Mets OPS by position for April

USA TODAY Sports

How have the Mets hit by position, compared to the rest of the league?

It's obvious that Lucas Duda and David Wright have been awesome at the plate this season. What's not so obvious is the degree of their awesomeness. How have they performed compared to the rest of the league? This exercise aims to provide context to the Mets' April offensive performance by position. Without context, statistics are meaningless.

Here is the Mets' OPS by position, the National League average OPS for each position, and the Mets' rank by position (Notes: OPS = on-base percentage + slugging percentage; there are 15 teams in the National League following the Astros' departure):

Position NL AVG Mets NL Rank
P .344 .302 10
C .735 .817 5
1B .756 .545 14
2B .682 .824 2
3B .708 .932 1
SS .711 .636 10
LF .813 .986 3
CF .706 .516 14
RF .723 .593 15


Put this together and the Mets posted a .698 OPS in April, 8th-best in the league and below league average OPS of .704. Some notes:

  • Just over half of Lucas Duda's April plate appearances ended in a walk, strikeout, or home run. Three-true-outcome hitting is heroic when your walk rate is above 20% and you're on pace to hit 30+ home runs. Bryce Harper and Justin Upton ensured that Mets left fielders (led by Duda) were only 3rd-best in the league at the plate though.
  • It's not in the above table, but Mets outfielders combined for a .692 OPS, good for 11th in the league. However, outside of Duda no Mets outfielder was above average at the plate. The group hasn't been the worst of all time thus far, but factor in generally poor defense and it hasn't been very good either. Dropping Marlon Byrd for Andrew Brown seems like a good idea, for starters. Collin Cowgill hasn't yet justified a spot with the big club and is likely running out of time to do so.
  • National League second basemen have been brutal in the early-going, so Daniel Murphy's stats look even better in comparison. Justin Turner has also chipped in nicely on the infield. His .800+ OPS probably won't last but good for him so far.
  • Only Adam LaRoche has been worse than Ike Davis at first base this season. I bought Ike's offseason story about the valley fever he had in spring training 2012 causing his poor start. However, he's repeated that start in 2013 and the story looks more and more like a tall tale with each passing 0-fer. On the plus side, he's yet to swing and miss at a pitch that also hit him. May is an important month for Ike.
  • David Wright: better than your team's third baseman (in the National League, at least).
  • John Buck and his mammoth home runs have been a pleasant surprise. He's probably headed for some negative regression but he can still be useful even without hitting nine home runs per month.
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