The Mets’ offense is completely horrendous. There isn’t anywhere they can turn for pop up and down their lineup. David Wright is obviously their best hitter, but he doesn’t exactly knock the ball out of the ballpark every other day. He also isn’t offered any protection.
Why? Curtis Granderson hits behind Wright on most nights, and Granderson can’t get out of his own way. The Grandyman’s 2014 campaign has been a complete and utter disaster for New York, and the fans (however few) at Citi Field are really letting him have it.
Whether you agree or disagree with the New York tradition of booing your own team’s players, it’s impossible to deny that Granderson’s April has been abysmal. For the Mets to start winning consistently, they need Granderson to hit. They need him to hit home runs, drive the huge gaps at Citi Field and knock in runs. That is what he was paid to do, and the fans are booing because he hasn’t come close to delivering.
It’s obviously still early in the season, but Granderson has already reached a point where it would take a herculean effort just to raise his batting average .200. He’s 8-for-69 on the young season, good for a clip of .116. He has one homer and five RBI in 19 games, and is zero for his last 23 (a career high). He’s struck out 24 times, and is on pace to whiff more than 200 times this year.
When Jason Bay finally ended his tenure with the Mets, I didn’t think there was any way a player could perform worse for this franchise. There’s still a lot of games left for Granderson to play in a Mets uniform, but so far he’s been worse than Bay ever was.
Sorry, Mets fans, but I had to go there.
On the bright side, starting pitching continues to be a major strength for this club. Even with their offensive woes, the team has hovered around .500 thanks to consistently excellent efforts from their staff. As long as the Mets continue to grind it out on the mound, they’re going to keep themselves in a lot of ballgames.
Truth be told, this team can win if they start to hit, and it’s definitely not too late to pick things up. Maybe things aren’t so bleak after all?