Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets played .506 on the road this season, with just a .407 winning percentage at home. They played better on the road than at home in 2012 and 2011, as well.
MetsBlog’s Maggie Wiggin is doing a more detailed post on this disparity, which will likely run later this week. I can’t wait to see what she finds, because it is a bit peculiar. It’s not as simple as just home runs, though that is important. The Mets barely hit any home runs in 2010, but played .580 at home. I often feel like it’s the result of a weak roster and shifting bullpen, which makes it more difficult to take advantage of late-game situations and last ups. Or, it’s just bad luck.
In either case, this quote from Terry Collins, which he said on Monday in response to a question about the poor results at home, is priceless:
“Well, I’ve looked at a lot of numbers at this place, not only our players, but other players who’ve had success at Citi Field and there is a very common denominator: they’re good hitters. They’re just good hitters. So, what we’ve got to do is become better hitters.”
This is so sad it’s funny. Maybe they should put capes and masks on them, and hope it turns them in to superheroes. Or, try the Tin Cup thing, and switch the contents of their pockets from one side to the other. Also, as long as we’re making wishes, how about they become faster too, and become better fielders… Why quit at hitting?
In all seriousness, Collins said, by “better” he means, players need to settle for singles from time to time, hit the other way in to a shift, spread the ball around, cut down the strikeouts, etc…
Or, here’s a slightly easier suggestion: Actually acquire better hitters, instead of trying to force a circular peg in to a square hole.