The Mets spent most of the week in the offensive doldrums once more, getting swept by the Braves in a two game series in which they were shut out in the latter of the two games. However, they redeemed themselves over the weekend, winning the last two games of a four-game series against the Diamondbacks and breaking through for five runs in each game. Unfortunately, however, there are still a lot of down arrows to go around this week.
Micheal Conforto was the hero of Saturday’s game, breaking out of a funk with a home run and four RBIs. Overall, he has four hits, two home runs, and five RBIs this week, good for a 177 wRC, which leads the team. He also leads the team in walks for the week with five.
The MVP of Sunday’s game was Brandon Nimmo, who continues to perform like an All-Star. He too has two home runs this week and leads the team with seven hits. His walk rate continues to be down with an increased strikeout rate compared to early in the year, but with the way he’s hitting, there probably isn’t a need to be taking too many pitches. He holds a 157 wRC+ for the week.
With the release of Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith is being given another shot at the big league level. He had a pretty good week at the plate, with a 93 wRC+ in 19 plate appearances. He had four hits, including a home run. He has also looked pretty good in the field—both at first base and in his one limited experience in the outfield so far—yesterday’s embarrassing miscue notwithstanding.
Wilmer Flores should continue to see playing time as a platoon partner for Smith and at second base with Asdrubal Cabrera a bit banged up and struggling with the bat. He has two hits, one of them a double, in six plate appearances in his return from the disabled list. He drove in a run and also walked once and scored a run. His wRC+ for the week is 206.
Jose Reyes holds a 206 wRC+ as well in six plate appearances this week. His bunt single, buoyed by the defensive miscue by Alex Avila, set the table for yesterday’s comeback win. He also has a double and a walk this week, stole a base, and scored two runs, making the most of limited playing time. It would be very helpful for the Mets if he is finally breaking out.
Things get pretty ugly from here. Reyes’ young student, Amed Rosario, had himself another rough week at the plate, posting a 46 wRC+. Reyes got the start over him at shortstop in yesterday’s game. It was obviously just a routine day off for Rosario, but after showing such encouraging signs in the month of May, June has seen him fall into another funk with the bat. He has three hits this week in eighteen plate appearances, including a home run and a double. His home run represents his only RBI for the week and one of his two runs scored.
Speaking of funks, Asdrubal Cabrera’s first funk of the season continues, likely fueled playing through injuries. He was a part of yesterday’s comeback win, going back-to-back with Brandon Nimmo for a home run. Like Rosario, that home run was his only RBI for the week. He has three hits overall and one walk in 23 plate appearances, good for a 21 wRC+.
Jay Bruce continues to play through his injuries as well. After taking a few days off due to a sore back, he doesn’t look any better at the plate, putting up a -2 wRC+ for the week. He has just one hit—an RBI double that drove in the Mets’ only two runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Braves—and one walk in twelve plate appearances this week.
With Bruce hobbled, Jose Bautista saw some increased playing time this week and didn’t exactly make the most of it, putting up a 37 wRC+ for the week. His double that drove in Reyes on the way to yesterday’s comeback win was his only RBI for the week and his only hit. He did draw three walks, which is second only to Conforto for the team lead for the week, tied with Todd Frazier.
Frazier had a rough week at the plate too. In addition to his three walks, he had just three hits in 26 plate appearances, two of which were doubles. He also drove in two runs. He holds a 30 wRC+ for the week.
Kevin Plawecki had a hot week last week in his return from the disabled list, but cooled off in a big way this week, posting a -15 wRC+. He has just one hit and one walk in eleven plate appearances for the week.
Plawecki’s tandem mate, Devin Mesoraco, only fared slightly better, with a 51 wRC+ for the week. He has three hits in eleven plate appearances and scored a run.
Luis Guillorme went hitless in his three plate appearances this week and drew a walk, good for a 44 wRC+.