The Mets are in a serious rut, only one game over .500, after scoring just six runs over their last four games. In 11 games this month, they are averaging 2.4 runs per game -- by far the worst rate in baseball -- and gone 2-9 in that span.
There is talent, if not much depth, in the Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all strong hitters, with Brandon Nimmo showing signs of a real breakout, and Adrian Gonzalez seemingly rescuing his career from the brink. So why has a team that showed a solidly average offensive ability for the first five weeks of the season suddenly fallen off a cliff?
To begin with, they simply are not making solid contact at all this month. Their hard hit rate is under 32 percent -- dead last in MLB -- and their soft hit rate is over 21 percent -- also dead last. They are not using the whole field, which makes them vulnerable to the shift, and are hitting more pop-ups than any other team. In light of this kind of a batted ball profile, their .269 batting average on balls in play for the month of May might even be considered overperforming.