Obviously there has been a lot of posting, reporting, stat crunching and back seat driving going on lately concerning the Mets inconsistent offense and much of it is warranted. However, if you want to come down to the main reason the Mets have struggled in May? Look past that weakness right into the "strength" of the team.
At home, a pitchers paradise the Mets pitchers have turned it into a nightmare instead.
13th in WHIP
14th in SO/W
12th in OBP
11th in OPS
with a BB/9 of 3.87 (3.24 on the road for comparison)
In May the pitching has been even worse overall:
15th in WHIP
14th in SO/W
13th in ERA
15th in OBP
and a staggering 4.18 BB/9
The Starters in May have produced a 4.53 ERA (3.37 in April) with a 1.93 SO/BB ratio (2.78 in April).
What about that terrible offense?
It ranks right in the middle during May:
7th in OPS
6th in BA
6th in OBP
8th in RS
So what does all this mean? Does it mean that the offense was in deed coming around? Perhaps. Does it mean that we should be concerned about the pitching? That too. What it may finally mean is that the pressure is now on Dan Warthen to get his pitchers to stop walking players at home. I think this also goes back to a terrible blow the Mets received with the loss of Frank Viola for the year. There's no doubt that if healthy he will be a MLB pitching coach, I hope it's for the Mets.