I’m sure the headline comes to no shock to anyone because obviously without David Wright and Curtis Granderson, the New York Mets would have no offense whatsoever, but just remember that before this season started, that the Mets had high hopes, whether false or not.
The Mets were hoping for key offensive production out of newly signed outfielder Chris Young as well as from catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who is currently in the minor leagues, and a hopeful bounce-back season from shortstop Ruben Tejada. But unfortunately, none of those three have panned out this season at all.
With all of the Mets’ offensive struggles, however, it did not stop them this afternoon from putting up an 11 spot on the Miami Marlins in what was an 11-5 Mets victory. No coincidence that the Mets scored 11 runs in a game where Granderson had three hits and Wright had two and an RBI. Both were in major slumps to start the season, but have now started to heat up and it is about time.
What both Wright and Granderson are doing differently than when they were in their slumps is using the entire field. When Wright is on his game, he is always using right field for hits, but Granderson definitely surprised me because he is usually known as a dead pull hitter, yet went with a pitch this afternoon and lined a double down the left-field line.
With the Mets’ starting pitching doing their part of limiting the opposition to very few runs, it is long overdue for the Mets’ offense to start waking up, but that is only possible if Wright and Granderson continue to hit. Once they cool off, you will see the entire Mets’ offense cool off because this team just does not have any depth offensively. Other than second baseman Daniel Murphy, no one on this Mets team hits with any type of consistency and that is why the Mets are a sub-.500 ball club.
While this season was supposed to be different, the reality of the situation is the Mets’ offense will only go as far as Wright and Granderson take them.