As has been the case all season, it has mostly not been the offense’s fault that the Mets have been a bad team. And while things weren’t exactly perfect over the course of the team’s past week, there were some excellent performances among the bunch.
Jay Bruce looked more like the guy who has been struggling since the beginning of May and hit just .179/.258/.286. He should not be guaranteed playing time if and when Yoenis Cespedes comes back.
But Michael Conforto’s playing time should be guaranteed, even in the non-ideal scenario in which he’s playing center field. He hit .231/.375/.462 this week, good for a 136 wRC+. That’s not his best work but is good enough to maintain that fireball.
Lucas Duda hit three home runs and had a 150 wRC+ for the week. And the traditional numbers would even satisfy those who eschew metrics like that one, as he had a .286 average and drove in five runs. He’s been excellent this year, and he’s probably still available in your fantasy league.
It’s been a while since Asdrubal Cabrera had a good week.
The Mets might not have been joking when they said they’d be less forthcoming with injury news, but the lack of any real update on Yoenis Cespedes is somewhat concerning.
Travis d'Arnaud managed a .286 average and .333 OBP, which aren’t awful, but still had just a 74 wRC+ since all of his hits were singles.
If Amed Rosario ever gets called up, Wilmer Flores is making a case that he shouldn’t be the one to lose playing time. His bat remained hot, to say the least, as he hit .391/.391/.696 with a 191 wRC+.
Curtis Granderson has been hitting pretty well for over a month, but his line this week was good for just a 102 wRC+. You can live with those types of down weeks.
Juan Lagares barely got playing time but had an 83 wRC+.
Rene Rivera had a respectable week at the plate despite a .222 average because of his .444 SLG.
He only got up a handful of times, but T.J. Rivera hit just a single in five at-bats.
It seems the Mets finally realized that Jose Reyes has been a brutal drain on an otherwise productive lineup. Perhaps his abysmal performance this week—.000/.063/.000 with a -82 wRC+ in 16 plate appearances—was the reason why.
You’ll be forgiven if you forget Matt Reynolds is on this roster except for when you read these meters.
Neil Walker’s early-season struggles didn’t seem to get a ton of attention, which might be why his rebound is going relatively unnoticed. But the guy’s been hitting really well and continued to do so this week. You might still be lamenting the loss of Daniel Murphy, but Walker has softened that blow more than some folks realize.