NY Mets: Despite Win, Mets Are Still a Painful Team to Watch

Erick FernandezCorrespondent IIMay 29, 2013

May 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (center) high third baseman David Wright (5) in front of right fielder Marlon Byrd (6) after a bottom of the ninth inning comeback and walk off win against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have edged their crosstown rival New York Yankees twice in the first two games of the Subway Series.

There have been some bright spots in the past two days for the Mets, such as the great starting pitching from Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey, as well as their ability to come back late in the games. 

Despite the wins, there have been a lot more negatives to draw out from this series. 

The glaring weakness for the Mets is their anemic offense. No one expected them to have a lot of firepower at the plate, but their struggles have been painful to watch. 

The lineup is essentially a 4-A team. There are players that have enough talent to be better than Triple-A, but should not be starting for a major league team. 

Besides Murphy and Wright, the Mets do not have anyone batting above .242 with at least 80 at-bats. Three Mets, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis, who have been on the team for years and are expected to be a part of the team's future, have been abysmal at the plate thus far this season.

Duda, in spite of his game-winning hit, is batting .242 in 157 at-bats. Tejada is batting .209 in 182 at-bats, and Ike Davis is batting an absurd.152 in 158 at-bats. These three are in the Mets' lineup almost everyday, playing alongside underachievers that include John Buck, Marlon Byrd and Rick Ankiel, who are batting .219, .238 and .244 respectively.

The offense, which ranks near the bottom of the MLB in the four major categories (runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging), continue to leave their starting pitchers out to dry by not giving them run support. They did just that with Matt Harvey's performance tonight.

Considering the Mets' starting rotation is not very impressive outside of Harvey and sometimes Niese, they might be pushing 100 losses by season's end if the bats don't step up relatively soon.


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