Taking Stock: The 2014 Mets Offense

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

For all of the complaining I do about this team’s offense, the Mets have scored 383 runs this season, which is seventh-best and three more runs than the NL average.

Yes, the Mets have done the majority of their scoring on the road. However, their pitchers are allowing more runs on the road as well, so I’m not overly concerned about these splits. Instead, despite my passion for panic, I see a lineup that  has actually shown itself good enough to be a .500 team. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s statistically true.

What’s more, they have scored the second most runs in the NL in July, thanks in large part to Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud hitting like the players everyone expected them to be at the start of the season.

This, along with the pitching, is why I have faith these guys can at least go 36-31 in the second half and finish .500…


Here are random thoughts about seven hitters on the Mets…



MLB: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs


Travis d’Arnaud: He was a mess. He was demoted. He was promoted. He’s been terrific. There’s not much more to say, other than he’s handling pitches away much better than before and he looks fitting of the prospect status he rode in on… and just in time…

Lucas Duda: He’s on pace for 25 home runs and 80 RBI, which would be fantastic given questions that once surrounded him, position changes, facing trade rumors, platooning and the Ike Davis drama. He’s finally getting regular at bats, he has the trust and support of his manager and teammates, he’s become a better situational hitter and he’s slowly making first base a place of comfort for the Mets. More than anything, though, I like that Duda has been doubted every step of his career, at every level, yet he always manages to come out the other end better than expected. I’m happy for him…

Ruben Tejada: He’s batting .265 with a .380 OBP in his last 51 games. Of course, he has just 8 extra base hits. But, he’s still so much better than he looked in April, let alone all last year. He looked in to the abyss. The Mets were clearly ready to give the job to Wilmer Flores, they talked to teams all spring about trading for a shortstop, Stephen Drew rumors hung overhead for a year, yet Ruben held his ground, got better and has stayed stable. The Mets should aspire to do better than what they’re getting from Tejada. But, for now, it’ll do, especially considering how weak shortstop is around MLB…

Eric Campbell: He’s 27 years old, has a .833 OPS in 114 plate appearances, has played six different positions and is showing no signs of slowing down. In other words, he has to keep playing, especially given how well he compliments Duda at first base.

Chris Young: Yes, he been a bust. But, he’s been done no favors by Terry Collins, who repeatedly benches him the day after he hits well. He’s can’t seem to get away from being a part-time player against left-handed pitching. I still expect him to be released in August… the same goes for Bobby Abreu, by the way.

Curtis Granderson: The Mets were right to insist media stop referring to Granderson as the next Jason Bay. Sure, he had a rough start, but he’s hitting .274 with 13 HR, 36 RBI and a .380 OBP since May 1, mostly batting leadoff. I expected 25 HR out of Granderson this year and he is now on pace to do just that…

David Wright: Where are you, buddy? It’s been a grind for Wright this year, battling random injuries, batting slumps, long games, etc., and he’s not getting any younger. My hunch is that we’re in store for a big second half of the season from a rested Wright, one more fitting of his status. He’s too good to just fade away…




273 comments
Scrubs
Scrubs

Nothing like the All-Star break to throw cold water on momentum and good feelings.  If we have a plus .500 road trip, Sandy must act before deadline and acquire OF or SS help we so desparately need.

Joe Labbadia
Joe Labbadia

Matt, tired of this stupid talk about runs and run differential.  WINS.  That is all that matters. Talk of anything beside wins is putting lipstick on a pig.

Alexander Urban
Alexander Urban

Sorry, the part on Chris Young is just wrong. "But, he’s been done no favors by Terry Collins, who repeatedly benches him the day after he hits well." Chris Young has 10 Multihit games this year and after all but 2 of those games he started the next day as well. He has just been plain bad. No excuse here.

Richard Davis
Richard Davis

Anybody hear that Matt Kemp is open to a trade?  Considering he's playing LF now, anybody think it might be worth trying for?  I don't see the Dodgers wanting the haul that a Tulo or Stanton would want.  Also, it could make a Lagares/Kirk platoon possible while dumping CYoung.


thwacker
thwacker

Those who don't know - Stephen Drew has been a bust, signed for over 10M, came in rusty, is hitting .150, recently benched and Red Sox fans are calling for his head. So Sandy was right in not signing him, and we have to know that whoever is signed will play well in Citifield, can't just look at past stats. Then spend the dough on him. And don't listen to Boras!

spelletrader
spelletrader

Chris Young is something like 3 for 30 over the last month in at bats ending with a fastball/sinker. Playing time is the least of his problems. When you can't hit a fastball anymore, it's time to hang up the cleats.

