The New York Mets enjoyed their most successful month of the short season in June (18-8, .692 win percentage).
Offensively, if it seemed a little like things were clicking on all cylinders, it's because they sort of were. The team's 24 home runs in June were a season high, as was the .274 batting average for the month.
More importantly, the Mets began to do something they had struggled with all season long, they hit with runners in scoring position (RISP). New York batted a remarkable .299 with RISP, .036 points above the league average of .263.
These ingredients made for a winning recipe and the Mets produced their highest runs/game output of the year (4.85).
The start of July seemed like more of the same as the team began the month a whopping 18 for 55 with RISP (.327 avg) and produced five runs/game. Over that span Jason Bay showed signs of heating up, going 5 for 11 (.454 avg) with RISP while Angel Pagan and David Wright were a combined 4 for 10 (.400 avg) in the same category.
They even managed to score a few runs for Johan Santana (or should I say Johan managed to spark a few runs for himself). It was all too good to be true, wasn't it? Unfortunately, these last couple games would seemingly point towards "yes."
During the Mets series-ending loss to Cincinnati (3-1) and last night's disheartening loss to the Braves (4-2), the team is apparently swinging a fishing net with runners in scoring position.
They are an incredibly unproductive 1-19 (.056 avg) and are in danger of losing their second straight home series for the first time all season.
The culprits along the way? Well fortunately there won't be much finger pointing because the futility at the plate is a true team effort.
The bottom line is that the team will need to break out of this funk if they're to regain their June form. They have proven capable of just that and if they're to head into this well-deserved break with any steam or realistic shot of overtaking Atlanta, the results need to come sooner than later.
A couple familiar names are likely candidates to lead the team back onto the right track. On the year Angel Pagan is hitting a spectacular .391 with runners in scoring position with 33 RBI. David Wright is boasting an impressive .323 avg and 48 RBI in the same category. Even rookies Josh Thole (4-6, .667 avg), Chris Carter (.438), Jesus Feliciano (.364), and Ike Davis (.271) have proven more than effective when the Mets are threatening to score.
Mets fans aren't as concerned with the "who" as much as we are with the w"hen" because the time is now for the team to turn things around at the plate against their division rivals.
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