If you look at the current Mets lineup, would you think they have a half game lead over the Washington Nationals? If you answered no, it’s okay, you’re not alone. Yes, the New York Mets are 31-28 sitting atop the National League East. However, their offense is gradually depleting after their blistering start to the season.
On Tuesday, the Mets got no-hit by Chris Heston, the 27 year old rookie from the San Francisco Giants. No disrespect to Heston, but the Mets made him look like a 3-time Cy Young Award winner. For the Mets, the night was filled with weak ground balls, very feeble fly balls to the outfield, and a number of strikeouts. Heston showed how the Mets offense desperately needs a change.
They rank 25th in the MLB in runs scored and batting average, and are tied for 26th in hits. However in the month of May, they ranked 27th in runs and last in hits. Michael Cuddyer was brought in to be a middle of the order bat, but he hasn’t made a significant impact yet.
The Mets have been without Captain David Wright and catcher Travis d’Arnaud for what it seems like an eternity. However, d’Arnaud is coming off the DL Wednesday. Wright is still currently without a timetable for when he will back.
Sandy Alderson has reportedly been shopping pitchers Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, and Rafael Montero to acquire some much needed offensive help. Martin Prado, Ben Zobrist, and Jean Segura are some of the players the Mets have been reportedly looking at.
Not everyone on the Mets has failed to produced. Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, and Wilmer Flores have done well this year. Flores is tied for 2nd among shortstops in the MLB with 9 home runs. However, Ruben Tejada has been the hottest hitter for the Mets. In 8 games in June, Tejada has a .355 batting average.
People have been talking for the last couple of weeks that the Mets need to do something with their lineup. Due to the no-hitter on Tuesday, the talk has accelerated. No matter how confident Sandy Alderson is in his team, he can’t hide from the facts. It’s almost like a silver-lining in the no-hitter. Maybe now Alderson has to make a move and trade for a guy like Prado, or even a Yasiel Puig.