ATLANTA – At a time when the Mets are struggling to raise their aggressive production to a prestigious level, coach Hugh Quattbaum wants the team to be patient.
The Mets finished 29th in the MLB in goals scored, averaging 3.6 times per game – only to have pirates behind them. Quattbaum was asked Wednesday about the Mets’ confidence level.
“It’s making us think and we don’t want to be right now,” Quattbaum said before the Mets ’brawl at Truist Park. “If the results aren’t what you want, that’s exactly the game, it’s all about that [scoreboard] He wants to motivate you to results, and that’s what we don’t want to be right now. ”
Quattbaum, who was appointed coach to replace Chile Davis on May 4, has managed an incomplete squad during his tenure. Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeill missed out on an injury for a month and returned to the lineup for 10 days last week. Two more starters, Brandon Nimmo and JD Davis, are on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Syracuse.
But the Mets aren’t just injuries, as players like Francisco Lindor, Dominic Smith and James McCann haven’t been able to achieve their reputation aggressively. McNeil and Conforto also struggled when they were healthy.
“Most of the content probably doesn’t feel as good as it did in their careers,” Kwattbaum said. “If you don’t have someone who feels like they’re clicking, you pay more attention to the results and go into your box and distract and distract you a little bit more, maybe you mechanics drag you a little more because you or I want to feel it. In general, a place you don’t want.
“The biggest thing for us is that we are focused on this process. Not just something that works in the next 24 minutes, 24 hours, but something that gives us the best chance to achieve sustainable success by the end of this year. “
The Mets had .688 OPS under Davis in 23 games. On Wednesday, that number dropped to .676.
But acting general manager Zach Scott decided to move to a more analytical direction, based on the team’s approach, and decided to fire Davis and shock assistant Tom Slater.
“I’m really happy with the process going on behind the scenes,” Scott said. “I look at the work of the coach I’m hitting or their process – find out what’s going on when things aren’t going well, talk about it and come up with the exercises you need to get the player back on track.
“But also the player has to make these corrections. You can’t do that for them. To get there you can set them up to succeed, but they have to be able to do it, sometimes it’s an emotion and they’re o. ‘They can’t get into the feelings they feel when they feel better.’
Kwattbaum says most of the Mets ’process is to plan the game on how to attack opposing pitchers.
“And it’s not easy,” he said. “You can’t have a single blanket approach for guys of eight and nine. It is very difficult to achieve an individualized approach that matches the hand you see every night and for every guy. You need to have a team approach that makes the guys tired. “