Outfielder Michael Conforto was one of the Mets' many players who battled at least one injury setback this season and largely struggled when healthy in what began as a promising contract year for the 28-year-old.
Ahead of Tuesday's home game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Conforto admitted he realizes he could be spending his final handful of weeks as a member of the Mets as he approaches free agency:
Michael Conforto on his future with the Mets:— SNY (@SNYtv) September 14, 2021
"It very well could not be the end of my time here. It may be, but it very well couldn't. I grew up here, I learned a lot here, my professional career was here" pic.twitter.com/yvhJjf1T0T
Like so many Mets players, Conforto has failed to produce expected offensive numbers throughout what became a disappointing campaign. He entered Tuesday night batting .226 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI this year but, per ESPN stats, is hitting .280 thus far in September.
To compare, Conforto hit .322 with nine home runs and 31 RBI during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
The Mets began Tuesday night at 72-73 but were only three-and-a-half games back of a potential wild-card playoff berth, so there's still time for Conforto to boost his value and prove his overall worth to the Mets by coming up with big hits in significant contests ahead of the regular-season finale on Oct. 3.