The new-school world of sabermetrics expanded our sports lexicon with terrific acronyms such as BABIP, VORP and WOBA. They are basically unique ways of interpreting baseball statistics beyond just batting average and home runs and things like that.
Well, Newsday debuts today its new way of playing with numbers and spitting out figures for the Mets. Granted, the Mets Run Factor doesn't produce a catchy acronym (MRF), but it's something new and different.
We're not claiming that it's a new sabermetric that will revolutionize the way baseball statistics are interpreted -- and used when determining contracts and free-agency decisions. Rather, it's just a fun way to pass the time each Monday afternoon during the season. We're also doing it for the Yankees as well at newsday.com/yankeesblog.
The equation is simple, as first defined by fames sabermetrician Bill James: Runs + RBI - HR. We'll divide it both by games played and plate appearance. That determines the Met Run Factor, which explains how many runs each Met factors in producing per game (MRF/G) and per plate appearance (MRF/PA).
As the season goes on, we'll figure what all of this means and how National League players differ to American League players. Feel free to include your thoughts on the MRF and its equation and such in the comments.