This is the kind of lineup production the Mets have been looking forward to from the start.
After the Mets hit 11 home runs in three days in Cincinnati to end a road trip where they averaged 6.7 runs, coach Hugh Quattlebaum finally got the results from a team that made headlines. Massive disappointment in the first half.
Whether it was the thunder that Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso delivered at the start of the second half, the return of JD Davis to help strengthen the squad or the steady escalation of Jeff McNeil, the results showed.
“These guys have worked really hard, every single one of them,” Quattlebaum said before the Mets opened their three-match series against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Quattlebaum gives his assessment of some members of that lineup:
Conforto: The Mets midfielder had a disappointing first half, but was blow away three houses since the All-Star break. However, in his last two games in Cincinnati, he drew 0-9.
“Conforto kept coming until he found something clicked and he’s had some bad luck the last couple of games, but it seems like he’s come pretty close to being the version of himself that everyone knows,” Quattlebaum said. “That changes everything. He’s so good that you can guarantee a quality match, you can guarantee that if they make a mistake it will be badly affected. That changes everything.”
Brandon Nimmo: Wanting to get comfortable playing against lefties – with the Mets scheduled to face two this weekend – Nimmo spent part of his day off Thursday at Citi Field practicing batting with Raffy Fernandez, a left-handed BP pitcher.
“[Nimmo] had the opportunity during spring training to see so many of our left-handed BP throwers, they did it every day,” said Quattlebaum. “He hasn’t had a chance lately, so he walked in and he and Raffy followed each other. Raffy throws hard with some sliders and Nimmo is just trying to find the feeling that he seems to have lost to lefties, which is good. I am encouraged. He left this place with confidence, which is more important than anything.”
Alonso: After winning Second consecutive home run Derby title, the Mets’ first bowler went 8 to 26 (.308) on the road trip with the two home.
“The derby didn’t seem to affect his swing and all it really did was give him more confidence,” said Quattlebaum. “It’s hard for the rest of the league when he’s so confident. We will have to make him shake his head like he was [at the derby]. “
McNeil: He owned a respectable 0.786 OPS in July after a rough start to the season. Challenge for Mets remains vẫn keep McNeil in the right place morale.
“He’s tough on himself and he wants to be perfect wherever he goes,” says Quattlebaum. “I think the biggest thing people have said to him is to stretch the timeline out rather than live or die for a while. Let’s divide it into parts 45 bats. You know, out of 45 bats, you’ll pass 30 times. I’m a drummer on that because he’s a perfectionist.
“He wants to hit a hit all the time and that’s not how the game is played. We make a lot of poker analogies for him and there are a lot of card shots that can keep him in a place that can keep him as even as you can. “
Francisco Lindor: The short slide strained his right diagonal in the first game of the Mets’ second half and will be assessed weekly. Lindor just started to break out, with 0.989 OPS in July, before hit the injured list.
“That’s a fool,” said Quattlebaum. “He handled it probably better than the others. Everyone knows the value he has brought to this team. He may be booed by the fans, but they don’t know what he’s done to help the team’s vibe here. “
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