ABYSMAL OFFENSE by Tom Brennan
Even TJ Rivera in his ML debut couldn't kick start the abysmal offense, although he did manage to generate 1 of their 6 hits in 12 innings of another excruciating low scoring, non-clutch loss.
Here are some factoids:
The Mets are 0-49 this year when they trail after 8 innings. Impossible, you might say, but achievable when you have an abysmal offense. For other teams, not so impossible, as Jeurys Familia can attest when he recently turned two 9th inning leads into losses. Had he faced the Mets those 2 days, it would have been 2 more saves.
In 45 of the Mets' 56 losses this year, they've scored 3 runs or less, including 8 shutouts and 14 games where they managed a mere run. Fourteen more, including last night, where they scored two.
Astoundingly, in not one loss did they score more than 5 runs.
In 15 wins, they scored 3 or less. In another 17 wins, just 4 runs. The pitchers must sweat almost every single day to have any chance to win.
They are trying to set history with the lowest batting average with runners in scoring position in major league history.
With 418 runs scored, they are 29th out of 30, barely ahead of the Braves. They have scored 191 runs less than the Red Sox. They are nearly 100 runs below the average National League team.
They are 30th (dead last) in batting average, at .237.
They do have injuries, for sure, that have greatly contributed here. But these sorts of horrific statistics have been all-too-familiar to Mets fans of many years. When will we get to where the Mets are close to or at the top of the offensive leader boards? Ever? As a Mets fans for 55 years, all I can tell you is it is rare when we have an offense that is in the top half of the National League. Why is that? On that subject, many articles could be written.
Off topic, now that TJ Rivera crashed through his AAA glass ceiling, what about his glass ceiling relief counterpart, Paul Sewald, who has struck out 23 and allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits in his last 11 games spanning 14.1 innings in a hitters' league. When does he get his chance? Time to announce the PROMOTE PAUL campaign.