Concerns Mounting As Mets Offensive Woes Continue

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Wright benched

After Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Mets are hitting .190 as a club and have struck out 79 times through eight games.

“The issue is, no matter what the count is, we’re not doing any damage with pitches,” manager Terry Collins said.

“We’re hitting groundballs to short. We’re hitting routine fly balls to center. We’ve got to start getting the ball squared up on the barrel of the bat.”

David Wright snapped a 0-for-13 skid with a fourth-inning single, and finished 2-for-4. He has been battling flu like symptoms, but said he was feeling better before last night’s loss.

“I feel fine. More so about just missing some pitches I should be hitting. There are quite a few guys that are feeling a little under the weather. It’s about going out there and producing.”

Wright is batting .233. As a team, the Mets are hitting .190. Among the starters, only Juan Lagares is batting above. 300.

I feel bad for Wright… He was suckered into believing that he should stay because the Mets had the money and the resources to transform the franchise into a pennant contender in short order. However, two years into his $138 million deal and now 31, Wright’s window of prime production will not last forever.

The leadoff position that has been a black hole since Jose Reyes went to South Beach is batting .187 with a .257 on-base this season, mostly manned by Eric Young Jr.

The cleanup position that was supposed to afford Wright the protection he’s been lacking since Dos Carlos is batting .138 with a .341 slugging percentage.

Despite the dramatics we saw last weekend from Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, Mets first basemen have combined for a .207/.281/.448 slash line thus far.

To look at it another way, almost half ($40.25MM) of their $84.9 million payroll is invested in Wright, Curtis Granderson and Chris Young who has yet to swing a bat this season.

There’s plenty of season left and a lot can change, but lets not pretend this isn’t just an extension of all the hitting woes we saw last season when the Mets led the league in strikeouts.

Last night the Mets struck out nine more times and now have a major league leading 79 strikeouts for the season, and are on pace to smash the major league record by more than 300 whiffs.

This was widely expected and brushed under the rug when they signed Young and Granderson who have always been among the league leaders in strikeouts. So it’s hard to argue that that aspect of the game will get any better this season.

 As was pointed out by Kevin Kernan of the NY Post, opposing pitchers clearly don’t fear the Mets’ batters.

“You look up and you’re 0-1 and 0-2,’’ Terry Collins said after the game.

“It goes back to the same things for us, it’s all about getting a ball to hit and putting a good swing on it. If they get you in holes you got to start thinking middle of the field and take away thinking about hitting the ball out of the ballpark unless you get something good to hit. With two strikes I want to use the whole field to hit.’’

Kernan wrote that no team can make three outs faster than the Mets.

The Mets have a hitting philosophy, it’s called Hunting Strikes.

How about changing that to Hunting Hits.

As I said before, it’s still early. But considering the Mets performance over the last three years and the even greater propensity for striking out by their newest additions, the concerns have some real validity.

When this front office first took over the Mets, they looked over the team’s production and said that the high number of strikeouts were bad. However, with those strikeout numbers worsening, this Winter they said the high strikeouts are not too bad. So which one is it?

I figure that by the All Star break, we’ll all have our answer.

I know it was you Fredo…

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