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August 28, 2016

Week shows this might not be Mets Year

by @ 10:18 pm. Filed under Tom Seaver

The New York Mets hit some home runs, had some key players have injuries reoccur while 2 of the big 4 starting pitchers dealt with health issues. Ladies and gentlemen, Your 2016 New York Mets! Today the Mets started 4 players who were not on the roster when the season opened. And another starter- SS Asdrubal Cabrera- came out of the game in the 1st with a troublesome knee. He joined Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and Neil Walker(Back) on the bench. Not coincidently, these are 3 of the Mets hottest hitters. When you watch this team play  day in and day out, you start to think team trainer Ray Ramirez should get the team MVP. Injuries are part of the game but this season has been a nightmare and it is incredible that this team is within 5 games of a wild card spot. Says a lot about the character of the players, leadership of skipper Terry Collins and ability of GM Sandy Alderson to add spare parts who fit in. A James Loney, Kelly Johnson, Rene Rivera, hell, Jose Reyes- who I was against signing. I have felt for sometime this is not our year, that the Mets need to build towards 2017. They are and have but have also played good ball without sacrificing long term success. Keep it up, Guys. #LGM

February 6, 2006

Mets Player Retrospective – Tom Seaver 1973

by @ 9:54 am. Filed under Player Retrospectives, Tom Seaver

While 1972 looked like small step back for Tom Seaver, 1973 put him right back on track for stardom.  His WHIP dropped from 1.12 in 1972 back below 1.00 in 1973 (0.976).  His ERA also went down by almost a full run compared to 1972’s career high.  He also set a career best in Runs Saved Above Average with 50, he notched 290 innings for only the second time in his career and won the Cy Young after a four year drought.  Seaver finished second in wins with 19, but his ERA (2.08) and his strikeouts (251) both led the league.  He also led the league in WHIP (0.976), strikeout to walk ratio (3.92) and complete games (18).

Most importantly, he helped lead the Mets to a National League East title and World Series appearance.  While many argue that they benefited from a weak division (82-79 led the NL East), they edged the Big Red Machine in the NLCS but lost to the Athletics in the World Series.

Tom Seaver had quite a few memorable games in 1973.  On May 12, 1973, he threw a two hit shutout.  Oddly, he only struck out three batters in that game.  He struck out 16 batters on May 29th.  On Augst 1, he threw a four hit shutout and struck out eleven.  And if it weren’t for two rough outings at the end of the season, Seaver would have finished with an ERA below two.

In the NLCS, he finished 1-1, but his loss might have been the better start.  He lost game one but gave up only two runs and struck out thirteen.  In his win, he walked five batters but benefited from seven runs by the Mets offense.  In the World Series, Seaver had two solid starts but ended up with a no decision in a 3-2 extra inning win by the A’s and then lost the second start when the A’s edged the Mets 3-1.

Here’s a look at Seaver’s 1973 season statistics

Wins 19
Losses 10
Games 36
Games Started 36
Complete Games 18
Innings Pitched 290
Hits 219
Runs 74
Earned Runs 67
Walks 64
Strikeouts 251
ERA 2.08
Runs Saved Above Average 50
Shutouts 3
H/9 6.80
BR/9 8.91
SO/9 7.79
BB/9 1.99
SO/BB 3.92
Neutral Wins 21
Neutral Losses 8

January 3, 2006

Mets Player Retrospective – Tom Seaver 1972

by @ 6:44 am. Filed under Player Retrospectives, Tom Seaver

It’s hard to call any season that Tom Seaver has an off season, especially one in which he wins 21 games, but 1972 might have been it. Seaver put up some decent numbers, like the 21 wins and the 249 strikeouts in 262 innings, but he also allowed 10.20 baserunners per nine innings and he lost 12 games. On a support neutral basis, Tom Seaver would have been an unimpressive (for him) 18-15.

The Mets had their fourth winning season in a row but they fell well short of winning their division. The Pittsburgh Pirates dominated the National League East with a 96-59 record in the strike shortened season and the Mets finished 13 1/3 games off the mark despite finishing 10 games above .500. Ironically, they’d win the division the next year despite having one less win.

Despite the down season, Seaver did have some great moments during the season. Pitching in the front end of an Independence Day double header, Seaver pitched a one hit shutout in which he struck out 11 and walked walked four. That one hit didn’t come until one out in the top of the ninth. On September 20, he gave up one run on five hits, but he struck out a season high fifteen batters. Nine days later, on September 29, he threw a two hitter in which he struck out thirteen.

Here’s the numbers….

Wins 21
Losses 12
Games 35
Games Started 35
Complete Games 13
Innings Pitched 262
Hits 215
Runs 92
Earned Runs 85
Walks 77
Strikeouts 249
ERA 2.92
Runs Saved Above Average 10
Shutouts 3
H/9 7.39
BR/9 10.20
SO/9 8.55
BB/9 2.65
SO/BB 3.23
Neutral Wins 18
Neutral Losses 15

December 18, 2005

Mets Player Retrospective – Tom Seaver 1971

by @ 2:43 pm. Filed under Player Retrospectives, Tom Seaver

With great players, it’s tough to seperate the great years from the career years because there’s so many seasons that standout. 1971 is one of those seasons. Tom Seaver set career bests in strikeouts (289), complete games (21), ERA (1.76), strikeouts per nine innings (9.08), and strikeout to walk ratio (4.74). His strikeout and ERA total led the league, and his 20 wins was second to Fergunson Jenkins.

