It has been no secret over the course of this season that the New York Mets have had some serious issues with their bats. Over the month of August their struggles have gotten even worse as they continue to almost be nonexistent at the plate. From top to bottom of their lineup it has been a rough couple of weeks and there has been no sign of them breaking out of this collective offensive funk.
On the year the Mets really have some brutal numbers as a team. They they are batting .236 on the season which is the second lowest team batting average in the MLB. Their offensive numbers really don’t get much better they rank 26th in runs scored, 23rd in on-base percentage and 29th in slugging percentage.
Those numbers are clearly not going to cut it and quite frankly I don’t see this team getting better anytime soon. The Mets have had only two guys consistently produce for them this season. Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda have been those two guys but a team cannot depend on two guys to be hot all season long. They both have had some solid stretches this season but right now they have gone cold with the rest of the team.
Curtis Granderson cannot hit water if he fell of a boat right now. The .145 hitter who we saw over the month of April is back, I knew he was a streaky hitter over the course of his career but when he goes cold he really goes cold. Over the month of August Granderson is batting .149 with no home runs and only three RBI’s, it has been a rough stretch for Granderson and it has hurt the Mets.
The guy who the Mets could always rely on no matter how bad they were is David Wright, but this year Wright hasn’t been the David Wright we have seen over his career. His power has completely disappeared and his average is well under his career mark of .300; he is no longer the threat that he once was and I really don’t think any pitcher fears pitching to him anymore.
Yes, he does lack protection in this anemic Mets lineup but that excuse is beginning to get old. Plain and simple Wright needs to be better if the Mets want to have any shot of being a contender in the future. I know he has been bothered by some shoulder issues this season and I really do hope he isn’t playing injured because clearly his presence hasn’t been felt.
The Mets can’t talk about making a move to acquire a bat this offseason, they need to go out and actually do it. This offensive attack is just not going to cut it and if they want to be a serious contender in the future they must add two bats to legitimize this offense. Their pitching is up there with all the contending teams in the league but their offense really isn’t even close to being on par.
There is still a lot of baseball to be played but it looks like the Mets will be out of the playoff picture once again this year. If they had to put blame on something they should look no further than their less than mediocre offense. Their pitchers are coming out on the short end of one or two run ball games due to the fact that this offense is just not that good.
If changes are not made they will only be faced with the same problem once again next season. If this team wants to take the next step which I think they do, then they will go out and make moves to improve. This cannot continue to be an issue in the future because they will not be successful, this problem needs to be solved and it must happen this offseason.