POST ALL-STAR BREAK ISSUES AGAIN FOR THE METS
By Mike Florio
The all-star break could not have came at a worse time for the New York Mets.
The Mets were scorching before the break, going 8-2 in their final 10 games before the break, behind both strong pitching and hitting.
Both have taken a step back on on their road trip coming out of the break. The Mets dropped two out of three against the Padres, after receiving lackluster efforts from both Bartolo Colon and Dillion Gee.
The lineup was no better, as it only scored one run in the final two games of that series, after scoring five in the opener.
The lone bright spot of that series was Zack Wheeler striking out seven over six, in which he only allowed one run on eight hits and one walk. The Mets however lost that game in maybe the worst fashion ever as Josh Edgin fell attempting to field a weak ground ball off the bat of Seth Smith. The out would have sent the games into extra innings, instead the Mets lost in laughable fashion.
Going to Seattle didn’t provide them with much better fortune, as Jon Niese struggled in his first start since coming back from the DL, ending his streak of 21 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less. He allowed four runs, on 11 hits, two walks while striking out six.
The Mets lineup did little to help him though.
In the two weeks before the before the break the Mets received multiple home runs from Lucas Duda, David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud and four from Curtis Granderson.
Since the break? Zero. Not zero players with multi-home runs, zero home runs. Period.
It doesn’t help that the Mets have played in two of the biggest ballparks in the league in Petco Park and Safeco Field. That could explain the lack of power in the four games since the break, but it does not explain why every Met not named Duda or d’Arnaud, is hitting .200 or worse over that stretch.
During those four games Wright is batting .176, Daniel Murphy is hitting .167 and Granderson is leading them at .188. No Met player has driven in or scored more than two runs.
The lone bright spot in these four games has been d’Arnaud, whose hot hitting has continued past the break, batting .353. However, he has been sucked into the teams lack of power, as none of his hits have gone for extra bases.
The current three game losing streak has dropped the Mets back into fourth place in the NL East, nine games out of first, and eight back of the second wild card spot.
The Mets hot stretch gave fans hope heading into the second half of the season, but a very lackluster start has them in jeopardy of falling too far to overcome.
In order to remain relevant down the stretch, and have fans thinking about more than just Matt Harvey’s return, the bats need to get hot.
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