Through the first 10 games of the season the Mets went 3-7 and had very little offensive of which to speak. What little offense they did get seemed to come entirely from Jeff Francoeur who started off the season as hot as a hitter gets.
In the first 10 games of the year Francoeur had 35 AB, 9 R, 16 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI’s, 7 BB, 3 SO, a .457 BA, .535 OBP, an .857 SLG, and a 1.392 OPS. Like I said, phenomenal.
The Mets’ 11th game of the season was the 20-inning affair against the Cardinals and Francoeur went 0-for-7 that night. Pretty bad, but at the time it snapped a 10-game hitting streak and it seemed like a blip on what was going to be a tremendous season. The only problem has been that since that time Francoeur has been tremendously bad.
In 25 games including the 20-inning debacle Francoeur has 87 AB, 10 R, 12 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 20 SO, .138 BA, .188 OBP, .207 SLG, .394 OPS. Like I said, pathetic.
Francoeur has a great arm and has average range in the outfield, but if he continues to hit this way Gary Matthews Jr. might not be the only one in danger of getting DFA’d. It’s a small sample size, but his 83 OPS+ combined for the entire season is not much below his career OPS+ of 92. What we have been seeing might be what we’re getting with this guy. Let’s hope it’s not.