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Mets’ Michael Conforto raking again following slump

Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets

Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets runs the bases after his first-inning home run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Michael Conforto hit .365 in April but dipped to .275 by May 19. That would be a confidence-shaker for most 23-year old second-year players. But the Mets leftfielder apparently is not in that category.

Even during an 0-for-17 slump earlier this month, Conforto remained in control of his emotions and has been raising his average. He’s back to .284 and has developed a knack for clutch home runs, with five of his eight tying the score or giving the Mets the lead.

Conforto’s offensively challenged teammates — only Yoenis Cespedes (.298) has a higher batting average among the regulars — could take a lesson from him.

“He’s got a ton of power. He showed that today,’’ David Wright said. Conforto had a game-tying homer in the first inning for roommate and winning pitcher Noah Syndergaard in the Mets’ 3-1 victory over the Brewers on Sunday at Citi Field.

“He goes out there and puts together good at-bats,’’ Wright said. “For a young hitter, he’s got a really good idea of what he’s doing up there, especially against righthanded pitching . . . You know that he’s dangerous up there.’’

Terry Collins said Conforto’s demeanor is appreciated.

“He’s a special guy,’’ Collins said. “The game has them, they have those special personalities. They’re used to being on the spot, being put in big situations, and they come through. I think Michael is one of those kind of guys. He has tremendous support in the clubhouse amongst the veteran guys. He handles himself perfectly in there for a young player. He’s not too full of himself. And the guys respect that.”

Said Conforto, “I feel good at the plate right now. That being said, I didn’t feel uncomfortable at the plate. I felt good through that rough stretch. It was just, I think, a matter of me going out of the zone and not really sticking to my approach. I think a lot of the swings were OK; the decisions were not very good.

“As a baseball player, you have to be able to deal with failure. In order to get here, you have to have been able to come out of slumps, be able to adapt and change some things or go back to what was working.

“Maybe it being the first time up here in the big leagues, it was a little bit frustrating because it hadn’t happened before. But I’d been through it all before. It’s the same game in Double-A or wherever. I took a look at it. I was getting in my own way by just swinging out of the zone. I think you’ve been through it and as a competitor, you have to be able to bring yourself out of it.’’

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