Stat: The Schneider Effect

As noted earlier today on MetsBlog, C Brian Schneider, who has not played since April 23, remains in the hospital with an infection in his left thumb.

In the 15 games Schneider has started this season, the Mets are 9-6. More importantly, the Mets team ERA in those games is 3.36.

The Mets are 4-5 with a 4.28 team ERA in games started by catchers other than Schneider.

…wow, i knew there would be a difference in the era, but not almost a full run difference…

…just as many say Jose Reyes is the key to the Mets offense, schneider, in my opinion, is the key to the Mets pitching staff…

…many, myself included, were puzzled when Omar Minaya and company decided to acquire the older, light-hitting schneider rather than a younger catcher with more upside…however, the importance of a good defensive catcher with the ability to call an aggressive game can not be overlooked…and schneider’s effect on the team has made him a welcome and important addition this season…

…as cerrone stated earlier, schneider’s stability behind the plate is comforting…each pitcher seems to have high confidence in schneider to call for the the right pitch for every situation during an at-bat, which is something that i think the Mets lacked with Paul Lo Duca behind the plate…there were too many instances over the past two seasons where it seemed as if the pitchers and lo duca could not agree on pitch selection…that issue has been non-existent with schneider behind the plate…

…his aggressive game calling has had a significant impact on the pitching staff, especially Mike Pelfrey, who is 2-0 with a 1.50 era with schneider behind the plate, as opposed to 0-1 with a 7.86 era without schneider…

…and again, as cerrone said, this is not a knock on Raul Casanova, it’s the stability, confidence and game plan schneider provides each pitcher with that has allowed for a higher rate of success…