Adam Hunger, USATI
Adam Hunger, USATI

1. Luck

There are typically three factors that negatively affect hitters with RISP — lots of pickoff attempts, a plethora of intentional walks, and the pursuit of making productive outs.

The Mets don’t check off any of these boxes, though.

Firstly, nobody on the team poses a real threat of stealing bases. Secondly, the hitter you’d anticipate getting walked — Yoenis Cespedes — has only been given a free pass four times.

Finally, New York certainly doesn’t make productive outs (ex: sacrifice flies).

Sabermetricians don’t have an explanation for it, so it’s hard to justify their lack of success using numbers.

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