Is Bryant’s offensive profile a fit for the Mets?
Kris Bryant is one of the better right-handed hitters in the National League but recently there has been some souring on him most likely due to what looks like below-average performances in 2 of the last 3 seasons, but is that true?
As it was said earlier Bryant took the league by storm in 2015 winning NL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and NL MVP in 2016 which helped lead the Cubs to their first World Championship in over 100 years.
Additionally, in Bryant’s first three years he hit to a line of .288/.388/.527/.915 with 210 extra-base hits and 274 RBIs. That is MVP level numbers and a player you want on your team.
So then why the souring on Bryant? That could be most likely attributed to recency bias. From 2018 to 2020 Bryant has played more than 75% of the season’s games only once in the last three seasons.
Bryant was injured in 2018 but played ok despite missing 60 games but the biggest part of this recency bias is the 2020 season. In the shortened 2020 season Bryant only played 34 of a possible 60 games and his offensive production was very subpar.
Bryant hit to a line of .209/.293/.351/.644 with only 10 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs.
Could this be a sign of what is to come going forward or is it a fluke due to an abnormal season? I tend to believe it is a fluke and not the norm going forward. Why do I believe this? Well, Bryant hit 25+ home runs in all of his healthy full seasons, 100+ RBIs in three of his four healthy full seasons, and .360 OBP in every season before 2020. In addition, Bryant has a WAR of 4.8 or higher in every healthy full season. The talent is there, and the production is there save for 1 season and 2020.
What the recency bias really does in my opinion is it makes it potentially cheaper to acquire Bryant as the rental he is coming off a really bad season and is a rental for the 2021 season.
Offensively Bryant looks like a good fit for the Mets but what about defensively? Is Bryant a good fit for the Mets defensively?