And here we thought a team run by Moneyball guys was supposed to pay attention to advanced stats.
But that seems iffy considering that the Mets are “paying close attention” to Kansas City closer Jonathan Broxton with an eye on helping plug their leaky bullpen, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Rubin.
At a glance, Broxton looks like a decent fit. He has a 2.14 ERA and 22 saves in 2012, and is eligible for free agency after the season, making him a short-term acquisition. He also makes just $4 million this season.
But Broxton has a rate of 3.74 BB/9 in 2012, which is in line with his career rate of 3.74. And that number might be passable if he was still striking out double digit batters every nine innings, as he did from 2005-2010. But Broxton's K/9 rate has fallen to 6.15 in 2012.
He also has an incredible high strand rate of 81.6 percent his season. Look for that number to even out.
In other words, Broxton's done the job so far. But the Mets might be looking at a pitcher who's due for a statistical course correction.
Though he could hardly be worse than what the team has stocked in its pen these days.
Heading into Tuesday's games, the Mets relief corp. ranks last in the majors with a 4.90 ERA, while pitching the fewest innings (238.2) of any bullpen. Their 4.15 BB/9 is third highest in the majors, they have 18 losses (11-18), tied for second most in the majors, and their 14 blown saves is tied for fourth worst in the majors.
Broxton has blown four saves so far in 2012.