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To say Marlon Byrd has resuscitated his career in New York would be a gross understatement. Byrd was supposed to be a small piece in a puzzling outfield situation. But instead, he has become one of the top run-producing outfielders in the National League.
After a grand slam on Tuesday and a two-run homer in yesterday’s sweep-completing victory over the Giants, Byrd now has 15 home runs and 49 RBI, making him the team leader in both categories. In addition, Byrd’s 15 homers are tied for sixth-most in the N.L. and his 49 RBI are also the sixth-highest total in the Senior Circuit.
The only National League hitters with more home runs and runs batted in than Byrd are Carlos Gonzalez (24 HR, 63 RBI), Domonic Brown (23 HR, 64 RBI), Carlos Beltran (19 HR, 52 RBI) and Jay Bruce (18 HR, 62 RBI). Justin Upton’s 16 homers are one more than Byrd’s total, but Upton only has 44 RBI – five less than Byrd. Similarly, Michael Cuddyer’s 52 RBI are three more than Byrd’s o...