Mets, struggling to score, fire hitting coaches

12:10 AM ET

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Less than five weeks into the season, the New York Mets are making significant changes.

The scuffling Mets fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater on Monday night following a 6-5 loss at the St. Louis Cardinals that dropped New York to 11-12.

New York has struggled badly with runners in scoring position, a trouble area last year, as well, when the popular Davis worked remotely from his Arizona home because of coronavirus concerns. Several accomplished hitters are off to slow starts, including $341 million newcomer Francisco Lindor, who is batting .163 and mired in an 0-for-20 slump.

The team also has lacked power at the plate, a big surprise for a lineup that includes Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith.

“It was a difficult decision to make,” acting general manager Zack Scott said. “It’s not about 23 games of results.

“We just felt like the players needed a different level of support and maybe some different skills brought into the mix.”

Minor league director of hitting development Hugh Quattlebaum becomes the new hitting coach, and director of player development Kevin Howard takes over as assistant hitting coach under second-year manager Luis Rojas.

Scott said

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