Sunday, July 12, 2015

Kirk Nieuwenhuis The Man of the Hour

It has been a very strange season for Kirk Nieuwenhuis.  He started out as a backup outfielder and pinch hitter but after getting 3 hits in 38 at bats he was designated for assignment.  After a few days the Mets sold his contract to the LA Angels of Anaheim where he didn't hit as well.  The Angels put him on waivers and the Mets unexpectedly claimed and sent him to AAA Las Vegas.  A few days ago he was recalled and started today against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

His bat all of a sudden came to life as he hit three home runs in his first 3 at bats.  In the 54 year history of the Mets this is the first time a Met has hit 3 home runs in a home game.  The following 7 had done it on the road:

  • Jose Reyes
  • Edgardo Alfonzo
  • Gary Carter
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Claudell Washington
  • Dave Kingman
  • Jim Hickman

Now there is a 4 day break for the All-Star Game.  Will the hitting pick up in the second half?  Will there be any trades?  Will David Wright and other injured players come back soon?  Time will tell.

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