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Mets Predictions: 3 preseason expectations I was completely wrong about

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets walks off with his teammates after a benches clearing incident between Smith and Jose Alvarado #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets walks off with his teammates after a benches clearing incident between Smith and Jose Alvarado #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 27: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out to end the fourth inning with runners on first and third base against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field on April 27, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Jeff McNeil—and the rest of the offense for that matter—felt like a sure thing

Don’t worry, the Mets will score runs! I saw and heard it plenty during spring training. Regardless of how the bullpen performs or how lousy the defense is, the Mets will score! They’re going to hit. They’re going to mash and bash. So what if there are a lot of 11-10 wins? The Mets are a sure thing to hit.

Well, maybe not.

The Mets aren’t hitting well at all this year. It’s not even a case of failing with runners in scoring position. As a team, they have been unimpressive.

Hitting is down around Major League Baseball so it’s not just infecting them. Even so, we all expected a guy like Jeff McNeil to bat .250 in his sleep. One of the guys we all KNEW would put the ball in play and reach base safely with a hit hasn’t done so this year.

The Mets offense has had a few bright spots. J.D. Davis has done incredibly well and Brandon Nimmo is doing his usual awesome thing. I’ll even credit Pete Alonso for continuing to drive in runs. Alonso might be the only guy on this team doing exactly what we thought he might: hit around .250 and knock the occasional dinger.

McNeil and just about everyone else have let us down. Things should turn around at some point. I know it in my gut.

Then again, I didn’t think we’d reach May with so much ineptitude on a regular basis.

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