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NY Mets: Best “Bench Mob” moments of the 2021 season

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May 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Patrick Mazeika (L) is congratulated by shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) after a walk-off fielders choice during the bottom of the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Patrick Mazeika (L) is congratulated by shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) after a walk-off fielders choice during the bottom of the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 25: Brandon Drury #35 of the New York Mets looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field on July 25, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Since Brandon Drury was called up from Triple-A Syracuse less than two weeks ago, he’s been on fire.

Drury 13-for-23 with 2 HR and 7 RBI since the All-Star Break. His OPS is a WHOPPING 1.643. It’s hard to say that anyone else is as hot as he is.

In the offseason, Drury was a minor pickup, definitely not as headlining as signing Francisco Lindor was. But Drury is a good bat to have in the lineup and had experience with a couple of teams, mainly Arizona and Toronto.

His career batting average is .250, and it’s just that: average. He’s never been that full-time guy and only has three career seasons with more than 100 plate appearances. For as hot as he’s been, Drury is pretty hard to avoid sitting.

His batting average this year is .313 in 67 at-bats. He has 13 RBI, has scored 7 runs, his OPS is .919. For a bench guy, that’s more than the Mets could ask for.

On several occasions, he’s come up big, including on this go-ahead home run against Atlanta last week. Over the weekend, Drury came up big and hit a walkoff single against Cincinnati.

He and Dom Smith came up big in that game, especially for a game where fans wanted to close their eyes and wish it was over. With two strikes and two outs in the ninth, Smith poked a slider from Sean Doolittle into center field and scored Luis Guillorme.

In the 10th, Drury poked one into right field and scored Pillar for the walkoff win. It’s just another example of the Mets winning through teamwork and resilience. The homer by Javier Báez also helps.

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