Another loss, another dozen strikeouts for the New York Mets. This time the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner toyed with the Mets the way a cat would a mouse.
With the Mets at 1,299 strikeouts for the season (an average of 8.6 a game compared to 8.2 hits), it stands to reason a lot of pitchers have had their way with them this summer.
For all the talk of a lack of power, unquestionably the Mets’ primary offensive concern for hitting coach Dave Hudgens – assuming he comes back – is to focus on shaving down that whiff rate. No, make that hack at it wildly with an ax the way most of his hitters aimlessly flail at the plate.
Pause for a second to consider the carnage if the Mets had Ike Davis for a full season, and John Buck, and Marlon Byrd, and Lucas Duda, and David Wright. As it is, the Mets had two hitters with over 100 strikeouts – Byrd and Davis – and three more with over 90 – Buck, Duda and Murphy. Totally, they had seven with at least 75.
And, Murphy is supposed to be a contact hitter. Sti