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NY Mets: 3 ways the team failed, 3 ways they succeeded in 2021

Sep 19, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hi fives New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) for hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hi fives New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) for hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – JULY 20: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 20, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Mets failed to hit when they needed to most

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of all failures was the inability to hit the ball. The team was especially bad at driving in runs with runners on second/and or third base. In baseball lingo, this is referred to as “runners in scoring position.” For the 2021 Mets, there’s no scoring position because so many were stranded.

The 2021 Mets roster doesn’t have too many awesome numbers to cite. Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo are the two best with Javier Baez added in with far fewer games. Everyone else played below what the club needed.

It’s quite astounding how poorly this offense performed. From the onset of the season, it was a major weakness despite all of the credible names they could bring to the plate each night.

Unlike the failures of the starting rotation, the offense doesn’t get an excuse. They had too many healthy bodies to produce runs this year. Up and down the lineup, each player seemed to take turns killing rallies.

It’s tough to diagnose the exact problem. Is it the team’s approach at the plate? Can we fire another hitting coach?

The end result might not have changed much with a more potent offense. Nevertheless, it’s a major area the club needs to address this offseason.

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