Back in May I blogged about the uniforms the Mets had been wearing, bemoaning the lack of pinstripes. Now since then we've seen (via the Mets Police) that the Mets themselves have been tracking their record with the different uniforms. I've updated my research for the games up to August 2nd:
|Uniform||No. of times worn||Record||Winning %|
|Road Grays with Hybrid Cap||36||15-21||0.417|
|Black with Black Cap||23||10-13||0.435|
|Home White with Blue Caps||21||15-6||0.714|
|Home White with Hybrid Caps||18||8-10||0.444|
|Pinstripes with Blue Caps||5||1-4||0.200|
|Pinstripes with Hybrid Caps||1||1-0||1.000|
So Pinstripes have been avoided as if they've got leprosy. In fact they were worn twice in April, twice in May (including once with the hybrids), once in June and once in July. Meanwhile the all-black uniform has been worn 23 times, including seven games in a row between the 19th and 26th of July.
If we discount the poor Pinstripes due to small sample size, we can see that the only time the Mets have a winning percentage is with the white jerseys and blue caps. When the Mets won five straight at the end of last month, they won games 3, 4 and 5 of the streak wearing blue caps. Second game of the doubleheader against the Rockies, they don the Black again and Bam! The streak is over.
Even if Charlie Samuels prefers the Black and hates the pinstripes, as has been claimed, the fact that the Mets lose games when you put a black or hybrid cap on them and win games when you put a blue cap on them should convince him otherwise.