8) Michael Conforto in 2019
It’s fair to say Michael Conforto has yet to reach his full potential. Certainly talented, Conforto’s weaknesses have sometimes gotten the best of him. He strikes out a lot, goes cold for weeks, and has developed an unfair reputation for not coming through in the clutch.
Conforto is a real good ballplayer, though, and his 2019 season was one of the best by a Mets player in the decade.
Originally, I wanted to award his 2017 All-Star season with this honor. However, because we only got 109 games from Scooter, it felt better to consider his full year in 2019 for this honor. Even if his 2017 season would have had even better numbers if he stayed healthy, the final year of the decade featured many more career-bests for the Mets outfielder.
What did these numbers include? Conforto scored 90 runs, knocked in 92, and smacked 33 home runs. His slash line of .257/.363/.494 was the second-best of his career, only beaten out by what he did in 2017. It was still a great year nonetheless—one we should look back at positively.
7) David Wright in 2013
It’s tough to put together any list of Mets greatness without mentioning David Wright. Well, in this case, I’m going to mention him a few times.
At number seven, we find Wright’s 2013 season. The final All-Star season of Wright’s career included just 112 games, but some good numbers. Wright slashed .307/.390/.514 for the Mets and added 18 home runs.
Often overlooked and in many ways overrated, we saw Wright steal 17 bases for the 2013 Mets. It was his second-highest total of the decade in a single-season. Had he been able to stay healthy, the total in the swiped bag department and other areas would have, without a doubt, been better.
It’s bittersweet looking back at Wright’s season in 2013. As the last great year of his career, it was the last consistent reminder of exactly how much of a Mets legend he is, was, and will always be.