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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, June 3-9

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

Colorado Rockies v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

It was a good week for the Mets, who took two out of three from both the Giants and the resurgent Rockies to complete a 4-2 home stand. It was a very strong week for the offense, who are hitting an unprecedented amount of home runs in their home ballpark. This is of course thanks in part to Pete Alonso, who surpassed 20 home runs in the first week of June and is still on pace to shatter the Mets’ single season home run record. But the Mets have seen contributions from up and down their lineup this week, as Jeff McNeil returned to action and Todd Frazier has stayed scorching hot for the second week in a row.

We’ll start things off by talking about Todd Frazier, who has arguably been the MVP of the team the past couple of weeks. He leads the team with 0.4 fWAR for the week and he posted a 207 wRC+. He also leads the team with seven RBIs, three of them coming in the form of a three-run shot in yesterday’s win over the Rockies, his second home run of the week. It was one of seven hits he collected this week, which is tied for the team lead. He also walked three times and scored five runs.

One of the other players who had seven hits this week was Jeff McNeil, who was a welcome sight back at the top of the order for the Mets. Despite hitting .350 this week, six of his seven hits were singles, which translates to a 105 wRC+ for the week. McNeil scored a run and drove in two this week. His elite contact skills and plate coverage came in handy for the Mets on Thursday in a pinch hitting appearance, when he took a complete emergency swing, reaching out and poking a single that tied the game.

Michael Conforto also collected seven hits this week, barely missing a beat since coming back from his concussion. He hit two home runs this week, drove in three runs, scored five runs, and walked three times, good for a 175 wRC+ for the week. He also stole a base this week, his fourth of the season.

Conforto and Frazier aren’t the only Mets to have a multi-home run week. Pete Alonso reached and surpassed the 20 home run mark this week. His 20th home run was a solo shot off Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday that cut the Giants’ lead in half. He then hit another solo homer that provided an insurance run in Saturday’s win over the Rockies. Those two solo homers were Alonso’s only RBIs for the week, but overall he posted a 135 wRC+.

Amed Rosario also belted two home runs this week, but he hit .190 for the week overall. He scored four runs and drove in four runs. He also stole a base this week. He put up a 94 wRC+ this week and continues to look improved defensively over earlier in the season.

Even though Todd Frazier’s 207 wRC+ is certainly impressive, he’s not the only Met to post a wRC+ in the 200s this week. Wilson Ramos also earns the fireball for his performance this week, where he put up a 218 wRC+ over 18 plate appearances. He had two multi-hit games this week, including a three-hit game on Tuesday in which he hit a two-run homer off Madison Bumgarner that put the Mets in front before the bullpen blew the game. He also walked three times and scored three runs.

J.D. Davis also arguably deserves a fireball for putting up a 218 wRC+ this week, but he had just twelve plate appearances. With McNeil back in the lineup, Frazier hitting so well, and Dominic Smith getting regular reps in the outfield, Davis’ playing time has suffered. He had also been mired in a slump, but has broken out this week. He had four hits—two of them for extra bases including a triple—and a walk in those twelve plate appearances. He scored one run and drove in one run.

Speaking of Dominic Smith, he had another good week at the plate, posting a 178 wRC+ in thirteen plate appearances and continuing to make the most of his playing time. He belted a solo homer—his fourth home run of the year—in the first inning of the Mets’ 7-3 win over the Giants on Thursday. That was his only RBI and run scored of the week, but he did collect four hits overall.

With Aaron Altherr designated for assignment when the Mets activated Robinson Cano from the injured list, Carlos Gomez and Juan Lagares continue to do a timeshare in center field. As it so happens, Cano only played in one game before immediately going back on the injured list again, but the Mets opted to go with the extra pitcher with that spot, so the outfield situation remains the same for the time being. Gomez has cooled off substantially since his hot start, putting up a 56 wRC+ this week. But he did drive in three runs, two of them the result of a two-run homer in Saturday’s win. He had three hits in total this week and also stole a base.

Meanwhile, Juan Lagares had his first good week with the bat in quite awhile. He only had eight plate appearances, but he had two hits and a walk, including an RBI double in yesterday’s victory. He also scored two runs this week.

During Cano’s time on the injured list, Adeiny Hechavarria has continued to play regularly as well. And he continues to outperform expectations. He posted a 125 wRC+ for the week, collecting four hits in thirteen plate appearances. He too hit yet another home run, which brings his total to four—halfway to his highest ever single-season mark over a month before the All-Star break. He also scored three runs this week and stole a base.

Other than Gomez, the only player on the team to earn a down arrow this week for his performance at the plate is Tomas Nido, who had just one hit and one walk in seven plate appearances this week. However, he continues to provide value with his skills as a backstop, catching most of Jacob deGrom’s starts.