Last night, just before the game, Mark Simon tweeted that in the last 30 days, the Mets led MLB with 90 Good Fielding Plays.
Not surprising to see David Wright and Omar Quintanilla leading the pack here…
The Mets had a rough start to the season defensively. The usually reliable Ike Davis was taking his slump to the field with him, Ruben Tejada was more erratic then ever, and Collin Cowgill and Lucas Duda didn’t take so well after being named everyday starters in left field and center field.
The Mets were in the top five in errors and the bottom five in fielding percentage through the end of May. Neither metric is as highly regarded as they once were in determining a team’s fielding prowess, but I couldn’t find what their UZR was broken down by month. The Mets have a -14.3 UZR so far this season which ranks 24th in the majors.
That said, the Mets have made great strides with Omar Quintanilla and Juan Lagares both making significant defensive contributions in extended play, and also some surprisingly solid fielding from Marlon Byrd in right field. Thanks to them, the Mets now rank 19th in fielding percentage and errors, both very notable improvements.
Now here’s the real kicker… While Juan Lagares leads the team in with a 4.3 UZR this season, the much improved Daniel Murphy is second with a 3.4 UZR. Keep in mind this metric is not very reliable in small sample sizes, but I thought I would throw that in.