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Mets Stat of the Day: Hitting when the count is 0-2

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Which Mets hitters were toughest to strikeout on 0-2 counts in 2013?

Doug Pensinger

Yesterday, we looked at the Mets pitchers who disposed of hitters with ease on 0-2 counts via the strikeout. How about Mets hitters in the same situation? Which Mets hitters were the toughest to strik eout on 0-2 counts in 2013 (minimum 10 plate appearances)?

Rank Results Player K %
1 3 / 12 Jordany Valdespin 25.0%
2 9 / 24 Eric Young 37.5%
3 5 / 12 Wilmer Flores 41.7%
4 21 / 47 Juan Lagares 44.7%
5 27 / 58 Daniel Murphy 46.6%
6 9 / 19 Ruben Tejada 47.4%
League Average 49.0%
7 12 / 24 Ike Davis 50.0%
8 10 / 20 Justin Turner 50.0%
9 11 / 21 Andrew Brown 52.4%
10 34 / 64 Marlon Byrd 53.1%
11 19 / 34 Omar Quintanilla 55.9%
12 19 / 33 David Wright 57.6%
13 17 / 26 Lucas Duda 65.4%
14 22 / 33 John Buck 66.7%
15 14 / 18 Dillon Gee 77.8%
16 10 / 12 Anthony Recker 83.3%
17 15 / 17 Matt Harvey 88.2%

Source: Baseball Savant

What is interesting to look at is how some of these hitters fared after 0-2 counts. In other words, the table above shows their strikeout rates when the count was exactly 0-2. If they didn't strike out right away, when it was 0-2, how did those at-bats end?

It seems players followed an opposite path depending on their success on 0-2 counts. As the table below highlights, the two toughest Mets to strike out on 0-2 counts—Jordany Valdespin and Eric Young—both had limited success hitting after the count reached 0-2. The opposite is true for the Mets who frequently struck out on 0-2 counts: If they didn't strike out, they hit fairly well.

sOPS+ shows the player's OPS relative to league average for this split. League average is 100, so David Wright performed well above league average at 177.

Rk Player Split PA OPS sOPS+
1 David Wright After 0-2 82 0.615 177
2 Daniel Murphy After 0-2 126 0.614 176
3 Josh Satin After 0-2 38 0.508 127
4 Juan Lagares After 0-2 107 0.479 114
5 Marlon Byrd After 0-2 120 0.448 100
6 John Buck After 0-2 91 0.441 96
7 Lucas Duda After 0-2 68 0.435 98
8 Omar Quintanilla After 0-2 80 0.434 96
9 Ruben Tejada After 0-2 46 0.406 89
10 Mike Baxter After 0-2 26 0.401 82
11 Andrew Brown After 0-2 38 0.400 81
12 Justin Turner After 0-2 55 0.370 69
13 Wilmer Flores After 0-2 25 0.368 66
14 Jordany Valdespin After 0-2 34 0.353 58
15 Ike Davis After 0-2 63 0.279 30
16 Travis d'Arnaud After 0-2 27 0.268 24
17 Eric Young After 0-2 73 0.268 25
18 Anthony Recker After 0-2 29 0.241 8
19 Matt Harvey After 0-2 25 0.087 -61
20 Dillon Gee After 0-2 26 0.077 -65

Source: Baseball Reference