If Ryan Murphy ever needs some new ideas to feature on American Horror Story or any of its spinoffs, he doesn’t need to look much further than the New York Mets offense.
Whatever negative adjective you know can be used to describe this club. Anemic. Wasteful. Abominable. Pick whichever you want.
Blood-curdling and terrifying all season long, the club has shown no signs of climbing out of its ineptitude at the plate.
The Mets offense has ruined the season
An average offensive performance this year would probably put the Mets much closer to first place, maybe even ahead of the Atlanta Braves right now. We all expected them to be at least average. They had a lot of talented players returning plus they added Francisco Lindor and James McCann over the winter—clear improvements.
Dominic Smith was coming off of a fantastic year as was his corner outfield cohort, Michael Conforto. All signs pointed toward a club that would smash and bash its way into contention. Instead, we were treated to a plot that would give Stephen King nightmares.
What is there to say about the Mets offense that hasn’t already been yelled about on social media in all caps with some swears tossed in for good measure? No numbers can do it justice. They aren’t scoring runs in large part because they haven’t been hitting home runs. They’re standing at the plate watching strike three pass them by. They’re swinging at the first pitch when they have no business doing so.
With a big chance to find some sort of redemption after going 2-11 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, the Mets put up a single measly run versus the Washington Nationals on Friday night. A solo home run off the bat of Javier Baez was the lone scoring effort in the 2-1 loss.
A winning game the Nationals practically handed to the Mets a month ago when they sold basically the entire club at the trade deadline, the New York bats failed to show up yet again.
There is no single culprit to blame either. No coach is feeding all of these players bad information. No one hitter is killing rallies more than anyone else. They’re all slumping to a degree. Even those with better numbers aren’t doing much to lift the scoring.
Now 61-67, the Mets are making a greater push to finish last in the National League East than first. Adding to the pain, the San Diego Padres have fallen on hard times and make the second Wild Card open—now held by the Cincinnati Reds.
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Opportunities have been there for the Mets all year long to build a better lead. Over the next two weeks, they have another big chance to make up some ground. Unless they start hitting, it won’t matter much. We’re watching a horror story unfold each day and much like the villains in those famous slashers, losses just seem to keep coming.