Dismal July Dooms Fading Mets

It was a disappointing and frustrating July for the New York Mets, who went 9-18 for the month and plummeted from five games under .500 and eight games out of first place on June 30th, to fifteen games under and 20½ out just one month later. And with the last-place Cardinals on a hot streak, the Mets are in danger of losing their grip on fifth place and dropping into the cellar of the NL East.

Batting slumps and skyrocketing ERA’s plagued the Mets all month long, but it was the abundance of injuries that affected the team the most. Their star player, Lee Mazzilli, went out with injuries twice (the first time was for six days, but the second earned him a visit to the 15-day disabled list), while infielder Doug Flynn and outfielder Bruce Boisclair were also knocked out of action, for a combined 35 games. As a team, the Mets batted just .245, but their average through July 31st wasn’t much better, at .250, good for last in the National League.

Adding to the Mets woes is the fact that, through July, they’re the only SP78 team, in either league, not to be managed by an opponent this season.

The month was not without its positives, however. Though he only played in 14 games, Mazzilli contributed with seven home runs and 15 RBI, and led the club with a .358 average; his season mark of .369 ranks among the league’s leaders. And while the Met pitching staff was crumbling around him, Craig Swan was mowing down opponents at a startling rate, going 4-0 in four starts with a 0.55 ERA, which improved his season won-lost record to 12-5.

To take a look at the Mets statistics page through July, click here. The boxes for team rankings have now been finalized, and now appear on the July stat pages of every previous NL team, including New York. However, boxes for league leaders and award winners are still blank, and numbers will be added after all NL team statistics have been finalized, and July award recipients have been picked.


6 responses to “Dismal July Dooms Fading Mets

  1. grandrapidsgirl

    Can’t wait for July award recipients! Here’s to fewer injuries.

    • I can’t wait, either…these winners will be brand new to me (the winners for the previous months had already been chosen years before I’d posted them). I already have a few picked, but still have all the others to research and decide upon. Will it be a perennial All-Star, or some utility player who’s now starting and had a fantastic July? Stay tuned!

  2. Adding to the Mets’ woes in August will be the fact that they will finally get managed by an opponent, in a game played in their home state, and it won’t help get things turned around; they’ll drop a close one to the Tigers, darlings of the curators at the “Bart”.

    • A glimpse into the SP78 future, where the Giamatti Research Center hosted the greatest baseball board game ever played there. And I wonder if either of those ‘darlings’, Gretyl or Cassidy, still has the SP78 Hall of Fame Game program I gave them…perhaps someday that Mets-Tigers match-up will get its own exhibit.

  3. If you can ask NW University or the so called Statistics Robot how many 69 Mets remain on the 78 squad? Lack of these guys or maybe their age could be the root of the problem.

    • Nobody’s answering my calls at the Department of Statistics, and Statistor’s in one of his moods, so I had to check myself: only two players remain from ’69, Ed Kranepool and Jerry Koosman. Several other players from that team are still in the majors, but with other teams: Seaver, Ryan, McGraw, Grote, Duffy Dyer, Wayne Garrett, Bud Harrelson, and Amos Otis. So yeah, it looks like the good players from that championship team are either traded or retired.

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