Fun with 2015 MLB stats: Which divisions had the best hitting and pitching (featuring the NY Mets)

by Bill Chuck on March 3, 2016

Last night, I had dinner with with a pair of Millennial Mets fans. It was such a joy to listen as one kept asking, “So no team has a better starting staff than Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Bartolo Colon, right?” It reminded me of the excitement around Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry and company from the Mets past.

It really didn’t matter what I might have answered, just being around a Mets fan who felt the new feelings of excitement and joy that Royals, Cubs, Astros, and Pirates fans have felt recently is so great for baseball. Parity is wonderful, but nothing beats winning.

But I started to think about pitching and hitting and as opposed to each team, I started to think divisions.

Hitting by division

  • The AL East hit .257 with an OPS of .746 – Jays hit .268 with an OPS of .796
  • The AL Central hit .259 with an OPS of .720 – Tigers hit .270 with an OPS of .747
  • The AL East hit .250 with an OPS of .724 – Rangers hit .257 with an OPS of .738
  • The NL East hit .251 with an OPS of .698 – Marlins hit .260 with an OPS of .694
  • The NL Central hit .251 with an OPS of .712 – Pirates hit .260 with an OPS of .720
  • The NL West hit .258 with an OPS of .728 – Giants hit .267 with an OPS of .732

Pitching by division

  • The AL East pitchers had a 3.99 ERA with a WHIP of 1.283 – Rays had a 3.74 ERA with a WHIP of 1.232
  • The AL Central pitchers had a 4.03 ERA with a WHIP of 1.298 – Indians had a 3.68 ERA with a WHIP of 1.187
  • The AL West pitchers had a 3.99 ERA with a WHIP of 1.288 – Astros had a 3.53 ERA with a WHIP of 1.199
  • The NL East pitchers had a 4.05 ERA with a WHIP of 1.313 – Mets had a 3.49 ERA with a WHIP of 1.182
  • The NL Central pitchers had a 3.63 ERA with a WHIP of 1.274 – Cardinals had a 2.91 ERA with a WHIP of 1.254
  • The NL West pitchers had a 4.08 ERA with a WHIP of 1.313 – Dodgers had a 3.46 ERA with a WHIP of 1.185

Mets pitching vs the opposition (19 teams)

  • Versus NL East, Mets pitchers had a 3.40 ERA with a WHIP of 1.171, .245 BAA .655 OPS – Mets starters had a 3.34 ERA with a WHIP of 1.159
  • Versus NL Central, Mets pitchers had a 3.51 ERA with a WHIP of 1.254, .251 BAA .703 OPS – Mets starters had a 3.68 ERA with a WHIP of 1.206
  • Versus NL West, Mets pitchers had a 3.30 ERA with a WHIP of 1.099, .233 BAA .655 OPS – Mets starters had a 3.46 ERA with a WHIP of 1.101
  • Versus the AL, Mets pitchers had a 4.09 ERA with a WHIP of 1.233, .247 BAA .729 OPS – Mets starters had a 3.73 ERA with a WHIP of 1.154

2015 Mets versus opposing teams

Split G PA AB R H HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Inter-League 77 741 681 87 167 30 49 180 .245 .297 .429 .726
Arizona Diamondbacks 24 241 216 21 44 5 20 66 .204 .268 .329 .596
Atlanta Braves 82 710 642 70 161 11 48 122 .251 .306 .360 .666
Baltimore Orioles 15 144 136 11 32 6 7 38 .235 .278 .397 .675
Boston Red Sox 14 115 109 13 25 5 5 34 .229 .261 .431 .692
Chicago Cubs 28 266 226 27 51 7 34 52 .226 .337 .372 .709
Cincinnati Reds 30 269 256 16 63 5 11 62 .246 .277 .340 .617
Colorado Rockies 23 246 224 24 49 9 15 53 .219 .270 .402 .671
Miami Marlins 78 704 657 80 181 18 25 141 .275 .303 .405 .707
Los Angeles Dodgers 22 250 229 19 48 8 16 57 .210 .269 .358 .627
Milwaukee Brewers 20 206 190 16 44 4 10 40 .232 .275 .353 .627
New York Yankees 23 223 204 31 50 9 16 51 .245 .300 .436 .737
Philadelphia Phillies 88 717 648 76 157 17 49 164 .242 .302 .367 .670
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 251 224 37 62 8 20 49 .277 .339 .464 .803
San Diego Padres 23 220 205 29 58 5 8 53 .283 .310 .410 .720
San Francisco Giants 20 219 201 21 51 6 12 35 .254 .301 .368 .669
St. Louis Cardinals 31 318 290 36 75 7 19 70 .259 .309 .400 .709
Tampa Bay Rays 11 106 98 12 28 5 4 18 .286 .324 .490 .814
Toronto Blue Jays 14 153 134 20 32 5 17 39 .239 .320 .403 .723
Washington Nationals 76 688 626 54 130 12 47 193 .208 .267 .307 .573
WP lt .500 393 3534 3245 357 810 84 195 753 .250 .295 .379 .673
WP of .500+ 254 2512 2270 256 531 68 188 584 .234 .297 .374 .671
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/3/2016.

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