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Mets: Can their hitting with RISP get any worse?

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Jul 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts to striking out to end the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts to striking out to end the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /
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After their weekend series against the Rockies, the Mets’ batting average with RISP is a putrid .204.

It has actually gone down since the All-Star break as they were batting .144 entering July 29.  The Mets are on pace to have the lowest average since the 1969 San Diego Padres, who as an expansion team had a .201 average with RISP and finished with a record of 52-110.

A perfect example of the Mets’ ineptitude was in Friday night’s game.  When the Mets got the first two on after back-to-back Alejandro de Aza and Curtis Granderson hits, the Rockies brought in a new pitcher, Scott Oberg. Three pitches later the threat was over.

Travis d’Arnaud swung at the first pitch, a ball well inside and hit a weak ground ball to third for the fielders choice instead of at least trying to get one pitch he could actually do something with.

Following this, Yoenis Cespedes and James Loney each swung at the first pitch and made very weak, unproductive outs and the threat ended before you could take a breath.

The Mets then brought in Antonio Bastardo, who has been awful but that is a whole other story, He gave up a three run-homer to Carlos Gonzalez and the game was basically over.

The big news over this last week was Jeurys Familia blowing back-to-back saves, ending his 52 game regular season consecutive saves streak.  He was bound to blow a save at some point in time.

The bigger issue, which got overlooked by some, was the continued poor execution in run scoring opportunities in these games.  Each game the Mets went into the ninth inning with one-run leads but they should have been leading by much more.

In Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals they wasted many opportunities and went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Thursday against the Rockies they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Ironically, including this years team,  five of the 10 worst teams in major league history in terms of hitting with runners in scoring position were Mets teams.

Another ironic stat is the team who had the lowest average with runners in scoring position to win the NL pennant was the 1969 ‘Miracle Mets’ with a .242 average.

It goes without saying that the Mets cannot finish with a top 10 worst average with runners in scoring position and expect to make the playoffs and have a shot at their third championship.

A small sample size, but the team improved for at least the last two games, going 2-for-5 on Saturday and 3-for-7 on Sunday. Time will tell if this will continue.

With the pitching they have, if they can continue to produce in these situations they will be right there. But continued injuries may hinder this and be too much to overcome.

With Cespedes coming out of Saturday’s game and Asdrubal Cabrera coming out of Sunday’s game, any significant time missed — especially by Cespedes — would hurt any chances of an improvement in the last two months of the year.

As the trading deadline is just about six hours away the only other hope would be trading for a player such as Jay Bruce, who the Mets remain in on.

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