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The Mets easily put runners on base. But then, the bats don’t move. Dust forms on them. Cobwebs begin to appear. Tumbleweeds roll by the batter’s box. The home-plate area becomes a ghost town, complete with an old codger trying to bamboozle a tourist family that’s passing by. The runners stranded idly on base grow foot-long beards. They eventually die and become rotting corpses. Skeletons crumble onto the bases. Nothing but a lonely breeze is heard. Vultures swoop down to check out the pickin’s. That was the (somewhat overdramatic) scene for the Mets’ offense during Monday’s game and the first seven innings last night. One called third strike after another. One weak pop-up after another. One stranded base-runner after another.

But in the eighth inning, something exciting happened, something so unexpected and out of the blue I wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes – the Mets hit with runners on base. And they couldn’t stop hitting. They banged out singles. They ripped doubles. They bunted for base hits. They even walked with the bases loaded. The dam finally broke for the Mets (am I mixing my metaphors? Can a dam break on a ghost town and wash away the tumbleweeds?). During Monday’s game, while Jason Bay was stranded on base, he was seen trying to make a radio out of second base so he could contact somebody to rescue him, much like the Professor on Gilligan’s Island used to do when his genius resulted in fashioning a radio out of a coconut. But the only thing stopping the Mets in last night’s momentous inning was a short foul pole (whose idea was that?).

The Mets are still last in batting average (.233), second to last in OBP (.332) and third from the bottom in slugging percentage (.368) with runners on base in the NL, have a .161 average with the bases loaded (and no grand slams) and are in the bottom half of the league in overall average, OPB, slugging, home runs and runs scored. But Bay has started to hit lately, after all those strikeouts David Wright has five hits in his last two games, Rod Barajas actually drove in two runs without hitting a home run last night and Chris Carter provided a clutch pinch hit (is that the first one since Fernando Tatis’ home run on April 20th?). Besides the lack of hits with runners in scoring position, the Mets’ offense has a few other quirks: Their eighth-place hitter leads the team in home runs, their number-three hitter has zero long balls, their leadoff hitter has one fewer RBI than their cleanup hitter, their number-five hitter is tied for the team lead in stolen bases and Carter has the same number of RBI’s in one at-bat than Frank Catalanotto and Gary Matthews Jr. have combined in 70 at-bats.

But things will even out for the Mets eventually, won’t they? They’ll start to come though on a more consistent basis with runners in scoring position. They have to. They can’t get through a whole season with Ike Davis making a greater number of catches while flipping into the dugout than the offense gets clutch hits. Or can they? Nah.

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