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NY Mets: 3 most disappointing players for the 2021 season

Aug 31, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) congratulates New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith (2) for scoring a run during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) congratulates New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith (2) for scoring a run during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 12, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI single in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI single in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Conforto

Another guy who had an outstanding 2020 season and has taken a massive step back in 2021 is Michael Conforto. If Dom Smith wasn’t the team’s MVP in 2020, it was Conforto. He slashed .322/.412/.515 with nine home runs and 31 RBI. He was using the opposite field a lot and looked like the star he was projected to be. I believe a big reason why 2021 has been such a down year for Conforto is his pull rate. It shot up from 27.6% in 2020 to 43% this season. With teams shifting now more than ever, Conforto is finding gloves more than open space by not using the opposite field.

His hard-hit percentage has actually gotten higher this year according to baseball savant so he really is just hitting balls at people.

While he has looked better lately and did miss a lot of time due to injury, a slash line of .225/.339/.367 is not what we are used to from Conforto.

Another part of Conforto’s game that has taken a turn for the worst is his production against left-handed pitching. This was something Conforto struggled with prior to his outstanding 2020 but then was turned around that season, slashing .284/.384/.486 in 74 at-bats against southpaws. This season, however, he has reverted back to his old form slashing .190/.324/.207 with just two doubles and zero home runs against southpaws.

In the second half of the season Conforto has put up an OPS+ of 106 so I do believe he’s getting back to the player we expect him to be. While he’s gotten better, there’s an obvious cause for concern heading into his free agency. I do expect him to get back to the Conforto we all know but have no idea if that will be in a Mets uniform or not.

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