Another Unfair Blame Game

So Bob Klapisch wrote an article yesterday berating the New York Mets because in his mind, its Sandy Alderson and the Wilpon’s fault that Zach Wheeler has a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).  Never has lazy journalism become more evident than with an article like this. I’ve said it before and I will say it again—the only thing worse than the twenty-four hour news cycle is the twenty-four hour sports news cycle.

We live in a time when the Fourth Estate simply does not do its job. The purpose of the media, according to our founding fathers was to keep the government in check. The media is supposed to be a mechanism that informs the people of the doings of their government, to create transparency so that shady things cannot go unnoticed.  But today, our news media has become another form of entertainment, powered by the thirst for profit and shows little care on informing the people accurately. A perfect example is the false conspiracy of Hilary Clinton’s emails. While this became a major story last week, 47 republican senators committed an act of treason and that story received sidebar status. But this is a sports blog so I will leave the more serious politics to the more serious bloggers.

Klapisch takes the lazy and easy root basically saying the Mets hierarchy should have known more than the surgeons they pay. So I guess while Sandy and his staff studied pitchers to draft over the last six years, they should have been going to medical school to be better able to determine the fate of their pitchers’ elbows.

First, let’s take a look at the facts as we know them.  Last September, with Wheeler complaining of soreness, the Mets sent him for an MRI. The Mets doctors, trained to read such MRIs concluded that there was no structural damage in the elbow, Wheeler’s right UCL was intact, there was no tear.  In November, the Mets were still concerned enough that they had Wheeler receive a treatment of platelet-rich plasma. It’s a shot that promotes healing.  The treatment did not alleviate Wheeler’s pain by January so the Mets had him undergo yet another MRI. The second MRI within a five month period, like the first, revealed no tear.  The Mets doctors seeing no evidence of ligament damage advised that Wheeler could begin his throwing program. Fast forward to this week when a third MRI has shown a complete tear of the ligament.

Klapisch mentions some of these points so he does present some facts, the least a journalist can do. However, he then adds his own suppositions. He states “The test (second MRI) revealed no ligament tear – yet. But by now the Mets knew Wheeler’s arm was a ticking time bomb.” They did? How did they know that? Where did Klapisch get this information? Did Alderson tell this to Klapisch? A more reasonable statement could have been—I wonder if the Mets knew Wheeler’s elbow was a ticking time bomb? That’s a good question and one I would like to know also, not that it might have made any difference. The point is Klapisch could have presented this point more as a question as opposed to presenting it as fact when clearly it was not. Quite simply, we don’t know what the Mets hierarchy thought of the situation. For that matter what major league team airs publicly what it thinks of the health of their roster? Not one comes to mind.

Klapisch also wonders if Alderson did not trade Dillon Gee after all, knowing full well Wheeler’s elbow was such a problem. Perhaps that’s true. But isn’t that a good move by the GM? Suppose Sandy did trade Gee and this happened? Then he would be accused of incompetence because he traded away a starting pitcher when he knew he had another with a potential season ending injury. You can’t win (unless you are in the front office of the Yankees who Klapisch seems to always favor).

Here’s the conspiracy quote from Klapisch. “No one said a word this winter about Wheeler’s chronic pain. Was it because it was time to hustle season tickets?” Time for a congressional hearing I guess.

Unfortunately we live in a time when many pitchers are requiring Tommy John surgery. It is a baseball epidemic and the cause of these injuries is not fully understood. But if Klapisch is to blame the Mets for that fact that Matt Harvey, Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, and Jacob deGrom (he had his UCL replaced early on in the minors), have had Tommy John surgery and now Zach Wheeler needs it too, then he needs to blame all major league clubs. Because guess what, the Mets are not alone when it comes to losing pitchers for over a year to this injury.

