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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, April 17-23

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

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It was not a great week for the Mets. With just one in total across two three-game series, the first with the Phillies and the second with the Nationals, the team averaged 3.33 runs per game. Along the way, several of the Mets’ position players got hurt, which made it a particularly ugly week.

There were a couple of bright spots amid the darkness, though, as the injuries led to Jay Bruce playing first base and Michael Conforto starting every day. The two of them have been among the better hitters in baseball so far this year, and until everyone else is healthy, they figure to get plenty of playing time.

On the season, the Mets rank second in baseball in home runs with 29, but their .288 OBP ranks 27th. If they can get on base at even a somewhat better clip, those home runs will work just fine.

April 17-23

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Player Last Week This Week Comment
Jay Bruce, RF + ++ Bruce continued his torrid start to the season with a couple of home runs and a .273/.333/.591 line.
Michael Conforto, OF + ++ A .368/.455/.684 line and a couple of home runs made Conforto the team's best hitter for the week.
Lucas Duda, 1B + INJ Duda didn't have any hits but had a .400 OBP in his abbreviated week. A hyperextended elbow landed him on the DL.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS + - By the end of the week, Cabrera was one of several Mets who was hurting. Unfortunately he only hit .211/.318/.211 as he played in all six and started five of the Mets' games.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF ++ + His hamstring is an issue now, but he had an .833 OPS in the three games he played before that issue came up.
Travis d'Arnaud, C ++ - d'Arnaud had ten at-bats but did not reach base in any of them.
Wilmer Flores, IF - INJ Flores only got up to the plate three times because an infection in his knee took him out of comission.
Curtis Granderson, CF - - It'll be surprising if Granderson doesn't break out of his slump soon. He had a .374 OPS over the past week.
Juan Lagares, OF - - If he's forced into playing against right-handed pitchers, Lagares might struggle at the plate, as he did over this span.
Kevin Plawecki, C - He only got up three times but did not reach base.
Rene Rivera, C - - Rivera's .432 OPS for the week wasn't the worst on the team, but it was far from the best.
T.J. Rivera, IF - - Rivera hit just .143/.143/.143 in two games played.
Jose Reyes, 3B - - With a .217 OBP, this might have been Reyes's least-awful week at the plate this year. But that's still not good.
Neil Walker, 2B + - It's been a rough start to the season for Walker, and he hit just .136/.208/.409 this week despite belting a pair of home runs.