Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 15: Hitters

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.

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