The Mets’ hot start to the season continues, as they continue to battle from behind and respond when the opposing team scores seemingly every day. Despite the loss of both regular catchers this week, the Mets continue to find ways to win, even though several of their hitters have cooled off since last week.
The Mets’ most consistent offensive performer remains Asdrubal Cabrera. He continues to be a key contributor at the top of the Mets’ order, getting on base and scoring runs. He leads the team in runs scored this week with seven and is second in hits with six, including two home runs, good for a 149 wRC+ for the week.
The best offensive player this week has been Todd Frazier, who has really heated up after a somewhat slow start at the plate. He leads the starting position players with a blistering 260 wRC+, bolstered by the two home runs he hit against the Brewers in Friday’s game. He also leads the team in hits and walked at a 28% clip this week, making for a very impressive .560 on base percentage.
One offensive regular who is struggling mightily is Yoenis Cespedes, who still doesn’t look right at the plate and is striking out at a concerning rate of 46.2% this week. He has a -3 wRC+ for the week with only four hits, none of them home runs. However, the one thing he has done is get seemingly all of his hits with men on base. He has four RBIs this week, which is as many as Todd Frazier, despite their starkly different offensive lines otherwise. So even though he is not hitting very much, he is making his few hits count.
Amed Rosario’s struggles continue as well, as he posts a 65 wRC+ for the week. Now that the more defensive-minded catchers on the roster seem to be hitting eighth in the order in front of the pitcher with regularity, Rosario is going to have to adjust to batting sixth or seventh in the order rather than ninth.
We have a very small sample from Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton, but they have just one hit between them thus far: Jose Lobaton’s triple in his first at-bat as a Met. Nido has only gotten three plate appearances since joining the roster and appears to be the backup to Lobaton at present.
Jay Bruce has had a cold stretch with the bat this week, with just two hits and a 68 wRC+. However, he does hold a 27.8% walk percentage for the week, second only to Todd Frazier.
Adrian Gonzalez has come back down to earth after a surprisingly hot start. He too only has two hits this week in 12 plate appearances with a 29 wRC+. However, he has driven in four runs.
Gonzalez’s cold stretch has been mitigated somewhat by Wilmer Flores having a very good week. He has hit two home runs this week, one of them of course being the walk-off blast against Matt Albers (who is right handed, it should be noted) in yesterday’s game. Flores has a 220 wRC+ for the week.
Michael Conforto continues to collect hits; he has five this week. However, he has not hit for much power in the past week. Four of his five hits were singles, good for a 112 wRC+ for the week.
Juan Lagares has seen limited playing time this week; he had just seven plate appearances this week. He is hitless over that span with one RBI.
Speaking of hitless, Jose Reyes still doesn’t have a hit.
Brandon Nimmo, however, is once again on fire after coming back up from Las Vegas. He too only had seven plate appearances this week, but posted a 328 wRC+, mostly due to being a double shy of the cycle in yesterday’s game. He has embraced a bench role, willing to do whatever is needed of him for the team to succeed. However, the Mets should continue to find ways to get his bat in the lineup whenever they can.