New York Mets News

Mets have been unlucky thus far when making hard contact

By Danny Abriano

Apr 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) doubles to deep right allowing a runner to score during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have started off the 2014 season 2-4, and three of those losses were due in large part to poor bullpen performance. What shouldn’t be overlooked, though, is that the Mets are getting extremely unlucky when they make hard contact.

As Mark Simon of ESPN points out, the Mets have a .538 batting average when making hard contact – the third lowest average in all of baseball in those circumstances:

Simon noted that part of this could be the spacious outfield the Mets call home, but says that they’re due for their average when making hard contact to climb to the mean.

As an example, the Mets have made hard contact 27 times in six games, resulting in a batting average of .538 – again, third lowest in the majors.

Meanwhile, the Tigers have made hard contact 26 times in five games, resulting in a batting average of .885 – tops in the majors.

Eventually for the Mets, the frozen ropes that are finding gloves are due to find grass instead – at least with far more regularity.

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