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Mets Player Performance Meter: Hitters, September 12-18

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

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The Mets had a pretty good week overall, as they bounced back from 1-2 series in Washington by sweeping the Twins in three games. That 4-2 week left them in the first Wild Card position in the National League with just two weeks left in the regular season. Their offense wasn’t spectacular along the way, but let’s take a look at how the Mets’ hitters performed individually over the last week.

Player 9/4-11 9/12-18 Comment
Jay Bruce, OF With a .105/.227/.105 line, Bruce was by far the Mets’ worst everyday hitter. Expecting him to maintain his pre-trade numbers might have been asking for a bit much, but he’s been far worse than even the most pessimistic projections at the time.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Cabrera wasn’t quite as dominant at the plate as he had been over the past couple of weeks, but he was still very good. He hit a home run and had an .848 OPS.
Eric Campbell, IF -- Campbell did not play this week.
Gavin Cecchini, IF Cecchini went 0-for-1 for the week.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF For the first time in a long time, cespedes had a bad week. He hit .227/.280/.273 with no home runs.
Michael Conforto, OF Conforto only made seven plate appearances but did well in them, hitting .333/.429/.333.
Travis d’Arnaud, C d’Arnaud’s poor week at the plate was another in what’s been a disappointing season for him.
Alejandro De Aza, OF He didn’t play much, but he got on base—at a .571 clip—when he did.
Lucas Duda, 1B Duda returned and played first base—surprisingly—on Sunday. He went 0-for-2 at the plate, but the fact that he returned at all is encouraging.
Wilmer Flores, IF Flores is nursing a wrist injury suffered whe nhe slid head-first into home plate. He didn’t appear this week.
Curtis Granderson, OF Granderson’s overall week was only okay, as he had just a .261 OBP, but his pair of home runs on Saturday night single-handedly turned the Mets’ extra-inning deficit into a win. And he slugged .550 for the week despite a .150 batting average.
Kelly Johnson, IF Johnson has been great with the Mets but wasn’t great in ten trips to the plate this week.
Ty Kelly, IF -- Kelly went 0-for-3 on the week.
Juan Lagares, CF -- The Mets got Lagares back over the weekend, too, though he’s said to be limited to playing defense for the time being.
James Loney, 1B Loney went from a pretty good week to another very bad one.
Brandon Nimmo, OF Nimmo went 1-for-3 with a single.
Jose Reyes, IF Although he hit a home run, Reyes’s week at the plate was only almost exactly league average.
Matt Reynolds, IF Reynolds went without a hit, though he got on base twice via the walk.
T.J. Rivera, IF At .450/.455/.800 with a couple of home runs and a 230 wRC+, Rivera was the Mets’ best hitter for the week. It’s still a very small sample, but he’s up to a .344/.344/.492 line with a 123 wRC+ in 64 plate appearances on the season.
Rene Rivera, C Rivera might have a good case for starting over d’Arnaud if you value his defense, but he hasn’t been hitting at all lately, either. He had just an 18 wRC+ for the week.