The New York Mets offense has been in a slump for what seems like about a month now with the hope of a trip to Great American Ball Park being exactly what the doctor ordered.
It started off strong for the Mets with seven runs in their 7-6 in over the Cincinnati Reds in game one of the series. After that though they scored three runs total as they dropped the final two games of the series to the worst team and pitching staff in the National League.
Going into their game on April 14 against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Mets had a 11-1 record and were scoring five runs per game which ranked them seventh in major league baseball.
Over the next 20 games, the Mets would score only 77 runs before they headed to Cincinnati and the hitter friendly confines of Great American Ball Park.
The Mets dropped two of three games in Cincinnati while scoring only ten runs in the series and only three runs in the final two games.
They are down to 4.23 runs per game which ranks 20th in the majors. As a team the Mets have a .300 wOBA, 26th in the majors and their 92 wRC+ ranks 23rd.
The news gets worse as third baseman Todd Frazier was put on the disabled list before the game Wednesday with a hamstring strain. His 119 wRC+ is third on the Mets team behind Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera.
Shockingly, given the success of hitters like Wilmer Flores, Cabrera, Jose Reyes and Frazier against LHP in previous seasons, the team’s biggest weakness this season as an offense is their poor production versus left-handed pitching. They have a major league worst 62 wRC+ vs lefties.
Another big struggle for the Mets has been with the bases empty, their .291 OBP with nobody on is 27th in the majors.
As we saw in the final games of the Reds series, the Mets are having a tough time putting wins together even when the pitching is strong.