No question, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito had a lot to do with it, but the Mets’ offense has been in a funk before coming to San Francisco.
The Mets, on a 1-5 slide, have scored just six runs in that span and hit a composite .222. They’ve been shut out three times, including the first two games of this series.
It won’t get any easier tonight against Matt Cain. They will be trying to avoid being shut out in three straight games for the first time since July 25-27, 1992.
“You can say that (Zito) pitched really well, but I still believe at some point that we have to unlock this offense a little bit,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “We’ve got to do a better job.’’
Part of the offensive slide have been the slumps of Jason Bay and Ike Davis, and absence of Jose Reyes, who is out again tonight.
It’s annoying with Bay, who is on a pace to finish well behind his career averages of .278 with 31 homers and 105 (per 162 games played). He’s currently on pace to hit .263 with 11 homers and 80 RBI, certainly not worth of the $8.6 million they are paying him this season.
As for Davis, it was only a matter of time before he returned to Earth.