Most of the attention concerning the Met outfield the past few weeks has gone to Jordany Valdespin, both for his character and his play on the field. However, there has been one player who has very quietly got on a roll, and may be able to plug a hole in the still-fluctuating outfield: Marlon Byrd.
Byrd captured the attention of Mets fans and earned himself a spot on the roster with an incredible spring training, in which he hit .357 with a .965 OPS and a team-leading nine doubles, five more than anyone else on the team. However, once the calender turned and regular season play began, Byrd struggled, and was relegated to a lesser role. He finished the month of April with a .232 batting average and a .759 OPS.
Since May began, Byrd has turned it on at the plate. Despite having a diminished role, Byrd has hit .357 with a .988 OPS this month along with two home runs in 29 plate appearances.
The reason for Byrd’s decline over the past two seasons (other than just getting a little bit o...