The Mets Do Need Home Run Hitters

An article by posted on October 30, 2009

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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