Daniel Diffin
Daniel Diffin

Tejada, Granderson, and D'Arnaud had terrible starts, but seem to have turned it around. Obviously, Tejada's ceiling is not terribly high--he's playing about as well as he is capable of right now. It's adequate, but nothing more. A lot of fans are calling for Flores--who did not exactly shine when he was given an audition earlier this year. Matt Reynolds might be a better option--though it is questionable whether either of these guys can field. I expect they will both get a chance at short sooner or later. 


D'Arnaud seems to have finally found his groove, and none too soon. I am really excited to see how he develops.


Duda has had his moments, both this season and in past seasons--it will be interesting to see if he can maintain consistency.


Chris Young has been as big a disaster as Jason Bay--except that he was signed to a one year deal. I think you are probably right that he won't be with the club past August.

archer41
archer41

We need to be 45-22 to hit 90 wins, which would pretty much guarantee a WC spot.  This means they would have to pretty much win every series from now until the end of the season.  Nice to shoot for, but doesn't seem likely.  I do think, however, they'll be better down the stretch than recent years.  

kingman76
kingman76

Too bad Tejada never shows up till the weather warms up.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

I agree w/ most but Chris young. He had been give chances, with  consecutive starts earlerir on...and he tanked! He needsto be DFA'd(or something) and another b/u infielder is needed for 2nd hf.,And you'll need roster room to do so, so send c.young down/away.

theglider
theglider

Here's my concern: this is a team that was playing lights out going into the break. They scored, they came back to win, their defense saved runs and they pitched great.

Shouldn't we see where this team goes before we tear it apart? We've had injuries to pitchers so we need the depth we've had. Our position players have been hitting so why do we want to remove any of the starters?

Let's play the rest of the season with this team and improve in the off season when we have a better idea of what we have and what we need.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Here's another reason why it's a good thing to play well in the seonc half. Historically, when teams transition from bad to good to great, they do it in increments. This isn't the NFL where teams can go from 3 and 13 to 13 and 3 in part because they get a softer schedule.  I'm sure you can name a season or two where some teams made a quantum leap forward. '69 Mets maybe one of them, but generally it's a slow march to prominence.

You may not like the cast of characters but sometimes guys reach their potential. We're seeing it with Duda who I did not think had the mentality to play in NYC and we're seeing it with Ruben who I still think may have topped out in what he'll become. Hope I'm wrong about Ruben.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Matt, I don't always agree with you; But, if the Mets continue to play like they did during the last home-stand .500 is achievable.So, lets hope they can continue the good play on the road series.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Two days on the baseball calendar suck. The day after opening day when your team doesn't play and the day after the All-Star game when no one plays.

jenkins
jenkins

Franklin just had an amateurish AB in the AS game. Really hideous. 

Nothing wrong with playing Chris Young versus lefties only. 

Use Captain Kirk vs righties. 


Drop Abreu and bring up Flores.

good2half
good2half

I like to see kirk and soup platoon in LF for 2nd half then based on the results determine LF alternatives for 2015. they can combine for .270 90 RBI 25 hr at major league minimum wage. then you can pay Tulo at ss and resign Murphy. Gee is arb eligible and he needs to be in tulo trade with either Travis or Pawlecki and Reynolds ss that just got moved to Nevada AAA.

ShawnP
ShawnP

@Scrubs  Agreed,man.It certainly was the best and most exciting home stand of the season and the best baseball we have played all year.


IF like you said we have a great road trip,I surely hope Sandy pulls the trigger on a move to propel this team further.


Here's you're chance Sandyman,no time for the sitting on hands approach.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Scrubs I must say that last home stand was as good as I have felt about this team in a long time! That was actually fun to watch. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Richard Davis First of all I want NOTHING to do with Kemp. The Dodgers screwed the pooch when they shelled out that 160M deal over 8 years for him after his one monster year. At his age, his injury history he will probably never come close to that one year and that's what your paying for. Why take on their mistake? He had one really good year THREE years ago.

In all honesty with this team, I'd rather see them go with a platoon of Kirk and Campbell. 

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Richard Davis Dump CY,  trade EY and play Campbell and Niewenhuis in LF  Kemp is not an impact player.  He's another guy in his prime already in decline.

keko
keko

@Richard Davis  Lagares platoon ?

