New York Mets 2012 hitting update

The New York Mets are not going to win a lot of games by pounding opponents. If the Mets score four runs it’s a good night. And thus is the key to their season; win enough games 4-3 to stay relevant in the playoff races. MLB odds specialists have the Mets at +6600 to win the World Series and +2700 to win the National League.

Through Monday’s play New York is five games above .500 at 27-22 and in second place in the NL East, just 2.5 games back of first-place Washington.

The Mets are also 29-18 on the ‘over/under’ this season. But that’s probably more a reflection of the low totals regularly posted on their games than of a powerful or efficient offensive attack.

David Wrightwas hitting .415 a little more than a week ago, but has cooled off, and has four hits in his last 26 at-bats. He’s still hitting an NL-best .373 and with more walks, 32, than strikeouts, 29, owns an OBP of .474.

But beyond Wright, the Mets everyday lineup is pretty punchless.

Daniel Murphy ranks second on the team in hitting (among the regulars) at .297 but has nary a home run and just 18 RBI. OF Lucas Duda is hitting .250 with five homers. And 1B Ike Davis is batting a pathetic .167 with 11 walks and 48 strikeouts.

It’s almost hard to figure how New York has won 27 games.

Not helping the cause is the fact that OF Jason Bay, IF Ruben Tejada (who was hitting .305 when he got hurt) and C Josh Thole are all on the DL with various ailments.

Monday night, in an 8-4 loss to Philadelphia, the Mets batted Scott Hairston, who’s got 80 career home runs in over 1,900 career at-bats, at clean-up.

So on the season New York ranks 11th in the Majors in team batting average at .257, 28th in home runs with 32 (for comparison, Texas’ Josh Hamilton has 20 by himself), 27th in stolen bases with 21 and 15th in scoring at 4.2 runs per game.

The Mets do rank sixth in the Majors in team OBP at .332, because they’ve drawn 177 walks, third-most in baseball.

New York has pulled off a minor miracle in winning as many games as it was with such an anemic offense. Getting Bay, Thole and Tejada back would help, but nobody is quite sure when that will happen. For now, the Mets will just have to struggle through and hope they can continue to average four runs a game.

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