3 Mets who need to have a better month in May
2) Mark Canha didn’t really provide any offensive value to the Mets in April
Canha left May with a .224/.310/.365/.675 slashline. His walk rate is actually slightly up from last year (8.9% last year, 10% so far this year), but he’s struggled to hit for contact.
In Spring Training we heard that Canha was trying to hit for more power. This could be the source of his struggles. He obviously hasn’t hit for more power, with just two homers. His strikeout rate is also up a little (from 17.9% last year to 19% so far this year).
A quick look at his Baseball Savant page shows that his discipline numbers are similar to his usual numbers, so no issues there. His batted ball metrics are all down, with his barrel rate in the 45th percentile, his xSLG in the 41st percentile, his xwOBA in the 37th percentile, his average exit velocity in the 32nd percentile, his hard hit rate in the 21st percentile, and his xBA in the 18th percentile.
Some people - including myself - have wondered that if Canha’s struggles continue, could Jeff McNeil be moved to the left field everyday and could Ronny Mauricio be called up to play second? I think that’s definitely a possibility, and an enticing one at that. I hope Canha turns it around, but the clock is ticking for him to do so with Mauricio ready to get the call.