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.