New York Mets, struggling to score, fire Chili Davis and Tom Slater

ST. LOUIS – The anemic New York Mets fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater Monday night.

The moves came after a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals that left the Mets 11-12.

New York has had a lot of trouble with running backs in scoring position earlier this season, a trouble spot last year also when the popular Davis worked remotely due to coronavirus concerns.

Several accomplished hitters have gotten off to slow starts, including $ 341 million newcomer Francisco Lindor, who is hitless in his last 25 plate appearances and is hitting .163 overall. The team has also lacked power at the plate, a big surprise for a lineup that includes Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith.

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Minor league hitting coordinator Hugh Quattlebaum and branch manager Kevin Howard will join the major league coaching staff to replace Davis and Slater, respectively.

“It was a tough decision to make,” said interim general manager Zack Scott. “It’s not about 23-game results.

“We just felt that the players needed a different level of support and maybe a few different skills incorporated into the mix.”

Scott said it was a baseball operations decision and team president Sandy Alderson agreed.

“It’s not about recent results. It’s about the behind-the-scenes process,” Scott said. “It is too early to overreact to small samples of results.”

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