Mets Remain Powerless
While watching the spring training contest between the Mets and the Tigers yesterday, a comment was made about Detroit’s assault on opposing pitchers via the home run. It motivated me to check the spring training stats.
As it turns out, the Tigers lead all MLB teams with 42 home runs this spring. Guess who is last, with only 14? Yep, our New York Mets.
I know that David Wright was injured all spring. I know that Ike Davis was dealing with Valley Fever. I know that spring training numbers don’t necessarily mean all that much. And I know that the fences at Citi Field have been brought in a few feet.
However, I find the Mets’ lack of power alarming, especially considering that Detroit’s total — while high — isn’t all that remarkable. The next-highest home run total comes from the Padres (!), with 39, followed by 36 clubbed by the Cubs. Nine teams have hit at least 30 over the fence, and only three teams have hit less than 20 — the Mets (14), the Marlins (16), and the Cardinals (19).
The totals by the Fish and the Redbirds is somewhat comforting. So is the Yankees’ relatively low total of 23. But gee whiz, only 14 dingers in 28 games? That works out to 81 over 162 — a full 27 less than the Mets hit in 2011, when they didn’t have Ike Davis for most of the year and only had Duda and Carlos Beltran for half seasons.
Again, I know it’s “only” spring training and the numbers in March don’t count. But offense is supposed to be the Mets’ strength this year, and they haven’t shown any suggestion of that supposition. Besides being last in homers, they’re also dead last in MLB in slugging (.320) and OPS (.627), are second-to-last in average (.228) and OBP (.307), and third-to-last in runs scored (105). Things better turn around real quick once the Opening Day “bell” rings, or there’s little to no chance of the Mets getting off to that quick start the franchise so desperately needs.
What say you? Is the lack of offense in Florida much ado about nothing? Or is it a legitimate red flag? Post your opinion in the comments.