run off Edward Mujica in the bottom of the eleventh inning
WPA: .367
Game Result: Mets 2, Padres 1

Ike ended it with a 444-foot bomb in the vicinity of Shea Bridge. Mujica boasted a superb K/BB ratio of 12.00 this season, but allowed a crazy 14 home runs in just 69.2 innings. Jose Reyes also homered to support a brilliant Mike Pelfrey (9 innings, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 0 walks).

8. (tied) Henry Blanco, 5/8/10
Play: Solo home run off Guillermo Mota in the bottom of the eleventh inning
WPA: .367
Game Result: Mets 5, Giants 4

Hank White continued Met fans' early season love affair with the Barajas/Blanco catching tandem by owning Mr. Mota. This game was noteworthy for the large amount of trash flying around on the field. It also marked the first time since 2001 that the Mets won two games in a row via walkoff home run (see entry #7).

7. Rod Barajas, 5/7/10
Play: Two-run home run off Sergio Romo in the bottom of the ninth inning
WPA: .368
Game Result: Mets 6, Giants 4

God Barajas hit the game-winner against the eventual NL West champion Giants. It was his second longball of the game and his slugging percentage at the end of the day was a Pujolsian .598. Barajas went into a deep slide in June and July but his heroics in April and May remain memorable.

6. Ike Davis, 7/28/10
Play: Two-run single off Dennys Reyes in the bottom of the eighth inning
WPA: .384
Game Result: Cardinals 8, Mets 7

Johan Santana allowed six runs in the first inning and the Mets fought back to tie it at seven, capped by Ike's two-run single. It went for naught though -- Albert Pujols won it in the top of the 13th with an RBI single. Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan hit home runs and David Wright added three hits.

5. Luis Castillo, 8/24/10
Play: RBI single off Will Ohman in the bottom of the ninth inning
WPA: .391
Game Result: Mets 6, Marlins 5

Castillo was frustrated by his dwindling playing time this season and I was happy to see him notch the game-winner. Quoth Luis:

I feel good. I feel good for the team, feel good for me. It's hard because for the first time I'm not playing every day. I try to do the best I can.

The Mets held a slim 4-2 lead in the seventh, but R.A. Dickey surrendered a three-run homer to Gaby Sanchez. Carlos Beltran tied it in the eighth with an RBI single before Castillo's walkoff. Angel Pagan had four hits, including a pair of doubles.

4. Ike Davis, 7/18/10
Play: RBI double off Brian Wilson in the top of the tenth inning
WPA: .407
Game Result: Mets 4, Giants 3

Umpire Phil Cuzzi helped the cause in this one -- his blown call at home plate in the bottom of the ninth kept the game tied after Francisco Rodriguez blew the save. Ike took advantage, cracking an RBI double to drive in the soon-to-be concussed Jason Bay. Frankie stayed on in the tenth inning, tossing a scoreless frame to secure the vulture win.

3. Rod Barajas, 5/4/10
Play: Solo home run off Francisco Cordero in the top of the ninth inning
WPA: .417
Game Result: Mets 5, Reds 4

John Maine was the starter -- he turned in his second and final effective start of the season (6 innings, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts). Unfortunately, Fernando Nieve allowed a pair of solo homers in the eighth inning to blow the 4-2 lead. In Rod we trusted, and he delivered with a solo shot off his former battery mate Cordero.

2. Josh Thole, 10/1/10
Play: Solo home run off Tyler Clippard in the bottom of the tenth inning
WPA: .423
Game Result: Mets 2, Nationals 1

Brilliant pitching by Pat Misch and Hisanori Takahashi buoyed the Mets and their inept offense. Thole's game-winner was the first of his career at any level, including little league. Ike Davis accounted for the other run with a homer in the fourth inning.

1. Ruben Tejada, 9/28/10
Play: Two-run double off John Axford in the bottom of the ninth inning
WPA: .546
Game Result: Mets 4, Brewers 3

This is the WPA juggernaut -- turning a deficit into a victory with one swing of the bat. And against a terrific reliever in Axford at that. The adorable Tejada struggled overall in 2010 (.588 OPS) but enjoyed a nice September: .284/.364/.433. He can take this one into the offseason.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Amazin' Avenue

You must be a member of Amazin' Avenue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Amazin' Avenue. You should read them.

Join Amazin' Avenue

You must be a member of Amazin' Avenue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Amazin' Avenue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker