2) The Mets have a hitting problem
No, the Mets’ hitters aren’t just in a slump. It would be strange for Michael Conforto (.219 AVG), Francisco Lindor (.203 AVG), Jeff McNeil (.204), and Dom Smith (.203 AVG) all batting poorly at once if it were only a ‘slump’. The middle of your batting order doesn’t all have a bad month at the same time without something else going on.
If it’s not a slump, and it’s definitely not that these players are bad hitters, then what could it be?
The most likely remaining option is a change in approach at the plate. Something is systematically wrong with the Mets hitters, and that does not bode well for the team going forward.
As a team, the Mets are hitting an OK .234 AVG, 13th in the MLB. The Mets have the contact, what they’re missing is power. They sit tied for last in the MLB with a .353 SLG and have the 5th worst HR/Fly Ball ratio in the MLB with just 10.9% of their fly balls going yard.
To make matters worse, they struggle to deliver with runners in scoring position. The Mets are dead last in AVG, SLG, and OPS with runners in scoring position. Because of this, they score just 3.00 runs per game, 29th in the MLB.
The Mets can’t get the deep balls to go deep enough, nor can they string together hits well enough to bring runners home. That leaves them with no way to consistently score.
Plenty on Twitter have already begun to call for the firing of Mets hitting coach Chilli Davis. Whether or not he is the problem remains to be seen, but regardless, something is very wrong with the Mets’ bats.