Pat Roessler: D
Pat Roessler was a returning coach this year for the Amazins. Roessler spent his time last year as the assistant hitting coach to Kevin Long.
It was a surprising choice to pick Roessler due to the fact that the Mets didn’t exactly fair to well offensively last year either. They ended 2017 with a .250 batting average and an OBP of .320.
Fast forward to the end of the first half this year and the Mets have the worst batting average in the National League with a .228. It’s the second-worst batting average in the MLB, the only team that’s worse is the Baltimore Orioles.
To add further damage the Mets only have a team OBP of .307. They have struck out 810 times this year which is middle of the pack in the MLB and walked 333 times.
It’s very easy to make a couple of excuses here. Yoenis Céspedes has been hurt, Jay Bruce has missed some time, and even guys who are there like Michael Conforto are just not playing like they should.
But those excuses cannot be allowed to be made. Every team has injuries and every team has to overcome them. That’s one thing the Mets don’t seem to do.
Coming into this season the Mets should have gotten a new hitting coach with a new philosophy. Instead, they just recycled Longs old approach through Roessler’s mouth. Like states above the numbers are not different.
It’s impossible to keep asking the rotation and the bullpen to hold down leads when you are only scoring 1 to 2 runs a game. The lack of urgency to try to get on base is scary.
Out of the three coaches, one deserves to be on the hot seat. It may seem like a cheap scapegoat to blame the hitting coach but the proof is in the numbers.