The New York Mets Might Struggle to Score Runs (Again)
The New York Mets have been offensively-challenged for some time now. They’ve ranked in the bottom eight in the majors in runs scored in four of the past five years and have fared even worse when it comes to hitting home runs. Simply put, the lineups the Mets have trotted out during this time period have simply not given them the opportunity to remain competitive.
Mets Offensive Output (last 5 seasons)
Year Runs MLB rank HRs MLB Rank
2009 671 25th 5 30th
2010 656 24th 128 T23rd
2011 718 12th 108 26th
2012 650 25th 139 22nd
2013 619 23rd 130 23rd
Look at the likely contributors for the 2014 Mets, and there isn’t much reason to believe that things will be better.
David Wright and Daniel Murphy have remained the constants throughout this prolonged offensive drought. Though Wright can be streaky at times, you know what you’re getting out of the Captain at this point. And while Murphy lacks powers, he’s proved to be a guy who knows how to handle the bat.
The addition of Curtis Granderson—a threat to go deep every time he’s at the dish—should help. Granderson isn’t a perfect player—he’s hit just .249 hitter since 2009 and strikes out a ton—but he also walks a lot and has consistent power.
Wright, Murphy and Granderson should make up three-quarters of the Mets’ first four hitters. Even if they all exceed their 2014 expectations, the three of them don’t exactly make up baseball’s version of murderers row. But the chief issue lies with the rest of the lineup which is flooded with question marks.
The bat of Juan Lagares, a phenomenal fielder, is still developing; Ike Davis, Chris Young and Ruben Tejada are all coming off 2013 campaigns that they’d rather forget; Travis d’Arnaud has just 99 major league at-bats and Eric Young Jr. is a 28-year-old, .258 career hitter.
In order for the Mets to be successful in 2014, they will need legitimate production from a bunch of guys best described as inexperienced or inconsistent. There’s likely to be a pleasant surprise or two among this bunch. But there are simply too many question marks throughout the lineup to believe there’s a realistic chance that the franchise’s recent offensive struggles will be put to rest in 2014.