The Mets have lost seven of eight, and have been on the short end of four out of their last five one run games. The Mets are 5-8 in one-run games overall in 2014.
May 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) hits an RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins can’t find the right combination to a lineup that has scored two runs in their last 34 innings played, but he can’t be faulted for the ills of the players in the lineups he’s constructed.
While the bullpen has been labeled as the major suspect to late losses, the lack of offense has been just as glaring.
After Jenrry Mejia exited Friday’s game, the bullpen fired five innings of scoreless baseball leading up to the 11th inning. The offense, however, left 15 men on base – 10 through the first five innings – and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets bats have struggled to a .225 batting average in 2014 (3rd worst in the majors), and were hitting a miserable .205 from the 7th inning on going into Friday’s contest with Philadelphia.
The offense has been lagging badly, continuing to waste excellent starting pitching and respectable enough performances by the bullpen. The .234 batting average with men on base would be somewhat tolerable if the offense could hit better than .213 with runners in scoring position and two outs. They’ve missed countless opportunities to tack on – especially in the latter part of games.
In 13 one-run games, the late inning woes for the Mets have certainly been pressed on the shoulders of the bullpen. As the Mets continue their series against the Phillies, the focus will remain on the production of the lineup, as they attempt to work through their malaise.