Mets Stat Of The Day: Fourth-inning magic

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

If there was one inning Mets fans should have stayed in their seats for in 2013, it was the fourth inning.

It is common for hitters to fare better against pitchers the more that they see them. The Mets found their greatest hitting success in 2013 seeing pitchers the second time around, leading to some fourth-inning offensive magic. They scored more runs in the fourth inning than in any other inning. sOPS+ measures OPS in a particular split relative to how the rest of the league performed in that situation. The Mets were one of the best teams in baseball finding the scoreboard in the fourth inning.

Inning R HR BA OBP SLG OPS sOPS+
1st inning 67 12 0.241 0.302 0.353 0.656 78
2nd inning 52 16 0.227 0.296 0.356 0.652 85
3rd inning 60 12 0.214 0.279 0.316 0.595 68
4th inning 88 25 0.276 0.349 0.463 0.812 117
5th inning 63 9 0.241 0.292 0.348 0.640 76
6th inning 72 11 0.241 0.300 0.383 0.683 87
7th inning 77 10 0.254 0.321 0.375 0.696 97
8th inning 65 11 0.215 0.305 0.328 0.632 88
9th inning 57 20 0.221 0.283 0.388 0.672 103
Ext inning 18 4 0.234 0.346 0.310 0.656 88

Source: Baseball-Reference.com

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