After leading the league in strikeouts in 2013, the Mets are off to an ominous start in 2014, setting a modern MLB record with 31 strikeouts through their first two games of the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Still reeling from striking out 18 times on Opening Day against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals, the Mets futility continued as they fanned 13 more times on Wednesday with Gio Gonzalez on the hill.
“Certainly we have to do a better job of putting the ball in play with two strikes,” manager Terry Collins said afterward.
Five of those 31 strikeouts are from new right fielder Curtis Granderson who is off to an 0-for-9 start at the plate. Collins cited the switch in leagues as the reason why.
“No surprise really. Curtis is playing in a new league and it’s going to take some time for him to learn the pitchers. Two games in, it’s not anything to throw up the white flag over.”
Granderson however shouldered the blame and rejected his manager’s excuse.”Changing leagues is nothing new. This is something that has been done, and I can do it.”
The Mets have just five walks to go with the 31 Ks.
During the broadcast last night, SNY’s Keith Hernandez expressed some frustration and said that Mets hitters needed to get away from the sabermetrics and start putting the ball in play, whatever that means.
Hernandez then said the Mets were striking out at an alarming rate because they were taking too many pitches and focusing heavily on the count.
I’m not so sure that’s what’s happening, but I do believe they need to be a little more aggressive than they’ve showed thus far.