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.
Don’t you know the wind is always blowing in at Port St. Lucie? And, Jason Bay isn’t going to start trying until this week.
I forgot to mention that Bay has convinced Pelfrey and several other pitchers, oh, and most of the defenders, to employ the grapefruit rope-a-dope strategy in order to sneak up on the NL east when the real games begin.
PS Did you see the Marlins new park? Very deep in center and the alleys. Unlike the Mets who refused to take advantage of a big park by adding speed to their lineup, it is easy to see why a smart front office moving into a giant park would want to add Reyes to the lineup. Him and Bonifacio should enjoy the new diggs.
Interesting point re: Miami’s park size and their collection of speed. Brings back memories of the 80s Cardinals and 70s Royals.
All kidding aside, I am worried about thier power but also the whole offense. I dont know why our offense is thought to be a biggest strength? We added nothing and lost Reyes and Beltran who lead this team in every offensive category for the Mets.
I think this team will look a lot like the teams in the end of 07 and 08. The SP will keep us in the game for 6 or 7 innings and the pen will get blown out in the last 3 innings.
Don’t be so optimistic though. I’m sure errors by Murphy et. al. will lead to some losses too.
This team was totally Unwatchable all spring. The only team we could beat was an Astros split squad.
I am happy to get them out of here. Watching them for the last month was like a prison sentence!
Joe: this is a classic.
‘After this season with signing bonuses, incentives and arbitration Pelfrey will have earned approx. 19M in six seasons (really five- first was only five starts). He’s made 146 starts with a 4.40 ERA and a 50-54 record, while averaging 29 starts and 170 innings per season. In addition to statistical similarities both struggled with runners on base, Traschel becoming the human weather machine and Pelfrey the cat licking balker. ‘
Anyway, Wright, Davis, and Duda should hit 25 HRs each, and Murphy should hit 15. Bay? 15 or so, but he might sit against RH pitching, beginning in June. He really is a lost soul. Hope he gets it together soon!