By Ethan Marshall
The Mets’ 2017 season has been nothing short of a disaster thus far. Until recently, the team was getting solid pitching every day, but little to no run-support. Now, while the team has been scoring runs, the pitching has faltered.
It’s commonly believed for a baseball team to be successful, they need a combination of good hitting and solid pitching. Before the Mets were a playoff team each of the last two seasons, they were a bottom-of-the-barrel team in the National League for quite awhile. The charts below examine the Mets’ team batting averages (BA) and earned-run averages (ERA) since 2011 to those of the league averages in that same time frame.
The data below suggests a team built like the Mets can be successful with slightly below-average hitting as long as the pitching is superb. The data shown confirms the saying: “Good pitching beats good hitting.”