Timely hitting has been an issue for the 2016 Mets. The team ranks dead last in all of baseball with a .215 batting average with runners in scoring position. By Fangraphs’s excellent Clutch metric, the Mets rank third to last with a Clutch score of -7.10. For this week’s Mind Boggler, we’re asking you to name every player in Mets history with a single-season Clutch score of at least 1.40.
Clutch is an interesting stat because it measures how a player performs in high-leverage situations compared to how he performs in a context-neutral environment. A player who hits .320 in high-leverage situations isn’t necessarily “clutch” if he also hits .320 in all other situations. The Clutch metric accounts for that.
Most research shows that, over time, players generally perform at the same level in all types of situations, regardless of leverage. In other words, there’s probably no such thing as “clutch hitting.” This would explain why some of the names on this list are fairly obscure. Jose Reyes—certainly not an obscure player—leads this year’s Mets with a Clutch score of 0.67.
You’ll have four minutes for this quiz. Good luck, and remember to post your time and score in the comments!