The Mets are off to an unexpected start. Few anticipated the Mets to notch the first four games into the win column, but not everything is rosy. By way of some good pitching, as well as some timely hitting, the Mets have managed to outscore opponents thus far, however I wonder how long they can maintain such a pace when getting such poor input from the middle third of their lineup.
Through four games, Ike Davis, Jason Bay and Lucas Duda have a combined five hits, batting a lowly .095 over that stretch. Furthermore, the three have only five RBIs to show for themselves. The other alarming stat amongst the group is that they've struck out a combined 14 times in just 44 at bats, meaning that they're not putting the ball in play for productive outs either. Yes, the middle of the Met's lineup has done little at the plate to help the cause and that must change because the likes of Daniel Murphy, Josh Thole and David Wright won't bat .400+ all season.
While I anticipate things to get better for all three men, I wonder how much and also wonder how long it takes for other fans to pick up on this trend. Winning causes people to turn a blind eye to many problems on the baseball diamond, and while fans are giving Jason Bay his fair share of heat, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda have gotten a pass to date. Davis will get the night off tonight, in part to avoid lefty Ross Detwiler and in part to give him an opportunity to regroup as he is yet to collect a hit. In his absence, the team's other sluggers need to put forth a better effort at the plate in order to keep the team on the right path.