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Mets may have lost to Kershaw, but Cecchini won

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Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Gavin Cecchini (2) hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Gavin Cecchini (2) hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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Gavin Cecchini was in the Mets lineup on Monday night, and many of us were quite confused by it.

Why did Terry Collins put Cecchini in against Clayton Kershaw? Did he want to embarrass the poor kid? I get wanting to stack the lineup with righties against Kershaw… but Cecchini? He was just promoted on Thursday, has never started a major league game before, and now you have him facing Kershaw? It just didn’t seem right.

Well, Cecchini now has quite the story to tell. His first major league home run came against one of the best in the business — a pitcher who can pretty much easily strike out veterans with his eyes closed. Kudos, Cecchini, you most definitely should be proud of this.

It turns out that after Cecchini found out that he would most likely be in Monday’s lineup, and saw that Kershaw would be the one starting for the Dodgers, he turned to some of his veteran teammates for advice.

"“Curtis Granderson was one guy that really helped me. I know Curtis has a really good strike zone and sees a lot of pitches so I really wanted to talk with him since he had faced him numerous times. And then I talked to Jay Bruce, and also I just watched a bunch of video of him going against right-handed hitters. When you’re up here, you have all the video you can watch. I really focused in on all the movement of his pitches and what he liked to do.”“I went out there and felt like I was prepared and got a good pitch to hit.”"

Well Cecchini, we’re all glad you did. If hitting your first major league homer off of Kershaw isn’t a launching pad into a hot streak, I really don’t know what is.

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No, the Mets did not win on Monday night. But they performed a lot better than many of us thought they would — with the except of Zack Wheeler of course.

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