Will a Mets Pitcher get a Hit in 2014?

The Mets have gotten off to a surprisingly good start, despite a power-challenged offense.  While no one expects the pitchers to contribute much to this offense, the hurlers have managed to compile the following stat line at the plate in 2014:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG
51 41 0 0 0 0 5 22 .000 .109 .000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/28/2014.

 

Yes, they do not have a hit in 51 plate appearances.  Here is the pitcher-by-pitcher breakdown, with the career batting averages coming into 2014.  As you can tell, not a whole lot of prior success at the dish for any of these guys:

Pitcher PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO
Dillon Gee (.131) 12 0 0 0 0 1 4
Jenrry Mejia (.059) 12 0 0 0 0 0 6
Zack Wheeler (.133) 10 0 0 0 0 1 3
Bartolo Colon (.104) 9 0 0 0 0 0 6
Jon Niese (.167) 6 0 0 0 0 3 2
Gonzalez Germen (.000) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Carlos Torres (.107) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 51 0 0 0 0 5 22

This got the VORG wondering just which team has the worst group of pitchers in terms of their hitting acumen.  With the Baseball Reference Play Index engaged, we used the “Team Batting Split” finder to pick out hitting statistics for pitchers by team/season.  Those types of statistics are complete back to 1973, so we’re going to limit our discussion to 1973-2013.  We’re also going to exclude instances in which a team had fewer than 25 plate appearances by a pitcher in a season (those would generally be AL teams in the DH era that “lost” the DH in a game due to player substitutions and the like).

Here are the best of the worst:

Year BA PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG
SDP 1976 .080 411 27 0 2 0 23 99 .080 .138 .092
LAD 2010 .081 355 23 2 0 0 16 120 .081 .132 .088
SFG 1978 .082 449 31 4 0 1 28 156 .082 .151 .101
SDP 1991 .086 394 28 3 0 1 24 135 .086 .156 .105
SFG 1992 .086 352 25 6 0 0 13 120 .086 .128 .107
HOU 1988 .089 414 32 6 0 1 14 154 .089 .123 .114
PIT 2010 .090 321 25 3 1 0 10 135 .090 .125 .108
PHI 2006 .092 370 29 4 1 0 22 142 .092 .150 .111
PIT 2011 .094 340 27 8 0 1 14 147 .094 .136 .133
SDP 1985 .094 436 35 1 1 1 12 121 .094 .125 .111
WSN 2008 .095 300 23 3 0 0 15 92 .095 .155 .108
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/28/2014.

The 1976 Padres just edged out the 2010 Dodgers for the dishonors.   The main offender on offense amongst Padres pitchers was Randy Jones.  He won the NL Cy Young on the mound in ’76, but had the worst year of his career batting-wise.   Here is the breakdown on the San Diego hurlers at the plate that season:

PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO
Randy Jones 123 6 0 0 0 5 39
Brent Strom 78 4 0 1 0 5 18
Dave Freisleben 48 7 0 1 0 2 8
Rick Sawyer 31 5 0 0 0 2 2
Dan Spillner 28 1 0 0 0 3 8
Tom Griffin 28 2 0 0 0 0 7
Alan Foster 24 1 0 0 0 3 6
Butch Metzger 12 0 0 0 0 2 2
Dave Tomlin 9 0 0 0 0 1 2
Bill Greif 8 0 0 0 0 0 3
Dave Wehrmeister 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Rich Folkers 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ken Reynolds 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jerry Johnson 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
Bob Owchinko 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Dupree 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 411 27 0 2 0 23 99

 

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