The Mets’ acquisition of Jose Bautista on Tuesday, and their promise of playing time to him, was an open acknowledgement of a withering lineup. Since the start of May, only one big league club has scored fewer runs per game than the Mets. Since Opening Day, no team has posted a lower OPS against left-handed pitching. Perhaps Bautista, even at age 37, could fix that.
He could not, however, singlehandedly solve the Mets’ issues his first night on the job. Bautista settled for the Mets’ first hit Tuesday and their only run in a 5-1 loss to the Marlins, which snapped New York’s four-game winning streak.
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