How have the Mets fared with instant replay?

Sarah Langs, Intern & Special Contributor

According to Baseball Savant’s Instant Replay Database, the Mets are league average in terms of instant replay success.

Entering Tuesday’s games, there have been 883 challenges in baseball this season. That includes 154 initiated by umpires and 729 initiated by managers. To date, 47.5 percent, or 420, of these challenged calls have been overturned. Of those initiated by managers, 52.4 percent have been overturned.

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The Mets have challenged 24 calls, which puts them 14th in all of baseball; with 45.8 percent overturned, which puts them behind 23 other teams in terms of success. Of the 24 challenged calls, 70.8 percent came on force plays, 25 percent on tag plays and 4.1 percent on grounds rules.



The Cubs have challenged the most plays at 38. The Reds and Brewers are tied for the least with 18. The teams most successful at challenging have been the Yankees and Marlins, both of whom have had calls overturned 76.1 percent of the time on 21 challenges. The least successful team has been the Cardinals, with an overturned percentage of only 21.05 percent.



Manager Terry Collins had been against the implementation of instant replay for a long time, but changed his stance in August 2012 when MLB announced the beginnings of what is now expanded instant replay…



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“It would take a lot less time to go look at a replay than to go argue a call,” he said in August 2012 (Newsday. August 18, 2012). “So why not get it right?”

He didn’t use the system much in April, only making three challenges. But this past month was his most prolific as a challenging manager, as Collins made nine challenges in July – including ones in six straight games from July 23-28.

Fourteen of the their challenges have come while the team was in the field, with the remaining 10 while at bat.

A questionable call can arise at any point in the game, but it seems the Mets’ manager has made a habit of reserving his challenge for the late innings, just in case. The Mets have made 17 of their 24 challenges in the 7th inning or later.

Though his 45.8 percent success rate is nowhere near that of the Yankees and Marlins, who lead the league, it is just a shade below the league average of 52.4 percent.

This is, after all, just the first season with expanded instant replay, and there are still almost two months left in the season. It’s been a learning experience for all managers, and Collins and his staff will continue to accumulate experience.




35 comments
Matt Gunther
Matt Gunther

I like it. Yeah, sure, it can be a drag at times...but getting the call right should be baseball's main priority. I haven't seen too many challenges where they still made the wrong call after replay, which is a great thing. Get the call correct, eliminate as much controversy as possible. Of course, this is almost negated by the awful home plate rule.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Not to change topics but surprised the Marlins gave up on Jacob Turner only 23 yrs old and very highly touted at one time..struggled a bit this year but they may have gave up on him too soon.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Why can't stuff like that happen at citi field, the first pitch out at Dodger stadium.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

These are interesting statistics because when to use instant replay is certainly becoming a strategy for managers.  I think because they have to use it strategically is one of the reasons I have been okay with baseball adding instant replay.  They typically are able to get the calls right which is nice.  Sometimes it slows down the rhythm which has to be annoying for pitchers but it seems to be going okay.  I do think it is stupid how the umps stand there for two minutes to hear what other people are deciding but I'm sure that will change eventually.  


The most annoying thing is the plays at home with the catcher blocking the plate.  Obviously this has nothing to do with instant replay and everything to do with that exact rule, but there have been some instances where umps have called runners safe at home because of this rule after the play was reviewed.  So in a way I think instant replay has really brought to light the stupidity of the rule.

Enviro Equipment Inc
Enviro Equipment Inc

Who keeps track of this stuff?

Please don't say Baseball Savant. My question was rhetorical.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

This type of analysis on replay challenges are useless.  Think about all the reasons to lose a challenge:  They blow a call the second time watching it, you challenge in a huge spot in the game knowing you're probably wrong, late in the game and won't have another chance, no camera angle available, players lie to you on the field and say they tag someone...

If you really want to figure out how to judge poor use of challenges, track the number of innings a team DIDN'T have a challenge available to him.  It'd be the same thing as in football where an awful coach blows through 2 challenges in the first 5 mins of the game.

nym68
nym68

Just saw this on tv and laughed. Felger and Mazz (think Mike and the Mad Dog in Boston) were talking about the Red Sox trading for Stanton and wondering what they'd have to give up. Mazz (the Dog of the pair) said that he wouldn't give up Bougarts or Owens..not AND..he said OR!...their top hitting and pitching prospect. 

