Look Who Leads The National League In RBI – Mets Catcher John Buck
Yes it's only 7 games but for us Met fans we get excited early and wait for doom later. I have little doubt the doom is coming, but after 7 games things look good, especially beating Roy "Doc" Halladay Monday in Philadelphia.
I give you John Buck. No not Jack Buck, or Joe Buck, much better known in baseball circles, but Mets catcher John Buck, who blasted a 3 run home run, opposite field no less leading the Mets and future Cy Young winner Matt Harvey to victory 7-2.
With Buck's shot he now has 3 long fly's and 12 runs batted in, leading the NL in that category by 2 over Cincinnati's Todd Frazier. Impressive numbers for the career .236 hitter. Buck was a throw in in the deal that gutted the Florida Marlins and a throw in in the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto.
The Mets beating Halladay was equally impressive but taken with caution. In 7 previous starts vs the Met's "Doc" allowed only 6 earned runs. The Mets topped that figure last night alone. Halladay has been brutal so far in 2 starts, a carry over from spring training. he has surrendered 12 earned runs already this season in just over 7 innings. Halladay claimed after the game his struggles are not due to injury. Last year the great righthander missed 2 months with back and shoulder issues.
The flip side to Halladay's struggles is the fantastic pitching from the Mets Matt Harvey. He was throwing bb's at the Phils and dominated for the 2nd straight start. He defeated the Padres in the 2nd game of the season.
Last night Harvey threw 7 innings, struck out 9, gave up 3 hits. Josh Edgin finished up the final 2 stanzas. Harbey's E.R.A. through 2 games- a miniscule 0.64. Halladay's is over 12
Back to the basher Buck. Last season Met catchers combined for 5 home runs all year. He has 3 already this season in 6 games, having sat out the finale of the Marlins series that proceeded this trip into Philly.
In game 2 of the series Tuesday night the Mets will throw Dillon Gee. The Phillies counter with Cliff Lee