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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, July 20-29

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

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Welcome to the first edition of player meters for the second half! This time around, we have 9 games worth of stats to work with, as the (rain-shortened) Yankees series is being lumped in with this week’s meters.

There are also a lot of new faces on the meter this week, as the Mets have done a lot of roster shuffling so far in the second half.

The first order of business is to pay tribute to Asdrubal Cabrera’s last player meter as a Met (a “proper sendoff,” if you will). Before being traded to the Phillies, Cabrera put up a 93 wRC+ for the second half. His six second half RBIs are second on the team. He also had six hits, including a home run, walked once, and scored four runs. Cabrera was a great Met and he will be missed in Queens.

Since replacing Cabrera on the roster, Luis Guillorme has one hit and a run scored—the only run and difference in yesterday’s game. He’s had four plate appearances this week.

Last week, Jeff McNeil finally got his call up to the major leagues after tearing up the minors all season. In Cabrera’s absence, he will be getting a lot of at-bats at second base. Since being called up, he has posted a 131 wRC+ in 19 plate appearances, reaching base safely in half of those plate appearances. He has collected three hits, four walks, and a run scored.

Phillip Evans also rejoined the Mets at the same time as McNeil. He has been battling an illness and seen limited playing time, but he has two walks and two hits in his 11 second half plate appearances thus far, good for an 80 wRC+.

Ty Kelly was designated for assignment when McNeil and Evans joined the team to make room on the roster. He had just two plate appearances this week and walked in one of them.

The absolute best news about the second half thus far has been the resurgence of Michael Conforto. Whether it is because he had been rushed back and is finally fully healthy or because he made some adjustments at the plate or both, Conforto is finally looking like himself at the plate again. Conforto holds a blistering 207 wRC+ for the second half so far, which leads the team for anyone with more than five plate appearances. He also leads the team in hits with 11 and RBIs with 9.

Brandon Nimmo also seems to be breaking out of his slump. He posted a 140 wRC+ in 40 plate appearances over the last nine games. His strikeout rate is still a bit high at 37.5%, but he’s starting to walk more again. His 7 walks for the week lead the team and his on-base percentage is second only to Jeff McNeil amongst Mets with more than five plate appearances in the second half.

Yoenis Cespedes came off the disabled list ever so briefly and played in the first game after the All-Star break before being reevaluated and making the decision to have season-ending surgery. During that one game, he looked like Cespedes, instilling hope that if the surgery can rid him of his chronic pain, he will be the player Mets fans remember when he’s healthy. In his five plate appearances, he had two hits, including a home run on a ball he didn’t even get all of, and one walk.

With Cespedes out for the year and options limited, Matt den Dekker found himself playing center field nearly every day, but the results weren’t there. He put up a -59 wRC+ in nine plate appearances in the second half. The Mets opted to sign free agent outfielder Austin Jackson to man center field for the remainder of the season and designate den Dekker for assignment. Jackson struck out as a pinch hitter in his first plate appearance as a Met, but in his first start, he collected two hits and a walk.

To make room on the roster for Cespedes’ abbreviated activation from the disabled list, Dominic Smith was demoted to Triple-A, leaving Wilmer Flores as the every day first baseman for the Mets. Flores came into the All-Star break very hot, but has cooled off thus far in the second half. He holds a 71 wRC+ with seven hits, including a home run, five walks, and four RBIs. His seven runs scored are second only to Conforto for the team lead.

The Mets appear to be shopping both Jose Bautista and Devin Mesoraco, who have both been only so-so since the All-Star break. Bautista put up a 99 wRC+ for the second half thus far, which is solid, but not compared to his first half numbers. He collected seven hits, including a home run, seven walks, three RBIs, and five runs scored.

Mesoraco has just a 79 second half wRC+ in 23 plate appearances. He has five hits, two walks, two runs scored, and five RBIs.

Kevin Plawecki is not doing any better, unfortunately. He also came into the break hot, but hasn’t produced much in the second half so far. He holds a 70 wRC+ with three hits, one walk, one run scored, and an RBI in 15 plate appearances.

Amed Rosario was in the midst of his hottest stretch of the season when he started batting leadoff and seems to be going through an adjustment period to the new spot in the order. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a .314/.340/.510 slash line over his past thirteen games. But overall he’s hitting just .205 in 41 second-half appearances with a 38 wRC+. However, his eight hits are second only to Conforto for the team lead and he has stolen three bases.

Meanwhile, Jose Reyes continues to be, well, Jose Reyes. Amongst all the lineup shuffling, Reyes’ roster spot remained safe. So far in the second half, Reyes has posted a -8 wRC+ with two hits and a walk in 16 plate appearances. He has driven in two runs and scored a run.