The Mets offense is not nearly as good as anyone with a brain would think they could be
Listen, I’m not here to criticize you for believing the Mets could potentially have an all-time franchise great offense. On paper, they certainly seemed to have the guys to get this done.
I’ve seen enough. After three months, I’m ready to declare that this group of men is not very good—at least in 2021.
There’s a clutch bone missing in the body of many of these players. Hitting with runners in scoring position remains a weakness. More surprising than anything else has been the club’s inability to hit home runs. I know baseball has gotten to a point of the three outcome scenario: home run, strikeout, or walk. It’s not always fun.
Far less entertaining is a lack of home runs altogether. The Mets have been without some of their better sluggers for a good part of the season (J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto). This doesn’t excuse them from the lack of offense. The two most disappointing players on this side of the baseball have been Francisco Lindor and Dominic Smith. Pete Alonso may not be swatting long balls but at least he’s driving in his teammates more regularly than anyone else on the roster.
The scariest thing is that I don’t have even the faintest idea of how to solve this. The Mets have already created a fictional approach coach to hitting, fired their real hitting coach, and changed up the lineup. There is no answer whatsoever other than for the players to get things together.