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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, May 8-14

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

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If you’re trying to point the blame at a part of the Mets for the team’s ugly week—which started out in promising fashion with a couple of wins over the Giants before turning into a 2-4 stretch—your sights should not be set on the team’s offense. There were a couple of players who struggled over the course of the week, but in total, Mets hitters raked.

Although they only hit five home runs, the Mets as a group hit .311/.366/.498, a line good for a 132 wRC+ that was the third-best mark in baseball for the week. With 32 runs scored, the team averaged 5.33 runs per game, a rate that should be more than sufficient to win games.

At 5.11 runs scored per game on the season, the Mets now rank fourth in MLB and trail only the Nationals, Yankees, and Brewers in that department. Considering how little they’ve gotten from a couple of regulars and the time they’ve spent without some of their better hitters—Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda—that’s pretty impressive.

And here’s how each player did over the past seven days.

May 8-14

Player Last Week This Week Comment
Player Last Week This Week Comment
Jay Bruce, RF + = Bruce has been so good this year that it's hard to believe he had a meh week. He still hit a home run and slugged .429, which isn't too bad for a relatively down week.
Michael Conforto, OF + ++ Conforto continued his excellent season with a ho-hum week of a 255 wRC+.
Lucas Duda, 1B INJ = Duda was merely a shade above league average in his return to the lineup for the last three games.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS ++ = Cabrera was right at league average for the week and sure looks like he could use a DL stint.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF INJ INJ There's been talk of Cespedes returning relatively soon, which would be real nice.
Travis d'Arnaud, C INJ INJ d'Arnaud shouldn't be that far off, either.
Wilmer Flores, IF - + It's been a bit of a strange year for Flores so far, but he got 17 plate appearances and made the most of them with a .412/.412/.529 line.
Curtis Granderson, CF - - Granderson's early-season struggles have not gone away, as he posted just a 55 wRC+ over this stretch.
Juan Lagares, OF + + For the second-straight week, Lagares hit pretty well, this time with a 111 wRC+.
Kevin Plawecki, C - = Plawecki's 94 wRC+ for the week is a good baseball example of cromulence.
Rene Rivera, C + + There's no doubt that Rivera has exceeded any reasonable expectations for what he could do at the plate this year, at least thus far.
T.J. Rivera, IF + ++ It's getting easier to believe T.J. Rivera's major league success is real with every week that goes by lately.
Jose Reyes, 3B = - Reyes's brief power surge that lifted his season line a couple weeks back is feeling more and more like a distant memory. He hit .167/.250/.167 this week.
Matt Reynolds, IF - - It's tough to knock a guy who only made three plate appearances, but Reynolds did not reach base.
Neil Walker, 2B = + We'd been waiting all season for Walker to look more like his 2016 self, and he did that and more this week. He hit .462/.500/.885 with a pair of home runs.