New York Mets: The DJ Stewart experiment is failing

The New York Mets are flying. Since visiting London, the Mets are 14-7 and averaging over six runs per game.

Some might say it is the Grimace effect, others will say it is infielder Jose Iglesias’ new song OMG which has sparked the offence leading to the best offensive month in recent history.

But there is one anomaly in this great offensive turnaround for the Mets, and that is DJ Stewart.

After signing Stewart to a minor league deal in 2023, the outfielder was promoted in July last year and put up some really encouraging offensive numbers.

In 58 games with New York at the back end of the 2023 season, he posted a slashline of .244/.333/.506 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI.

This performance earned him a major league contract for the 2024 season, but it is relatively safe to say that he has not been able to replicate this in 2024.

A 2024 season that has been riddled with major ups and major downs for the Mets already as we pass the half-way point.

The Orioles’ 2015 first-round draft pick is slashing .180/.333/.328 this season in 61 games, with five home runs and 19 RBI.

According to Baseball Savant, Stewart has amassed an expected BA of .215 which could suggest he is getting unlucky, but if the Mets want to push and make the playoffs this year, they need someone who can produce more.

The numbers also suggest that the 30-year-old, who is known for his great eye at the plate, is chasing more pitches despite his K% being lower than last year.

This suggests that Stewart is making contact, but his contact isn’t turning into hits for the Mets, a team who need their offence to keep going if they want to make a playoff push in 2024.

Photo of DJ Stewart by Adam Hunger/Getty Images.

Article by Alex Worth. You can follow Alex on Twitter X @AlexWorth17 and check out his previous articles here

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