The Braves' offense has actually been far worse than the Mets which is saying something considering all the offensive talent they actually have.
Their pitching has also been better amazingly enough considering their injuries but the numbers probably got skewed a bit the last four games.
Obviously, the series against Colorado has inflated the offensive numbers a bit for the Mets (thought it's not like they scored a ton of runs in the series...22 in the four games), but what's amazing is that the Mets are somehow 5th in the NL in runs per game, despite just about all of their other numbers being pretty bad (especially slugging).
But check out how bad some other NL offenses are...if we think the Mets are having a tough time scoring runs (and again, they really are the anomaly team, in that there's no rhyme or reason as to how they've been decent at plating runs...more on that below), I can't imagine what it must be like watching some of these other teams:
Mets: 4.27 RPG (and they're just a tick behind the team that's third...Washington is at 4.29 RPG)
St. Louis: 3.59 RPG
Atlanta: 3.30 RPG
San Diego: 2.63 RPG (?!)
And 9 NL teams aren't even averaging 4.00 RPG. Really shows how hard runs and offense are to come by these days. San Diego's numbers are just SO bad.
And BTW the Mets have actually been quite productive on the road (5.36 RPG), but beyond awful at home (the 3.31 RPG they manage in their building is miraculous when you look at their other numbers: .192 team batting, .277 OB%, .301 SLG%, .578 OB+SLG).
Where the Mets have been good is with RISP...3rd in avg (.261)...they're doing a pretty good job of at least making the runners they do get on base count. (They're only hitting .211 with the bases empty.) By comparison, Atlanta is batting .210 with RISP and .242 with the bases empty.
Of course, unless you believe that the Mets are suddenly a clutch team that finds ways to come up big with RISP, it's pretty safe to say that, unless guys REALLY start getting hot (especially at home), it's really hard to think that the RPG is going to stay where it is.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 05 May 2014 - 06:28 AM.