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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position Players, August 15-21

A quick review of how the Mets’ position players fared over the past week.

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It’s been a little while since we ran a player performance meter, but like Yoenis Cespedes, we are back. The Mets were certainly on better ground the last time we ran one of these, but they’re still alive in the wild card race now despite having a 62-62 record on the season. Most of their position players who aren’t expected to miss the rest of the season are healthy now, though, and the offense has looked pretty respectable over the past week of games, averaging 5.3 runs per game. Three of those games took place in hitter-friendly Arizona, but four took place in pitcher-friendly San Francisco.

So here’s the meter. Rather than go back and fake it for “last week,” we’re starting fresh.

Player -- 8/15-21 Comment
Jay Bruce, OF -- Bruce has not fared well in his time with the Mets, and this week wasn’t an excepetion: .200/.310/.280.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS -- Cabrera’s been good for the Mets all year, but he was among their worst-hitting regulars this week.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF -- He’s got the power. You know the name.
Travis d’Arnaud, C -- While injury took away a chunk of his season again this year, d’Arnaud had really struggled when healthy, too. He’s been much better this month, though, and hit .375/.444/.375 this week. The lack of power isn’t ideal, but that’s still a good week.
Alejandro De Aza, OF -- De Aza continued to bolster his strong second half—and sagging season-long—numbers with a three-run home run and a .975 OPS for the week.
Lucas Duda, 1B -- If Duda returns this year, it probably won’t be until sometime in the playoffs, assuming the Mets make it to “sometime in the playoffs.”
Wilmer Flores, IF -- Flores managed a .375 OBP, which is pretty good, but had just a 92 wRC+ overall for the week.
Curtis Granderson, OF -- Granderson slugged .524 thanks to a couple of home runs—and despite just a .190 batting average. But it wasn’t a great week overall.
Kelly Johnson, IF -- Johnson hit a home run and tallied a neat .400/.500/.600 line with a 203 wRC+. He’s been great since rejoining the Mets.
Ty Kelly, UTIL -- Though he was optioned to the minors, Kelly had put together a great week with a .500/.545/.875 line, albeit in just 11 plate appearances.
Juan Lagares, CF -- Lagares remains sidelined after having thumb surgery, though he could return before the regular season ends.
James Loney, 1B -- Loney hit .176/.176/.176 with a -9 wRC+. Is that bad?
Jose Reyes, IF -- Reyes has been excellent since returning from the DL. He hit .367/.424/.500 this week.
T.J. Rivera, IF -- The Bronx native won’t win any Gold Glove awards, but he acquitted himself nicely at the plate with a .412/.389/.471 line in 18 plate appearances. He’s back in Las Vegas for now, though.
Rene Rivera, C -- Rivera did well throwing out baserunners last night, but his bat left something to be desired this week.
Justin Ruggiano, OF -- Fresh off the disabled list, which he hit after only two games with the Mets, Ruggiano hit a grand slam against Madison Bumgarner and had a .625/.667/1.000 line in his nine plate appearances.
Neil Walker, 2B -- Though he was sidelined for a couple games by a stiff back, Walker hit really well when he played.
David Wright, 3B -- Wright’s season ended when he had neck surgery.