Earlier in the season, the Mets had no problem putting up runs as they got some shaky performances out of their starting pitchers.
Now their pitchers have turned things around and the offense has gone cold. After averaging 5.6 runs through their first 23 games, the Mets are averaging just 2.6 runs over their last nine and scored just one run in Friday's loss at Milwaukee.
"We're just not stringing things together," Mickey Callaway said. "We're not getting the big hit when we need it, and we're just not stringing the baserunners and the walks and the hits all together to put together some good innings, or score a crooked number and kind of keep it rolling and put the pressure on the other team. It'll come, but it's been pretty tough lately."
The Mets have just two runs in their last three games. Over their last nine, they're hitting .223 overall, .188 with runners in scoring position and have averaged 7.2 men left on base.
Brandon Nimmo, whose average fell to .211 by going 0-for-2 Friday, is 0-for-15 in his last five games and is 7-for-39 in his last 13 appearances. Robinson Canó has gone cold again. He went 0-for-3 Friday, is 2-for-15 in his last five games and is hitting .264 for the season. Todd Frazier went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is hitting just .167 in 10 games since coming off the IL from his oblique injury.
While Wilson Ramos was a factor Friday, driving in the Mets' only run and drawing a ninth-inning walk, he has been struggling at the plate as he's hitting .178 over his last 24 appearances (19 starts) with one homer and two doubles.
"We've got to put the whole thing together," said Michael Conforto, who had two of the Mets' seven hits Friday including a leadoff single in the ninth inning. "It really is what's gonna do it for us. When the pitching's there, we've got to hit."