David Wright is number 9 on NL Home Run Leaders List with 5, but One More Brings Him to 5th and a Spot on the MLB homepage.
baseball stats.jpgThe Mets are a long way out of first place right now. When you yell “Let’s Go Mets!” you need to accompany that with the modern-day sports radio equivalent of fine print, those innanely quick compressed speech sotto-voce disclaimers that follow many commercials nowadays. You need to say “Let’s Go Mets…realistically speaking….. out of the cellar and also in terms of individual player stats!
When you say “Let’s Go Mets” you have to provide footnotes defining your terms to the satisfaction of nearby Yankee and Phillies fans. In this case”let’s” means ”allow them”, “go” meaning to move forward towards our realistic short term goals, boldly out of last place and also into the top five in individual NL stats. When you say Mets, you may want to specify “trade bait” and “free agent” stars not long for New York as opposed to the small time players who are likely to be left standing in September.
David Wright is one swing away from the top five on the NL home run list. Ricky Weeks look out.
NL HOME RUN LEADERS
1 Ryan Braun MIL 9 homers
2. Alfonso Soriano Chic Cubs 7 homers
2. Albert Pujols St L 7 homers
2. Troy Tulowitzki Colo 7 homers
5. Ricky Weeks (plus 3 other players) 6 homers
9. David Wright NY Mets 5 homers
Since the MLB site mainly focuses on the top five of everything, it is very important for David Wright to hit that 6th homer to tie with Ricky Weeks for 5th so that Mets fans can cheer for him with more authenticity, and see his face on the MLB homepage without having to click additional tabs for stats.
David Wright is 8th in runs scored with 18, but if he hit one more he would be 4th, and would make the top 5. Here is the runs scored list:
NL RUNS SCORED LEADERS
1. Braun 23
2. Votto 22
3. Philips 20
4.Berkman St. L 19
4. Fowler Col 19
4. Kemp LA 19
4. Weeks Mil 19
8. Davis Wright Mets 18
8. Bourn 18
Reyes is #2 in stolen bases with 8, (one behind Pittsburgh’s Tabata who has 9) and tied with 4 other players, and #1 in triples with 2, (tied with 11 others) Reyes should focus on getting more stolen bases, regardless of their affect on the game so he can pass Tabata and be number one in two categories.
Ike Davis is number four in the league in terms of RBI’s; way to go Ike. You saved us alot of clicking and dragging.
NL RBI LEADERS
1. Fielder 23
2. Braun 21
3. Howard 20
4. Davis 18 (tied with others). Davis should focus on getting three more RBIs than these other gentlemen so he’ll rise to second place.
NL SLUGGING LEADERS WITH 80 OR MORE AT BATS
1. Braun .721
2. Tulowitski .674
3. Votto .627
4. Kemp .612
5. IKE DAVIS .600
Ike is in the top 5 but MLB does not list by 80 or more at bats. Sorry Ike!
Beltran is having a great year for doubles! That was always his favorite. He is third in the league right now. You can see him on MLB’s homepage under doubles.
NL DOUBLES LEADERS
1. Ethier 9
2. Fowler 9
3. Beltran 8
(Davis has 7, but so do alot of other people)
NL BATTING LEADERS
1. Holliday .407
2. Ethier .379
3. Kemp .379
4. Berkman .378
5. Votto .373
6. IKE DAVIS .338
Votto, Berkman and Kemp are bunched up, a few points apart, and Davis has a long way to go behind them. MLB could really help him and the Mets by extending the NL leaders lists to six places, but that is probably not going to happen. The only solution is for the individual Mets such as Davis to play harder, which is not such a bad idea when you think about it.
After winning five straight games against Houston (.391) Arizona (.455) and Washington (.455) the Mets are feeling on top of the world. That doesn’t mean they are actually on top of anything, but it just feels like it. Their situation has something to do with losing nine straight two weeks ago, but things are certainly looking better since Jason Bay walked into our “yard” and caught the chickens off their guard. In fact, the Mets have won every single game Bay has played in this year!
Jason Bay came back to the land of the living on April 21st and went 1 for 4 in his first game of the season, helping the Mets beat Houston. The following day he went 1-4 against Arizona and the Mets won. On April 23rd, he went 2-4 against AZ and the Mets won again. The following day he went 1-3 and the Mets swept the Diamondbacks. On Tuesday April 26th, Bay went 2-4 raising his average to .368 and helping the Mets beat Washington 6 to 4. I don’t know what magic he has in that bat but let’s be reaalllly nice to him, okay? He seems to have what the Mets need, and it probably isn’t good looks.
Bay is not the only one doing well. Ike Davis is at .338 with 7 doubles one triple and 4 homers with 18 rbis and a slugging %%% of .600. Reyes is batting .314 with 6 doubles, 2 triples and 6 ribbies with 8 stolen bases. Wright, although at .247 has 5 homers (with some near misses!) and 15 rbis. Beltran’s 8 doubles and 3 homers (.289) count for something as well.
Once touted as the worst team in baseball, the Mets have now leaped into a three way tie for seventh worst in baseball, and third worst in the National League. They are still three games under .500, so the loveable losers label is not in danger yet. Here are the standings for the worst in baseball.
RACE FOR THE CELLAR;
The Worst Records in Baseball
San Diego 9 15 .375
Seatlle 9 15 .375
Houston 9 14 .391
Chicago WS 10 14 .417
Minneapolis 9 12 .429
Baltimore 9 12 .429
Tied for seventh worst:
NY Mets 10 13 .435
Chicago Cubs 10 13 .435
Pittsburgh 10 13 .435
If the Mets win tonight against Washington, it will be a major breakthrough for the team. They will skyrocket to 11 and 13 for a .458 win/loss record. Washington will go to 11 and 13 as well. The Mets would then be tied for last instead of dead last in their division. If Boston loses, they too will go to 11 and 13 as would Arizona if they lost. This means the Mets might find themselves in a six way tie for seventh worst.
In any case, we need to send good energy to Jason Bay. Apparently all he needs to do is get one hit and the Mets are so happy they forget all their financial woes and win the game.