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With a solo blast in the top of the 12th inning of Tuesday night’s game, Scott Hairston gave the New York Mets a 6-5 lead before the wheels fell off in the bottom half of the frame. The home run was his eighth on the season and fifth in his last seven games, as Hairston is 9-for-17 (.529) with ten runs batted in, lifting his season average to .290 over that span:
Hairston has been great for the Mets thus far. Earlier in the season, the eight-year veteran became the tenth player in franchise history to hit for a cycle and his five pinch-hit home runs (two this season) are tied for fourth-most in team history. With Jason Bay returning to the club on Wednesday evening and Ike Davis continuing to struggle, Hairston could force manager Terry Collins hand in moving himself or Lucas Duda to first base to alleviate some of the outfield crowding.
The 32-year-old Hariston has assaulted left handed pitching thus far to the tune of 22 hits, seven home runs, 17 runs batted in, and an amazing 1.170 OPS over 61 at-bats:
As Adam Rubin pointed out in his post to ESPN New York:
So perhaps the date to watch is June 15, when the Mets host the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. If Davis isn’t performing by then, conceivably Duda begins chipping away at his playing time at first base so that Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Bay, Andres Torres and Scott Hairston can get enough at-bats in the outfield.”
Besides. Anyone who swings the bat that hard deserves to get his share of at-bats. Right?
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Jason Bay was in the original starting lineup for today, but he removed himself because he is experiencing flu-like symptoms. Scott Hairston will take his place and bat sixth.
1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
2. Josh Thole C
3. David Wright 3B
4. Lucas Duda RF
5. Daniel Murphy 2B
6. Scott Hairston LF
7. Ike Davis 1B
8. Omar Quintanilla SS
9. R.A. Dickey RHP
The Mets try to...
During yesterday afternoon’s 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals, New York Mets right fielder Lucas Duda blasted a two-run homerun in the top of the fifth inning to give the Mets a lead they would not relinquish. The two-run jack was his team-leading 10th home run of the season and fifth over his last eight games. He has collected a hit in seven of those eight contests...
According to Adam Rubin, a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN that Gavin Cecchini, the Louisiana high school shortstop selected by the Mets in the first round, has agreed to terms with the organization, . The deal is pending a physical.
Cecchini tweeted he was headed to New York, Rubin added.
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After taking Louisiana high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini 12th overall and Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki with the 35th pick on the opening night of the draft, the Mets continued their selections Tuesday.
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Here are the complete results from Day 2:
Rd. 2 (71st...
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New York Mets (31-25) at Washington Nationals (31-22) 7:05 PM ET
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E. Jackson (R) 10 1-3 3.175.21-13.545/29@MIAL6.2510-221.22.08
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The New York Mets have agreed to terms, pending physical, with their first round pick Gavin Cecchini according Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Quinn Roberts of MLB.com adds that the deal is for $2.3 million and that the team will make an official announcement today.
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