Why are the Mets so bad???

By Steven Inman

Met fans have a right to be frustrated in the way the 2014 Mets have performed

Met fans have a right to be frustrated in the way the 2014 Mets have performed

The Mets have lost seven of their last eight games and in that span they have scored just 24 runs. The Mets didn’t come in with many expectations this season (unless you’re Sandy Alderson) but most Mets fans would agree that the 2014 Mets have been even more disappointing than most expected. The starting pitching, which is the team’s strength has been vastly overrated. Met starting pitchers have a 3.76 ERA this season which is 13th best in baseball. You can’t be a good team when your strength is 13th best in baseball.

 

The Mets offense has been abysmal all year and they are one Daniel Murphy cold streak away from being the Padres, if they aren’t already there. The Mets are tied for 21st in baseball in runs (328). The team is hitting just .239 this season despite Daniel Murphy leading the NL in hits with 103.

 

The plan for this offense this season was never to hit for a high average but it was to hit for power and have a good on base percentage up and down the entire order. The Mets have just 63 homers this season good for 25th in baseball. The Mets as a team have a .313 OBP good for 20th best in baseball.

 

Curious to what went wrong with the 2014 Mets? It’s pretty simple. The offense is in the bottom third in every major offensive category, they can’t turn a double play to save their lives (as demonstrated Monday) and the starting pitching hasn’t been good enough to carry the team… Oh yeah and the bullpen has the most losses in all of baseball with 19.

 

Sandy Alderson believes the Mets will turn it around because the team has a decent run differential. (-6) They have allowed 334 runs and have scored 328 which would signify a slightly below average team. Baseball Reference says according to run differential this team should be 42-43. That shouldn’t be something to be proud of though. If anything it shows how poor this team plays in close and late games. The Mets have eight walk off losses this year, most in baseball but they have been this way for years so don’t expect that to change anytime soon. They really just need better players…

 

3 Comments

Steve – Tell it like it is. Yes, the Mets need better players. They need a baseball smart front office with owners willing and able to back that front office up. They need to draft better, trade smarter and pay for front line free agents that will help the Mets win. The Mets don’t do anything right. They are always a day late and a dollar short. They are snake bitten losers and the franchise that no fan of any other team wants to be and loves to beat. If only the Mets had the smarts and the guts to re-sign Reyes and Dickey when they were here, then go and get Abreu (not Bobby) as well as Granderson and Colon they, in my opinion, would be a winning ball club this year – even without Harvey who will bolt to the Yankees the first chance he gets. The owners are gun shy and not emotionally or psychologically equipped to run the Mets in the major MLB market that is NYC like the Giants, Cards, Braves or Dodgers do so exceptionally well in much smaller markets. The Wilpons are already through its only a matter of time before a complete loss of interest in this sorry excuse for a team does them completely in. The sooner the better. Mike

Obviosuly Mike this is a disspaointing season. Having Reyes and a Jose Abreu type would have really helped this season but it does us no good to look back only foward. I’m excited to see how Syndergaard and d’Arnaud respond to terrible first halves. I’m excited to see what Zack Wheeler does in the second half I think he’s in for a big second half.

I’m interested in seeing what Jon Niese does in the second half.

But more importantly I’m curious to see how Sandy Alderson improves this team thats going to win mid 70′s in wins for the SIXTH consecutive year.

Terrific post Steve. You really break it down for all of us.
Thank you.

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