Everybody with eyeballs can see that this 2015 Mets offense is bad, very bad. In fact, this is a historically bad offense. This team is statistically a worse hitting team than the 1962 Mets, a team that lost 120 games.
The 2015 Mets rank near the bottom of the National League in almost every offensive category. The team as a whole is hitting .234/.300/.361 so far this season. While the 1962 Mets were certainly no juggernaut offensively, that’s not really possible when you win only 40 games, they still managed to out-hit the 2015 Mets, hitting .240/.318/.361. The 1962 Mets scored 3.86 runs per game over the course of that season, while this team ranks 29th in the majors in runs, averaging only 3.43 runs per game. For the Mets to finish the season even tied with the ‘62 Mets, they’d need to average 4.43 runs per game the rest of the season, and it doesn’t look like that’ll be happening any time soon.
This years Mets don’t have a single player on the active roster batting over .300, and have three regulars- Kevin Plawecki, Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares- who are all boasting a sub-.300 OBP. Only one regular player for the 1962 Mets, Rod Kanehl, had an OBP below .300. While the 2015 Mets power numbers are about on par with the ‘62 Mets, the number of strikeouts by this years team is alarming. Lucas Duda is currently on pace to break the Mets single season strikeout record, but he hasn’t been the only offender. The Mets are averaging 7.77 strikeouts per game, 12th in the National League.
There doesn’t seem to be a quick fix out there that could glue together this rag-tag lineup, but it’s just another testament to how great the pitching has been, because without it this team might be staring 40-120 in the face, much like their 1962 counterparts. It doesn’t have to be like this. There’s still a week left until the trade deadline, and the Mets have added a new name to their wish list of hitters, as they are reportedly interested in acquiring Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra.
Parra is a two-time gold glove winner and is hitting .313/.348/.500 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 90 games this season with the Brewers. Parra would be a fantastic fit for the Mets, who need a big outfield bat in the middle of the lineup, especially with the possibility of Michael Cuddyer going on the disabled list in the next few days. Parra is having a fantastic year in Milwaukee, so demand for the 28-year-old outfielder is heating up as we inch closer to the July 31 trade deadline. Parra wouldn’t likely demand a king’s ransom like some other hitters on the market and the Mets are reportedly more interested in moving former first round pick Brandon Nimmo for the right price or prospects like Gavin Cecchini and Michael Fulmer rather than top prospects Michael Conforto or Amed Rosario.
The Mets could also decide to go the route of trying to go after Justin Upton or Carlos Gomez, however the pot for those two would probably cost, dare I say it, Michael Conforto. Sandy Alderson would rather burn this season to the ground than trade away Conforto. Upton is only 27-years old but will be a free agent at the end of the season. He is having a solid season in San Diego, hitting .252/.331/.426 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 89 games. Gomez is a two-time all-star and two-time gold glove winner who is hitting .268/.329/.440 with eight home runs and 41 RBI. Gomez broke into the majors with the Mets back in 2007 before being dealt that offseason in a deal that brought Johan Santana to New York.
So, what are you going to do Sandy? Are you going to burn the ship and watch this season that showed so much promise die because of stubbornness to trade away 20 year old kids for 28 year old all-stars? Or are you going to do something bold, something that would take serious cajones, that would give Mets fans something they haven’t seen since 2008. A legitimate playoff race.