Although the Mets have not looked as collectively lost at the plate this week as they have at other times throughout this season, they still struggled to score enough runs to win ballgames, going 2-6 on the week against two other bad teams in the Pirates and Marlins. Previously hot hitters in Brandon Nimmo and Jose Bautista had rough weeks at the plate, but others stepped up to fill the void.
Putting a poop emoji in this table for Brandon Nimmo was physically painful, but unfortunately, he earned it. He’s sporting a -55 wRC+ for the week and his strikeout rate continues to be alarmingly high at 42.1%. He hasn’t been the same since returning from a few days off after being hit in the hand with a pitch. However, he insists that he is healthy and perhaps he just needs some time to get his groove back.
Jose Bautista has also come back down to earth after being one of the hotter hitters on the team for a few weeks. Like Nimmo, he is also not taking his walks the way he was before and is striking out a lot more. He has a 73 wRC+ for the week with five hits, including a home run, four runs scored, and two RBIs.
However, Asdrubal Cabrera is back to being one of the more productive and consistent hitters on the team. His eight heads lead the team for the week and his wRC+ stands at 163.
Wilmer Flores has also stepped up this week in a big way. He posted a 180 wRC+ for the week, which leads the team. He also leads the team in RBIs with seven, including driving in the winning run against the Pirates in the tenth inning on Tuesday. He’s also hit two home runs this week, scored three runs, and did not strike out once.
Meanwhile, Dominic Smith went hitless in ten plate appearances this week, striking out in half of them. With Flores’ bat as hot as it is, this made it hard for Mickey Callway to justify giving Smith much playing time this week. But he has also been dealing with a sore wrist that briefly kept him out of the lineup and may have been affecting his performance at the plate.
Michael Conforto’s up and down—mostly down—season continues, as he put up a 71 wRC+ for the week. He has just two hits on the week. However, he does lead the team in walks, along with Amed Rosario, with six.
Speaking of Rosario and walks, Rosario suddenly sporting a 40% walk rate is probably the most surprising thing to happen this week. He walked three times in one game on Friday night and then twice yesterday, having never walked more than once in a game prior to this week. His 164 wRC+ for the week is certainly buoyed by the walks. However, I’ll take a .600 on-base percentage from Rosario any week.
Kevin Plawecki continues to look better at the plate, posting a 109 wRC+ this week. In 14 plate appearances he had two hits, two runs scored, an RBI, and two walks. Meanwhile, Devin Mesoraco put up a 55 wRC+ in 15 plate appearances this week, collecting three hits, an RBI, and one walk. Mesoraco did throw out two runners trying to steal in Saturday’s game, however.
Todd Frazier had an improved week at the plate, putting up a 112 wRC+. He had five hits, including a home run, five runs scored, two RBIs, and two walks.
Luis Guillorme had just four plate appearances this week, drawing one walk over that span, before being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in favor of bullpen help.
With the demotion of Guillorme and Rosario’s struggles prior to this week, Jose Reyes has gotten a few starts. He hasn’t done much with them and holds a 58 wRC+ for the week. He has three hits, a run scored, and a stolen base.
Kevin Kaczmarski had just one plate appearance this week and drew a walk.