He's on fire!
Considering the Mets are missing three position players who would play on nearly an everyday basis, the team has done a good job staying afloat at the plate. The lineup was once again top-heavy this week, as just a few players were great while several others were very, very bad.
Still, the Mets' .334 OBP is third-best in the National League this year. With runners on base, the offense could be outstanding if not for a .374 slugging percentage that is the fourth-lowest in the NL. This week's player meter covers games from May 18 through May 24.
|Player||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|Mike Baxter, OF||Baxter continued to rake with a .353/.421/.588 line this week. Wet blanket time: Baxter's .474 BABIP on the season means he's going to come down to earth.|
|Jason Bay, LF||He's apparently about a week to ten days away from returning.|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||Cedeno continues to outperform his career on-base percentage.|
|Ike Davis, 1B||Ike's not going to Buffalo yet, but he's going to need to hit better than this at some point to stay in the big leagues for the entire season.|
|Lucas Duda, RF||One of the Mets' better hitters this season, The Dude had just one extra-base hit on the week.|
|Scott Hairston, OF||A very 2011 Hairston week – limited playing time with power at the plate.|
|Rob Johnson, C||Rob Johnson the pitcher was better than Rob Johnson the hitter.|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||Remember when the concern about Murphy was his ability to play second base? Where has his bat gone?|
|Mike Nickeas, C||There's just not going to be offense at the position until Thole comes back.|
|Vinny Rottino, IF||He played first a couple of times in Ike's place but wasn't any better at the plate.|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF||He may have lacked power, but Kirk still managed to get on base at a .364 clip.|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||Tejada's rehabbing his injury in Florida and will immediately put Ronny Cedeno back on the bench when he returns.|
|Josh Thole, C||Thole was cleared to resume baseball activities and should return sooner than later.|
|Andres Torres, OF||Torres' batting average and slugging percentages matched his uniform number: .056. He did, however, draw six walks.|
|Justin Turner, IF||Somehow, Turner was hit by a pitch and walked once in his 13 plate appearnces. He didn't do much else.|
|Jordany Valdespin, IF||Valdespin got just one plate appearance before he was returned to Buffalo.|
|David Wright, 3B||He's just not slowing down. .375/.423/.667 this week.|