The New York Mets went into the All-Star break with a 48-40 record and were four games back of the first place Atlanta Braves. They were in second place in the NL East and one game back of the wild card. The Mets were about to start an 11-game road trip, all against NL West teams.
We all know what happened. The Mets went 2-9 on the road trip, and one of the wins was given to them by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi on a blown call.
The Mets offense was to blame for these losses. The Mets pitching kept these teams to four runs or less in eight out of 11 games. Their offense was shut out four times during the road trip.
Let's take a deeper, and more painful, look at the Mets' offensive numbers. The Mets played three extra-inning games during the trip. They played 109 innings of offense.
In those 109 innings, this is what happened:
- The Mets scored 23 runs during the trip.
- To score those 23 runs, it took the Mets 76 hits.
- That's an average of 2.1 runs and 6.9 hits a game. Before the road trip the Mets averaged 4.5 runs and 8.8 hits a game.
- Of those 76 hits, 23 of them were extra-base hits. That's an average of 2.1 extra-base hits a game.
- Of those 23 extra-base hits, eight of them were home runs. That's an average of 0.73 home runs a game. That's not even that bad considering before this road trip the Mets were averaging 0.8 home runs a game.
- During the trip the Mets went 10-for-65 with runners in scoring position. That's a .154 batting average.
- Over the 11 games the Mets left 74 men on base.
- The Mets stole just five bases. That's just 0.46 stolen bases a game.
- Before this road trip the Mets averaged 0.97 stolen bases a game. Now for the season they average 0.91 stolen bases a game. They are still leading the National League in stolen bases with 90, four more than the San Diego Padres.
- The Mets got caught stealing six times. That's an average of 0.55 caught stealing a game.
- Before the road trip, the Mets were caught stealing an average of 0.23 a game.