The New York Mets have hit 71 ground balls this season, but it was pitcher Jenrry Mejia’s groundout in the bottom of the third on Saturday that made history.
Jenrry Mejia grounds out. #Mets pitchers now 0-for-46 to begin season — worst start in majors since 1900 by a group of pitchers.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) May 4, 2014
After Sunday’s win over Colorado, it now stands at 51 at-bats.
“I’m sure we’ll eventually get one,” Jon Niese said. “Law of averages, right?”
The law of averages would agree this was a long shot. Over the past two seasons, pitchers are batting .130 across both leagues, meaning there is a 0.01 percent chance that a team’s pitchers would go 0 for 51.
Not all pitchers are struggling at the plate. Here are the top five pitchers in terms of OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage):