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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, August 27-September 2

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

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Outside of Wednesday’s 10-3 win against the Cubs, it’s been a rough week for the Mets’ offense, as their wins have come mostly on the back of the fantastic starting pitching they’ve had this week. Most of the veteran players are slumping this week and the major contributions have come from the young players.

The hottest Met at the plate this week by far has been Amed Rosario, who has really been looking good of late. He leads the team in both hits with nine and wRC+ at 140. He has scored three runs and driven in two runs and stolen two bases this week. The only thing he hasn’t done is walked; he didn’t walk a single time this week. However, his selection at the plate is still clearly improving. The lack of walks this week could very well just be the fact that he is waiting for his pitch to hit more often—and actually hitting it.

After hitting a slight snag, Michael Conforto is back to hitting as well. He holds a 129 wRC+ in 24 plate appearances this week. He only has four hits on the week, but two of them were home runs. He scored four runs and drove in three. He also walked four times this week, which leads the team.

Brandon Nimmo has had a positive first week back from the disabled list. He missed 12 games with a bruised finger after being hit by a pitch and hopefully this week is a sign that he won’t go into a prolonged slump like he did last time he missed time with a finger injury. He has five hits and three walks in his 21 plate appearances this week, good for a 107 wRC+. He scored one run and drove in one run. Three of his five hits this week came in Wednesday’s 10-3 win.

Jeff McNeil has cooled off a bit after his torrid start as a Met. But he delivered the key two-RBI hit in yesterday’s 4-1 win, giving Noah Syndergaard some cushion. Overall, he holds a 90 wRC+ for the week with four hits, a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs.

Speaking of key hits, Tomas Nido has made the most of his nine plate appearances this week, collecting three hits and an RBI. That RBI came on Saturday, when he doubled to drive in Brandon Nimmo to tie the game in the fifth inning; the Mets would go on to win in eleven innings. Nido will likely remain on the roster with expanded rosters in effect, even once Kevin Plawecki returns from paternity leave.

Plawecki had fourteen plate appearances this week before going on the paternity list, over which he posted a 104 wRC+. He had three hits, one of which was a home run, and scored two runs.

Devin Mesoraco missed some time this week due to neck stiffness and therefore only had three plate appearances this week. He did not reach base in any of them.

Meanwhile, many of the Mets’ regulars had down weeks. After a positive week last week, Jay Bruce put up a 57 wRC+ this week in 21 plate appearances. He had four hits and two walks, did not score any runs, and did not drive in any runs. He has been playing a mix of the outfield and first base.

This has meant a decline in playing time for Wilmer Flores, who also had a bad week at the plate. He’s hitting just .188 in sixteen plate appearances with a 15 wRC+. He did, however, score the game-winning run in the eleventh inning on Saturday when Todd Frazier drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Todd Frazier hasn’t hit much this week, but that sacrifice fly was one of six RBIs on the week, which leads the team. He has five hits—three of them for extra bases—and two walks in 27 plate appearances, good for a 69 wRC+. Uncharacteristically, Frazier also stole two bases.

Despite Jay Bruce’s return from the disabled list, Austin Jackson continues to play in the outfield nearly every day. This week is his second bad week at the plate in a row. He holds a 72 wRC+ over 27 plate appearances. His six hits are second on the team, but none were for extra bases. He also walked three times, scored two runs, and drove in two runs.

Jose Reyes had one hit and two RBIs in eight plate appearances this week, good for a 21 wRC+.