Now that the 2013 season has concluded, Mets 101 will be taking a look at how the New York Mets performed in the 2013 season. Over the next three days we will look at how the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen performed over the course of the season. Today we will look at the Mets' coaching staff.
After shaking up the staff after the 2011 season, the Mets returned their entire 2012 coaching staff for 2013 hoping to build on a 74-88 record in the midst of an organizational rebuild. Unfortunately, Terry Collins' New York Mets finished once again at 74-88, good for third place in the NL East.
Manager Terry Collins
Collins has not had an easy run in New York, faced with constant rebuilding and roster turnover, but he has been praised (and rightfully so) for his ability to get the most out of a depleted lineup and keep the Mets competitive. The Mets were .500 (50-50) over their last 100 games under Collins, which surely factored into the decision the keep the skipper for 2014.
Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens (Offense)
The Mets somehow managed to get on base less in 2013 than in 2012, seeing team batting average fall from .249 to .237 and on-base percentage from .316 to .306. The Mets again drew more walks than the previous year, though only by nine, but scored less runs and hit nine fewer homers than in 2012. Hudgens will be entering his fourth season with the Mets and expectations certainly will be high for this team to finally become a viable offensive threat again.
The staff posted a 3.78 ERA, considerably down from 4.09 in 2012 despite losing NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey via trade in the offseason. We saw major improvements from the likes of Jeremy Hefner, Dillon Gee, Bobby Parnell and got our first full-time looks at blue chip prospects Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. The staff was ravaged with injuries but did get unexpected contributions from the likes of LaTroy Hawkins, who had 13 saves and reclamation project Daisuke Matsuzaka, who managed to win three of his seven starts. The staff as a whole also allowed nine fewer home runs (152), walked 30 fewer batters (458) and slightly dropped WHIP from 1.294 to 1.287.
The Mets were far more aggressive on the basepaths in 2013, stealing 114 bases, third most in the NL and up from just 79 the year before, which ranked 15th in the league. Eric Young Jr. brought the speed element back to the top of the Met order, but David Wright and Daniel Murphy both showed some baserunning smarts, swiping a combined 40 bags, with Murphy setting a new personal best with 23.
The ballclub also ranked fifth the the NL with 32 triples, up from an NL-worst 21 the year before. With a mediocre power game, the Mets certainly took the extra bases when they were there, aided by the work of Teufel and Goodwin.
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