New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is off to a hot start in 2019. Fans have every reason to believe this is the true version of Scooter.
Michael Conforto is off to a hot start in 2019. He’s hitting well above .300 and has given us a couple of moonshots through the early going. He is at the center of the New York Mets offense. He’s giving fans a reason to believe in this team and that he is indeed the real deal.
In the second-half last season, Conforto had a .895 OPS and finished the season with 28 home runs and a career-high 82 RBI. So, he is picking right back up where he left off, which is a great sign for Mets fans.
In 2017, Conforto had his best season, batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI, and landed a spot as a National League All-Star reserve. Things were looking up for Scooter. In the abbreviated season due to injury, he was well on his way to crushing around 40 home runs.
From what Conforto is showing so far in 2019, there is no need for Mets fans to panic. In the first half of 2018, Conforto struggled and only had a .710 OPS. The main reason for those struggles was Conforto was rushed back after having major shoulder surgery in the offseason.
Mets fans have every right to believe in Conforto this season because he is looking like he is back to his All-Star form. It took Conforto until his eighth game to hit a home run, but he has been spraying the ball all over the field.
Conforto isn’t relying on the home run ball, which is a good thing because he is driving the ball with force into the gaps. He has done well against left-handed pitchers, too. A lot of people didn’t think Conforto would be able to hit lefties, but he continues to prove people wrong.
The biggest storyline this season has been how well Pete Alonso has been playing. So, in some ways, Conforto’s hot start to the season has slid under the radar.
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However, Conforto’s start is something to be very excited about. If he continues to hit this way, it’s time to start seriously considering him for the MVP.