2. Kevin Long
Daniel Murphy credits Kevin Long for revitalizing his approach, but… the same approach doesn’t seem to be working for any of the current Mets.
Maybe it’s the hitters chasing bad stuff, but how does one explain the discrepancy between swinging at bad pitches with runners in scoring position and the bases empty?
Maybe it’s that Long emphasizes “driving the ball” when a hitter receives a pitch of their liking, but the team as a whole only drives the ball a tad bit more with RISP than with the bases empty.
Maybe it’s that the Mets “swing from their heels,” but, again, why would they do that more with runners in scoring position than with nobody on base?