It has been no secret that over the past week or so the New York Mets have had little to no offense to speak about. It has been a frustrating week — over the Mets’ previous eight games they have scored three runs or less in seven of those eight games. Their offense completely disappeared. Everyone went ice cold at the same time — they literally got zero production from anyone in their starting lineup this past week.
Today was a completely different story: The Mets had an offensive explosion. Well, not really an explosion, but for them it might as well have been one as they scored eight runs on ten hits in their 8-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. They finally hit the ball with some authority — it’s been some time since the Mets collectively drove the ball as a team.
Even the other night when they put seven runs on the board against the Chicago Cubs, it was a soft seven runs; a few runs came off errors and there really wasn’t anything significant to speak of. Today Eric Campbell got the offense going with a solo blast to center field. Later in that inning “The Dude” Lucas Duda launched his 23rd home run of the season, a three-run shot to center field which would give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
Duda has been the only player who hadn’t gone cold over the previous couple of weeks. He has enjoyed a nice season and has become a force in the middle of the order. If they can get a couple of other bats to surround him he would be even better, but Duda is very dangerous regardless: he has raw power and can leave the yard at any time.
Even Curtis Granderson got in on the action today as he picked up a multi-hit game for the first time in forever. This could be a sign of things to come for the Mets who were on an offense drought for quite some time. It was only a matter of time before they woke up.
The postseason may be out of reach for the Mets but that doesn’t mean they have nothing to play for. They should play for their pride and, more importantly, their jobs — who knows what the future holds. The team is young and many players don’t have guaranteed spots on the roster for next season. They should be doing everything possible to leave a lasting impression on the people who call the shots.
Today was certainly a step in the right direction for the Mets; they needed a win badly after dropping three in a row. More importantly they strung together an offensive attack. Moving forward the Mets must continue to put runs up on the board — the pitchers have done their jobs all season long. The hitters have to help them out and continue to get some good numbers on the board.