Oh where to begin. As they often do, things looked promising for the New York Mets entering the month of September. Yet again, they failed to get the job done when they needed to most. Even 101 wins in the regular season was not enough to win them the National League East, proving costly, as they found themselves in a tough three game series against the, very dangerous, San Diego Padres.
Mets offense being too inconsistent looms large
For the first five months of the season, the Mets’ offense was almost unstoppable. Doing it in so many different ways, New York always found ways to produce runs. During the last month of the regular season, that all went away. Unfortunately, it did not get any better in the postseason.
In September, the team actually averaged 5.1 runs per game. However, they scored only three runs or less nine times. Multiple lopsided wins kept people from realizing that there was an issue. Well, those issues came out in the spotlight this weekend in the National League Wild Card Series against the Padres.
In Game One on Friday night, the Mets mustered just one lousy run in a 7-1 loss. They followed it up by scoring seven in a Game Two victory on Saturday night, before getting shutout in Game Three Sunday. It becomes really difficult to make a deep postseason run when in every game no one knows which Mets offense is going to show up. In Saturday’s win, the Amazins had six different players in their starting lineup tally at least one hit. On Sunday, just one.
The Mets needed consistency from their bats down the stretch. They did not get it.