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Terry Collins: ‘No Easy Answer’ To Mets’ Offensive Woes

Terry Collins (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Terry Collins (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York Mets have two players — Ike Davis and Juan Lagares — hitting above .300. Three batters are averaging between .200 and .250.

And everyone else — yes, everyone — is under the Mendoza line.

It all adds up to a team average of .190, the worst number in Major League Baseball. The Mets also share the league’s lowest on-base percentage (.261).

“There’s no easy answer,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “The issue is, no matter what the count is, we’re not doing any damage with pitches.”

New York’s bats were overmatched — and that’s an understatement — by Atlanta’s Ervin Santana on Wednesday night. The Braves starter threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and throwing 28 of his first 29 pitches for strikes. The Mets managed a rally in the ninth but fell shy 4-3.

Mets captain David Wright, who raised his average to .233 with a pair of hits, refused to use his battle with flu-like symptoms as an excuse.

“I feel fine,” he said before the game, according to the team’s official website. “It’s more so about just missing some pitches that I should be hitting. There are quite a few guys that are feeling a little under the weather. It’s more about just going out there and producing.”

The Mets (3-5) hope to get things going when they face promising Atlanta pitcher David Hale for the first time Thursday.

“We’re hitting ground balls to short. We’re hitting routine fly balls to center,” Collins said. “We’ve got to start getting the ball squared up on the barrel of the bat.”

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