Baseball-Reference lists the starters by position for each team, each year. Jason Bay started the most games in LF for the 2012 Mets, so he is considered the team’s starter this season, despite the fact he made just 54 starts in left this year. Seven different players made starts in LF for the Mets this season, with six of them reaching double-digits in starts.
As you might have heard, Bay was not very good this year. In fact, he was so bad, he becomes the starter on the Mets’ all-time worst starters squad. Because of the different offensive environments throughout the years, I created this list based on OPS+. Here are the starters at the nine positions:
Not too many surprises on this list. Perhaps the only thing that really jumped out at me is that Harrelson beat out Rey Ordonez. I compiled this list going backwards, using a minimum of 75 OPS+. Alex Cora’s 2009 (70 OPS+) was the initial player at short. Ordonez’ 2002 (65) replaced him. Ordonez then replaced himself a few times, as he posted a 64 OPS+ in 1999, a 53 OPS+ in 1998 and a 36 OPS+ in 1997.
How many runs would this lineup produce? I used Baseball-Reference’s Neutralized Batting tool, which is set to an environment of 716 runs or 4.42 runs per game. I then took the neutralized numbers and inputted those into the Baseball Musings Lineup Analysis tool. Their calculator estimated that the best lineup would produce 1.966 runs per game. And what would that lineup be? It spitted out the following:
How comical! I’m not sure which one is my favorite – Flynn batting cleanup or Leiter batting sixth. Just goes to show how overrated the #4 slot in the batting order is.
The worst lineup would average 1.471 runs per game and be in this order:
Suddenly our projected 2013 lineup doesn’t look too bad…