Terry Collins told reporters today that he plans to move the team’s batting practice at home to a time closer to the actual start time of the game, with his starter hitting last. Typically, on the road he explained, the team hits roughly 45 minutes before the game. However, at home, it can be as much as two hours and 25 minutes, which, in his estimation, is too large an amount of time.
Sept. 10, 12:45 pm: The Mets have scored three runs or less in 10 straight home games, their longest such streak since 1982.
They are 4-18 in their last 22 games in Citi Field.
Yesterday, Terry Collins said the following, in regards to the team’s offense:
“We’ve researched it. We’re going to try something new. But believe me, we have wrung the rag dry trying to come up with some answers why we don’t hit the ball in this park. … We’re running out of ideas. We really are. It’s about grinding it out right now. It’s about going in and having some confidence in your ability, some confidence in what you trust, and try to put the barrel on the baseball. There’s no gimmicks that you can use at this level. These guys are talented, very, very talented players, gifted athletes. Once in a while you’ve got to let them play, let their abilities take over.”
The Mets have scored just 241 runs at home, where they also second to last in extra base hits.
In 72 games on the road, however, they have the second most extra base hits and have scored the second most runs in the National League.
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Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Hey, I know, they should lower and bring in the fences. Oh, wait. Right, they did that.
So, let me suggest a different solution: Get better players.
Terry is right, there are no gimmicks a hitter can use at this level… eventually, it’s about talent and ability. It’s not fair to expect a starting lineup with Mike Baxter, Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner, Andres Torres, Jason Bay and Josh Thole to score lots and lots of runs, wherever they play. It’s just not going to happen. I feel like every year in Spring Training, we imagine and idealize the offense. Then, somehow, each of the last few years, no matter what once was in March, and no matter what my previous expectations or wishes had been, I look up in August and September and regularly see guys like Willie Harris, Chris Carter, Jesus Feliciano and Wilson Valdez. These guys all have value, but it’s not as everyday players. The Mets have and keep playing with so many question marks. If you’re going to expect power, get power hitters. I bet those guys hit home runs at home and on the road. If you want extra base hits, get players who can do more than just hit singles, because I bet it happens regardless of ballpark.
I feel like every off season we end up debating things like outfield dimensions and hitting drills and who stands how far from the plate, and we imagine these things will make the difference. However, eventually, it probably helps to actually replace the actual question marks with something that isn’t a question mark.
I know this is incredible simplistic and broad, and I’m half joking when writing this post because I know it’s all easier said than done, but it’s also the obvious and most important step toward being a better team.