Hitting Coach Woes
Chili Davis who was the hitting coach for a short couple of seasons bounced around from the Australian National team to the Cubs and everywhere in between. Never really staying with a team showed his struggles as a hitting coach.
Davis also coached for the Athletics, Red Sox Triple-A team the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Dodgers, Cubs, Australian National team, and then Mets all over 14 years. Seven teams of 14 years doesn’t look good on a resume and it was most likely his last chance with the Mets. While certain players like Pete Alonso had career years, overall, the offense wasn’t great. Especially when Jacob deGrom is pitching. Maybe Hugh Quattlebaum can get deGrom the run support he has lacked.
Who Filled the Position
The Mets filled the hole with Hugh Quattlebaum. He played baseball in the early 2000s for minor league teams and never made it to the bigs. After being hit by a nasty pitch he stopped playing after only 9 plate appearances in Ottawa.
How He Plans to Fix the Mets Hitting Slump
From his media conferences, he plans to take it slow with the guys. This is good because as he stated he doesn’t want to come on too strong. Instead, he wants to build a relationship with them before making a wholesale change.
From what he has discussed is that he wants to take an individual approach. This makes logical sense due to the range from power in Pete Alonso to the contact hitting of Jeff McNeil.
Can This Realistically Make a Difference?
With the offense that has been lackluster, this season needs the jump-start Quattlebaum can give them. Players like Lindor who have been struggling could very benefit from his individual approach. With the approach being more individualized players that have been raking don’t need as much focus as the Mets who have been struggling through April. This would be beneficial to focus more time on the bottom of the lineup because come playoffs you need one through nine to perform to the top of the game.
Does this Affect the Long Term Hitting
The obvious answer is yes this does affect the long term. with a coach that is a more individualized hitting coach at the bottom of the order will start producing and make the Mets a scary lineup one through nine. Once he builds a trusting relationship between him and the players it will become more of his system instead of the system of Chili Davis.
With the hitting coaching change, there is new hope for the struggling Mets bats hopefully less extreme than what Soriano had to do in Major League but if that what it takes Quattlebaum is the guy to get the job done. Whether that’s player by player or making the wholesale change from the Davis system to the Quattlebaum system.