The 38-32 record the New York Mets have posted is quite remarkable seeing as they don't have many guys on the roster who have put together a decent season at the dish.
Let's go through last night's lineup.
Andres Torres tearing the cover off the ball at a whopping .212 clip. (Seriously? We traded Angel Pagan for Angel Pagan but three years older?)
Jordany Valdespin checks in at a paltry .224. He gets somewhat of a pass because he's young and still getting acclimated. The usual starter, Daniel Murphy, is in a tailspin of all tailspins, and has seen his average fall to .270.
David Wright is off to his best start in years, but he's one of the few bright spots in the lineup.
Scott Hairston mashes against lefties, but I'm dumbfounded as to how someone who can hit a lick off of righties got into the major leagues.
Vinny Rottino? I don't think I have to say much about the perennial minor leaguer and his .188 average.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis is hitting, and consistently building up his own following in New York.
Never in my life have I seen a first baseman start the season as poorly as Ike Davis has. He looked completely lost at the plate, couldn't hit a fastball and couldn't even sniff a curve. However, he's slowly but surely crawling his way back into the .200s, but who knows how long it will be before he gets to that point. (Come on, Ike, only .10 more points to go!)
Justin Turner and Omar Quintanilla are hitting .258 and .254 respectively. You can't blame them though, they're nothing more than utility guys who are filling in until Ruben Tejada comes back.
Nickeas is hitting .160 and has somehow managed to remain in the big leagues. Josh Thole makes up for his incompetence at the dish, and got a day off against a lefty today.
More than half of the guys I just ran through aren't hitting at the level that they should be hitting at. There's a couple of guys that come up to the plate and you just know they're not going to get much done up there.
But despite all that, the Mets are still winning. The bats will be rejuvenated eventually, and there will be plenty more games to win once that happens.