The Mets aren’t hitting much in the World Series, or in the postseason for that matter
Two hits, both from Lucas Duda.
That was the sum total of the Mets offensive output in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, during which the Mets played a close game for the first five innings only to see the Royals runaway with the game beginning in the fifth inning, to which the Mets could not respond to their relentless offensive attack.
Certainly, the Mets pitching has found very few answers to contain the Royals attack over the first two games, which in large measure explains why the Mets have suddenly fallen into an 0-2 hole in their best-of-seven World Series.
But outside of performances from Duda, Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson and perhaps Juan Lagares, the club’s offense has been largely absent throughout their postseason run, and that has begun to weigh heavily on the Mets as they search for ways to rally back into this World Series against a formidable foe in the Royals.
Outside of those four players, however, the Mets are hitting just .156 in 11 games during the postseason. Overall, they’re only hitting .220 with a .668 OPS as a team in 11 postseason games.
“We’re not hitting. That’s what I see. [Yoenis Cespedes is] not the only one. There’s a couple other ones in there.”
Cespedes does have seven RBI in the postseason, but three of those seven RBI came in one game – a 13-7 rout of the Dodgers in Game 3 of the Division Series. He’s hitting just .179 with two extra-base hits in his other ten games in the postseason.
Murphy has of course carried the Mets offense, with a strong supporting performance from both Granderson and Duda. The three of them can account for 26 of the 46 runs driven in by Mets hitters throughout the postseason. They’ve combined for six doubles and nine home runs with 20 of the 48 runs the club has scored in their 11 postseason games in 2015.
Murphy and Granderson have combined to go just 3-for-12 with five walks in the first two games of the World Series as the Royals are doing what they need to do to avoid those two causing damage.
And with the Royals passing on them in large measure over the first two games, it’s been left up to the rest of the offense to provide the production, something they’ve failed to do for the most part so far this week.
They’re just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position with 14 runners left on-base in the first two games of the World Series, and just 16-for-73 with runners in scoring position throughout the entire postseason.
“It just shows you right now with us not hitting how big Dan Murphy really was in the NLCS with the home runs,” Collins explained. “We’ve got to pick it up offensively. We’ve got to do a better job of using the field to hit. And we’ve done it. We certainly have done it. We’ve got to do it again.”
David Wright in particular has had a mostly brutal postseason despite a good first game in this World Series. He’s just 7-for-41 with two extra base hits and three RBI. And while he’s drawn nine walks and scored six runs in 11 games, he’s struck out 14 times and is just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position during the postseason.
In fairness to the Mets, a lot of their struggles can be attributed to dealing with the buzz saws of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Yet, they still went 2-2 in games they pitched and defeated both Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester in the National League Championship Series as well.
But the Mets offense has been missing since the sixth inning of Game 1 of the World Series against Kansas City – they have just seven hits and scored no earned runs in their last 17 at-bats against Royals pitching.
Despite the Mets sitting in an 0-2 hole in the World Series, they still have the starting pitching advantage on paper. The Mets, however, have not been able to attack early and often against the Royals starting pitchers, forcing them to play close games into the middle innings which has afforded the Royals and their relentless offense an opportunity to stick around, tie and eventually take leads on the Mets.
For the Mets to rally, the Mets will have to soon start to capitalize on that advantage. The starting pitching has certainly pitched well enough – especially early – to give the offense that opportunity.
Otherwise it could be too little too late.