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Mets bats falling victim to the dog days of summer

Since the All-Star break, the Mets offense has been the worst in the MLB.
Since the All-Star break, the Mets offense has been the worst in the MLB.
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The Mets dropped their tilt against the lowly Cubs this afternoon despite a valiant spot start by Carlos Torres. Unfortunately, the Mets offense proved anemic once again, garnering four hits or less for the 5th consecutive game.

Over that stretch, the Mets are a putrid 19 of 142. Hitting at just .133 over the past 5 games, it is obvious that the dog days of summer are upon us. The young guys are up, the struggling vets are out and with the team out of contention, the Mets are struggling to put anything together at the plate.

Somehow, Curtis Granderson has managed to replicate his horrific month of April again in August. This month, Granderson is batting .155 with no home runs and just 3 RBIs in 67 ABs. Meanwhile, the beleaguered Captain struggles to produce out of the 3 hole, having driven in only 4 runs all month. Lucas Duda, who all but carried the team offensively through July, has slowed down significantly as well, hitting just .217 this month while driving in 6. (MLB)

Since the All-Star break, the Mets are dead last in the MLB with a .210 team average. The Reds have the 29th worst team average since the break at .228, leaving the Mets well below anyone else in the entire league. Additionally, the Mets rank last in hits, runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, OBP and OPS over that same span. They manage to round out the pack in nearly every offensive category despite having the 6th most at-bats of any team in the MLB dating back to the All-Star break (1017).