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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, April 16-22

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

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After their scorching hot start, the Mets are a .500 team over their past ten games. And the numbers show it, with a number of regulars struggling this week at the plate. Overall, the Mets have a 101 wRC+ as a team for the week, pretty much exactly in the middle of the pack.

Jay Bruce in particular, who may be suffering from the effects of his plantar fasciitis, has looked bad at the plate, posting a -40 wRC+ for the week. He has just two hits and one RBI this week. To his credit, he probably should have had another RBI, since almost any baserunner other than Wilmer Flores would have scored on his bloop double on Friday night. That said, it’s hard to sugarcoat -0.4 fWAR for the week.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have Asdrubal Cabrera, who has by far been the Mets’ best and most consistent hitter this season. This week was no exception, with 11 hits and 7 RBI in 29 plate appearances, good for a 214 wRC+. He has been worth 0.5 fWAR in the last week alone.

The only other lineup regular who has looked good with the bat this week is Amed Rosario, from whom we are starting to see very positive signs at the plate. He had five hits this week, driving in two, scoring four times, and walking once, putting up a 126 wRC+.

The rest of the Mets’ offensive production has come mostly from the bench this week, as Wilmer Flores, Brandon Nimmo, and especially Juan Lagares all had good weeks. Despite not figuring out the launch angle thing quite yet, Juan Lagares is thriving off the bench. He had four hits this week, including the go-ahead two-run double against the Nationals in Thursday’s game. He also stole two bases this week. His on-base percentage was a fantastic .545, leading Mets hitters.

Brandon Nimmo, too, continues to get on base. He only had one hit in his nine plate appearances this week, but walked twice and scored a run, good for an overall .444 on-base percentage for the week.

Jose Reyes also managed to break out of his hitless slump with a three-hit game against the Braves on Saturday. He also stole a base and scored a run.

Wilmer Flores has the second-most hits on the team this week with five, tied with Yoenis Cespedes—except Flores managed the feat with eleven fewer plate appearances than Cespedes. Flores put up a 139 wRC+ for the week.

Yoenis Cespedes continues his trend of striking out at an alarming rate, but still managing to drive in runs. His six RBI are second only to Cabrera for the week and include the single that drove in Robert Gsellman that would be the decider in Friday night’s game. His strikeout rate is by far the highest on the team, at 44% for the week and his wRC+ stands at a paltry 61.

Michael Conforto, too, has been struggling at the plate. He holds just a 78 wRC+ for the week. But his saving grace has been walks. His six walks for the week lead the team, which puts his on-base percentage at an at least respectable .346, despite collecting only three hits this week.

Todd Frazier has cooled off after his hot streak, posting only an 85 wRC+ for the week. He drove in five runs on four hits for the week, including a home run, walked three times, and stole a base.

Adrian Gonzalez has seen somewhat reduced playing time with Wilmer Flores performing well; the two had roughly the same number of plate appearances this week. Gonzalez put up a respectable 110 wRC+ for the week with three hits, including one home run, three walks, two RBI, and two runs scored.

Predictably, the Mets continue to get very little offensive production from the catching position, with Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido putting up a 24 and 76 wRC+ for the week, respectively. However, Lobaton is walking at a decent clip, at 28.6%, which leads the team this week. We also finally got a taste of Tomas Nido’s throwing arm, when he caught two runners stealing in Friday night’s game.