I’d rather not say I told you so, because it’s only halfway through.
I had a feeling, though, that the environment was ripe for a comeback-player-of-the-year type of season from Marlon Byrd.
Like Ron Darling said after the right fielder gunned down Michael Cuddyer trying to stretch a single into a double in the bottom of the 9th against Colorado, The Byrd has been the 2nd best everyday player on these 2013 New York Mets.
The numbers he’s put up so far (.260 BA, 12 HR, 38 RBI, .312 OBP, .495 SLG) have been far from empty stats. Like yesterday, when he more or less single-handedly won the game for the Metropolitans, his timing has been impeccable, in the field and at the plate.
The Mets have been playing a winning brand of baseball lately. They’ve looked solid all around. Regardless of their record when the trade market heats up, it’s been said that Sandy Alderson is finally ready to buy, potentially using one of our prized arm prospects (such as Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero) to receive a young impact outfield bat. Marlon has been consistent for some time now in 2013, and before the Mets started winning the way they have, there was talk of selling high with Byrd as July 31st approaches.
It will be interesting to see how that plays out, because The Word that is the Byrd has been a revelation for this team, and though he doesn’t play into the long-term plans, he is clearly helping us win games in the short-term. We may not turn it into a playoff run, but winning is always important, and right now, I’d rather keep Marlon and look towards other assets to help shore up protection around Byrd, Wright and soon once more Davis.
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