Jeff McNeil has been nothing short of phenomenal since the team called up the infielder back in July.
Last night was yet another shining example of that as McNeil went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored while also striking out, which as we all know is a rarity for him.
In fact, that was only his 15th strikeout in 159 plate appearances which gives him a superb 9.4% strikeout rate. His triple last night was also the fourth he has hit since coming up to the majors, which makes him third on the team in the category. All of those triples have been since August 18, which gives him the most in the majors in that timespan.
McNeil has been especially hot over his last 21 games as he has recorded a hit in 20 of those and has reached base in every game during that stretch. As detailed by Elias, that is the longest on-base streak by a Met since Josh Satin reached base in 29 straight games during the 2013 season.
The 26-year-old also made a very nice turn on a double play ball in the sixth inning, which was impressive given he has never been known for his defense at any level of the minor leagues.
Mickey Callaway, though, said that he has liked what he has seen from the second baseman thus far.
“Ever since he got here, I’ve seen a pretty good defender at second base.”
So far, McNeil has registered -1 DRS and a -0.1 UZR at the keystone in 290 innings, which while not elite by any means, is solid enough to throw at the position every day as that likely means he is making all of the routine plays.
If his bat continues to play as well as it has so far at the major league level, there will be absolutely no debate on that topic. In 143 at-bats this season, McNeil has a .329/.389/.483 slash line with two home runs, eight doubles, and 13 RBI to give him a .871 OPS.
The Mets will continue to enjoy the fact that they likely have found their second baseman for next season, and one who will likely hit near the top of the order for the remainder of this season as well as in 2019.