With the continued offensive struggles in 2014, the New York Mets may be turning the blame on their stadium, again. The Mets are once more in the bottom of the league in almost all offensive categories and that includes home runs. Believe it or not, this is already the sixth season the Mets have played at Citi Field and after already changing it’s dimensions back in 2011, the team may be looking towards that approach for the second time in four years.
The Mets held a question and answer session before Sunday’s matinee for season ticket holders and one of the questions concerned the park’s dimensions. General Manager Sandy Alderson went on to admit that this winter the organization will highly consider moving in the fences at the home ballpark. According to Daily News, this is what Alderson said during the interview “We have to take into account our own team and we have a couple of players on this team where their strength is right-center”. The Mets including their Captain and best hitter David Wright have struggled in the home run department. “The other part is to take into account entertainment value. People like run production and if the ballpark is more hitter-friendly, there’s more action and maybe more interest and less frustration.”
After the 2011 season, the Mets changed the dimensions for the first time. They brought in the outfield walls as much as 12 feet and brought down the height of the wall to 8 feet while changing the color of the walls padding from black to blue for the team 50th anniversary season in 2012. A change in dimensions may help the Mets get a few more out of the ball park but it would not fix the teams’ other offensive struggles. The Mets have been absolutely brutal in 2014 with runners in scoring position especially with the bases loaded. That has been the hardest part to swallow while watching the Mets this season.
A change in face within the front office or in the lineup may be able to do the trick but the method that the team is shooting for now surely is not getting the job done. The Mets have lost numerous 1 run games night after night. The games good teams go out and win because of a few good hits here and there. The pitching is present and more great pitching will come in Queens but if the Mets expect to be good for years to come they should stop blaming their ballpark and worry after the hitters hitting in that ballpark.