In what was somewhat of an injustice, Jenkins walked away with the Cy Young despite being outpitched in most categories by Seaver. Think Johan Santana/Bartolo Colon of 2005. Using Lee Sinin’s Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia, Seaver set a career mark in support neutral win/loss with a 23-7 record. Jenkins mark was 24-13.

On thirteen different occasions in 1971, Seaver struck out ten batters. It also seemed like he gained strength as the season went on as his two best outings took place in September. On September 6, Seaver threw a two hit shutout and he struck out twelve. In his second to last start of the season, on September 26, Seaver threw a one hit shutout and struck out 10. His season best strikeout total came on August 11 when Seaver threw ten shutout innings and struck out fourteen (and didn’t even get a decision).

Here’s the numbers:

Wins 20
Losses 10
Games 35
Games Started 35
Complete Games 21
Innings Pitched 286 1/3
Hits 210
Runs 61
Earned Runs 56
Walks 61
Strikeouts 289
ERA 1.76
Runs Saved Above Average 48
Shutouts 4
H/9 6.60
BR/9 8.64
SO/9 9.08
BB/9 1.92
SO/BB 4.74
Neutral Wins 23
Neutral Losses 7

August 31, 2005

Mets Player Retrospective – Tom Seaver 1970

by @ 3:18 pm. Filed under Player Retrospectives, Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver followed up his first Cy Young with what appeared to be a slightly disappointing campaign. At least using some of the traditional measures, he won eighteen games, but he lost twelve. His ERA jumped over half a point to a still respectable 2.82 and his WHIP inched up slightly from 1.039 to 1.077. Using some of the more modern statistics though, Seaver actually had a slightly better, or at least equal season then he did in 1969. He topped his career best 40 Runs Saved Above Average in 1969 with 43 in 1970 (with one more start) and his neutral win/loss was 20-10, just slightly below his 1969 mark of 22-10.

In addition, Seaver set a new career high for strikeouts in a season. His 283 strikeouts led the National League, and it was a full 75 better then his previous best season. He also led the league for the second straight year in ERA+ with 142 and he set current career highs in complete games (19) and innings pitched (290 2/3, which would be his best ever).

Seaver also had what could have been the best game of his career. On April 22, 1970, Tom Seaver gave up only two hits and he struck out what then tied a record 19 batters. Only Steve Carlton had achieved this total in a nine inning game. Seaver struck out ten batters in a row (the final ten), which is a record that still stands to this day.

He followed this up on May 15, 1970 with a one hit shutout in which he struck out fifteen batters. In eleven of his starts, he struck out ten or more.

Seaver finished seventh in the Cy Young despite having more strikeouts then all of them and a better WHIP then each player ahead of him except Ferguson Jenkins. He also had more RSAA (43 vs. 40) then that year’s winner, Bob Gibson.

Here’s a look at Tom Seaver’s 1970 stats:

Wins 18
Losses 12
Games 37
Games Started 36
Complete Games 19
Innings Pitched 290 2/3
Hits 230
Runs 103
Earned Runs 91
Walks 83
Strikeouts 283
ERA 2.82
Runs Saved Above Average 43
Shutouts 2
H/9 7.12
BR/9 9.82
SO/9 8.76
BB/9 2.57
SO/BB 3.41
Neutral Wins 20
Neutral Losses 10

August 4, 2005

Tom Seaver Wins 300th Game

by @ 11:58 am. Filed under Tom Seaver

Exactly 20 years ago to the day, Tom Seaver won his 300th win while playing for the Chicago White Sox. Seaver won the game at Yankees Stadium against the Yankees.

June 26, 2005

Mets Player Retrospective – Tom Seaver 1969

by @ 10:18 pm. Filed under Player Retrospectives, Tom Seaver

I like to call this “The Year.” The Mets won 100 games and the World Series in their first ever winning season. They wouldn’t win it all again for seventeen more years, but as anyone can testify, having those one year wonder teams is almost as good as a dynasty. A championship is a championship.

This was also “the year” for Terrific Tom Seaver. He won the first of three Cy Young Awards, finished second in the MVP voting next to only Willie McCovey (and that was by a mere 22 points), and won 25 games. His 6.65 hits/9 innings was tops in the league and he struck out 208 batters in 273 1/3 innings.

To narrow Seaver’s best starts down to a couple is pretty tough. On July 9, 1969 Seaver threw a one hitter. He struck out eleven and walked none. His no-hitter was broken up with one out in the ninth inning. He also had two different three hitters and on June 8, 1969 he struck out fourteen batters in seven innings.

