The Mets were shut out for the 12th time this season tonight in Philadelphia, which along with injuries and their bullpen, accurately defines the Mets’ most serious deficiency this summer.
The offensive breakdowns can be attributed to injuries primarily to Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto.
The rankings, for lack of a better word, are just ugly. With ten games remaining, they rank:
26th in runs scored with 646, with only the Padres, Giants and Marlins in the National League behind them.
27th in hits with 1,212, ahead of the Phillies, Diamondbacks and Padres.
18th in doubles with 246, 52 behind league leader Atlanta.
19th in homers with 164.
21st in RBI with 619.
12th highest with 1,301 strikeouts, which has long been a franchise problem.
22nd with 64 stolen bases.
28th in batting average at .236.
21st in on-base percentage at .312.
24th with a .704 OPS.
24th in total bases with 2,014.
19th in extra-base hits with 442.
It has been said you can make statistics say anything you want, but there’s no way you can make them say the Mets have had a good year at the plate.
WHEELER SHUTDOWN: As suggested here a few days ago, the Mets have shut down Zack Wheeler for the remainder of the season. Manager Mickey Callaway said Wheeler has nothing left to prove.
“We’re really excited about the year he had, and we feel like we’d probably be taking the best care of him we can if we shut him down at this point,” Callaway said.
Corey Oswalt will take Wheeler’s spot in the rotation, beginning Saturday in Washington.
Wheeler didn’t pitch in 2015-16 following Tommy John surgery and had last year cut short with stress on his arm. After a rocky start this year, he has a 9-1 record and 1.68 ERA in 11 starts in the second half.
“[My] body after this long is starting to wear down a little bit,” Wheeler said. “But if I really needed to for the playoff push or something, I could definitely go out there and finish it up. That’s not why I’m stopping. It’s just being smart, really.
“I’ve done some thinking, and I wish the first part of the season was more like the second part. Obviously, I think overall it was a good season for me. A bit of a learning experience at the beginning. I made some adjustments, and I was able to take off the second half.”
TEBOW TO RETURN: Tim Tebow is expected to return to the Mets organization in 2019.
Tebow underwent season-ending surgery on his right hand in July to repair a fractured hamate bone. In 84 games at Class AA Binghamton, Tebow hit .273 with six homers and 36 RBI and started as the DH in the Eastern League All-Star Game.