Scott Hairston is real, and he's spectacular.
Last week, the Mets' hitters were doing a good job overall while the starting pitching struggled. The opposite was true this week. Most of the team's position players made outs at an undesirably high level, but there were a few bright spots in the lineup. On the season, the Mets have scored 4.48 runs per game, which ranks sixth in the National League and approximately one-quarter of a run above the league average.
|Player||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|Mike Baxter, OF||Baxter's finally back, but he was just decent in his first three games off the disabled list.|
|Jason Bay, LF||I don't even...|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||Cedeno really isn't playing very much since Tejada and Murphy get the grand majority of time in the middle infield, but he had a single and a double this week.|
|Ike Davis, 1B||Good: .667 SLG with 5 HR. Bad: .282 OBP.|
|Lucas Duda, RF||Optimistic projections had Duda hitting 30 HR in the big leagues this year, but his lack of defense and downward turn in overall hitting got him a demotion to Buffalo.|
|Scott Hairston, OF||He wasn't traded, and he hit .391 with a 1.200 OPS in the games before and after the deadline. He's easily the second-best hitter on the team.|
|Rob Johnson, C||Would you believe me if I told you that Mets catchers aren't allowed to take batting practice?|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||The Irish Hammer had been on a tear, but he has not been a hammer at all lately.|
|Mike Nickeas, C||Nickeas didn't get on base in the last game before his demotion.|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF||Kirk's last few games with the Mets didn't go well before he was beamed down to Buffalo. That happens in Star Trek, right?|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||Tejada hit .324/.375/.432 with a very rare home run. He doesn't make much noise in the process, but he's looking like an excellent hitter for his position.|
|Josh Thole, C||Yep, you might believe me.|
|Andres Torres, CF||He's been a disappointing player all year, but Torres has picked it up with the bat lately.|
|Justin Turner, IF||Something you don't see every week from Turner: .333/.400/.556. Sure, it was only nine plate appearances, but it's still good.|
|Jordany Valdespin, OF||The Freeswingin' Jordany Valdespin generated a whole lot of outs — six via the strikeout.|
|David Wright, 3B||Probably Wright's worst stretch of the season as he hit a home run but didnot do much else.|
This week's player meter covers games from July 24 through August 1.