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Mets player performance meter: Position players, Week 1

Wright's alive, Grandy's not dandy, and Juan Lagares's arm works again!

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Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition 2016's Meter Avenue. Here, we’ll keep track of player performance on a week-to-week basis. It’s a veritable who’s hot, who’s not for all things Mets. Now, before we dive in, remember that there have been five games so far. It’s a small sample size, so adjust accordingly.

In fact, assume the phrase "small sample size caveats apply" are included in each description, so we don't have to address it in the comments each time. We’ll begin with the hitters, who have felt the heat from #MetsTwitter early in the season.

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Asdrubal Cabrera -- The new shortstop hasn’t done much in the early going, but providing a bit of defensive value along with a 55 wRC+. An empty .263 batting average isn’t gonna cut it for a full season, but there’s plenty more to his bat than he’s shown.
Eric Campbell -- Soup struck out looking against David Hernandez in his lone at-bat so far this season, and he pinch ran against the Royals. Yay.
Yoenis Cespedes -- Mets fans were aghast that Cespedes went four whole games without hitting a home run. Admittedly, he looked a bit lost in his first couple of games. But responded with his best game of the young season, hitting a bomb off of Jeremy Hellickson after working an excellent at-bat. That was the highest WPA boost for the Mets in the game. He’s been mostly fine in center field so far.
Michael Conforto -- Last season's other breakout star, the kid from Oregon State, reached base seven times in 19 plate appearances to open the season, good for a 128 wRC+. He is good at baseball and only getting better.
Travis d’Arnaud -- TdA’s bat hasn’t been there early, as he has just one hit in his 15 plate appearances. However, his defense behind the plate has been very good. He threw out a couple of would-be base stealers against the Phillies, temporarily alleviating the concerns about his arm that plagued the end of 2015.
Alejandro De Aza -- De Aza is 0-for-5 to open the season as one of the Mets’ main bench bats, though he did manage to steal a base.
Lucas Duda -- A slow start for the big first baseman shouldn’t be too much of a cause for concern. He hasn’t hit the ball for much power when he’s made contact so far, but he’s walking at a 10% clip, at least.
Wilmer Flores -- Wilmer’s hitless so far in one start and a couple of pinch-hitting appearances, but he managed two walks for a .333 OBP and looked fine at third base.
Curtis Granderson -- It’s been a mean start for the nicest guy in the game. Grandy is just 1-for-20 with three walks with a .050/.174/.050 line in total. He has easily been the team’s worst player to start the season.
Juan Lagares -- Lagares is 2-for-5 with a run scored to open the season. More importantly, though, his arm looks healthy and his defense has seemingly rebounded to its usual level of excellence. Get excited for that.
Kevin Plawecki -- Plawecki started one game in d’Arnaud’s stead and went 0-for-3. He’ll be important to keeping d'Arnaud healthy, and given ample playing time, he has lots of value to provide. Two starting-caliber catchers is a rare luxury for a major league team.
Neil Walker -- RBIs don’t mean much, but Walker leads the team with five of them. His .200/.200/.350 line isn’t great, but he’s tied with Cespedes for the team lead in ISO and has looked good at second base.
David Wright -- The captain’s been the team’s best position player on the roster so far, with a .267/.421/.400 line that is identical to Conforto’s. He also stole two bases, walked four times, and made some nice plays at third. Pretty good for a dead guy.