After starting the season 14-11, a start which had some fans beginning to feel optimistic, the New York Mets have crashed, losing 5 of their last eight games, with the main culprit being a lack of offensive punch.
Coming into the 2014 season it seemed that the Mets would struggle to produce offensively, and over the past eight games to say that the offensive has struggled would be an understatement, especially during their current 4 game losing streak, in which they have scored only five runs total.
The team has tried to address the need for more production from within the organization, promoting Wilmer Flores to be the teams everyday shortstop, supplanting the struggling Ruben Tejada.
Tejada, 24, is batting only .189 so far this season, and has not played well enough defensively to justify keeping him in the lineup every day, especially for a team as anemic as the Mets are offensively.
It would be unfair to heap all of the blame on Tejada; the team’s offensive woes are not the fault of any one individual. The Mets as a team are hitting only .225, only the San Diego Padres and Houston Astros are worse.
The Mets have only three players on their entire roster that are batting above .270, that is simply unacceptable. Among those struggling are players the Mets needed to be productive this season in order to be successful. Curtis Granderson is batting a paltry .176, Travis d’Arnaud is batting .211 with only seven RBI; Chris Young and Eric Young Jr., who have done the majority of the work in left field for the team, are batting .227 and .200 respectively, with a combined 13 RBI. That’s simply not good enough production from a corner outfield spot.
It is very early, but the Mets now sit two games under .500 on the season, if the Mets do not start hitting as a team, there’s a very good chance this could spiral into another very disappointing summer in Queens.
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