NY Mets infielder Jeff McNeil has earned an apology from his doubters
For much of this season, it felt like there was an imposter wearing Jeff McNeil's uniform each and every night. He just couldn't get anything going offensively, and had even taken a slight step back defensively.
Through the month of July, McNeil was slashing .252/.329/.329 with three home runs and 34 RBI. Yes, the reigning NL batting champ who had hit over .300 in four of his five MLB seasons saw his batting average dip by over 70 points. Additionally, McNeil's slugging matched his OBP. He's not a home run hitter, nor is he expected to be, but McNeil wasn't hitting doubles anymore. He had 39 last season and had just 16 through July.
Thankfully, the month of August has brought the old McNeil back. He's slashing .313/.356/.463 with three home runs and 12 RBI this month. We're starting to see him spray the ball to all fields like he had done for the vast majority of his career, and he's hitting over .300 again in a month!
McNeil has hits in all but four games this month, including six multi-hit games. Three of those games saw McNeil record three hits. Simply put, he's showing that he can still be the McNeil of old. No, the Mets should not trade him for nothing just to dump his contract.