Overall, the offense remains a major problem for the Mets and they have not scored enough runs to win ballgames consistently of late. However, a barrage at the plate against Homer Bailey and the Reds at Great American Ballpark one week ago today has contributed to some improved offensive numbers over the past week compared to our previous installment of the Player Performance Meter.
Even though one game is contributing heavily to the overall statistics for the week, at least it still represents a marked improvement from last week. The only two players that have struggled at the plate two weeks in a row are Juan Lagares and Jose Reyes, who collected just one hit each this week, but they only had eleven plate appearances between them.
Jose Lobaton has also seen significantly reduced playing time with the acquisition of Devin Mesoraco, who will serve as the every day catcher—at least until Kevin Plawecki returns from the disabled list. He had one double in his four plate appearances this week.
Devin Mesoraco’s only hit in his 13 plate appearances as a Met so far is the home run he hit immediately following Michael Conforto’s home run in Friday night’s game. That’s good for a -9 wRC+ for the week. Sadly, I’m still convinced that he’s probably an improvement over what we had before. With regular at-bats, there is a chance he may break out.
Speaking of Michael Conforto, he is finally showing encouraging signs and had a very good week at the plate, collecting six hits including the aforementioned go-ahead homer in Friday night’s game. He holds a 169 wRC+ for the week.
Adrian Gonzalez leads the Mets in wRC+ with a 194 for the week, buoyed by the two home runs he hit in Monday’s game. He collected four other hits besides the two home runs in his best offensive week as a Met so far. Gonzalez and Conforto are tied for the team lead in RBIs with three, which probably says something about how many runs the Mets have been scoring as a team.
Yoenis Cespedes, too, continues to look a lot better at the plate than he did in the early going, gimpy quad aside. He has five hits this week, including yesterday’s solo home run against Aaron Nola and has driven in two. He posted a 178 wRC+ for the week with an improved 16.7% strikeout rate.
As usual, Asdrubal Cabrera leads the team in hits, along with Gonzalez and Conforto, with six. However, he hasn’t hit for as much power this week as weeks past, so his six hits are good for a 105 wRC+. He scored one run and drove in two.
Brandon Nimmo continues to be the king of on-base percentage; his .467 OBP and four walks both lead the team this week. He has a 165 wRC+ this week in 15 plate appearances with three hits, which may have been assisted somewhat by a .429 BABIP, but is certainly encouraging, given the down week he had last week.
Amed Rosario also had a better week after struggling mightily last week. He collected five hits and a stolen base and drove in a run. His strikeout rate was 18.8% over 16 plate appearances. His wRC+ for the week stands at a perfectly acceptable 106.
Wilmer Flores continues to contribute off the bench. He had four hits in 15 plate appearances, including a home run, good for a 133 wRC+ on the week. He has seen increased playing time with Todd Frazier on the DL with a hamstring strain. Frazier had just five plate appearances this week before hitting the DL and went hitless over that span.
Luis Guillorme was promoted from Triple-A for infield depth in the wake of Todd Frazier’s injury and collected his first major league hit in yesterday’s game, his only plate appearance for the week.