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I asked my writers who they thought was the biggest surprise for the Mets in the first half, and one of the benefits of having 25-35 active writers is that it gives me a good well-rounded sense of where the Mets fan base is on these roundtable questions I like to do.
As expected there were some varied answers, and few added comments as well. Here is what we came up with.
Daniel – The biggest surprise to me has been the play of Marlon Byrd. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard his name and “scrap heap” used in the same sentence this season, but that’s where he seemed to emerge from. His offense and defense have stabilized at least one spot in the outfield and his veteran presence in the locker room for this young team has been invaluable. (Shout out to Bobby Parnell this year too.)
Joe S. – Biggest surprise is definitely the play of Marlon Byrd.
Gerry - Marlon Byrd
Satish - Jeremy Hefner
Andre - Jeremy Hefner and Marlon Byrd tied here.
Barry - Jeremy Hefner. Okay, Harvey is much ...
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The renaissance season of Marlon Byrd is likely to finish where it started, as a member of the New York Mets. Despite the presumption that there may be considerable interest from contenders in the near future, the Mets are now telling inquiring teams that Byrd will not be traded unless they receive an offer they can't refuse.
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Let’s be realistic, half a season worth of Marlon Byrd is not going cause a contending team to part with a top prospect. Buster Olney pretty much hit the nail on the head with this tweet last week:
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Offense roughs up Hefner
Domonic Brown hit his 24th homer in the game and drove in two runs. AP Photo.
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The Mets return from being the center of the baseball universe today and welcome the Phillies to town as they kick off the second half. Before the half, the Mets were doing pretty good. Since the Eric Young Jr. acquisition the team has been playing with a different level of energy. This has translated into wins on the road, so here’s hoping the Mets can start turning that into...
Phillies (48-48) vs. Mets (41-50)
RHP Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.68) vs RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.33)
Eric Young Jr., lf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Ike Davis, 1b
John Buck, c
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Jeremy Hefner, rhp
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