By: Michael Ganci

Cuddyer Needs to Swing More at First Pitches


It’s not a secret that Michael Cuddyer’s first year as a Met has been uneven, and referencing it that way is being rather kind.

Cuddyer is hitting .130 (6-46) with 11 strikeouts and a .184 OBP over his last 14 games dating to June 13. He had an 0-for-14 skid from June 19-25. He has a .200 (14-70) average with RISP with 22 strikeouts. His 22 strikeouts are ninth in the NL with RISP, and he is 0-for-his-last-9 with RISP.

On the bright side, Cuddyer is hitting .324 (11-34) with two doubles and four RBI on the first pitch of his at-bats. He had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning on June 11 vs. SF, which was Cuddyer’s fourth walk-off RBI of his career and first since April 19, 2006 with Minnesota when he hit a pinch-hit, walk-off home run against the Angels.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Cuddyer entered that game with the longest current streak of consecutive games (1,140) without a walk-off RBI among active players.

Swing the damn bat Michael, and hopefully, you can work your way out of this.

About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he'd have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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