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Mets Player Performance Meter, Week 21: Hitters

Daniel Murphy, also known as the best hitter on the Mets lately.
Daniel Murphy, also known as the best hitter on the Mets lately.

If you've been watching the Mets over the first half of September, you're surely aware that the team has struggled mightily at the plate. The team spent the grand majority of the season in the upper-third of the National League in scoring, but it now ranks eleventh in the league at 4.07 runs per game.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Mike Baxter, OF Mike from Whitestone is only human after all.
Jason Bay, LF You've got to think these are Bay's last couple of weeks on a big league roster.
Ronny Cedeno, SS Cedeno's inexplicably productive numbers took a bit of a dip with his poor performance over this stretch.
Ike Davis, 1B Sure, Ike hit just .222 over this stretch, but his .391 OBP and .444 SLG were not bad.
Lucas Duda, OF/1B If the Mets' goal in calling Duda back up to the big leagues was to boost his trade value, he's been helping their cause. Dude's got an .884 OPS over the past couple of weeks.
Scott Hairston, OF Only Hairston could go 4-for-22 with 2 HR.
Fred Lewis, OF The journeyman outfielder hasn't hit much since joining the Mets at the beginning of the month.
Zach Lutz, IF The Mets have been incredibly healthy over the past few weeks, but leave it to Lutz to bring back the injury image.
Daniel Murphy, 2B By far the hottest hitter on the team, the Irish Hammer hit .405/.468/.643 over his last 47 plate appearances.
Mike Nickeas, C A 1.000 OPS for Nickeas as he went 1-for-2 with a single.
Kelly Shoppach, C The lefty-mashing catcher hit one home run but didn't hit much else.
Ruben Tejada, SS Not long ago, it looked like Tejada had proven his doubters wrong, but he's been awful at the plate for a good month now. He's probably better than he looks right now, but a strong finish would be nice.
Josh Thole, C Credit where it's due: Thole's slash line of .294/.368/.353 the last couple of weeks would have been acceptable over the course of the full season.
Andres Torres, CF At this point, I'd be surprised if the Mets tender Torres, who is eligible for his final year of arbitration, an offer after this season.
Justin Turner, IF Not too shabby a week for Turner here. Something tells me we'll still be seeing plenty of pies in the first half of 2013.
Jordany Valdespin, OF All of his hits were singles, and he posted a .350 OBP. Who is this man, and what has he done with the real Jordany Valdespin?
David Wright, 3B Although he's still going to finish the year with very good numbers and deserves the Gold Glove at third base, Wright's bat has been ice cold. In his last 11 games, he's struck out 13 times and walked just 3 times.

This week's player meter covers games between September 3 and 16.