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For all of the complaining I do about this team's offense, the Mets have scored 383 runs this season, which is seventh-best and three more runs than the NL average.

Yes, the Mets have done the majority of their scoring on the road. However, their pitchers are allowing more runs on the road as well, so I'm not overly concerned about these splits. Instead, despite my passion for panic, I see a lineup that  has actually shown itself good enough to be a .500 team. I know it's hard to believe, but it's statistically true.

What's more, they have scored the second most runs in the NL in July, thanks in large part to Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud hitting like the players everyone expected them to be at the start of the season.

This, along with the pitching, is why I have faith these guys can at least go 36-31 in the second half and finish .500...


Here are random thoughts about seven hitters on the Mets...




Travis d'Arnaud: He was a mess. He was demoted. He was promoted. He's been terrific. There's not much more to say, other than he's handling pitches away much better than before and he looks fitting of the prospect status he rode in on... and just in time...

Lucas Duda: He's on pace for 25 home runs and 80 RBI, which would be fantastic given questions that once surrounded him, position changes, facing trade rumors, platooning and the Ike Davis drama. He's finally getting regular at bats, he has the trust and support of his manager and teammates, he's become a better situational hitter and he's slowly making first base a place of comfort for the Mets. More than anything, though, I like that Duda has been doubted every step of his career, at every level, yet he always manages to come out the other end better than expected. I'm happy for him...

Ruben Tejada: He's batting .265 with a .380 OBP in his last 51 games. Of course, he has just 8 extra base hits. But, he's still so much better than he looked in April, let alone all last year. He looked in to the abyss. The Mets were clearly ready to give the job to Wilmer Flores, they talked to teams all spring about trading for a shortstop, Stephen Drew rumors hung overhead for a year, yet Ruben held his ground, got better and has stayed stable. The Mets should aspire to do better than what they're getting from Tejada. But, for now, it'll do, especially considering how weak shortstop is around MLB...

Eric Campbell: He's 27 years old, has a .833 OPS in 114 plate appearances, has played six different positions and is showing no signs of slowing down. In other words, he has to keep playing, especially given how well he compliments Duda at first base.

Chris Young: Yes, he been a bust. But, he's been done no favors by Terry Collins, who repeatedly benches him the day after he hits well. He's can't seem to get away from being a part-time player against left-handed pitching. I still expect him to be released in August... the same goes for Bobby Abreu, by the way.

Curtis Granderson: The Mets were right to insist media stop referring to Granderson as the next Jason Bay. Sure, he had a rough start, but he's hitting .274 with 13 HR, 36 RBI and a .380 OBP since May 1, mostly batting leadoff. I expected 25 HR out of Granderson this year and he is now on pace to do just that...

David Wright: Where are you, buddy? It's been a grind for Wright this year, battling random injuries, batting slumps, long games, etc., and he's not getting any younger. My hunch is that we're in store for a big second half of the season from a rested Wright, one more fitting of his status. He's too good to just fade away...

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