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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, August 13-19

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

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When the offense scores 40 runs in the span of less than 24 hours, you know it’s going to be a good week for the position player meter. No poop emojis to be found this week, folks. And there are at least two or three more players that could have been justified in earning fireballs, but I had to draw the line somewhere.

In a week of hot bats, the hottest of them all was Brandon Nimmo. He leads the team in wRC+ this week with a blistering 459 in 17 plate appearances. In Wednesday’s rout of the Orioles, Nimmo had a 5-for-5 day, falling just a home run shy of the cycle. Despite the fact that Nimmo has sat on the bench since being hit in the finger with a pitch in Thursday’s game, he still leads the team in fWAR this week by a healthy margin with 0.8 fWAR compared to second place’s 0.6 fWAR. There is a chance that Nimmo may be heading to the disabled list and it would be shame if his hot bat was twice cooled off by an unfortunately placed hit by pitch.

That second place 0.6 fWAR belongs to Todd Frazier, who also had himself quite a week at the plate. He had 11 hits this week, including two home runs, good for a 201 wRC+. He walked twice, scored seven runs, and drove in seven.

Frazier is one of five Mets who recorded a double-digit hit total for the week. The team leader in hits is Amed Rosario with 13. Four of those hits were for extra bases, including two home runs. He also leads the team in runs scored—along with Kevin Plawecki—with nine. Rosario is in one of the best grooves of his season. He holds a 187 wRC+ this week.

In addition to leading the team in hits, Plawecki is also second only to Nimmo in wRC+ for the team lead with a 238. Plawecki joined in the fun on Wednesday, smashing a grand slam as part of the Mets’ nine-run sixth inning. He also collected four hits and three RBIs in Thursday’s 24-run game.

Speaking of the 24-run game, Jose Bautista replaced Nimmo after his injury and drove in seven runs in a game in which he didn’t even start. Four of those RBIs came from a grand slam as part of the Mets’ ten-run fifth inning, in which Bautista batted twice. He holds the team lead in RBIs this week with eleven in total. He also leads the team in walks this week with six. He put up a 167 wRC+ for the week.

Jose Reyes also continues to swing a hot bat. He reached base six times in his fourteen plate appearances this week. Three of his four hits this week were for extra bases. He scored five runs and drove in one. He holds a 191 wRC+ this week.

Jeff McNeil continues to have a good showing for himself in the big leagues. He, too, collected double digit hits this week with eleven. He scored six runs and drove in four. He carries a 121 wRC+ and has made some sparkling plays in the field as well, doing his part to quell his reputation as a defensive liability.

Austin Jackson is the final member of the double-digit hit club. His twelve hits are second only to Rosario for the team lead this week. McNeil and Jackson were pretty much solely responsible for all of the Mets’ offense against Aaron Nola in Friday night’s loss, collecting five hits between them. Jackson’s eight runs scored are also second only to Rosario and Plawecki for the team lead. He holds a 136 wRC+ for the week.

Devin Mesoraco has seen his playing time dwindle in favor of Plawecki, but he also had a strong week at the plate. He has two hits, including a home run and two walks in his twelve plate appearances for the week, good for a 128 wRC+.

After a resurgent past couple of weeks, Michael Conforto put up a somewhat pedestrian 96 wRC+ this week. But he still found himself in the thick of things often with the Mets scoring so many runs, driving in six runs and scoring six runs. His power seems to be returning as well; four of his nine hits were for extra bases, including two home runs, good for a .211 ISO for the week. To be fair, one of those home runs was off of a position player. But it still counts the same on the scorecard at the end of the day.

The only Mets who did not have good weeks at the plate were Wilmer Flores and the newest Met, Jack Reinheimer. Flores had nine hits—eight of them singles—and one walk in 38 plate appearances this week, good for a 61 wRC+. Flores drove in seven runs and scored three.

Reinheimer collected just two singles in his nine plate appearances over three games this week. He did come around to score both times he reached base. He also had a bit of an adventurous time playing in the outfield for the first time in the big leagues, but as a natural shortstop, it’s hard to blame him.