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Mets 2017 season in review: Michael Conforto

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 13: Michael Conforto
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 13: Michael Conforto
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 11: Michael Conforto
PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 11: Michael Conforto

Areas for improvement?

Plate discipline. It’s a little ironic too. Considering taking a big swing and a miss is what nearly killed him this year. But along with all these stellar offensive numbers, Conforto’s strikeout percentage jumped up this year as well. It was at it’s highest it’s been in his career thus far at 25.7%.

Some have started to consider the strikeout percentage a non-issue. (The same people who seem to think Aaron Judge is an MVP candidate with over 200 strikeouts). Call me old-fashioned, but I think too many strikeouts are actually not a good thing. Conforto definitely has power, but he doesn’t need to be the home run guy every time he steps up to the plate. That’s been one of the Mets biggest issues in the past two years as well. When they’re hitting home runs, they’ll usually end up with a win at the end of the game. But outside of the long ball, sometimes they have difficulty generating offense at all.

Conforto needs to be the RBI guy. He’s made a home for himself as the third or fourth hitter in the lineup. Which means he needs to produce in any way he can in order to get the first two or three hitters home. (Providing they do their jobs of course and get themselves on base). Playing “small ball” wins games just as much as home runs do.

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