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Mets-Pirates Saber-stat Series Preview

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Tonight the Mets (30-32, 6.5GB) begin a four-game series on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates (30-31, 6.5GB).

It seems like only yesteday that these two teams went head-to-head. Oh, wait, it was last week. The Mets split the previous four-game series with the Pirates at home.

Suffice it to say these are two very similar teams. Both are at or near league average in many offensive categories. The Mets have slugged a bit better, but the Pirates have made more of their fly balls so far this year.

Pitching and defense-wise, neither has lit it up and generally speaking are pretty similar.

If the Mets' bullpen can manage not to implode there's a good chance they can win this series and climb over the .500 hump.

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Graphic Guide: League average is scaled to 100. Scores higher than 100 indicate performance better than league average, less than 100 indicates performance worse than league average regardless of the statistic. For example, if a team has a FIP of 110% on the graph their actual FIP is 10% better than league average.

Offense

RS/G: Runs Scored per Game

wOBA: Weighted On-base Average

OBP: On-base Percentage

SLG: Slugging

BABIP: Batting Average on Balls in Play

LD%: Line-drive Percentage

HR/FB: Home run to Fly Ball Ratio

Defense

RA/G: Runs Against per Game

FIP: Fielding Independent Pitching

tERA: True Runs Allowed

LOB%: Left On-base Percentage

BABIP: Batting Average on Balls in Play

K/BB: Strikeouts to Walk Ratio

HR/FB: Home run to Fly Ball Ratio