Mets OPS By Position

Position NL Avg Mets NL Rank
P .361 .342 11
C .742 .729 9
1B .836 .809 8
2B .752 .710 11
3B .759 .880 2
SS .717 .723 6
LF .810 .857 6
CF .774 1.024 1
RF .779 .654 14

 

Where would this 28-23 team be without Carlos Beltran, David Wright, and Gary Sheffield? They've carried an offense receiving subpar production from catcher and the right side of the infield, and downright embarrassing production from right field. It's been a season to forget for Ryan Church, the main right field culprit. His isolated power (ISO), which is slugging % minus batting average, is a rotten .080 and Mets right fielders as a whole are at .076. For comparison, Luis Castillo's is .056. The Mets are still a respectable 5th in the league in runs scored per game. However, that won't last when (if?) Omir Santos and Wilson Valdez regress and if Daniel Murphy can't figure out how to stop hitting weak groundballs. The best we can hope for is that Beltran and Jose Reyes perform well when they return, and Omar Minaya adds a bat like Nick Johnson or Josh Willingham

Some other items of note from around the league:

  • There's a reason the McCovey Chronicles tagline is "In play: Outs". The Giants offense is unfathomably awful, as their team OPS is .687. No amount of RsBI can mask Bengie Molina's .688 OPS, and broke-face Aaron Rowand has been the only standout performer. First baseman Travis Ishikawa is the Giants version of Church, slugging .336 as the everyday first baseman. Ishikawa has shown some promise in the minor leagues though, and is still just 25 years old.
  • Miguel Tejada is blowing up at the plate this season, hitting .362/.388/.546. Astros fans can't love that 2.8% BB%, and since his .367 BABIP is way higher than his career mark he should crash back down to earth pretty soon. I'll dare say his performance is unsustainable.
  • It's fascinating to look at stats for Rockies RF Brad Hawpe. He's absolutely mashing and has been the best hitting RF in the league. Then you look at his defensive stats, which are so bad they almost wipe out his offensive contributions.
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