Taking a look at the good and the bad statistics in baseball, these are the numbers the New York Mets starting pitchers could lead the league in this season.
A big bold number on a player’s Baseball Reference page always induces a little excitement for me. Recent New York Mets pitchers have been lucky to view some thick lettering on their pages, but I want to see more of it. I’m greedy. I want more league-leading numbers.
Not all statistics are good to lead the league in. We can also (mostly) agree there’s a good chance only one of the starters actually does lead the league in anything at all. It’s a rare occurrence to have a starting rotation with such stellar talent that they outduel the five starters on the other 14 teams in the division.
Still, I wanted to take a look at which good and bad statistics each of the five Mets starters could potentially lead the league in. I’ve selected one Blondie and one Angel Eyes (The Good and The Bad). Obviously, some of the goods are much better and some of the bads are far worse.
Good – ERA
The reigning National League Cy Young winner led the league in plenty of statistics in 2018. In 2019, ERA is the one he’ll have the best shot at.
deGrom’s 1.70 ERA in 2018 was far and away the best of any NL pitcher last season. It would take a sneaky good year from someone to do anything close to that total. Even someone as consistently awesome as Max Scherzer regularly has an ERA in the mid-to-high 2.00s.
Of course, the one statistic I would most prefer to see him lead the league in wins. He’s overdue for a couple of Ws.
Bad – No-Decisions
No-decisions aren’t tracked too well openly so it’s hard to really know who led the league in this category from year-to-year. However, some quick math on his 2018 numbers and we can quickly see deGrom had 13 of these in his Cy Young season.
No-decisions aren’t necessarily bad. Sometimes, it works out in the pitcher’s favor. A late rally could negate a pending loss.
In deGrom’s case, they’re beyond bad. They’re ugly. They’re the Tuco of numbers for a guy with as much talent in his right arm as Big Jake. I don’t believe there’s any truly negative statistic he could lead the league in other than not getting enough run-support and help from the bullpen.