I hear other fans trading Wheeler and Thor for Baez a first time triple a player as well. 


Come on guys.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Daniel Diffin Matt Reynolds is not an everyday MLB infielder.  Flores was beaten out by Tejada that says it all.


I'm still trying to understand how a military lawyer who never played the game beyond HS is qualified to make MLB level evaluations on talent???

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@archer41 They r a  .500 club.  They only played above .650 ball in the second half once in their history.  1986.

keko
keko

@archer41 I was thinking the same thing 

if this young pitching keeps doing wat I think it will and this offense is for real I can see those 90 myself

eric88
eric88

@archer41 That is why Sandy needs to get A BAT. I don't want better. I want good. We have waited too long already. To me Sandy is at bat, will he deliver or strikeout. If he brings in no one, he is not committed, and I won't go to Citi. If he produces, I am getting my keys. I will take his lead.

eric88
eric88

@kingman76 And even than he is an inadequate player. Very limited athlete.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@A Pocono View_ I think the best bet is to release Chris Young and bring Flores back up. He's on FIRE in Vegas right now. And don't just mix him in here and there. Give him a good 10 games or so to establish himself as an everyday bat.

ken1010
ken1010

@A Pocono View_ Just don't let them bring back Quintinilla.  I'm even more done with him than with Chris Young.  At least CY hits home runs now and again.

eric88
eric88

@theglider I don't want to tear it apart, I want Sandy to get off his butt and add to it. I do not want to wait anymore. If it's not atime to add a bat, than neither will it be any other year.

mustang66
mustang66

I would much rather have Campbell in there

eric88
eric88

Yeah, and play him. He can platoon with Duda who couldn't hit a lefty with a tree. Spell tTejada, Wright, Murphy so they don't wear down. ! problem, Terry is the Mgr.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Yes, or.... no Chris... add Eric with Kirk and Time share LF. Speed and Power..

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@good2half Gee, Plawecki and Reynolds would not be nearly enough to get Tulo... You would have to add in someone like Wheeler or Thor as well is my guess.

mustang66
mustang66

It burns my bridges when everybody talk.s about Tulo. before you guys give away four of our prospects will you please take a Look at his away numbers. He's hitting 265 on the road with half the home runs and half the Rbis. by the way cargo is hitting 118 on the road. I see people on here looking to give away Thor DeGrom Plawicki and Flores for

Tulo. if I told you there was a guy Who would bat 265 with 16 homers an 85 RBI's would you give up those four players for him. Well that's what you would get from Tulowitzki if he comes in plays at Citi Field I am so sick of hearing about this without anybody knowing the actual production

philsdad
philsdad

@good2half  I agree on the leftfield platoon but no on Tulo.  He is worth 2 wins in the second half not enough for this team to make playoff run. Not worth selling the farm for him.  Plus Wilpon's won't pay to it's a pipe dream. 

nncyel
nncyel

@Steve Finelli @Daniel Diffin You do understand that he's not the only guy evaluating talent? that he has members of his staff - assistant GMs, scouts - evaluating talent, don't you?


You may have heard of a guy named Frank Cashen - lawyer, journalist, never played beyond college - and oh, yea architect of two WS championship teams.


And, oh, by the way, Alderson already has one WS championship on his his belt. Perhaps that's part of the reason why he's qualified to make talent judgements.


Any more dumb questions?

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

The team has no money or wants to spend money they want to contend that's it

theglider
theglider

And which position do you want to add to? It seems as if they've all been playing well lately. Where do you upgrade and who do you trade to get them?

good2half
good2half

tulo would add more than 2 wins. minus CY $ they should be able to afford tulo

rico
rico

In 1983 fans were just like this , and back then there was no internet, no spirts radio, but low and behold it all changed,

And it will again.

philsdad
philsdad

@good2half  What is his WAR? Then take away Coor's field.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@rico In 1983 the Mets traded for Keith Hernandez and in 1984 the Mets traded for Gary Carter. In 1985 they traded for Bob Ojeda.   Do u really see that happening again?

jenkins
jenkins

@rico there weren't any trolls then. Simple pleasures.

good2half
good2half

I think you are slightly overestimating coors. I go with 4 Games due to impact on others in lineup

philsdad
philsdad

@good2half  Fantasy bro, not happening. The Mets aren't getting a pricy bat unless it's a Piazza or Hernandez type dump.