This was a rough weekend for the New York Mets. Riding high after sweeping the Phillies, the team seemed to have finally figured things out. Upon further review, not so much. After 60 games, the Metropolitans are right back where they began the year, at .500
The Mets didn't get blown out by the Toronto Blue Jays, but after three consecutive losses, that's small consolation. Being on the receiving end of a home sweep never feels good, and Mets fans will be glad when the Blue Jays clear customs on their way back to Canada. Let's look at three reasons the Mets are back to square one.
The bottom of the Mets lineup is a wasteland
There are nine hitters in a baseball lineup. Pete Alonso dominates the headlines every time he launches one into orbit, but baseball is a team game. Other hitters need to perform, and against the Blue Jays, that just didn't happen.
There is plenty of blame to go around for the Mets' hitting woes. Francisco Lindor has been the source of much derision in the midst of his recent slump, but I'd rather look at the rest of the Mets' lineup after Pete Alonso. In this weekend's series, the 5-9 hitters went a combined 7-48. Four of those hits belonged to Starling Marte.
Despite a lack of help for much of the season, Alonso leads the league with 21 home runs. Without him, this lineup would be in complete shambles. Even with his immense power, the team ranks 20th in the majors in runs per game. Having Marte step up after being dropped in the lineup is encouraging, but the team needs more. Brett Baty, Mark Canha, Daniel Vogelbach, and Mark Vientos need to step up their games, because lately, they've been easy outs.