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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position Players, June 10-16

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

St Louis Cardinals v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

After ending a pretty decent stretch of games with a doubleheader split of the Yankees early in the week, the Mets then dropped three out of four to the Cardinals in utterly Metsian fashion. As has been the case for much of the season, however, scoring runs was not at the root of the Mets’ woes. Despite going 2-3, the Mets scored an average of 6.4 runs per game over the course of their five games last week.

That offense was generated chiefly by two standout performers: Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis, who both earn fireball honors this week. Alonso owns a team-leading seven RBIs and six runs scored. He hit two home runs this week, including the most gargantuan shot I have ever personally witnessed at Citi Field in Saturday’s game. His .318/.444/.682 batting line is good for a 194 wRC+ for the week. He also walked four times this week.

Believe it or not, that 194 wRC+ does not lead the team, however. That distinction belongs to Davis, who posted a 202 wRC+ over 20 plate appearances this week. He leads the team with eight hits, three of which went for extra bases and two of which were home runs. He drove in four runs and scored five runs. Davis is the only hitter on the team other than Alonso to accrue more than 0.1 fWAR for the week.

Jeff McNeil’s first full week back from the disabled list was a week of him doing very Jeff McNeil things at the plate. He did not walk a single time but he matched J.D. Davis with a team-leading eight hits for the week. He also hit a home run—the first home run of his career that was not a solo shot. He drove in three runs and posted a 122 wRC+ for the week. His .320 batting average this week was second only to Davis for the team lead among players with more than five plate appearances.

Another week, another up arrow for Dominic Smith, who continues to be pretty consistent, both off the bench and in a starting role. Despite his rough night at the plate on Friday night, in which he left five men on base and struck out twice, his overall stats for the week are good. He had four hits and two walks in sixteen plate appearances, good for a 120 wRC+ for the week. He scored three runs and drove in one.

After a torrid couple of weeks with the bat, Todd Frazier has cooled off somewhat, but he is still reaching base at a decent clip, posting a .375 on-base percentage for the week. He shares the team lead in walks with Pete Alonso with four. He also collected four base hits this week, all singles. He scored twice and drove in two runs. He had a so-so week with the bat, but a worse one in the field, committing multiple costly errors this week—uncharacteristic for his usually consistent defense at third base.

Speaking of uncharacteristic, Michael Conforto had a rather pedestrian week at the plate, posting an 89 wRC+ over 28 plate appearances. He had six hits—only one for extra bases, a home run—and two walks. He drove in four runs and scored three runs. He also stole a base this week, his fifth of the season. However, he still owns a 134 wRC+ for the season and has already accrued nearly 2 fWAR as we head into late June.

It was a rough week at the plate for Amed Rosario, who put up a .150/.182/.200 slash line for the week. He had three hits and a walk with three RBIs in 22 plate appearances. He also scored just one run. He is one of three Mets in the red when it comes to fWAR this week, with -0.2.

The other two Mets in the red are Wilson Ramos and Adeiny Hechavarria. Ramos is also coming off a hot streak in which he finally began to elevate the ball and hit for some power. But he had a down week with the bat this week, posting a 26 wRC+ over 18 plate appearances. He did, however, still manage to collect four RBIs, which is second to Alonso for the team lead along with Davis and Conforto. Even in weeks where he gets very few hits, he seems to always get them with men on base. He came up big with an RBI single on Friday night to put the Mets ahead 5-4 before the lead was blown by the bullpen.

Hechavarria has seen his playing time decline with the return of both McNeil and Robinson Cano to the lineup, but still fulfills his role as a utility infielder. He had two hits in eleven plate appearances this week. He scored a run and drove in two. Robinson Cano returned to the lineup yesterday. In his four plate appearances he walked, doubled, and scored a run.

After cooling off substantially since his hot start, it was a better week this week for Carlos Gomez, who posted a 91 wRC+ in 14 plate appearances. He only had two hits, but one of them was a home run. He scored three runs and drove in two runs this week.

It’s the same down arrow this week for Juan Lagares, just as it is nearly every week—or at least it feels that way. Coming off one of his only good weeks at the plate last week, it’s back to the same old song and dance for Lagares. He collected three hits—all singles—in eleven plate appearances this week. He drove in two runs and scored a run. He did also steal a base, his third of the season. With Nimmo having a setback, we’re likely going to continue to see some mix of Lagares and Gomez in center field for the foreseeable future.

Much like Lagares, it’s more of the same this week for Tomas Nido. In there mostly for his defense, he usually collects his couple of hits a week in the two or so games he plays each week. This week is no exception. He had two singles in seven plate appearances this week and scored a run.