Oh, were those Mets ever luxurious. And they really did seem to spend an entire season 20 games beyond the grasp of the mortal and the earthbound. Their precise first-place margin printed any given morning in the National League East standings varied, but the key point was they were in first place; they were in first place by a ton; and you knew in your heart of Mets fan hearts that as long as 1986 rolled on, they would never be out of first place.The Year of Living Invincibly - Greg W. Prince - MSG.com
On the whole, Mike Pelfrey had a very solid 2010 season. Things started out strong, leading many to think that he was snubbed at the All-Star Game (Personally, I was not one of them), got a little dicey there in the middle, and ended fairly successful. All in all, he posted career low ERA, WHIP, FIP, xFIP, K/9, HR/9, K/BB, and BAA rates, and ended the season with a 2.9 WAR, the second highest in his career (trailing his career-high 2008 WAR by a tenth of a point). There’s definitely room to improve, however. Even if you’re Bob Gibson, there’s room for improvement. (via Mike Pelfrey Under The Microscope: Part I - Amazin’ Avenue)
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The Mets have not won a whole lot in Spring Training so far, but the important thing is that it’s not the fault of the key players. R.A. Dickey, for example, picked up where he left off last year and isn’t letting that new contract get to his head. And, in case you weren’t excited for Spring Training yet, today you get a chance to see BOTH Oliver Perez AND Francisco Rodriguez pitch! As an added bonus, you may get to see Sandy Alderson can Perez.
At Baseball Prospectus, Mike Fast discusses the heretofore unknown accuracy of BIS (Baseball Info Solutions) pitch location data by comparing it to the generally known accuracy of PITCHf/x strike zone data.
“Last year there was a lot of inconsistency with my mechanics,” Bay said. “That leads to a lot of, ‘Okay, you’re doing this, let’s try that,’ when all you’re really doing is band-aiding a bunch of problems and creating new ones.”
What Bay is doing with Hudgens now, he said, is “kind of relearning from the foundation up, so when things go bad, because they always do at some point, you’ve got a place to go. You know what works rather than just kind of, ‘Hey, I don’t know what’s going on, I’m just going to keep swinging and hope I get out of this.’”