By Steven Inman
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…