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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Interesting Stats of the Day: June 9

I didn't mention this in the pre-game notes or on Monday, but the Mets promoted 31-year old rookie Jesus Feliciano. He is an outfielder who can hit and loves the game. Here are his stats from AAA this year. He will be used primilarily as a pinch-hitter and to spell A Pagan occasionally.
  • Feliciano hit .385 /.426 /.481 over 53 games

I joked last night when Chris Carter came up to the plate as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 9th, "Is he going to see more than one pitch in this at-bat?" Turned out I was wrong, as he struck out on three pitches. Then I saw this interesting stat this morning.
  • In 22 plate appearances prior to last night's game, Chris Carter had seen two pitches or fewer 13 times. Put another way, 59% of the times he comes to the plate he sees less than three pitches.
    • That makes Frenchy look like Luis Castillo.
As I was driving back to NJ this morning, Evan Roberts was once again pointing out that Jerry Manuel mismanaged another double switch, bringing Alex Cora into the game to replace R Tejada (whom Chris Carter pinch hit for). Then this was from Amazin' Avenue's game recap.
  • Alex Cora made his 33rd appearance of the season, playing two innings in the field and popping out weakly (on the first pitch!) in one plate appearance. Just a professional at-bat right there by Cora. Only 47 more appearances until the 2011 option vests. .209/.296/.267.
    • As Evan pointed out, the double-switch only would've made sense if you were expecting K-Rod to throw two innings (which he did not, he threw a very effective 1,2,3 inning)
For anyone that didn't watch the Strasburg Mega-Event, you would've seen an outstanding pitching performance from Mike Pelfrey. Besides the first inning run, he was in complete control, and even overcame the D Wright two-base error in the top of the 9th. He even wanted the ball in the 10th inning, as he had only thrown 103 pitches. This is from ESPN
  • Thirteen batters went to two-count strikes, and 100 percent were converted into outs compared to the MLB average of 72. He used his fastball as a put-away pitch effectively all night. Twenty of 29 pitches (69 percent) thrown on two-strike counts were fastballs, and 12 of those 20 (60 percent) fastballs were swung on. Batters chased eight of 20 (40 percent) off-speed pitches thrown outside the zone compared to the MLB average of 31 percent.

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