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Mets vs Tigers, Saber-stat Series Preview

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Tonight, the Mets (39-39, 9.5GB) travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers (42-36, 1st AL Central) in a three-game series.

Both teams have been playing .500 ball of late. The bad news: the Tigers may have the best pitcher on the planet right now in Justin Verlander. The even worse news: the Mets draw him in game three of this series.

That being said, the Mets are finding all kinds of ways to score and have a good shot at taking two out of three from the Tigers. Of course, that assumes they win the first two. The Tigers have hit well this month, but if Dickey and Capuano can keep the Mets in the first two games they've got a decent shot to win the series.

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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