Michael Conforto might be one of the only players currently on the team guaranteed to have a place on the Mets next season, regardless of his performance the remainder of this season.
For the majority of it, the outfielder has been disappointing in his return from shoulder surgery last season. In the first half, he hit a mere .216/.344/.366 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI.
However, in the second half, he has found his stroke again with a slash line of .310/.405/.507 to go along with three home runs and 10 RBI in 84 plate appearances since the All-Star break.
Last night continued his recent string of success too, as he went 1-for-2 with three walks and a run scored. The 25-year-old has been particularly hot the last seven games as he is 9-for-26 (.346) with one double, one RBI, six runs scored, and six walks.
Conforto has strangely been extremely effective on the road this season, even during the first half as he is hitting .285/.407/.503 with nine home runs (as compared to five at home) and 27 RBI (as compared to 13 at Citi Field).
That dynamic, though, has been particularly seen lately, as the outfielder now has reached base safely in 25 consecutive road games, and he will look to extend that today obviously.
The importance of Conforto’s continued resurgence the rest of this season cannot be overstated in the slightest. He is a large part of this team’s future if they hope to be successful next year and beyond. It is essential that the Conforto produces more like the player everyone saw last year and not like the one the team witnessed in the first half of this year that appeared to be hampered by shoulder surgery with little power.
Nonetheless, it appears that he has avoided being sent down, which was a rumored idea at one point with him struggling mightily at the plate and with the team having already tried that method in 2016.
The Mets likely do not have any plans to acquire an outfielder this offseason with a plethora of other needs, so Conforto playing the way he has in the second half is imperative.