If you think that there is anyone in a Met uniform not fearing for his life (except maybe Wright, Harvey, maybe even Parnell and Murphy, and Rice, as long as his arm stays attached to his body), you are sorely mistaken. I can tell you however; one guy who is seemingly not going down without a fight is Juan Lagares.
Juan Lagares is rightfully believed to be part of the future of this club. Young player, fantastic defense, good pop on the bat, all culminating into a very high ceiling.
Lagares is currently riding a 3 game hit streak, which started June 5th. He went 3-5 with a double, a run scored, and putting the ball in play every time he was up at the plate. On June 8th, his next time out, in a 20-inning game, he went 2-8. If you want to get all technical, he had eight chances for a multi-hit game, but that still means that he out hit everyone except Turner, Buck, and Wright (notably, Ike went 0-2 with a walk before being taken out for Turner as a pinch hitter, and both Rick Ankiel, Marlon Byrd went 0-4. Byrd was taken out in a double switch, putting Shaun Marcum, who batted twice, into the fifth spot). Also worth mentioning, Lagares recorded an RBI in the game, struck out only once meaning he put the ball in play all eight at-bats, and he played every inning of the 20-inning debacle. And finally, on June 9th, Lagares went 1-4 with a run scored.
As his average dipped to a depressing .067 at it’s lowest (small sample size…), he has quietly brought it back up to a respectable .200, for a rookie outfielder splitting playing time with a strike out monster (that’s right, I’m calling you out Ankiel!).
In a time where mediocrity is simply no longer tolerated, and the Mets have pulled their parachute, and their emergency chute, all of us fans are sitting here praying to high heaven that there’s another chute somewhere.
Lagares isn’t exactly the greatest of players right now, nor am I trying to say that he is whom the team should be built around, but in a situation where the under-toe current is dragging anything it can out to sea, Lagares is trying to doggy-paddle his way back to shore. And if he can, he’ll meet up with Wright jammin’ to some summer tunes on the beach, Harvey grilling up some ‘harvelicious’ burgers and hot dogs, and Murphy and Rice are struggling to set up the volleyball net. If he can join the party for the future, that’s one more piece of the puzzle that we, as fans, don’t have to stress over.
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