Mets fans are not alone in playing insane fantasy GM!

jamets
jamets

Are there any websites that are tracking reviews and reversals by umpire?  In other words, which umpires are being reversed the most?

James
James

Nice article, but a personal quibble, when you are talking about 24 actions (in this case manager challenges) it seems very foolish to be talking about % of things, The 25% of the plays is otherwise known as 6, the 4% is otherwise known as 1 and the rest is the 16 remaining calls. 

Brett Fox
Brett Fox

In flores 5 starts he has a hit in 4 of the 5 and has had a double in each of his last 2 starts yet collins never plays him and completely throws off his timing. Ruben Tejada doesn't have an extra base hit in his last 13 starts!

mike23
mike23

FIRE TERRY / FREE FLORES / and while we're at it hire a new GM and force the sale of the Wilpons than the mets could see light at the end of the tunnel and mets fans can feel confident going forward. 

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Personally, I like the replay system. I know "the booth" finds fault with the time it takes but how much time was wasted before with managers kicking the dirt, throwing caps and just generally throwing temper tantrums?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Last I checked 24th out of 30 teams was not league average

mike23
mike23


Tonights Mets Starting Lineup:

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – LF
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP


Can't believe Terry isn't even starting Flores at SS on his B-day.... Stubborn Terry lives on, amazing he has such an attachment to such a low caliber player as Tejada instead of giving Flores a real shot, now the season is starting to wind down and they continue to waste flores on the bench. Makes me really consider not watching met games due to the mishandling of Flores and not providing him a legit chance at improving the mets offense while improving defensively at SS along the way.  

Mexpert
Mexpert

This is unbelievable Terry has a new stat he can stink at.

shea
shea

We're average.....we're average!!!!!


We havent been average in nearly anything in over half a decade!!!  This is excellent news!!!


While our win loss record is still below average (metsblog NEVER touches that old, antiquated, foolish stat)...this means this year we have:

--average pitching 

--average instant replay results. 


Put that in your pipe and smoke it!  After the past half decade plus....I'll kill to be average!


BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Crazy how quick a star can dim on a top guy.  How does that Miguel Cabrera trade look now?  Yikes.

mike23
mike23

@Brett Fox can't agree more, its ridiculous how stubborn Terry is when it comes to playing others and giving them a chance, i'm not sure where the loyalty to Tejada has come from but the act is getting old. 

marcbklyn
marcbklyn

@mike23 ACES should give the staffer who came up with "Free Flores" a raise. It shows up off topic in every MetsBlog discussion.

darkknight
darkknight

Wow. I almost can't believe this post even exists.

James
James

@kingman76 Really now D'Arnaud's issues were caused by not getting a call on 2 close plays at first?  Really?  If that is true then the kid is doomed because he will never make it in the league hot streak or no.

James
James

@Brian Webster Yes, but when the difference is 1 call (well more accurately 1.5), between 24th and 13th and 3 calls before first, it is called small sample size.

James
James

@mike23 The love affair with Flores on this blog is impressive, I can't wait till this team is winning so you guys will stop being so dreamy about marginal players.


I dislike Terry too and he handles his players fairly poorly, but my goodness Flores is not the answer to the position either...

Robert Hess
Robert Hess

@mike23 Could somebody (reporter) please ask Terry why he isn't starting Flores more?

darkknight
darkknight

How can you say they don't address the win/loss record? They post it in the standings every single day and people like you consistently complain

jamets
jamets

@borsh13 Its already public.  All you have to do is watch the games to see who is reversed.  I'm just wondering if anyone is tracking it. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

That part is true but all it takes is some fan with a lot of time to put together a very interesting site.

mike23
mike23

@marcbklyn @mike23


I know, but it fits Flores and anyone else that isn't given a chance to prove themselves. 

mike23
mike23

@James @mike23 it would be once thing if he was given a legit chance and you said this but he hasn't so your speculation proves nothing. Tejada should not be blocking anyone from their chance, he may look awful out there given some playing time but at least than we'd officially know and can go get a new SS for next season, to call him up twice and not play him/start him both times is ridiculous. 

Mexpert
Mexpert

@borsh13 This is insane you will defend Terry no matter what. He is the butt ugliest dwi quitting dumbass losing manager ever.