Found April 17, 2013 on On The Way Home:
Although the New York Mets lost both ends of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies last night, they continue to provide more offense than expected. David Wright hit his first two home runs of the season in the first game, and Marlon Byrd drove in three runs in the nightcap to continue his strong start. Sandy Alderson has been steadfast in his desire for the Mets to take more pitches in every at-bat, going deeper into counts and making pitchers work harder to get outs. When using the approach in the first half last season, it yielded wonderful results, with New York in the playoff hunt. We watched them abandon that philosophy in the second half, and the results couldn’t have been worse. While in Port St. Lucie, Alderson and other front office executives made it clear what the daily goal is for the Mets this season; to see at least 150 pitches per game. They’ve been doing that, with quite a few players improving their approach. However, Jordany Valdespin has shown the most drastic difference, being a much more patient hitter than he was in 2012. Today on Yahoo! Sports, I touched upon that, and what I think his role on the Mets should be moving forward, if he continues to produce at the current rate. Thanks for giving it a read, and let me know what you think! Also, I didn’t mention this yesterday because I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, but my thoughts and prayers go out to those in Boston. There are some sick people in this world. We will unite, and get through this together. #PrayersforBoston Thanks for reading! To Follow Matt’s posts at On The Way Home and Yahoo! Sports, you can follow him on Twitter: @mmusico8. If you’d like to join On The Way Home as a staff writer or write a guest post, you can contact Matt at matt.musico8@gmail.com. The post Yahoo! Sports Article: Jordany Valdespin Showing Improved Hitting Approach appeared first on On The Way Home.
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