The Mets Do Need Home Run Hitters
There is so much talk about what the Mets need next year. Should we build a team to take advantage of the CitiField dimensions? That means pitching, defense, and speed. Maybe the answer is yes. But you cannot ignore the need for power in the lineup.
Here are some interesting statistics. The Mets had 93 homerless games during the 2009 season: 46 at CitiField and 47 on the road. The Yankees had 30 homerless games during 2009 : 7 at Yankee Stadium and 23 on the road. There was only one game at Yankee Stadium this year in which neither team hit a home run. That was on June 18th against the Nationals.
Below is a list for 2009 of all major league teams with total team home runs and the team leader. As you can see, no team comes close to the Mets in home run hitting ineptitude.
1. 244 Yankees, Mark Texeira 39
2. 224 Rangers, Nelson Cruz 33
3. 224 Phillies, Ryan Howard 45
4. 212 Red Sox, Jason Bay 36
5. 209 Blue Jays, Aaron Hill 36
6. 199 Rays, Carlos Pena 39
7. 190 Rockies, Troy Tulowitzki 32
8. 184 White Sox, Paul Konerko 28
9. 183 Tigers, Miguel Cabrera 34
10. 182 Brewers, Prince Fielder 46
11. 173 Angels, Kendry Morales 34
12. 173 D’Backs, Mark Reynolds 44
13. 172 Twins, Mark Cuddyer 32
14. 161 Cubs, Derrick Lee 35
15. 161 Indiana, Shin-Soo Choo 20
16. 160 Orioles, 25 Luke Scott
17. 160 Mariners, Russell Branyan 31
18. 160 Cardinals, Albert Pujols 47
19. 159 Marlins, Dan Uggla 31
20. 158 Reds, Joey Votto 25
21. 156 Nationals, Adam Dunn 38
22. 149 Braves, Adam LaRoche 24
23. 145 Dodgers, Andre Ethier 31
24. 144 Royals, Miguel Olivo 23
25. 142 Astros, Carlos Lee 26
26. 141 Padres, Adrian Gonzales 40
27. 135 Athletics, Jack Cust 25
28. 125 Pirates, Garrett Jones 21
29. 122 Giants, Pablo Sandoval 25
30. 95 Mets, Daniel Murphy 12
Look how pitiful the Mets power numbers were.
YOU CANNOT WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THESE MIND BOGGLING POWER NUMBERS!
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