Villar went 3-for-4 with a double in Thursday's loss to Atlanta. The veteran infielder has started 10 straight games and slashed .313/.389/.469 over that stretch, although his production (one homer, zero steals, two RBI, three runs) leaves a lot to be desired. Villar should remain a regular in the lineup as long as Francisco Lindor (oblique) is out of action, but he might need to work his way into a better spot in the batting order to be a real asset in shallower formats.
Villar will start at shortstop and bat seventh Wednesday against Atlanta, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Jeff McNeil's recent return from a four-game absence leaves Francisco Lindor (oblique) as the only Mets regular on the shelf, and Villar appears to have won out over Luis Guillorme for the right to replace the four-time All-Star. While Guillorme's superior glove should still earn him at least a couple of starts per week, Villar will handle shortstop duties for the fifth time in six games. Villar has gotten off to a slow start at the plate to begin the second half, posting a .581 OPS while striking out in 27.5 percent of his plate appearances since the All-Star break.
Villar went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's 7-0 win over the Reds. He got the rout started by taking Jeff Hoffman deep in the second inning, Villar's 10th homer of the year. He's been splitting starts at third base with J.D. Davis since the latter returned to action, but with Jeff McNeil exiting Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury, there could be room for both Davis and Villar on the Mets infield in the short term.
Villar will start at shortstop and bat seventh Sunday against the Pirates, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. Villar appeared to be moving out of an everyday role after J.D. Davis (hand) was activated from the 60-day injured list Friday, but the 30-year-old should avoid a move to the bench for at least a few more weeks due to Francisco Lindor's (oblique) recent shutdown. Luis Guillorme picked up a spot start at shortstop Saturday, but Villar could end up getting most of the work at the position if the Mets prefer to keep the better bat in the lineup.
Villar went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Friday's 13-4 win over Pittsburgh. The infielder got the Mets on the board with his third-inning blast, and he added their final run in the seventh. Villar had gone 0-for-8 across three games since returning from a right calf strain. The 30-year-old is up to eight homers, 17 RBI, 31 runs scored and eight stolen bases while slashing .241/.327/.426 through 221 plate appearances. The switch hitter should continue to see the bulk of the playing time at third base.