Mets star Jeff McNeil wants to reach another level offensively in 2021: 'I hate those ups and downs'

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New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil celebrates vs Miami Marlins
New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil celebrates vs Miami Marlins

Jeff McNeil isn't sure what his position will be in 2021 (it's likely to be second base). But wherever he is on the field, the Mets' star is looking to be more consistent with the bat.

McNeil has been one of the better offensive performers in baseball since making his big league debut in 2018, but one of his goals this season is eliminating the peaks and valleys.

"First couple of weeks of the season, I didn't play too well," McNeil said about 2020. "I think I'm gonna try to be more consistent. I hate those ups and downs, hitting .400 one week and hitting .200 the next week. That's just tough for me. It all comes out to .300, but I'd rather be .300 all year and just be consistent.

"So I think I'm gonna focus on that, limiting the slumps to just a few days instead of a week here, a week there. Try to limit those. But other than that, I'm just gonna go up there, try to hit the ball hard. Not really trying to hit for power or anything. I had a great offseason, so I am pretty strong and feel good. I know if I'm hitting the ball well, home runs and the power numbers will be there."

McNeil was hitting just .253/.326/.304 on Aug. 28 last season. But he turned it on over the last month of the campaign to up his triple slash to a much more McNeil-like .311/.383/.454.

Though McNeil performed extremely well over the last month, a late slump brought his numbers down from a season-high of .326/.399/.508, which he was hitting entering play on Sept. 12.

As McNeil looks to get more consistent, he'll be doing so in a loaded lineup that now features Francisco Lindor and James McCann along with Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Dom Smith, Brandon Nimmo, and J.D. Davis.

"This lineup from top to bottom is pretty incredible," McNeil said. "There's so much protection in it, too, so you gotta go after the guy at the plate because the guy behind him can do just as much damage. Really looking forward to it. We had a pretty good offense last year as well and it only got better."

Where McNeil hits in 2021 remains to be seen, but it should be expected that he'll wind up somewhere between first and sixth.

And while he can play all over the diamond, it's likely that he'll fit in nicely at second base -- to the left of Lindor.

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