After dropping two out of three to the Padres with their offensive struggles continuing in both losses, the Mets then encountered the cure to their offensive woes: the Miami Marlins, who they beat in convincing fashion both Friday and Saturday. Yesterday’s contest was rained out, putting the Mets at 3-2 for the week, as they enter an easy stretch of their schedule during which they’re going to have to capitalize. The chart below is somewhat deceptive this week in that it appears worse than it is. There are a lot of down arrows, but those down arrows are for the players with the fewest at-bats for the week. The Mets’ regulars all performed exceptionally well this week with only a couple of exceptions. As a team, the Mets posted a 127 wRC+ this week, good for fifth in baseball and second in the National League over that span.
Jeff McNeil in particular had a torrid week at the plate. For Mets with more than five plate appearances this week, McNeil leads the team in hits with eight, wRC+ with a 244, and fWAR with 0.5. He slashed an unbelievable .444/.545/.722 this week and belted his home run of the year. The one small knock on McNeil this season was that he was not hitting for much power, but he collected three extra base hits this week, including the homer. He also scored five runs. He’s now hitting .360 for the season, behind only Cody Bellinger in the National League, with an unreal 160 wRC+. Michael Conforto may have the reputation and pedigree and Pete Alonso may have a lot of the headlines, but Jeff McNeil continues to be Jeff McNeil and, in truth, the Mets’ best hitter.
Speaking of Conforto and Alonso, both were also great this week. Conforto in particular is heating up in a big way with the bat. He posted a 197 wRC+ this week, second only to McNeil for the team lead. He hit two home runs this week, a good indicator that his power seems to be finally coming into its own this season. He had five hits in total, drove in four runs, scored four runs, and walked four times.
Pete Alonso hit just .211 this week, but when he did make solid contact, he did it in a big way and when it counted. His go-ahead home run was the difference in Tuesday’s game—one of his patented mammoth shots. He and Conforto also went back-to-back on Saturday night, carrying the Mets to a nice easy win. Alonso’s five RBIs this week are the second most on the team. He also scored four runs and walked twice, posting a 129 wRC+ for the week.
The player with the most RBIs this week is Amed Rosario, who has looked very good at the plate for a solid few weeks now. Of course, most of those RBIs are accounted for by the grand slam he hit in Friday night’s lopsided victory over the Marlins, his third home run of the year. His good week at the plate has pushed his wRC+ for the season above 100, which is just fine, provided he can get his defense in check. He has already looked better in the field of late as well. Rosario had five hits in total this week over 18 plate appearances, walked once, and scored three runs, all good for a 133 wRC+.
Robinson Cano has also looked a lot more like himself at the plate lately. Cano put up a 140 wRC+ in 22 plate appearances this week with three runs scored, two walks, and an RBI. His seven hits this week are second only to McNeil for the team lead. Cano also hit a major milestone this week, becoming the 101st major league player in history to log 2,500 hits in his major league career. Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols are the only active players with more hits than Cano in their careers.
Speaking of looking like himself, it was a big week for Brandon Nimmo, who put up a 178 wRC+ this week. He had just three hits in 19 plate appearances this week, but he walked seven times, which leads the team by far and is much more what we’re accustomed to seeing from him. His .545 on-base percentage this week is second only to McNeil for the team lead. Nimmo also scored two runs, drove in three, and even had a web gem to boot, laying out in right-center field to take an extra base hit away from Manny Macahdo.
The only starting player to have a poor week at the plate was Wilson Ramos, who continues to fall deeper into the abyss. He had just two hits and a walk in fourteen plate appearances this week, good for an 8 wRC+. One of those hits was an infield single that he rolled perfectly down the third base line during the Mets’ big inning against the Marlins on Friday. Ramos is simply not elevating the ball at all and his OPS for the year has dipped to .586. That, combined with his poor defense behind the plate, translates to -0.5 fWAR for the season.
The bench also hasn’t had a very good week as a whole. Todd Frazier continues to not hit at all and he has now seen his playing time decrease with more at-bats going to a combination of J.D. Davis and Adeiny Hechavarria. Frazier had just one hit—a single—in eight plate appearances this week. If he goes on like this, he will likely be relegated to the bench permanently upon Jed Lowrie’s return.
Neither Davis nor Hechavarria had particularly good weeks at the plate either, however. Davis had four hits—all singles—in fourteen plate appearances this week with one run scored, good for a 58 wRC+. Hechavarria is hitless in four plate appearances this week.
It feels like I say this or some variation of it every week, but Juan Lagares and Keon Broxton have given the Mets nothing at the plate this week. This time I mean that literally, as neither reached base this week—Lagares in four plate appearances and Broxton in one. Their primary role remains coming in as defensive replacements and the occasional pinch running appearance. Broxton doesn’t have options, which may save him, but time may be running out for him in spite of that. He holds just a 15 wRC+ for the year.
Dominic Smith, having been wrongly sent down in the eyes of many, was recalled from Triple-A on Thursday when Steven Matz hit the injured list. He made an out in his only plate appearance this week and got in two games.
The only bench player to have a good week was Tomas Nido, who had a big day on Wednesday when he had two hits, including his first home run of the year. However, Nido did strike out with the tying run in scoring position in the ninth inning. To be fair to Nido, however, Kirby Yates strikes out a lot of hitters. Nido had three hits in total on the week in eight plate appearances.