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NY Mets: 1 thing that went right, 2 that went wrong for James McCann

Jun 25, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter James McCann (33) hits the game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter James McCann (33) hits the game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 30, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Eddy Alvarez (65) scores a run against New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

What went wrong: James McCann got worse as the season went on

What was worse than McCann’s year at the plate? Related to it is how poorly he played in the second half.

It’s a bit surprising considering how awful his April and May were. McCann batted .214/.290/.268 with a single home run and 4 RBI in 62 April plate appearances. Not much better in May in 77 trips to the plate, the Mets catcher hit .211/.273/.338 with a pair of home runs and 8 RBI.

June and July were much kinder go McCann with slash numbers of .288/.341/.500 and .286/.366/.333 respectively. However, it call came to a halt in August where he hit just .158/.179/.263 in 39 plate appearances.

During the final month plus October, McCann slashed .194/.253/.313 he did manage to drive in 11 runs which were second to only the 16 he had back in June.

The much simpler version of everything from above can be traced back to his first and second-half numbers on the season. McCann was a .249/.318/.373 hitter with 7 home runs and 29 RBI in the first half. Double this up and I think we would accept this from the team’s number eight hitter.

Unfortunately, McCann hit only .204/.253/.310 after the All-Star Break with 3 home runs and 17 RBI. Those final weeks were brutal for him. Following such a positive turnaround mid-year, it’s a shame how far he slid before the end.

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