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Mets homering at home

The Mets’ home-field home run rate has skyrocketed lately. Curtis Granderson’s home run on Tuesday night marked the eighth straight home game in which a member of the team has hit one out (Newsday, July 8).

In a park that’s already seen its fences moved in once, there are a few possible reasons for this rising home run rate: Hitting coach Dave Hudgens was fired on May 26, and Lamar Johnson has been at the hitting helm since. Plus, it’s been warmer out, and the ball carries further.

The players attributed it to a mix of explanations.

“I think a lot of it is the weather,” David Wright said, whose Monday night home run was his first at Citi Field since May 28. “I think Lamar has done a fantastic job and been put in a tough situation with not knowing a lot of these hitters. To be thrust into that situation and go through a period where he’s trying to learn guys’ swings, he’s done a very nice job.”




53 comments
Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I think the mets have improved offensively due to being more agressive at the plate. I don't know of that has to w Lamar, but they have been better lately

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Do we have to see pictures of those hideous uniforms again?

tw22
tw22

THis is not rocket science. This been happening for 50 years. The city doesn't heat up until mid June keeping the power bats come alive in July and fall back asleep sometime in middle September. Its why if you don't have Darryl Strawberry or Mike Piazza in your lineup you should be built to run and gap hit. This team doesn't have Straw or Piazza so the playoffs ain't happening.

RE Lee
RE Lee

this happens every year. does everyone have memory problems. Once the dog days of summer arrive, Citi Field is like Citizens Bank. 

BadContract
BadContract

It looks like Granderson's leadership is rubbing off on this team. He is leading by example. Despite the negative fanbase and lack of attendance, the boys look like they are having fun.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

We are only a hitter or 2 away from being able to make the playoffs.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Weather has a lot to do with it but moving closer to the plate (applys to anybody) and SWINGING THE BAT (applys to anybody) has even more to do with it. You can't hit what you can't reach.  The park is big but if you hit the ball, it will go out. Shea was big and a "pitchers" park too and balls flew out of there if hit well.

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

JJ Hardy, Asburbal Caberra OR Jed Lowrie and Get ONE homerun threat and we are playoff caliber team

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Curtis Granderson? You mean "Jason Bay"? #not

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

Well roll out the Playoff banners!  Wait...what?  Really?  Oh yeah...no one cares.  How about build a team that compliments the ballpark.


nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Again, until they get over .500 I just don't care.

mettle
mettle

Yes, that's it.  Must be the warmer weather.  Couldn't be getting rid of the old hitting coach who preached taking pitches.  TDA can't hit for 2+ months, goes to LV and in one day Wally moves his feet closer to the plate and he's been hitting ever since.

upstaphan
upstaphan

1. Lagares

2. D'arnaud

3. Murph

4. Granderson

5. Wright

6. Duda

7. Kirk/Campbell

8. Flores

9. Pitcher



I go to WAR with that line up! F the world! Deep as hell!

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

There is no way that the "carry" we've seen lately can be attributed to the hotter weather. They've been "shots" and the only explanation can be the departure of Hudgins and the arrival of Johnson. "Carry" doesn't explain Wright's sudden ability to pull HRs to left field.

Ricky Gurbal
Ricky Gurbal

Weather has definitely Helped but I also think it has to do slightly with grandy in the lead off spot, it seems like when he starts off the game with a bang like he did last night the entire mood and tempo of the clubhouse changes and it becomes attack attack attack, maybe they got into a mood where they were all waiting for something to happen and when it didn't they just rolled over and gave up idk I cant really say but I do think weve made huge strides especially with grandy in the leadoff spot.

Also id like to know when were gonna move D'arnaud higher in the lineup I know you don't want to put too much on his plate given that he just got recalled but the way hes swining the bat id love to see him hit second

1. grandy

2. D'arnaud

3. Murphy

4. Wright

5 Duda

6. Niewenheis

7. Lagares

8 tejada

9 pitcher

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

Even though I make a joke of it almost every night, Terry was kind of right about the weather heating up.

We've hit a home run at home in 8 straight games (Has that ever happened before in the Gulag?)

And in those games we're 6-2 against Good teams (Oakland and Atlanta, also Texas)

Granderson is hitting the lights out, actually everyone is contributing.