Here’s a list of pitchers requiring the surgery just within the last year…

Kris Medlen, SP, Atlanta – 3/18/2014 (not a Met)
Brandon Beachy, SP, Atlanta – 3/21/2014 (not a Met)
Jarrod Parker, SP, Oakland – 3/24/2014 (not a Met)
Patrick Corbin, SP, Arizona – 3/24/2014 (not a Met)
Bruce Rondon, RP, Detroit – 3/29/2014, (not a Met)
Bobby Parnell, RP, N.Y. Mets – 4/8/2014
Jameson Taillon, SP, Pittsburgh – 4/9/2014 (not a met)
Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay – 4/22/2014 (not a Met)
Josh Johnson, SP, San Diego – 4/24/2014 (not a Met)
Ivan Nova, SP, N.Y. Yankees – 4/29/2014, (not a Met)
A.J. Griffin, SP, Oakland – 4/30/2014 (not a Met)
Jose Fernandez, SP, Miami – 5/16/2014, (not a Met)
Martin Perez, SP, Texas – 5/19/2014 (not a Met)
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore – 6/17/2014 (not a Met)
Bronson Arroyo, SP, Arizona – 7/15/2014 (not a Met)
Tyler Skaggs, SP, L.A. Angels – 8/13/2014 (not a Met)
Jonny Venters, RP, Atlanta – 9/17/2014 (not a Met)
Yu Darvish, SP Texas – 3/2015 (not a Met)
Josh Edgin, RP N.Y. Mets—3/2015

This list does not include team’s minor league pitchers, many of which have also had the surgery.

When dealing with the Mets, the media led by Klapisch always need a villain. If it’s not Alderson, it was Omar Minaya and of course Fred and Jeff are always there to be a piñata.

While Klapisch makes some valid points, he adds speculation to fuel the anger of Mets fans because that’s what sells newspapers. Let’s face it, Mets fans are a frustrated bunch. They are starved for a winner and when something like this happens, the flood gates of frustration open up, often without too much logic I might add. But it’s understandable. Fans pay for tickets, watch on TV then go out and buy the watered down beer they sell in the TV ads. Fans have a right to be upset. I just wish the media would present logical articles laced with facts instead of spreading vitriol because they simply don’t like a club or people that work for the club or for the simple reason of riling up readers.

Here’s the way I look at Wheeler’s injury. He’s simply just another power pitcher requiring Tommy John surgery. The Mets used the tools at their disposal just like other team’s front offices and this time they were fooled. MRIs are not always conclusive. Also it is not out of the ordinary for most pitchers to complain of soreness. Many healthy pitchers say their arms hurt all the time. Some endure pain better than others.  If Alderson did suspect an injury was imminent then bully for him that he did not tip his hand. Regardless if Wheeler’s arm was falling off or not, Alderson still has to put a team together. Perhaps he didn’t trade Gee for reasons stated above. But what is Sandy to do, run to the media screaming the sky is falling letting every other team know the Mets might be desperate to trade Wheeler or get more for Gee?

Here’s another point not being made and one that gives me confidence in Alderson—strength in numbers. Because the Mets have drafted so well during Alderson’s tenure, they have the ability to absorb this injury more than many clubs. Why draft so many pitchers?—because you can never have enough pitching. It’s that simple, as indicated by the rash of elbow and to some degree shoulder injuries we have seen over the past couple of decades.

Does losing Wheeler hurt the Mets chances? Of course it does. But it also gives opportunities to others. Gee who many thought would be wearing another uniform by now gets a second shot of proving just what an effective pitcher he can be. He’s not going to blow the ball past the hitter the way Wheeler can but he has an arsenal of four pitches and he’s smart on the mound.

Perhaps we will see Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz later in the season as well. The Mets have lots of arms and you never know who’s going to step up. As devastating as Wheeler’s injury is (and Josh Edgin’s, let’s not forget about him), I still think pitching remains the Mets strength. For me, the offense and defense is still a concern.

The bigger question for baseball is why all the Tommy John surgeries? One theory is that pitchers who make it to professional ball have thrown far more than their historical counterparts. Today, kids play in multiple organized leagues, fall ball, and have coaching programs in the off season, things unheard of when my generation was young. Pitchers have simply thrown way too many pitches by the time they make it to the Show. Or perhaps it’s the slider, the breaking ball of choice by many pitchers these days. This particular pitch puts much unnatural stress on the elbow and perhaps is wearing that UCL out much sooner. Maybe it’s due to the fact that pitchers simply throw harder more consistently than pitchers of years ago. There used to be a philosophy to throw hard when you had to, not all the time.

No one knows for sure but the good news is that after rehab, most pitchers return and are effective. However, the notion they are better than before the surgery has been disproved by the surgeons themselves. But it doesn’t mean these pitchers cannot be as effective again. Hopefully Wheeler will come back as good as new but we likely won’t know till some time next season.

