Mets fire hitting coaches as offense struggles to start season

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The New York Mets fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater moments after their 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the team announced.

Minor-league hitting coordinator Hugh Quattlebaum will take over for Davis as the Mets’ hitting coach, while farm director Kevin Howard will step into Slater’s assistant role on Luis Rojas’ staff.

New York’s offense, expected to be one of the most potent units in the National League, has struggled mightily through the first month-plus of this campaign. The club ranks 20th in OPS and has hit an MLB-low 18 homers. Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, the team’s prized offseason acquisition, has been slow to get going in his first season in Flushing.

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