On-Base Perception

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National disaster: Mets' numbers bad in opening series

Ruben Tejada walks back to the dugout after

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Mets are off to a terrible start just three games into the season. They stand at 0-3 after getting swept by the Washington Nationals on Thursday, and these numbers show why.

Bullpen ERA: 10.62

Batting average: .179

Batting average with RISP: .143

Strikeouts: 39

Nationals' batting average: .304


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Dan Haren a free agent bargain Yankees, Mets should look at

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren delivers a

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

As the Yankees and Mets begin looking for free agent values this offseason, here's a name to keep an eye on: Dan Haren.

Haren seemed to struggle with the Nationals last season, posting a 4.67 ERA and allowing 28 home runs in 169.2 innings.

But appearances are deceiving.

After all, there’s a big divide in the numbers between Haren’s first 15 starts and his final 15, particularly...

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