 

Sure You Have the Right to Put Up a Billboard or Two But…

In response to the fans that raised money to put up a billboard near Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, I offer this…

Does your billboard say Mets ownership should sell the team even though they now have one of the best farm systems in baseball and are filthy rich with young pitching? Does your billboard indicate that the Mets are the only club to have seven of the top 100 prospects in baseball? Does your billboard suggest how the Mets should spend more money? Does it include a list of the players you were hoping the Mets gave bloated contracts to so that in two years we will be losing with a bunch of old guys at the tail end of their career? Does it say we should have a payroll similar to the Yankees who really look to be going nowhere this season?

Seems to me your timing is a bit off.

For a change, Mets ownership along with a methodical baseball department appears to be doing the right thing. If you want to root for a team that competes year in and year out, the Mets approach to building a winner is working and you need to stay the course. You fans wanting big contract signings in the winter do not clearly understand how baseball operates today.

For the most part, the free spending free agent days are over. Teams are growing their own and locking up their young players, investing early buying back free agent years. There just isn’t the quality of player on the free agent market the way there used to be, in other words, no quick fix. Oh sure, there is the deal out there that captures everyone’s imagination, like the Nationals deal for Max Scherzer. The Nats will be paying Scherzer for 14 years even though he will play with them just seven. Sounds like a good deal—for him. This is the kind of deal that will tie the Nats’ hands in years to come. It’s why teams like the Giants, Cardinals, Royals, Braves, Red Sox (well until this off season), and Pirates seldom splurge on contracts that have only short term gain and long term loss.

The same can be said for trades.

The Mets might have improved at a position or two via trade but at a ransom cost of their cornerstone pitching. The Mets have patiently built up their organization on fine young arms, that’s the ticket. The game has always been and still is about pitching. So now that they are on the threshold of reaping the rewards of developing their young pitching, why would they trade it away?

So yes, you have the right to put up your signs and had you done so a few years ago, it would have at least appeared more appropriate. But even though I have been critical of the Mets in the past, their patient approach is beginning to pay off and I think ownership, by listening to Sandy Alderson and his staff instead of meddling, may have the last laugh.

And what exactly is your solution. Would simply paying players a lot more money so that the Mets payroll is one of the top five in baseball make you happy? The Dodgers have spent a fortune and have won nothing. Sure, they made the playoffs but failed miserably once they got there.

Look, I get that teams need to spend money but it must be spent wisely. The Mets had deteriorated so badly that they needed to rebuild from the ground up. However, I would say this to support the opposing view point. In the coming years, the Mets are going to have to pony up to keep players like Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and others. Sandy has said that payroll will have to grow as the Mets start winning. If it doesn’t, then a case could be made for some billboards.

 

Good Read…

Check this article out from MLB.com in regards to the Mets hunt for a shortstop. Kind of falls in line with my thinking this winter.

Tul-no

Many Mets fans are burning up the Internet wanting the Mets to trade for Troy Tulowitzki at all costs.  Okay faction, then if that happens and if Noah Syndergaard or Travis d’Arnaud or Zach Wheeler or whatever current Mets players or prospects are excelling elsewhere and Tulo is battling hip issues and out of the lineup more than in with the Mets, you will need to shut up. You will have to refrain from bashing the front office for not having the foresight to not have seen this coming. You will need to not comment on how the Mets caved to fan pressure and make a deal just to steal the back pages. You must defend your argument when others were saying this is not a good long term deal for the Mets, at least at the current price Colorado is asking.

If you haven’t figured it out by my first paragraph then let me be clear. The Mets would be insane to make this deal for what the Rockies are asking. Now, am I saying the Mets should not get Tulowitzki? No, I am simply saying that today, the cost is way too high.

A popular opinion is the trade would put the Mets over the top and make them a clear favorite to win the NL East. Not if they remove some of the outstanding pitching they have compiled. Not if they lose that pitching (and others) and Tulo spends half the season, as he has done the last two of three seasons, on the disabled list. I think Mets GM Sandy Alderson is doing the right thing by waiting this out, waiting for the price to become more reasonable.   With 116 million dollars due on his contract, Tulo is Colorado’s problem, not ours. The Rockies want to move him. All buyers need to be ware.

