Is Citi Field Making Better Hitters of the Mets?

Gregory JeromeContributor IJune 23, 2010

CLEVELAND - JUNE 17:  Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets hits a single during the game against the Cleveland Indians on June 17, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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It's obvious that the Mets are on a hot streak hitting.  

They scored over 30 runs in a three game series with Cleveland, and last night they put together eight runs in the third inning of a 14 run game.

The Mets have demonstrated all year that they had adjusted offensively to homerun proof Citi Field by becoming contact hitters.  

Their trouble winning on the road was attributed by Jerry Manuel to the teams looking to hit homeruns in parks that are more power friendly.  They overcame this challenge last week taking their first two series on the road.  In one game they hit four back-to-back doubles.

Hypothetically, what happens to Major League talent when they are forced to eliminate the homerun from their game in their home stadium? 

They become contact hitters.  It's a different skill.  It's the type of hitting they did in the beginning of the game.

I will be interested in watching to see what happens with this team offensively.  I am not saying that Wright, Bay, Davis, and Barajas aren't going to hit homeruns.  I am simply wondering if the confines of Citi Field have refocused them (except Barajas) in a way that will make them better hitters in terms of getting on base and RBIs.

Just a thought.