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The New York Mets Might Struggle to Score Runs (Again)

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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.