Those six runs the White Sox “erupted for” against the Mets in New York on Wednesday were off the charts for a team that ranks last in the American League in runs, average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, walks and hitting with runners in scoring position.

It was the second time in 31 games the Sox scored six times. Their season high? Seven, accomplished three times.

It’s a curious and disconcerting trend for a team that ranked fourth in runs last season and it is the primary reason the Sox are 14-18 and in last place in the AL ­Central.

“I don’t know why but I know there is a lot of season left,’’ said shortstop Alexei Ramirez, whose so-so .261 average is the second-best in the Sox’ lineup. Ramirez has one home run

“It’s painful. Very much so,’’ Ramirez said. “There were a lot of games we could have won … but we have to move on.’’

If you root for the Sox, this is where you chime in that it’s been painful to watch them hit. As a group they don’t work pitchers deep into counts, and if it seems as if they’re not good at hitting the first pitch, you’re right. Batters in the majors are hitting .331 on the first pitch, but the Sox are at .238, the worst in baseball.

Hacking at the first pitch isn’t a bad idea, when you consider the Sox are hitting a major-league worst .146 with two strikes.

Their hitters clearly are an impatient bunch. Before Wednesday’s six-run, 13-hit attack against the Mets that resulted in a 6-3 victory, they had taken the second-fewest called strikes, 737, in the majors, one less than the Royals. By contrast, the A’s had taken 1,003.

The Sox rank fifth in the AL in strikeouts and were hitting lazy fly balls and pop-ups at a rate of 40.8 percent, the highest in the majors.

The woes start at the top and trickle on down the lineup. With eight walks, Alejandro De Aza’s .289 on-base percentage is inadequate for a leadoff man. His 41 strikeouts are tied for the team lead with Adam Dunn. When he’s good, the Sox will follow his lead. A 3-for-5 night with De Aza’s sixth homer was a big reason the Sox scored those six on Wednesday.