The New York Mets had a better year away from Citi Field. Let’s take a look at their top Road Warriors of 2018.
Citi Field was often unkind to the New York Mets in 2018. Away from the home ballpark, the production was quite different.
The Mets finished the year with a road record of 40-41. This is about what any organization should aim for. To have nearly as many wins as losses on someone else’s turf should usually lead to success.
How did the Mets do so well on the road? We can credit these top road warrior performers from 2018.
Amed Rosario – Hits Leader with 89
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Nobody had more hits on the road than Amed Rosario. His 89 best the runner-up, Michael Conforto, by ten.
Rosario’s slash line of .303/.334/.429 also looks impressive. You would never know by these numbers that he struggled to get on base for a large part of the year.
Adding further to his success, 15 of his stolen bases took place in the road greys. His 18 doubles tied Conforto and Brandon Nimmo for the most by any Mets player.
Michael Conforto – Home Run Leader with 17
I’ve already gone over a few of Conforto’s road accomplishments, but it’s also worth noting how many home runs he hit away from Citi Field. The team’s home run champion of 2018 launched 17 dingers in opposing team ballparks.
The only other Mets player to reach double-digits on the road is Asdrubal Cabrera whose 11 long balls fall short of Conforto’s lead.
In addition to the 17 home runs, Conforto led the way with 52 RBI on the road and 50 walks. If he can improve at home, this guy may become one of the best offensive outfielders in baseball.
Jacob deGrom – ERA Leader at 1.87
Whether at home or on the road, Jacob deGrom was masterful all year long. One thing he did do more frequently on the road is win games. His 6-3 record in 16 road starts makes it even more frustrating to see how few victories he was able to get at home.
It’s deGrom’s road ERA that is the truly impressive statistic. At 1.87 in 106 innings pitched, it’s a total any pitcher should envy.
Taking the mound in another city than your own is never easy. deGrom made it look that way.
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Those lucky enough to watch the team play on the road this season may have been treated to better performances than they witnessed at home. Hopefully, they keep this Road Warrior mentality but add in a home-field advantage next year.