After taking a week off, Meter Avenue presents an extra-long edition of the series that covers everything the Mets’ players have done since coming back from the All-Star break. The team is terrible, but there were at least some good individual performances over these past two weeks. And if there’s any enjoyment to be found in the rest of this season, it will be in those individual performances.
Jay Bruce hit four home runs over this span but had just a .737 OPS.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a respectable .297/.366/.406, and it won’t be the end of the world if he’s around as the team’s utility infielder in 2018—as long as other moves are made around the roster.
Yoenis Cespedes wasn’t quite his best self, but he was good, and that’s an improvement over how he had been performing going into the All-Star break.
Michael Conforto hit seven home runs and had a 1.049 OPS over this span, and he’s robbed of a fireball because of the timing of the meters. So it goes.
With a .348 OBP, Travis d'Arnaud certainly didn’t have a bad couple of weeks at the plate. He hit .302 but only had a .349 SLG, though.
Now a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, Lucas Duda had an .892 OPS in his final stretch as a Met. And he’s hit .333/.471/1.083 with three home runs in four games for the Rays since then. The guy is Good.
Wilmer Flores didn’t play in all of these games, but he raked, with a .342/.381/.711 line. I have no idea what the Mets will do with second and third base next year—or with first base if Dominic Smith falters—but Flores is probably going to be filling one or more of those roles at some point.
Curtis Granderson struggled to hit for average or much power, making for a bad week, but he did get on base at a respectable .350 clip.
Juan Lagares remained on the disabled list.
Brandon Nimmo made it back from the DL but only had one plate appearance and didn’t reach base.
Rene Rivera played plenty and barely hit at all. He had a .145 OPS.
T.J. Rivera might need T.J. surgery for his elbow, and before that news, he had just a so-so week at the plate.
Jose Reyes had a good stretch and is all the way up to a 78 wRC+—which is still bad—for the season.
The forgotten man on this year’s Mets, Matt Reynolds played a bit more than usual but struggled at the plate.
And finally, Neil Walker has not looked good since coming off the disabled list. Perhaps he just needs a bit more time to get back into his regular form.