3) Justified NY Mets fan complaints about the team right now: The offense has to wake up
Overall, the Mets offense has been good this season. They're tied for fifth in all of baseball in runs scored.
However, things haven't been great recently. In the last 30 days, the Mets are 23rd in baseball in runs scored. In the last 14 days they're 24th in runs scored. That's simply not good enough.
With Starling Marte hurt, even more pressure lies on the Mets big bats. Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso carried this offense for much of the year but have both cooled down at the worst time.
Lindor has not homered since August 17th, almost a full month. Since his last home run he's slashed .232/.308/.293 with just six RBI. As the guy who's hit third almost that entire time, the lack of run production is unacceptable. I assume he will heat up, but if the Mets want to win the division it is going to have to happen soon.
The other struggling Met is Pete Alonso. He was the Mets best position player for most of the season offensively and has hit a prolonged slump at the worst time.
Since August 1st he's slashed .243/.323/.424 with seven home runs and 23 RBI. Alonso had the National League RBI lead and was on pace to shatter the Mets single-season RBI record. That's up in the air now as he sits at 108 RBI, 16 shy of the record.
Seven home runs in a month and a half is very out of character for the guy who once hit 53 home runs in a season. He had been so consistent in all of 2022 but just looks out of sorts at the plate and has for some time now.
It's very possible that Lindor and Alonso could just be tired. Both players have only missed one game this season which is unheard of nowadays.
I don't know if a day off will revitalize them or not, but something has to happen. Showalter has been toying with different lineups which is good. I hope he can find one that sticks.
The Mets offense will not function without its two best hitters performing. Lindor and Alonso both played like top-five MVP candidates for much of the season. The Mets need those guys back.