TDA looks Reborn since his return from Wally's World

Our pitching has been solid as well.

And our main problem in the past was winning AT HOME which we've been doing lately.

So let's start winning on the road and stringing some wins together instead of the usual 3 steps forward and 5 steps back

jose_who
jose_who

@Mike Dell Italia I agree. They were pounding the crud out of the ball and swinging at pitches in the zone early in the count. It was nice to see that yesterday.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@tw22 Nonsense.  You think cold weather was stopping power from coming in April?  Grandy couldn't even make contact, the rest of the lineup was just awful.


Now...some of the bats like Grandy, TdA aren't in these huge slumps.

Glenn Blasius
Glenn Blasius

@Bob Burket We are only a hitter or two, a competent manager, and 8 games in the loss column  from making the playoffs. 


I'm not buying into this crap again, favorable run differential or not. 

rico
rico

@nymetsrule If you didn't care you wouldn't be writing that.  Textbook denial

ShawnP
ShawnP

@mettle  Still mind blowing that the MLB staff couldn't figure this out.EVERYONE,but the MLB Mets staff did not and could not diagnose that very small adjustment with Travis.

Mex_17_for_HOF
Mex_17_for_HOF

@upstaphan  Flores in no longer playing SS in Vegas. He's playing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Looks like they're making a supersub out of him.

rico
rico

@Tormented Mets Fan "TDA looks Reborn since his return from Wally's World"


was he in Wally Word or AAA Cesar's Palace?

rico
rico

@Tormented Mets Fan Mets are playing the best ball all year, with flair and drama and you're still freaking whining?


Truly miserable people come here and channel their misery through their snarky hateful comments.  


There are times to be mad, but there are also times to be glad. 


If you feel nothing but bad feeling about the team, then you should do something else, you got issues



Max Denby
Max Denby

@Marc Singleton @Glenn Blasius @Bob Burket Give us Puig and Abreu and the mets are the best team in the NL east.  But sadly both those ships have sailed. 

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

No no I'm not complaining at all, personally I don't think he's played on the same level as he did here. I'm just saying they built the park with him in mind and he wanted too much, just bad luck.

There was no guarantee that he or even wright were staying at the time but it was a gamble.

And by the way, I've enjoyed watching the team play like they have lately, but the problem has been inconstancy, I hope they do keep it up.

Max Denby
Max Denby

@rico LOL!  Dude the mets have won a few games.  CALM DOWN.  I hope they go on a run as much as you do.  But this management has made egregious mistakes, and letting Reyes go without a backup plan was one of them. 

jose_who
jose_who

@rico It really is pathetic around here. I hope these trolls have not had kids. I'd feel horrible for them growing up around that negative BS. 

ventura_4
ventura_4

@rico @Tormented Mets Fan I'm sorry but there is nothing to be glad about when the team is 8 games under and 8 games out. Sure you can be happy for the positives from the pitching staff, Grandy, etc. but they're still a bad team - they have put together stretches similar to this one previously, and followed it up with an equivalent losing streak. 

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@rico @Tormented Mets Fan  Don't bother.  Nothing short of the team competing on a consistent basis will get the pessimism out of this bunch.  Even then I'm sure they'll nitpick every move.

FreudSlipped
FreudSlipped

It's good, as long as you stay away from the three strike salad.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Max Denby  Abreu in the lineup takes Duda out of the lineup.  Or, god forbid, keeps Duda in the lineup, but playing LF.  Not that it's a great loss, but Duda has been swinging a decent bat lately.


Plus, the money spent on Abreu would've taken Grady out of the equation.  Now you have a hole in both corner OF spots.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@jose_who @rico  it's just the fact that it's easier being a pessimistic fan.  Bash the team left and right when they lose, reap the benefits as a "life long die hard" when the team finally comes around and starts winning.

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Duda is doing pretty good.Grandy in left, JL has to hit alittle bit in center.And get a bat in RF.I'm not sure what they should do with Murphy if anything at all.He can hit yes.Castro May be the answer at ss.Would add length to batting order.

Mex_17_for_HOF
Mex_17_for_HOF

@Brian McCarthy  Would also add a giant hole between 2nd and 3rd. The boy cannot play the field!

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Yes that's what I've heard about him.That's why it's hard with Murphy.And the reason why Wilmer doesn't come up.