The first half of the seasons has been rather disappointing for the New York Mets. They are not nearly getting the production they hoped for out of their big bats.
With that being said, here are our 2018 First Half Reports Cards for the New York Mets outfielders.
Jay Bruce – Much like most of the other moves they made this offseason, resigning Bruce has not worked out for Sandy Alderson and the Mets.
First, Bruce has appeared in only 62 games thus far. He has missed extended periods of time with injuries to his hip and back.
However, when Bruce has been on the field he hasn’t been much of a help either. The 31-year-old is slashing .212/.292/.321 with just THREE home runs and 17 RBI. He has also been a nightmare defensively in right field, posting a -0.7 dWAR. If the Mets are going to be stuck with Bruce for all three years of his $39 million deal, they are going to need a whole lot more from him both offensively and defensively.
Yoenis Cespedes – It has been the same old song and dance since Cespedes joined the Mets in 2015. When healthy he produces, but his biggest problem again is staying healthy.
After appearing in just 88 games in 2017, Cespedes has played 37 games to this point in 2018. The 32-year old slugger has been out since May 13 due to injuries to his quad and hip.
However, he is finally nearing a return to the club. Cespedes is slashing .255/.316/.474 with six doubles and eight home runs to this point. The Mets are a different team when Cespedes is in the lineup, and they are going to need him to stay healthy moving forward.
Michael Conforto – After suffering a shoulder injury to end his 2017 season, Conforto has returned with a shaky 2018 campaign.
At times he has shown positive signs, but hasn’t be able to completely return to put together consistent success. He hit his 11th home run in Saturday’s win against the Nationals, his first long ball since June 26.
The sweet swinging lefty isn’t hitting for a very high average (.216), but he has been getting on-base. Conforto has drawn 53 walks, and posted a .344 OBP, and a .710 OPS.
Defensively, with the emergence of Nimmo in center Conforto has been better suited playing left field at least until Cespedes returns. The Mets are going to need Conforto to return to his All-Star form for the longterm.
Brandon Nimmo – In what has been a very disappointing first-half, Brandon Nimmo has been one of the few bright spots.
Nimmo has taken advantage of the playing time he deserved, and in my opinion was snubbed of a spot on the All-Star team. Despite the recent struggles, Nimmo is getting on-base at a clip of .373 through 85 games.
Day in and day out, he is finding a way to get on base, wether it be his 37 walks or his 13 hit by pitches. Nimmo has also shown some unexpected power, roping 11 doubles and 13 home runs with a .490 slugging percentage and a .863 OPS. Brandon Nimmo has been a gift sent to New York Mets fans.
His hustle and infectious enthusiasm easily make him a fan favorite.
Jose Bautista – The Atlanta Braves gave up on Bautista after he hit just .143 through 12 games.
Just a week later, much to the chagrin of some Mets fans, New York signed Bautista for the league minimum.
Since coming to the Big Apple, Bautista has tremendously shown that he has a little baseball left in the tank.
His bat is still quick, and despite the lack of power he is getting on-base a ton. In 49 games with the Mets, Bautista has five home runs, 10 doubles, 21 runs scored, 32 walks, 21 RBI’s, a .437 slugging percentage, and a .830 OPS. He has given the Mets enough value that they should be able to ship him off before the deadline.
Juan Lagares – Lagares was enjoying a tremendous 2018 season, but on May 16 he suffered a complete tear of his big top plantar plate and was forced to undergo season ending surgery. Through 30 games, the Gold Glove centerfielder was slashing .339/.375/.390 with a double, triple, and six RBI.
What grades would you give our Mets outfielders for the first half?