Mets Player Performance Meter: Position Players, Week 9

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It was another brutal week at the plate for Mets hitters.

After several weeks of ineptitude at the plate, the Mets have finally dipped below the National League average for runs scored per game. At 3.96, the team ranks 9th in the league, just barely ahead of the San Diego Padres. The Mets' .293 wOBA ranks 27th in baseball, but—believe it or not—is slightly better than that of the Nationals or Marlins.

This week's player meter covers the Mets' four-game sweep of the Yankees and the Marlins' three-game sweep of the Mets.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Rick Ankiel, OF It's hard to figure out why the Mets are giving Ankiel so much playing time instead of letting their younger outfielders try to prove themeslves.
Mike Baxter, OF Mike from Whitestone hasn't played all that much, which was the case this week, too. And he struggled at the plate.
John Buck, C Get well soon, Travis d'Arnaud. Buck has returned to his career norms rather quickly after a blistering month of April.
Marlon Byrd, OF With a couple of home runs, Byrd managed a 1.047 OPS in 6 games. He's quietly been one of the Mets' better hitters, and his numbers for the season look pretty similar to Scott Hairston's last year.
Ike Davis, 1B Although he showed signs of life with a few hits and a home run, Davis still had a week that compares poorly to the average big league first baseman.
Lucas Duda, LF It was a rough week for The Duda, even though he drove in the Mets' winning run against Mariano Rivera on Tuesday night.
Juan Lagares, OF Like Baxter, he didn't play much and didn't hit much, either.
Daniel Murphy, 2B Despite hitting three doubles, Murphy wound up with just a .566 OPS for the week, as he made too many outs and didn't draw a walk.
Omar Quintanilla, SS -- Who says hitting stats in Las Vegas are a desert mirage? Well, everyone, and they're right. But Q provided more offensive value in 4 games than Ruben Tejada has all season.
Anthony Recker, C He came up with a hit in his weekly cameo behind the plate.
Ruben Tejada, SS / Tejada's slash line was .077/.077/.077 before he got hurt and hit the disabled list.
Justin Turner, IF With a .286 OBP and .571 SLG for the week, perhaps he should be called JT1.
Jordany Valdespin, OF He made just four trips to the plate, and he only reached base once. But he, not Rick Ankiel, should be getting the majority of playing time against right-handed starting pitchers, assuming the Mets' roster doesn't change.
David Wright, 3B Wright had a fairly lenghty stretch without a hit during the week but still pulled off a .733 OPS. That's not quite up to his standard, but the week could have been worse.
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