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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, April 3-9, 2017

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Let’s look at how the Mets’ position players fared in the opening week of the season.

Miami Marlins v New York Mets Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Mets are 3-3 to start the 2017 season, and the team’s offense has been a bit of a mixed bag over those first six games. The bad parts outweighed the good ones by quite a bit, though, as the team hit just .200/.271/.325. That translated to a 64 wRC+, the second-worst mark in baseball. The Mets are definitely better at hitting than that, but they’re going to need to start improving with the entire month of April being played within the division.

Let’s run through the individual performances from the week of games that ran from April 3 through 9.

Position Players

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Player Last Week This Week Comment
Jay Bruce A contender for Most Hated Met, Jay Bruce started all six of the Mets’ games and had a great week at the plate. With two home runs and a 165 wRC+ for the week, he was the team’s best regular hitter.
Michael Conforto Conforto only made eight plate appearances, but he hit a home run on Sunday night and had a 243 wRC+ for the week, the highest mark on the team overall.
Lucas Duda Duda hit a home run and had an .833 OPS for the week with a 111 wRC+. That’s not spectacular, but it’s good.
Rene Rivera Rivera had a cromulent week at the plate and made some nice throws from behind it. That’s about the best-case scenario for him, which is fine.
T.J. Rivera Rivera struck out once but walked once, the definition of a sideways-arrow week, really.
Asdrubal Cabrera Cabrera seemed to have a good week but wound up only hitting .280/.308/.280.
Yoenis Cespedes Cespedes might have, as Terry Collins put it, four or five home runs if the Mets had been playing in warmer weather over the past week. But he has one and struggled otherwise over the first week of the season.
Travis d’Arnaud d'Arnaud had a .633 OPS for the week. On the upside, he hit a big double that helped the Mets win a game.
Wilmer Flores Flores has a home run to his name but had just a 73 wRC+.
Curtis Granderson Granderson gave his detractors a gift with a dismal line at the plate and one significantly poor misplay in center field. He made some good plays out there, too, though. And he’s a better hitter than what he showed this week.
Ty Kelly Kelly made one trip to the plate, which ended in an out. And then he was designated for assignment to make room for Paul Sewald.
Jose Reyes Reyes continues to bat leadoff when he plays, but he had one of the worst weeks any Met has had for the past few years. In 24 plate appearances, he hit .043/.083/.043. That was good for a -65 wRC+.
Neil Walker Walker was a mainstay of the Mets’ lineup for most of the season last year, but he got off to an awful start—with an 11 wRC+—this year.