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.