Here's The Thing...

Breaking down several Mets by the numbers. How does Jose Reyes' start compare to the starts of Miguel Tejada, Alfonso Soriano, and Nomar Garciaparra? What are teams batting against Jae Seo in the first three innings compared to the following three? What is the team ERA when Mike Piazza catches compared to when Vance Wilson is behind the plate? That and much more.

· If you erase the games Tom Glavine has pitched against the Atlanta Braves this season, he is 6-6 with a 4.14 ERA, which is right on par with his mediocre second half of 2002 when he posted a 7-7 record along with a 3.93 ERA.

· Per each start this season, teams are batting .253 against Jae Weong Seo in his first three innings pitched - that average spikes to .296 over following three innings.

· Al Leiter and Tom Glavine are allowing more than a runner and a half on base per inning, which is second and seventh worst, respectively, in the NL - only Cincinnati and Texas rank worse than the Mets as a team.

· The Mets have had more games started by rookies then any other team in Major League Baseball.

· Ty Wigginton has a better batting average, more home runs, more RBI, more stolen bases, more doubles, more triples, and a better fielding percentage than Edgardo Alfonzo in 2003.

· The Mets ERA in games caught by Mike Piazza in 2003 is 5.01, compared to a 4.75 ERA in games caught by Vance Wilson.

· In his first 131 at-bats, Jose Reyes is batting .267 - in the first 130 at-bats or their careers, Miguel Tejada, Alfonso Soriano, and Nomar Garciaparra were hitting .213, .227, and .268 respectively.

· Reyes is hitting .328 during the month of July

· Players entering free agency at the end of the 2003 season include; starting pitchers Bartolo Colon, Andy Pettitte, Kevin Millwood, Sidney Ponson, Cory Lidle, and Kelvim Escobar; as well as position players such as Gary Sheffield, Luis Castillo, Miguel Tejada, Shannon Stewart, Mike Cameron, Vladimir Guerrero, and Japanese SS Kaz Matsui.

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