Through the first month or so of the season, John Buck was a revelation for the New York Mets. A throw in for the deal and a salary dump on the part of the Toronto Blue Jays in the Dickey deal, the original plan for Buck was to be a stopgap until top-prospect Travis d’Arnaud was ready to take the reins at home plate in Flushing.
What the Mets didn’t plan for was their blue-chip prospect taking a foul ball off his foot and landing him in a boot for six weeks. Luckily enough, Buck was on fire, ranking among the league leaders in multiple offensive categories while also working well with the young pitching staff.
Through May 3rd, Buck had ten homers and 29 RBIs, on a pace for an astonishing 65 dingers and 188 runs batted in. Since then however, the 32-year old Wyoming native’s numbers have gone into a free fall.
Through May 3rd, Buck had a .905 OPS. Since then, his figures have been comparable to those of Ike Davis. His OPS has plummeted to an abysmal .498 with just one home run and si...