The New York Mets were supposed to struggle offensively this season. Their lineup has one legitimate All-Star hitter in David Wright, but not much else in terms of household names. However, through the first seven games of the season, the Mets’ offense has been much better than advertised.
In the first week and a half of the MLB season, only the Colorado Rockies and the Mets have hit a home run in each of their games. This is surprising considering that Mets have struggled with hitting home runs since moving to Citi Field in 2009. New catcher John Buck has provided the most power, hitting three home runs with 12 RBI in just seven games. This comes a season after Mets’ catchers combined for a pathetic five home runs and 48 RBI. Buck and the combination of Daniel Murphy and Wright, who are both hitting above .300, have carried the offensive production thus far.
A few players that the Mets were hoping would produce in Ike Davis and Lucas Duda have struggled in the early goings this season, but it has not affected the team’s run scoring that much. In the seven games New York has played this season, they have been held to less than four runs only once and have scored seven or more runs in four of their games. While Buck’s hot start is unlikely to last the full season, if Duda and Davis can produce at the level they are supposed to, this lineup could be more dangerous than many people originally thought. The Mets were seen as a team with solid starting pitching and an average at best lineup, but so far they have been surprisingly offensive.