Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 4/13/13
When top MLB players get off to tremendous starts, it is easy to justify it by saying they are top players. When players such as New York Mets catcher John Buck get off to similar starts, it is easy to downplay it. Buck’s hot start has gotten a lot of attention, as he has hit .351, 6, 19 over his first 10 games. He currently is tied for the NL League lead with 6 HRs (with Justin Upton and Dexter Fowler) and leads the circuit with 19 RBIs. His 6.2 ABs per HR is tops, while he currently ranks 2nd in the NL in slugging percentage and 3rd in OPS. It was just three years ago when the Mets picked up a 34 year old Rod Barajas and he got off to a very good start. To put Buck’s start in perspective, Barajas was hitting .244, 9, 17 by May 17th. I understand why the comparisons exist since neither has had a history of hitting for a high average. The biggest similarity is the fact they both benefited from the environment in Toronto, as they both had their best career seasons there. Buck hi...
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