McNeil is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins. He has heated up at the plate recently, hitting .361 with two home runs, six doubles and eight RBI in his last 10 games. Jonathan Villar gets the start at second base and bats leadoff in what's a normal day of rest for McNeil, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
McNeil went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-1 loss to Cincinnati. The 29-year-old got the Mets on the board with a solo shot in the sixth inning. It was his third homer in his last 10 games after having that many in his first 56 contests this season. McNeil has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, going 22-for-62 (.355) in that span. He's posted a .276/.354/.402 slash line with six long balls, 25 RBI, 27 runs scored and two stolen bases through 240 plate appearances overall.
McNeil isn't starting Thursday's game against Atlanta. McNeil racked up two hits in each of his last two games, and he went 6-for-12 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and two strikeouts during that time. Brandon Drury will start at second base and bat eighth.
McNeil went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 12-5 loss to Atlanta. His fifth-inning blast off Charlie Morton was too little too late, as the Mets were already in a 10-1 hole. McNeil extended his hitting streak to 13 games with the performance, and he's slashing .362/.423/.574 over that stretch with eight runs and 10 RBI in addition to two of his five homers on the year.
McNeil (leg) is starting Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against Atlanta, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. McNeil was held out of the first contest due to a leg injury, but the team has cleared him for the nightcap. He's in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, going 13-for-39 with three extra-base hits, seven RBI, seven runs scored and one stolen base over that stretch.