Another fear Mets fans have is that Tulowitzki will end up in the Bronx. Really? If the Rockies are asking the Mets for a combination of Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Syndergaard, d’Arnaud or Kevin Plawecki, Steven Matz and others, how do the Yankees match that?  The Rockies want young major league ready players to control for several years. The Yanks do not have that to offer. And if a deal is struck with the Yankees, the league should investigate because clearly, they are asking the Mets for a hell of a lot more. Now the one thing the Yanks could do that the Mets can’t is to take on Tulowitzki’s entire salary. However, if they could do that, then why isn’t Brian Cashman signing Matt Scherzer?

I understand the fans’ frustration. The Mets payroll is not as high as it should be. They never make a splash anymore. Other teams make deals why can’t the Mets? I get it. But care needs be taken. Every scout agrees the Mets now have one of the top farm systems in baseball. Last season we began to see the fruit ripen at the major league level. More are coming and this team could be loaded from within very soon.  This is how teams like the Giants (3 world championships in five years), the Cardinals (3 pennants and two World Series victories since 2006), and Red Sox (3 world championships in 10 years) have done it. And the Yankees of the late 90s and into the new century did it too. They built a great core from within then supplemented the team with key free agent signings and trades. Do you really want the Rockies to benefit from the patience you and the Mets organization has endured to develop these players. Look, if Tulo was healthy and was the type of player that started 150 games or more each season, then it’s a different story. Then I’m all in. But there is huge risk with a player who is now on the dark side of 30, has had a history of not being able to stay in the lineup, now has hip problems at the age of 30 (bad sign folks –think A-Rod) and is owed 116 million that Colorado does not want to pay any of.

I read one comment where someone tried to compare Gary Carter to Tulowitzki in that he had injury concerns too. The difference was Carter played through his knee problems. He was out of the lineup seldom in comparison to Tulo and the Mets did not have to give up the amount of pitching to get him from Montreal at the time that the Rockies are asking for today. Don’t stop to think for one minute that other GM’s do not know the pressure the Mets are under from their fans. They are not interested in helping the Mets, they want to help their own teams and if GMs sense the Mets are caving to pressure from an angry fan base, they will hope the Mets blink first and take home a huge haul.

I for one am tired of the paradigm where the Mets seem to make the playoffs once a decade or so surrounded by mediocre to downright lousy seasons. Would you have the Mets trade away the farm for Tulo and hope they win it all in 2015, sacrificing a future where the Mets could contend every season?  The sexy move you clamor for could very well be short lived. Major League baseball is not played in the winter. Getting Tulo at the current asking price puts no wins on the board in December or January. And there is a huge potential that it doesn’t put up too many more wins from April to October. Imagine Tulo on the disabled list in August with one of Wheeler or deGrom chucking to d’Arnaud in Colorado with Brandon Nimmo ready to be called up soon.

Alderson is playing this right. He knows the asking price is too high but he could make a move if the Rockies blink and lower their demands. Stay the course Mets. Things are going to get much better soon. Don’t screw this up.

Dynasty

With the San Francisco Giant’s game seven win on Wednesday night, they capped their third world championship in five seasons. The Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in 2010 then the Detroit Tigers in 2012, and now the Kansas City Royals, all on the losing team’s home field. You have to consider the Giants of San Francisco to be a dynasty franchise. It is truly remarkable with the company they keep.

There are only a few teams that have accomplished what the Giants have done when you consider the clubs that have won three world championships within five seasons. Only eight other clubs (five franchises) have done the same or better in baseball history.

Two World Series victories within five years are outstanding. A number of teams have done that (The Mets are not one of them).  Baltimore, Cincinnati, the Dodgers, have all won two World Series within a five year stretch. And of course there are teams that have won more than one World Series within ten years. Are they chopped liver, of course not. But three World Series victories or more within a five year span is truly remarkable and as the statistics show, quite rare.

Prior to the Giants win this season, the last team to win three or more fall classics within five years was the Yankees. It should be no surprise to anyone that they have done it numerous times. In fact, the Yanks are the kings of post season baseball with twenty-seven world championships (40 appearances).