Tom Seaver pitched in the first ever National League Championship game. His victory in game one began what would eventually be a sweep of the Atlanta Braves. While he didn’t have his best stuff (five runs and eight hits through seven innings), it was good enough for the Mets to walk away with a win.

Tom Seaver lost game one of the World Series. While the Mets only gave him one run to work with, he went only five innings. He gave up four runs on six hits, and the Mets walked away down 1-0. He redeemed himself in game four with a ten inning, six hit performance. He gave up a single run in the ninth, but he pitched himself out of a tenth inning jam that allowed the Mets to win it in the tenth. The win gave the Mets a 3-1 lead, and they wrapped up their first championship the following day.

Here are Tom Seaver’s 1969 Season Stats:

Wins 25
Losses 7
Games 36
Games Started 35
Complete Games 18
Innings Pitched 273 1/3
Hits 202
Runs 75
Earned Runs 67
Walks 82
Strikeouts 208
ERA 2.21
Runs Saved Above Average 40
Shutouts 5
H/9 6.65
BR/9 9.58
SO/9 6.85
BB/9 2.70
SO/BB 2.54
Neutral Wins 22
Neutral Losses 10

June 22, 2005

Tom Seaver Retires

by @ 8:40 am. Filed under Tom Seaver

18 years ago, one of the greatest pitcher called it quits as on June 22, 1987, Tom Seaver officially retired. If you want to get a glimpse of how good Tom was, be sure to check out the year by year retrospective I’ve started. You can check out his 1967 and 1968 seasons by following the links below. 1969, the first year he won the Cy Young, will be completed in the next couple of days.

1967 Tom Seaver Retrospective
1968 Tom Seaver Retrospective

June 8, 2005

Mets Player Retrospective – Tom Seaver 1968

by @ 9:36 pm. Filed under Player Retrospectives, Tom Seaver

It was the year of the pitcher, and Tom Seaver progressed nicely in his second year for the Mets. He threw in 26 2/3 more innings then he did the year before, yet he gave up the same amount of hits and gave up 30 less walks to improve his WHIP to a very impressive 0.980 (second best in the NL to Cy Young winner Bob Gibson). He also gave up four fewer homers and struck out 35 more batters.

Seaver didn’t get much run support to start the season. Through his first seven starts, he was 1-3 despite posting a very impressive 1.83 ERA. In his second start, he pitched ten shutout innings and didn’t get a decision. He earned his first shutout and had his best start of the season on June 10 when he pitched ten innings of four hit ball. His ERA could have finished below 2.00 if it weren’t for a couple of mediocre outings near the end of the year.

The Mets didn’t finish last that year, but they came very close. They finished a mere one game ahead of the last place Houston Astros with a 73-89 record, making Seaver’s season that much more impressive.

Here are the numbers:

Wins 16
Losses 12
Games 36
Games Started 35
Complete Games 14
Innings Pitched 277 2/3
Hits 224
Runs 73
Earned Runs 78
Walks 48
Strikeouts 205
ERA 2.20
Runs Saves Above Average 25
Shutouts 5
H/9 7.26
BR/9 9.08
SO/9 6.64
BB/9 1.56
SO/BB 4.27
Neutral Wins 18
Neutral Losses 10

May 31, 2005

Tom Seaver’s Blog

by @ 12:40 pm. Filed under Tom Seaver

One of the greatest pitchers ever has now started his own weblog. You can check it out here.

May 23, 2005

Mets Player Retrospective – Tom Seaver 1967

by @ 9:11 pm. Filed under Player Retrospectives, Tom Seaver

Signed as an amateur free agent in 1966, Tom Seaver didn’t waste much time making an impact on the National League. While he’d leave the game without getting a decision, the Mets won their second game of the season 3-2. He’d have to wait a week later to earn his first career victory, and on April 20, Seaver held the Cubs to a single run.

He’d finish the season with a 16-13 record which doesn’t look impressive until you consider the team as a whole only won 61 games. In the 34 games that Seaver started, the Mets would go on to win 20 of those games, or nearly a third of their overall wins. It was all good enough to earn Seaver the Rookie of the Year award, despite an equally impressive season by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dick Hughes. And it was also good enough to earn him a spot on his first of twelve All Star teams. In the 1967 game, he pitched the fifteenth inning to earn a save for the National League in their 2-1 win.

His 16 wins were good for fifth in the league, and his 180 strikeouts put him in eighth place. Most impressive was his durability. He finished over half the games he started (18), a total exceeded only by Fergie Jenkins (20).

Here’s a run down of the Tom Seavers’s 1967 statistics, courtesy of Lee Sinins Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia.

Wins 16
Losses 13
Games 35
Games Started 34
Complete Games 18
Innings Pitched 251
Hits 224
Runs 85
Earned Runs 77
Walks 78
Strikeouts 170
ERA 2.76
Runs Saved Above Average 18
Shutouts 2
H/9 8.03
BR/9 11.01
SO/9 6.10
BB/9 2.80
SO/BB 2.18
Neutral Wins 17
Neutral Losses 12

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