Originally written July 26, 2013 on Mets360.com:
John Buck got off to a fantastic start in 2013 and to the surprise of no one, manager Terry Collins started to write his name in the lineup as close to every day as possible. It made sense in April, because there was no reason not to ride the hot streak, plus the team was getting regular days off from the schedule. It made less sense in May, as Buck cooled off and the schedule saw fewer breaks. It made no sense in June. Through June 17th, the Mets had played 65 games and backup catcher Anthony Recker had just 11 starts. The Mets were 25-40 (.385) overall at that point and were 4-7 in games started by Recker. But Recker started getting more playing time and the results all the way around improved dramatically. Prior to June 18th, Recker had a .158/.233/.316 line for a .548 OPS. But in 10 starts and 15 games played in the following six weeks, the Mets’ backup backstop has a .674 OPS. The Mets are 7-3 in games he has started despite the fact he has not been behind the plate...
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