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A look at the Mets' power drought

Sep 7, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

In a world where Daniel Murphy
(nine) has more home runs than David Wright (eight) in less at-bats,
you know something is screwy with the Mets this season.

Team home runs:

26) Oakland – 116

27) Houston – 115

28) Pittsburgh – 109

29) San Francisco – 99

30) New York (NL) – 81

Yeah, it’s that bad. I’m no
prognosticator, but if you were to project the Mets’ current pace, they
would finish with roughly 96 home runs, their lowest tally since they
hit just 93 in 1992. Bobby Bonilla (19), Eddie Murray (16) and Darryl Boston
(13) were the only ones to make it to double-digits on that squad.

As the current Mets enter play on
Tuesday, Gary Sheffield leads the team with just 10 home runs. And he
probably won’t even play again this season
. Just for comparison’s sake,
the Rockies and Yankees have eight players with 10 home runs or more.

  1. John Pileggi - Sep 7, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    2009 is the Perfect Storm of a powerless year. The primary Met sources of home runs, Beltran and Delgado played hurt or not at all. Wright’s power at Shea Stadium was in the gaps. Citi Field is very unforgiving. Jose Reyes is a double digit home run hitter and he played only a few games. And, management thought that Dan Murphy in left and Ryan Church in right were adequate. The optimal pieces were not around, and the fillers failed. Put that into a pitchers’ park and you should not be stunned with the results.
    The more relevant matter is “what happens now”? There is $10 million from Billy Wagner coming off, and $12 million from Delgado along with a few more from Brian Schneider and assorted others. The stories about the Wilpons’ exposure to Bernie Madoff range from $200 million to $700 million. The debt from Citi Field requires some service, and the SNY Network will experience ad declines. All that may add up to a long 2010 in Queens, with less power and more losses. The Mets were built for “now”. “Now” may be an ugly place.

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