Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Kelly Shoppach continues to be a welcome surprise for the New York Mets. His performance in the clutch has them in position to sweep the Miami Marlins on the road for the first time in five years. Shoppach is likely to be back in the lineup as the Mets go for a seventh win in eight tries Sunday. New York (63-70) acquired Shoppach from Boston on Aug. 14 in an attempt to shore up its issues behind the plate. Catcher Josh Thole and backup Mike Nickeas have largely been disappointing this season, hitting .237 and .168, respectively, while combining for two homers and 32 RBIs. Thole has also struggled defensively with 16 passed balls, matching his total from last year. Shoppach has 27 in his eight seasons in the majors, and now he's also providing the Mets with some offense. He's batting .346 with two homers and seven RBIs in nine games since the trade, and is 6 for 11 while plating five runs in the past four - all New York victories. Shoppach came up big off the bench in place of ...
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