When the Mets recalled Jordany Valdespin back on July 4th he gave the Mets a spark off the bench. That along with Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2 lefty bats mired in slumps eventually led to increased playing time for Valdespin in the manner of more starts after the demotion of Duda July 24th.
Duda’s last game in the majors was July 22nd and so far Valdespin has not made the best of his increased playing time. Valdespin in the 12 games since being called up until July 22nd was hitting .500/BA with 4 HR’s 8 RBI’s and 6 Runs scored. In the 10 games since Valdespin is hitting .167/BA with 1/HR 3 RBI’s and 3 Runs scored.
The biggest dropoff seems to be in games Valdespin starts. As a pinch-hitter since Duda’s last game played Valdespin is still hitting a nice .333/BA but in game starts Valdespin is hitting a poor .125/BA.
Could it have to do with Valdespin like a closer getting amped up late in a games as opposed to starting? Most likely not. It’s probably more like the league starting to get a book on him and Valdespin just needing to adjust.
Below are his splits pinch hitting and starting before & after Duda’s last game played since he was called up July 4th.