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Sandy Alderson, general manager
The final 10 games have mellowed fans, but the Mets still may be headed for their sixth straight losing season, and fourth straight under Alderson. That $7.25 million allotted to Chris Young looks worse and worse with every Nelson Cruz homer. And, let's be frank: A lot of the recent surge is the result of players inherited by this regime, including Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Jacob deGrom on the pitching side.
Terry Collins, manager
Fans quibble with the in-game moves. And there has been a bit of desperation in leaning heavily on certain relievers, which makes you wonder if those pitchers will have anything left in the tank down the stretch. Still, Collins has kept the Mets upbeat and fighting.
Travis d'Arnaud, catcher
D'Arnaud's season clearly can be divided into two periods. He was hitting only .180 with three homers and nine RBIs in 128 at-bats when he was demoted to Las Vegas on June 7. Since returning with a clearer head and better coverage of the outer half of the plate, d'Arnaud is hitting .295 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 61 at-bats.
Anthony Recker, catcher
The backup catcher has some pop, but it's been a quiet season at the plate for the former waiver claim from the Cubs. Recker is hitting .210 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 119 at-bats. With Taylor Teagarden soon to return from the DL, the Mets have a decision to make at backup catcher.
Lucas Duda, first base
Since the April 18 trade of Ike Davis, Duda has outperformed his former teammate. Duda is hitting .256 with 11 homers, 41 RBIs and a .355 OBP since Davis' departure. Davis, meanwhile, is hitting .237 with four homers, 23 RBIs and a .352 OBP as a Buc.
Daniel Murphy, second base
Murphy became a first-time All-Star and a first-time dad during the first half while hitting .294 with seven homers and 37 RBIs. He also upped his walk rate. Murphy's 113 hits trail NL co-leaders Andrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee by two.
Ruben Tejada, shortstop
Wilmer Flores had been promoted in May to unseat Tejada at shortstop, but the incumbent held on. Tejada actually has steadied himself defensively. He also has hit .282 in his past 21 starts.
David Wright, third base
Passed over for the All-Star Game for only the second time in the past nine seasons, Wright (.285, 8 HR, 48 RBIs) candidly said he did not merit being selected. He continues to mend a left rotator cuff bruise and was due to receive a cortisone injection after Sunday's first-half finale.
Eric Campbell, first base
Campbell, who filled in nicely during Wright's week-long absence due to injury, finished the first half on a 10-game hitting streak. His start at second base on Sunday meant he has appeared at six different positions this season, one shy of matching the most in the majors.
Chris Young, left field
A couple of big hits aside, including a game-tying pinch-hit homer Saturday, Young has done little to justify his $7.25 million contract. Will he last the full season on the roster? Stay tuned. For now Young is relegated to starting only against southpaws.
Eric Young Jr., left field
The reigning NL steals champ, E.Y. Jr. has receded to a backup role. His .236/.316/.310 slash line suggests that's exactly where he belongs.
Curtis Granderson, right field
An abysmal April had observers making comparisons to the four-year deal signed by Jason Bay, but the ex-Yankee has turned things around. Intended to be Wright's protection, Granderson has now primarily shifted to the leadoff spot. He's hitting .274 with 13 homers, 36 RBIs and a .380 OBP since May 1.
Juan Lagares, center field
It's been a relatively quiet season for Lagares after bursting onto the scene in 2013, but that primarily may be a product of teams not challenging his arm as frequently. Lagares missed much of June with a side-muscle injury, too. He's nonetheless hit .293 with plus fielding.
Bobby Abreu, right field
Abreu had no shortage of clutch hits after joining the club, although Terry Collins ultimately realized he cannot lean too heavily on the 40-year-old. One concern: Abreu is only 2-for-26 as a pinch hitter this season.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, center field
Nieuwenhuis actually has not cut down on his strikeout rate. He has 16 Ks in 46 at-bats. Still, he's hitting the ball with authority when he connects. Nieuwenhuis is hitting .304 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 46 at-bats.