2003 New York Mets Graphs Review

Following are graphs and commentary regarding the 2003 season of the New York Mets. Questions or comments can be sent to me at dave@baseballgraphs.com.



NL East Standings The National League East Race

The Mets hovered just below .500 until early June, when they started experiencing the law of gravity. Like several other NL teams this year (the Reds and Pirates, for instance), they woke up and realized they weren't as good as they thought, traded away some overpriced veterans and played the kids. The results were half bad.

The half good part was August, when the Mets had their best run. The half bad part was September, when the kids played more to form.





Comments How to Read this Graph

New York was somewhat better than the bottom three teams in the league, but only by a hair. They did finish two runs under their projected won/loss record.

Roll your mouse over the graph, and you'll see the Mets' position at midyear was actually very different. The Mets had some poor pitching and fielding in the first half of the year. The defense improved significantly in the second half, but the offense declined, too. The net result was the same for the two halves.

Move your mouse over this graph to view the status of each team at the season's midpoint (July 1st).


Pitching and Fielding

Fielding Independent Pitching is based on the following formula: (13*HR+3*BB-2*K)/IP. Defense Efficiency Ratio is (Non-catcher putouts/Batted Balls in Play), adjusted for ballpark. Circle sizes in this graph are proportional to the percent of fieldable balls successfully converted into outs by the fielders.
The Mets' Pitching and Fielding

The Mets' were one of the worst fielding teams in the league, and their stats show it. If not for the kids, there probably would not have been a good fielder on the team.

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New York Mets Ten Game Averages
April May June July Aug Sept
OBP .308 .342 .300 .318 .332 .281
SLG .362 .410 .398 .373 .405 .298
FIP 1.15 1.82 2.11 1.70 0.90 1.05
DER .703 .725 .713 .685 .751 .720
The DER stats in this table are based on limited data; the trend between months per team is more valid than the absolute number.
The Mets Day-by-Day

Looking more closely, the Mets' defense was solidly below average until August and September, when the pitching and fielding improved significantly. On the mound, Leiter returned to form, Glavine pitched well and Seo had his moments. Their best pitcher, however, was Trachsel.

In the field, the young kids like Reyes, Duncan and Wilson seemed to put a charge into the defense. Unfortunately, those were the same kids who batted in September (except Reyes, whose injury seemed to deflate the club a bit).



New York Mets' Win Shares

Player          Team    Pos     Hit     Field   Pitch   Sum     WS	
--------	----	----	-----	-----	-----	-----	---	
T Wigginton     NYM     3B      11.28   3.66    0.00    14.94   15	
C Floyd         NYM     OF      13.56   1.26    0.00    14.82   15	
S Trachsel      NYM     P       0.00    0.00    13.14   13.14   13	
J Phillips      NYM     1B      11.08   1.50    0.00    12.58   13	
J Reyes         NYM     SS      8.27    3.79    0.00    12.06   12	
M Piazza        NYM     C       7.86    3.08    0.00    10.94   11	
A Leiter        NYM     P       0.00    0.00    9.33    9.33    9	
J Burnitz       NYM     OF      8.22    1.03    0.00    9.25    9	
J Seo           NYM     P       0.00    0.00    8.55    8.55    9	
D Weathers      NYM     P       0.00    0.00    7.83    7.83    8	
R Cedeno        NYM     OF      5.92    1.79    0.00    7.71    8	
A Benitez       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    7.68    7.68    8	
V Wilson        NYM     C       3.59    3.73    0.00    7.32    7	
T Glavine       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    6.68    6.68    7	
R Alomar        NYM     2B      5.43    1.21    0.00    6.64    7	
T Perez         NYM     OF      3.99    1.47    0.00    5.46    5	
J McEwing       NYM     2B      1.65    2.95    0.00    4.60    5	
R Gonzalez      NYM     OF      3.11    1.22    0.00    4.33    4	
T Clark         NYM     1B      3.86    0.39    0.00    4.25    4	
D Wheeler       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    3.11    3.11    3	
M Stanton       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    3.05    3.05    3	
J Franco        NYM     P       0.00    0.00    2.97    2.97    3	
P Feliciano     NYM     P       0.00    0.00    2.81    2.81    3	
J Duncan        NYM     OF      0.98    1.57    0.00    2.56    3	
G Lloyd         NYM     P       0.00    0.00    2.43    2.43    2	
R Sanchez       NYM     SS      0.00    2.31    0.00    2.31    2	
S Strickland    NYM     P       0.00    0.00    1.81    1.81    2	
M Scutaro       NYM     2B      1.34    0.42    0.00    1.76    2	
J Velandia      NYM     SS      0.44    1.31    0.00    1.75    2	
G Roberts       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    1.30    1.30    1	
T Shinjo        NYM     OF      0.00    1.19    0.00    1.19    1	
M Vaughn        NYM     1B      0.64    0.13    0.00    0.77    1	
J Bell          NYM     3B      0.00    0.72    0.00    0.72    1	
J Cerda         NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.33    0.33    0	
J Roach         NYM     P       0.29    0.00    0.00    0.29    0	
D Garcia        NYM     2B      0.00    0.28    0.00    0.28    0	
J Anderson      NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.26    0.26    0	
P Redman        NYM     OF      0.00    0.12    0.00    0.12    0	
M Watson        NYM     OF      0.00    0.05    0.00    0.05    0	
J Depastino     NYM     C       0.00    0.02    0.00    0.02    0	
M Glavine       NYM     1B      0.00    0.01    0.00    0.01    0	
E Almonte       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
P Astacio       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
M Bacsik        NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
D Cone          NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
J Griffiths     NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
A Heilman       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
J Middlebrook   NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
O Moreno        NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	
P Strange       NYM     P       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0	

The Mets' Individual Players

Ty Wigginton didn't do anything special, but he hung in there, played virtually every game and wound up leading the team in Win Shares. Cliff Floyd was having a fine year at bat until his injury, and Jason Phillips might have led the team in Win Shares if not for a September slump. Jose Reyes got his twelve Win Shares in 69 games.

The Mets did a good job trading Burnitz when they did; he only had three Win Shares for the Dodgers.

You can view all National League Win Shares data via the following links:
All Players, Top to Bottom
Players Ranked by Position
Players Fielding WS by Position