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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, September 10-16

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

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As a team, the Mets had a pretty good week overall. They took three out of four from the Miami Marlins and lost a series to the Boston Red Sox, but played competitively in all three games. The Mets’ young players—namely Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, and Brandon Nimmo continue to carry the offense. Jay Bruce also had his second good week in a row, while Austin Jackson and Wilmer Flores continue to scuffle at the plate.

The second half resurgence of Michael Conforto continued in a big way this week. He was the Mets’ biggest offensive producer for the week, posting a 198 wRC+ over 30 plate appearances, which leads the team. He also posted 0.4 fWAR on the week, with no one else on the team putting up more than 0.2. Notably, like Rosario, he is striking out a lot less of late with a strikeout rate hovering around 10% this week. He also leads the team in hits with nine and six of those hits were for extra bases, including two home runs. He drove in six runs and scored five.

Amed Rosario’s second half has been a major bright spot for the Mets this season and this week has not been an exception. His eight hits and 131 wRC+ on the week are both second only to Michael Conforto for the team lead. In 27 plate appearances he also collected five runs scored and five RBIs. He hit two home runs this week, including an absolutely monstrous shot in the Marlins series, probably the furthest home run he’s hit in his career.

Brandon Nimmo posted a 116 wRC+ for the week, which is pedestrian by Nimmo standards, but still good by almost any other standard. As usual, he leads the team in walks with six and on-base percentage at .400. He had just three hits in his 30 plate appearances this week, but one of them was a three-run homer at Fenway that put the Mets ahead in Saturday’s game before the bullpen surrendered the lead.

Jay Bruce had his second good week in a row at the plate. His eight RBIs lead the team. Half of those runs driven in came on a grand slam in Wednesday’s lopsided victory. It was one of four hits and two home runs for Bruce in 22 plate appearances this week. He also walked twice and scored three runs.

Jeff McNeil continues to collect his hits seemingly every day; he has seven this week. But outside of one home run he hit this week, he did not hit for much power and as a contact oriented hitter, he does not draw walks. As a result, his wRC+ stands at 89 for the week. In 27 plate appearances, he also scored five runs, drove in three, and swiped a bag.

Jose Reyes also had a good week in a limited sample. He had eight plate appearances, reaching base in half of them, with two hits—one for extra bases—and two walks. He scored two runs and drove in one.

After a down week last week, Todd Frazier has picked things up a bit. In 20 plate appearances, he posted a 103 wRC+. His five walks are second only to Nimmo on the team and that along with his two hits has him rocking a .350 on-base percentage for the week. He also hit a home run and scored two runs.

After starting off great, things have taken a downturn for Dominic Smith, who had a mediocre week at the plate. He had four hits and a walk in 21 plate appearances, good for a 73 wRC+. He does continue to flash his power, with half of his hits going for extra bases, including one home run. However, after impressing with the glove early, he also had a ball go between his legs this week in Saturday’s game.

This would be more of a problem for Smith if Wilmer Flores were hitting at all, but he’s not. The righty’s prolonged slump continues, as he went hitless in his ten plate appearances this week. He had just one RBI this week, but it was an important one—a sacrifice fly that put the Mets on the board yesterday en route to tying the game to help Jacob deGrom avoid a loss.

Jack Reinheimer is another Met who went hitless this week. In his six plate appearances, he drew a walk. He was also picked off as a pinch runner in yesterday’s game.

Austin Jackson continues to slump as well. He holds just a 21 wRC+ in 22 plate appearances this week. He had two hits—a single and a home run—two walks, two RBIs, and three runs scored.

The Mets’ catching tandem also did not perform very well this week. The Mets continue to carry four catchers on their roster, but Devin Mesoraco remains sidelined and Jose Lobaton is the emergency third string catcher, so effectively Kevin Plawecki and Tomas Nido continue to get the lion’s share of the at-bats. After a surprisingly hot start, Nido has cooled off, posting a 53 wRC+ for the week in twelve plate appearances. He had two hits, including a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI.

Meanwhile, Plawecki has just one hit in fourteen plate appearances this week, but he is reaching base via the walk, boosting his wRC+ to a somewhat respectable 86. His one hit was a late-inning two run homer in Tuesday’s loss, as the Mets’ attempted comeback to get deGrom off the hook fell short.