Mets need offensive help regardless of no-hitter

By Danny Abriano

The Mets entered Tuesday night’s game against the Giants without David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy, and Dilson Herrera. They ended the night having been no-hit for the first time in 22 years, and having done so in rather embarrassing fashion.

Good teams get no-hit and bad teams get no-hit. It happens. And it isn’t a reason to flip out.

However, the Mets needed offensive help from an external acquisition well before Tuesday’s no-hitter. While what happened on Tuesday night was embarrassing, it’s been clear for over a month that something needs to be done.

The Mets will get d’Arnaud back on Wednesday (while keeping Herrera in Triple-A for some reason) and he’ll help, but they still need more. Even if David Wright was healthy, the Mets would need more.

While Michael Cuddyer has technically been above average, Curtis Granderson — despite a recent burst of power — has struggled mightily, Juan Lagares is playing hurt and not hitting at all, Wilmer Flores has hit for power but has a sub-.300 OBP, Eric Campbell is not an everyday player (and perhaps not a major leaguer), and even Lucas Duda has slumped lately.

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The bench, consisting of Danny Muno, Anthony Recker, John Mayberry, Jr., and Darrell Cecliiani, consists of four players who arguably shouldn’t he in the major leagues.

Aside from Herrera, who should be called up soon, the Mets don’t have any answers in the upper levels of the minors.

Yes, the Mets can perhaps expect Granderson to hit a bit better, Duda to emerge from his slump, and Murphy’s eventual return to help, but this wasn’t even an average offensive team when Duda and Murphy were both hitting well.

Sandy Alderson has said numerous times that other teams aren’t ready to deal, though a few trades have gone down in recent weeks. It’s impossible to know what Alderson is doing behind the scenes, but it’s reaching the point where the Mets standing pat is detrimental to the immediate future of the team.

The Mets shouldn’t be mortgaging the future to obtain offensive help and they shouldn’t be taking on an albatross of a contract in order to import it. But after having the goalposts pushed back for five years, the Mets are finally in position to contend. At the moment, though, it doesn’t appear that they have enough offense to stay in that position.

Alderson needs to act, and he needs to do so soon.