I can imagine some of the stomachs churning already after reading that title.
But as I was going through some of the Mets notes, it’s hard to ignore what an incredible impact Scott Hairston has made on this team so far this season.
Hairston hit a home run and scored three runs last night after entering the game in the eighth inning. He became the fourth Mets player in team history to come off the bench hit a home run and score three times in a game. Donn Clendenon (1971), Howard Johnson (1985) and Desi Relaford (2001) were the others.
Hairston has now hit a home run in two straight games and is now batting .563 (9-16) with eight runs scored, one double, five home runs and 10 RBI over his last seven games dating back to May 26.
Despite having almost 30 fewer at-bats, Hairston is tied for third in the majors in home runs since May 26 with five, one behind the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez and Angels’ Mark Trumbo.
Back when me and John Delcos did our 2011 Player Reviews in November, I said this about Hairston:
It’s hard for me to be too critical of players who were specifically signed for the bench. Of the two, I wouldn’t mind keeping Hairston and I’ll tell you why, he’s right-handed – first, plays a solid outfield – second, and the dude has some serious pop in his bat – third.
I took a look at his 132 at-bats last season and never mind for a second that he batted .235, but did you know if you prorated his numbers over 500 at-bats, Hairston would have hit 28 home runs with 96 RBI? Of course he won’t get that much playing time barring an unforseen disaster next season, but there’s nothing wrong with that kind of power and potential off your bench. Just don’t bat him against RHP.