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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, April 24-30

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

New York Mets v Washington Nationals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Mets had a mostly-awful week in general, but their lineup wasn’t too bad, especially taking into consideration the severe struggles of three of their regular players. As a whole, the team hit .247/.304/.459, which was good for a 102 wRC+ that ranked 18th in baseball. That’s nothing to write home about, but it’s not awful.

Unfortunately, the Nationals led the league in that metric thanks to a combination of the 23 runs they scored against the Mets yesterday and three double-digit performances at Coors Field earlier in the week.

If there was a silver lining to the Mets’ week, it was that they still managed to beat the Nationals in two out of their three games. But they’re going to need to start playing while despite their litany of injuries if they are to remain relevant as the season and its playoff races develop. And now, let’s look at how each Mets position player fared.

April 24-30

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Player Last Week This Week Comment
Jay Bruce, RF ++ ++ Over the winter, the Mets were crucified for not getting rid of Jay Bruce. With another great week at the plate—.368/.429/.684—it's good that he's still around right now.
Michael Conforto, OF ++ + Conforto didn't have his best week, but that's not a terrible thing given the way he started the year. In this one, he had a .250/.318/.550 line with a pair of home runs.
Lucas Duda, 1B INJ INJ Duda could have made it back tonight but had a setback with his elbow.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS - - It was a rough week for Cabrera, who is clearly not 100% healthy—or at least wasn't for some part of it—and had a wRC+ that matched his uniform number.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF + INJ Nobody could have possibly seen this coming: Cespedes played and suffered a worse hamstring injury than his first one.
Travis d'Arnaud, C - + d'Arnaud single-handedly took control of the Mets' Friday night win over Max Scherzer and the Nationals, and while neither his average nor his OBP were good, his .667 SLG for the week made it a good one.
Wilmer Flores, IF INJ INJ Flores is playing in rehab games and could return soon.
Curtis Granderson, CF - - The current Most Hated Met finished off a bad month with a dreadful week. Maybe he's toast, but he'll probably be a lot better than this moving forward give his track record.
Juan Lagares, OF - - It feels like it's been a long time since Lagares has been productive at the plate, even over a short span.
Kevin Plawecki, C - + Plawecki got to pitch, and that didn't go well, but he made the most of his two trips to the plate.
Rene Rivera, C - + Funny things can happen in a single week: All three of the Mets' catchers hit well above league average.
T.J. Rivera, IF = Rivera was just below league average at the plate for the week.
Jose Reyes, 3B - + After an absolutely miserable start to his season, Reyes came alive with two home runs and a 258 wRC+ for the week. He's still at just a 56 wRC+ for the season but had been hovering below zero not long ago.
Matt Reynolds, IF - Called up late in the week, he went 1-for-4 with a single.
Neil Walker, 2B - - Walker has shown some signs of life as a hitter, but he didn't really show any this week.