Strikeouts becoming a problem for Mets

Strikeouts becoming a problem for Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets' 11 strikeouts on Saturday night against Atlanta fell right in line with what has become a recent trend.

The Mets were praised earlier this season for their two-out -- and specifically two-strike -- efficiency, but the team's recent inability to put the ball in play has manager Terry Collins looking for an answer.

"There's a concern, make no mistake about it," Collins said. "There wouldn't be a concern if we were hitting the ball out of the ballpark. Guys with power strike out, but at the same time, they hit some homers. We have a lot of guys striking out who shouldn't be strikeout guys."

Entering Sunday, the Mets had struck out 69 times in August, including 11 by David Wright and nine by Andres Torres. In contrast, the team hit just four home runs and entered the game with a .246 overall batting average.

"We've been striking out quite a bit," Collins said. "It's one thing if you go 1-for-4 and hit a ball in the seats but strike out three times, but it's another thing if you've got to scratch out singles."