COLUMN: It’s The Lineup, Stupid!
by John Jastremski
Jul 22, 2015 | 9537 views | 0 0 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hopefully for the sake of all of the Met fans out there, the team will actually take my advice as opposed to the New York Yankees, who already sent down my guy Rob Refsynder, who had me waxing poetic in last week’s column after only 12 at bats.

Comical...

The same could be said for the New York Mets inability to score runs over the course of the 2015 season. Game after game, inning after inning, the problem is blatantly obvious to anyone who has watched even a single pitch out at Citi Field this season.

The Mets are offensively challenged.

They’re second to last in runs scored in the sport, they have the lowest team batting average in baseball, and at times feature a lineup where the pitcher is more of a legitimate threat at the plate than some of the position players!

You would think ownership and general manager Sandy Alderson would come to the same conclusion that has been brought to my attention over and over again throughout the course of the season on WFAN.

“JJ, what are the Mets gonna do about this lineup!” “JJ, when are the Mets going to trade for a bat.”

Sadly for many of the Met fans out there, your guess is a good as mine.

There have been multiple instances throughout the course of the season where I thought the breaking point was reached and that the team would finally make a move.

You had San Francisco Giants rookie hurler Chris Heston no-hit the Mets in early June, then it was the sweep down in Atlanta where both Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey had brilliant pitching performances squandered. And, of course, the sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs where the Mets scored one run in three games.

All of these examples of Mets offensive futility at its finest.

After all of these moments of ineptitude, I said to myself, “okay. this is finally going to be the time where Mets management will finally come to their senses and try and fix this horrendous offensive product.”

Still waiting…

This past Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals takes the cake. The Mets put on a performance that will live in infamy, even though they were able to win the game in 18 innings.

The offense left 25 runners on base and went 1-for-26 with runners in scoring position. Just think about that for a minute: 18 innings, 25 runners left on base.

If that display doesn’t bring about decisive action, what will?

Even with this pathetic offense, the Mets find themselves right in the middle of the pennant race. They are on the heels of the Washington Nationals in the NL East and right in the mix for the second wild card spot in the National League.

They feature one of the best rotations in baseball, with young talent shining throughout. However, their rotation alone will not be good enough to get the Mets back to October baseball.

You cannot expect to make the postseason with a bottom of the order that features guys who have no business playing on a major league roster, let alone playing every single day.

It doesn’t have to be a superstar, but a few professional bats plus a call up of hotshot Double A prospect Michael Conforto would legitimize one of the worst lineups in baseball.

The Met fan has waited way too long to not make the necessary moves come July 31 at the trade deadline.

No more excuses; I don’t want to hear about payroll or next year. With this pitching staff, the time is now. Fix the offense or expect another irrelevant August and September out in Flushing.
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