Given a boost from Coors Field, the beleaguered Met offense finally scored some runs, resulting in a far less ghastly player meter this week. Unfortunately that didn’t translate to winning any more games, as the pitching performances, particularly from the bullpen, were less than stellar.
I’ve had the very happy opportunity to give out a few fireballs this week. The hottest hitter on the Mets by far this week has been Jose Bautista, who sports a 332 wRC+ in 23 plate appearances. He hit his first two home runs as a Met this week on successive days. In all, he had six hits, seven RBIs, and scored six runs. He continues to show a good eye at the plate, racking up ten walks this week, more than twice as many as anyone else on the team. In addition to leading the team in wRC+ and walks, he also leads the team in fWAR with 0.8 on the week.
Brandon Nimmo continues to be the Mets’ most consistent hitter. He—along with Michael Conforto—leads the team in hits this week with ten. Like Bautista, he also hit two home runs this week, both of them in Monday’s game, the first being an inside the park home run. Nimmo drove in seven runs this week and scored seven runs. He holds a 178 wRC+ for the week with a .412 on base percentage. Losing him from the lineup would certainly be devastating for the Mets.
Michael Conforto has quietly put together his second good week in a row, posting a 135 wRC+ and sharing the team lead in hits with Nimmo. He has two RBIs, five runs scored, and a stolen base this week. He also has a #1 play Sports Center’s Top 10 to add to his resume for the week.
Kevin Plawecki hit the first three run homer of his career in yesterday’s game, capping off a very good week for him at the plate. He had six hits in total, putting up a 257 wRC+ in fourteen plate appearances.
The catching tandem as a whole had a good week, as Devin Mesoraco also posted good offensive numbers this week. He had four hits, including a home run, five RBIs, three runs scored, and four walks, good for a 175 wRC+.
After being mired in a pretty bad slump, Asdrubal Cabrera seems to have emerged from it. His nine hits are second to Nimmo and Conforto for the team lead. He also drove in six runs, scored three times, and walked twice. He sports a 124 wRC+ for the week.
Despite having seven hits on the week, it’s been a frustrating week at the plate for Todd Frazier, who holds a 39 wRC+. He has one home run, a stolen base, and three RBIs. More than any other player, he seems to be hitting into some tough luck, although his BABIP is a reasonable .240 for the week. He’s been showing his frustration with himself on the field and in the dugout.
Amed Rosario, too, has seven hits on the week, good for a 100 wRC+. That said, Mickey Callaway feels he looks sufficiently lost at the plate that he’s been given a few days off to figure things out.
Jose Reyes has been playing in Rosario’s stead and had a mediocre week at the plate, posting a 79 wRC+ in 19 plate appearances. He had three hits, four walks, three runs scored, and an RBI. This still represents an improvement over much of his season.
Reyes has also been favored over Luis Guillorme, who had a decent showing for himself this week, despite limited opportunities. In his three plate appearances, he walked twice and scored a run.
Dominic Smith, sharing time between first base and the outfield, had a good week at the plate, putting up a 167 wRC+ in 18 plate appearances. He had six hits and four runs scored on the week.
Wilmer Flores, who has also seen playing time at first base, struggled at the plate this week, posting a 75 wRC+. He had six hits, one of which was a home run, five RBIs, and two runs scored.
With yet another Mets outfielder hitting the disabled list in Jay Bruce, the Mets have had to scrape the bottom of the barrel of their outfield depth. Kevin Kaczmarski has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and went hitless in his only plate appearance of the week. Depending on how long Brandon Nimmo is sidelined with his finger injury, Kaczmarski may get some starts for the Mets in the outfield.