Between 1996 and 2000, the Yanks won four world championships, and likely the most impressive streak in franchise history when you take into account the modern playoff format compared to post season play prior to 1969. The Yankees won four consecutive series from 1936 through 1939 (then won the series again in 1941). The Bombers also won three World Series within the years 1958 to 1962. And perhaps something that will never be repeated is when the Yanks won five consecutive World Series from 1949 through 1953. Other teams that have won at least three World Series within five years include the Philadelphia Athletics of 1910, 1911, and 1913, the Boston Red Sox of 1912, 1915, 1916 (also won in ’18), the St. Louis Cardinals of 1942, 1944, 1946, and the Oakland Athletics of 1972, 1973, 1974, and the A’s of Oakland did so in three consecutive years after divisional play began.

Mentioning the San Francisco Giants with some of the legacy teams from the past may seem a bit overstated but perhaps it should be the other way around. Consider that prior to 1969 teams won their league pennant based on the regular season record of 154, then 162 games following the 1961-62 expansion. There were no divisional playoffs or wild cards. Therefore the only post season series was the World Series requiring just four wins to hoist the trophy. Today, a team must win a minimum of eleven games if they were division winners or twelve games if they entered the post season as one of the two wild cards (this season plus last). In other words, it is much more difficult to do what the Giants just accomplished (and the Yankees of the late 90’s) then it was for their predecessors. It took the ’49 through ’53 Yankees twenty wins to bring home five World Series trophies. It took the Giants of ’10, ’12, and ’14 34 wins to acquire three trophies. With all the waxing poetic in regards to the “great days of baseball past”, make no mistake that these are the great days of baseball.

It’s always difficult to compare eras in baseball. However, with today’s schedule and travel and the full month of playoffs following the regular season, plus 29 other teams to compete against, what the Giants have accomplished is truly incredible. They will be remembered as one of the great franchises of all time. The San Francisco/New York Giants move into second place on the all-time list of World Series appearances with 20, moving ahead of the Cardinals’ 19. They tie the Red Sox in fourth place with eight wins, three in San Francisco and the others in New York (1954, 1933, 1922, 1921, and 1905).

Here’s one more thing to consider adding to the argument of San Francisco being a truly elite team. It has become rare that a team wins three or more world championships within a five year period. As mentioned the last team to do so, the Yankees, did it almost twenty years ago. Outside of the Oakland Athletics of the mid-seventies, it only happened prior to the first wave of expansion in the 1960s and divisional play. From 1965 through 1972, only the Baltimore Orioles won more than one series, once in ’66 then again in ’70 but they did make four appearances.   After Oakland’s streak of three ended in ’74, only one team won three World Series spanning all of the years till the Yankees assault on the American League began in 1996. That was the Cincinnati Reds who won in ’75, ’76, and again in 1990. In fact from 1979 through 1990, there was a different World Champion each year. Again, that’s applied to teams winning more than once within a five year stretch. The Cardinals won two World Series during that time but six years apart. The point here is that it has become quite a phenomenon when a team wins three world championships in such a short amount of time.  The Boston Red Sox won three World Series since 2004. That’s outstanding but it’s not three wins within five seasons.

Of course when you think of baseball capitals in the US, you expect to hear New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and even Cincinnati for historical purposes. Now you have to throw San Francisco into the conversation. No two ways about it, the Giants are a dynasty.

For us Mets fans, the only thing we can hang our hat on is that the Mets made two World Series appearances in a five year stretch once. They won the Series in 1969. Four years later they came within one win of defeating the Oakland Athletics in 1973, during the A’s three in a row streak. The dominant Mets teams of the late 1980s were not dominant enough, making the playoffs just twice in ’86 and ’88 but only winning the Series once against Boston in ’86. The last time the Mets were in the World Series was in 2000, the last of four wins for the Yankees in a five year stretch.

First Time Match Up

At the conclusion of the regular season, ten teams made the post season. Of the ten teams making the playoffs, five in each league, there were twenty-five possible combinations of teams that could make the World Series.  Nine of the ten teams have made at least one appearance in the World Series. Washington (previously Montreal) never made the fall classic. Kansas City and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (called that at the time) were in the series just once with the remaining seven making the World Series multiple times, St. Louis the most. Of the teams having made the World Series before, here is a list of the teams that have played each other in the past.

