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Mets Player Performance Meter: Hitters, September 5-11

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

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The Mets went 5-1 over the last week thanks to a combination of great pitching and pretty good hitting. The Mets scored 35 runs over the course of the week, the sixth-highest total in baseball, and their 114 wRC+ as a team was the eight-best mark. That they did so without Neil Walker, Lucas Duda, and David Wright, only one of whom might have a shot of returning this season, is even more impressive.

Player 8/29-9/4 9/5-11 Comment
Jay Bruce, OF Last week, we welcomed the real Jay Bruce to Meter Avenue in hopes that he was actually the real Jay Bruce. And then he went and hit .071/.188/.071 with a -71 wRC+. Two Mets pitchers were better at the plate than he was this week.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Cabrera hit .333/.385/.500 despite not hitting any home runs. What he’s done with his ailing knee is pretty remarkable.
Eric Campbell, IF -- Campbell returned to the team and made a couple of nice plays at first base. He didn’t make any plate appearances.
Gavin Cecchini, IF -- Cecchini made his big league debut as a pinch hitter but made an out.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF Cespedes hit a grand slam, a crucial go-ahead two-run home run, and a solo home run en route to a stellar week, a quick rebound from his so-so previous week at the plate.
Michael Conforto, OF Conforto made nine plate appearances. He hit .000/.333/.000
Travis d’Arnaud, C d’Arnaud followed up a good week with a brutal one. He had a 4 wRC+. Not a typo. Four.
Alejandro De Aza, OF The first half’s most-hated Met, De Aza hit a home run and had a 126 wRC+ for the week. That’ll do.
Lucas Duda, 1B Duda remains on the DL, but there is a chance he’ll make it back before the end of the season.
Wilmer Flores, IF Although he slid head-first into home plate and bruised his neck on Saturday night, Flores still had a productive week with a home run and a 169 wRC+. Nice.
Curtis Granderson, OF It took longer than most Mets fans had hoped it would, but Granderson turned things around just in time to help lead the Mets into a Wild Card spot. He hit three home runs with a great .294/.455/.824 line.
Kelly Johnson, IF With a .278/.278/.500 line and a 107 wRC+, Johnson’s week was just good enough for the green arrow. That one of his hits put the Mets ahead for good helped.
Ty Kelly, IF -- Kelly played one inning of defense without doing anything of note.
James Loney, 1B Loney had been in a bad slump for quite a while but finally had a good week in limited playing time with a home run and a .385/.429/.692 line. Green Rickey must be pleased.
Brandon Nimmo, OF -- Nimmo went 0-for-2 since rejoining the Mets in their second wave of September call-ups.
Jose Reyes, IF Reyes snapped out of a brief slump with a good week that included a couple of home runs and a 127 wRC+. His season line is still looking far better than even the optimistic projections upon his return to the Mets.
Matt Reynolds, IF -- Reynolds only made six plate appearances but made the most of them with a home run and a silly .600/.667/1.200 line.
T.J. Rivera, IF -- Rivera only made three plate appearances and hit one single.
Rene Rivera, C Catcher has been a disappointing position for the Mets all year in terms of offense. Rivera had just a 56 wRC+ for the week, even though he got on base at a .375 clip.