Key numbers suggest the Mets are a solid team offensively, despite their mediocre scoring output.
Start with an on-base percentage of .350 that ranked second in the major leagues as Thursday’s play began, 117 hits (second in the majors) and .261 batting average (third in the majors).
And yet the Mets were averaging just 3.92 runs per game, placing them 19th in the major leagues. The “big hit” has been missing — which explains the MLB-leading 8.92 runners per game left on base by the Mets.
“You just can’t have it all,” Dominic Smith said.
They will open a three-game series Friday against the Marlins at Citi Field looking for their first sustained scoring run of the season. There was a 10-run game in Atlanta last Friday that was wasted by a bullpen meltdown. Then came a five-game stretch in which the Mets (5-8) exceeded three runs only once.
Losing Robinson Cano, Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario to injuries in recent days hasn’t helped, but there is also the fact their biggest offensive force, Pete Alonso, owns an anemic .579 OPS and has appeared lost at the plate. And before he opted out from the season on Sunday, Yoenis Cespedes was stuck with a .622 OPS.