Detroit vs. San Francisco – 2012: Giants 4-0
Detroit vs. St. Louis – 2006: Cardinals 4-1, 1968: Cardinals 4-3, 1934 Cardinals 4-3
Anaheim vs. San Francisco – 2002: Angels 4-3
Oakland vs. San Francisco – 1989: A’s 4-0, 1913: Philadelphia A’s 4-1 (over NY Giants), 1911: Phila. 4-2 (over NY)
LA Dodgers vs. Oakland – 1988: Dodges 4-2, 1974: A’s 4-1
Kansas City vs. St. Louis – 1985: Royals 4-3
Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh – 1979: Pirates 4-3, 1971: Pirates 4-3
LA Dodgers vs. Baltimore – 1966: Orioles 4-0
Baltimore (St. Louis Browns) vs St. Louis 1944: Cardinals 4-2
St. Louis vs Oakland (Philadelphia A’s) – 1931: Cardinals 4-3, 1930: A’s 4-2
Pittsburgh vs. Detroit – 1909: Pirates 4-3

As mentioned, the Nats never played in a World Series, therefore if they had made it to the Series, it would have been a first time matchup regardless of whom they played, obviously. Other first time matchups included -

Detroit vs. LA Dodgers
LA Angels vs. LA Dodgers (that would have been fun)
LA Angels vs. Pittsburgh
LA Angles vs. St. Louis
Oakland vs. Pittsburgh
Baltimore vs. San Francisco
Kansas City vs. Pittsburgh
Kansas City vs. Los Angeles
Kansas City vs. San Francisco (Bingo)

So with all these teams having played each other more often than not, we get a first time matchup that should be very interesting. It’s not a ratings grabber by any stretch of the imagination but witnessing the pitching that both of these clubs demonstrated in the post season so far, it should be a closely matched, well played series.

Realize between both of these teams there have only been two losses so far, both by the Giants. The Royals have won eight in a row starting with their wild card win over Oakland. The Giants were also a wild card, the number 2 wild card for that matter. It’s the first time a number 2 card has made the Series. San Francisco lost one in the division series against Washington and one against the Cardinals in the NLCS.

Because of the ridiculous All Star rule that determines home field advantage (even a coin toss would be better), the series starts Tuesday night in Kansas City’s Kaufman Stadium. If the series runs seven games and barring any rainouts it will end on Wednesday, October 29th.

Mets Splits

Another disappointing Mets season but things are looking brighter for the future. Here are the 2014 splits for anyone who is interested. The total record for the season was 79-83. It’s the second time in franchise history to end with the same record (2010).

The Mets vs. the NL East – 38-38
Vs. Atlanta – 10-9
Vs. Miami – 11-8
Vs. Philadelphia – 13-6
Vs. Washington – 4-15

The Mets vs. the NL Central – 16-18
Vs. Chicago – 2-5
Vs. Cincinnati – 4-2
Vs. Milwaukee – 3-4
Vs. Pittsburgh – 3-4
Vs. St. Louis – 4-3

The Mets vs. the NL West – 14-18
Vs. Arizona – 4-2
Vs. Colorado – 4-3
Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 2-4
Vs. San Diego – 3-3
Vs. San Francisco – 1-6

The Mets vs. the American League – 11-9
Vs. Houston – 2-1
Vs. Los Angeles Angels – 1-2
Vs. New York Yankees – 2-2
Vs. Oakland – 2-2
Vs. Seattle -2-1
Vs. Texas – 2-1

The Mets by month –
March – 0-1
April – 15-10
May – 11-18
June – 11-17
July – 15-10
August – 12-17
September – 15-10

The Mets by Days of the Week -
Sunday – 16-11
Monday – 8-10
Tuesday – 14-10
Wednesday – 10-13
Thursday – 6-13
Friday – 13-12
Saturday – 12 -14

The Mets in…
Extra innings – 7-8
Scoring first – 56-30
Scoring second – 23-41 (does not include being shut out)
Shutouts – 11-12
Rubber games – 11-7
Walk Offs – 6-9
By one run – 26-29
By two runs – 16-13
By three runs – 9-18
By four runs – 9-8
By five runs – 7-4
By six or more runs – 12-11
Vs. Right handed pitching – 62-67
Vs. left handed pitching – 17-16
At home – 40-41
Away – 39-42
Night – 48-64
Day – 31-19
Doubleheaders – split 2
Longest winning streak – 4 (twice)
Longest losing streak 6