Five games into the season, the Mets aren’t hitting collectively or individually, and the result is a 2-3 record. It’s early, they say, but the losses count the same in April as they do in September.
Consider the paltry bounty after the first week: a major league-low .180 team batting average with eight extra-base hits, two for home runs. The Mets have scored only 14 runs, seven of which came in one game.
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Yoenis Cespedes (.200) had his first homer and runs batted in of the season Sunday, a two-run shot in the sixth that accounted for the Mets’ only scoring in a 5-2 loss to the Phillies.
Curtis Grand erson was 0-for-4 and is batting .050. Lucas Duda (.222) also was hitless in four at-bats. Neil Walker (.200) was 0-for-4. Asdrubal Cabrera (.263) was 0-for-3. David Wright had two hits and is at .267, tied with Michael Conforto for the team high among regulars. Travis d’Arnaud, who did not start, is at .083.
Cespedes is the go-to power hitter, but he said he doesn’t feel the burden to carry the team. “No, I don’t think that at all, because I think that I’m just here to do my job and everyone here is here to contribute,’’ he said through a translator. “Everyone contributes a little bit. So one person can’t fix a team.’’
Terry Collins didn’t sound particularly concerned about Cespedes’ hitting. “I realize there’s always panic and drama here. It’s part of what goes with the territory of being in this town,” he said. “But he’s going to be fine. He’s hit everywhere he’s ever been.’’
Granderson, whose demeanor is never less than calm, said: “I’d love to have been able to do a lot more the first five games of the season, but it has only been five games . . . Collectively, our whole lineup hasn’t been able to do what we’re capable of.
“At the same time, we realize there’s a ton of baseball games left to be played, a ton of games left in our own division. This isn’t going to be the first stretch that we have like this, it’s not going to be the last like this. Hopefully, we can eliminate as many as possible.’’
Wright expressed a degree of impatience. “Offensively, we need to step up,’’ he said. “Right now, we just hit a little cold streak offensively . . . We’re not swinging the bats well and it shows. As pitchers, they feel like they need to bear down and not give up any runs because we’re not giving them much support right now.’’
Collins’ quick take: “First of all, I see us chasing a lot of pitches. But the ones we’re getting, we’re not hitting. We’ve actually had some very, very good at-bats and got ourselves in some very, very good counts. We’re getting jammed or hitting it off the end. I think the at-bats are pretty good; we’re just not getting the bat on the ball and therefore we’re not doing any damage. This is a lineup that again is built around doing some damage. But it’s early.’’