Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 6/22/13
I’m not sure who said it; I think it was SNY’s play-by-play man Gary Cohen, but someone had a valid comparison recently. And that is Marlon Byrd is turning into this year’s Scott Hairston. Just like when the Mets picked Hairston off the scrap heap, Byrd is doing his best to impersonate Hairston while playing a little bit above his head. Through 57 games, Byrd has posted a more-than impressive .817 OPS to go with 11 home runs and 33 RBI’s. Those are fine numbers and even better when you consider Byrd doesn’t even play every day. Outside of David Wright, the Mets don’t have a righty bat they can count on. So, the presence of Byrd has been a pleasant surprise and a needed one. After battling injuries and suspensions Byrd’s career got sidetracked, as he only appeared in 166 games in the previous two years. Combining the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Byrd had 10 home runs and 44 RBI’s in 589 at bats. This year, Byrd is on pace for 26 home runs and 79 RBI’s in 449 at bats. Obviously, Byrd will have
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