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Mets Player Performance Meter: Position players, April 12-18

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

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Despite Mother Nature doing her best to continue to wreak havoc on the Mets’ schedule, the Mets did manage to play six of their seven scheduled games last week. However, four of them came in the form of doubleheaders. The Mets went 5-1 this week, sweeping the Phillies and then taking two out of three from the Rockies, which puts them atop the NL East standings at 7-4 overall. The offense posted a decidedly average 102 wRC+ as a team over the past week, which just cracks the top ten baseball for the week. While this is a marked improvement over last week, the offense is still not firing on all cylinders, which means most of the Mets’ games have been close and low-scoring. Namely, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil have yet to heat up. However, this week saw Michael Conforto break out of his slump and Brandon Nimmo continue to put up elite on-base numbers.

Let’s start once again with Brandon Nimmo, who earns his second straight fireball to start the season. While his power numbers are not quite what they were last week, he is continuing to get on base at a blistering clip. His ten hits (all singles) lead the team by far and that combined with two walks puts his on-base percentage at .522, which also leads the team for the week. His lower than usual walk rate this week is nothing to be concerned about; he opted for a more aggressive approach in the RBI situations he found himself in this week and drove in three runs as a result. He also scored three runs and stole a base. Nimmo has now reached base in 24 straight games dating back to last season. He has been everything the Mets could have dreamed of so far from their leadoff hitter.

Another highlight this week has been watching Michael Conforto finally break out of his slump. After a horrendous start that earned him a poop emoji last week, Conforto posted a 140 wRC+ this week, collecting four hits and two walks and scoring two runs. Conforto had been dropped in the order from third to fifth or sixth, but may find himself back in the three hole (a spot in the order Luis Rojas seems to use to play the hot hand) in no time if he keeps this up.

James McCann is another player who was off to a slow start and heated up this week to the tune of a .357/.357/.571 batting line over 14 plate appearances. He played an instrumental role in multiple Mets victories this week on both sides of the ball. One of his five hits this week was his first home run as a Met, which provided key insurance in Wednesday’s victory over the Phillies. He also provided the exclamation point to yesterday’s victory over the Rockies with a cannon to Francisco Lindor to nab Trevor Story attempting to steal second base to end the game. He also led off the seventh inning of Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader with a single that started the rally that allowed Jacob deGrom to notch his first win of the season.

Albert Almora Jr. was the man who crossed home plate carrying that tying run on Saturday, acting as a pinch runner for McCann. Although he had no plate appearances this week, he earns the up arrow this week for that play alone because he came off the bench cold and sped around the bases, executing a perfect slide to just beat the relay throw home. It was an example of a role player executing his role perfectly.

It was Jonathan Villar who drove in Almora Jr. with a clutch RBI double in Saturday’s come from behind win in Game 1. “Clutch” is an apt descriptor for what Villar has done this week, splitting time with Luis Guillorme while J.D. Davis was sidelined. It was Villar who provided the walk-off hit in the eighth inning of Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Phillies. Overall, Villar collected three hits in nine plate appearances, scored two runs, and drove in three.

Guillorme earns his second straight positive grade this week for doing exactly what is expected of him. His 107 wRC+ may seem pedestrian, but he has a hit and two walks this week and consistently works deep counts, refusing to be a defensive replacement who is an easy out.

Meanwhile, Davis returned from the injured list on Saturday and went just 2-for-7, striking out in nearly half of his plate appearances. However, it was Davis who provided the key RBI single in the fourth inning of yesterday’s victory that put the Mets up 2-0. That run proved to be the decisive one in the game.

It was Jeff McNeil who got the Mets on the board yesterday, but he did so via a groundout. Although McNeil did collect five hits and drive in three runs this week, it’s still fair to say that a .238 batting average and a 72 wRC+ is still not exactly where he wants to be. McNeil has yet to find his rhythm this season and it can no longer be entirely chalked up to bad luck (his BABIP is no longer .000), although he has still been hitting into some hard outs. McNeil also made a costly error in the field this week, which was the reason why all three runs against Jacob deGrom on Saturday were unearned.

Speaking of not finding a rhythm yet this season, Francisco Lindor has yet to truly break out with the bat this season. He posted a 72 wRC+ in 24 plate appearances this week. That said, his four walks and four runs scored lead the team in each of those two categories this week. This week also marked Lindor’s first extra base hit as a Met. Other than Villar, he also came up with arguably the biggest hit of the week, driving in Villar with the go-ahead run in Saturday’s Game 1 victory. Lindor also gets credit for continuing to play fantastic defense at shortstop and slapping a perfect tag on Trevor Story to end yesterday’s game.

Dominic Smith usurped Conforto in the three hole in the lineup this week, but his production has been somewhat uneven. He did get the Mets on the board in Tuesday’s walk-off victory in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Phillies with a two-run homer, his second of the season. It was one of four hits he amassed this week in 22 plate appearances, posting a 78 wRC+ for the week. He also walked twice and drove in three runs in total. His defense in left field has been solid overall; he did have one miscue in the field this week (that was later changed from an error to a base hit), but it ultimately did not cost the Mets.

Pete Alonso put up a rather pedestrian (for him) 100 wRC+ this week in 22 plate appearances, but he leads the team in RBIs this week with four. His six hits for the week are also second only to Nimmo on the team. Two of those six hits were for extra bases, including a laser beam of a home run (his second of the season) to pull the Mets within a run in Game 1 on Saturday. Alonso also was responsible for getting the Mets on the board in that game with an RBI single in the third.

Kevin Pillar, mostly seeing time as a defensive replacement and occasional spot starter against lefties, went 1-for-8 this week with a run scored. Similarly, Tomás Nido has yet to see much playing time. He had one hit in five plate appearances across three games and scored one run this week.