Opening Day came and went and a new season is underway. We had some hits and we had some misses (18 strikeouts worth of them), but all in all I was happy to have the Mets back in Queens and a new season of Amazin baseball underway.
Lost amisdt the aftermath of yesterday’s 9-7 loss to the Washington Nationals, was yet another big home run by utility outfielder Andrew Brown
With two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Brown put the Mets on top when he sent a 94 mph Stephen Strasburg offering into the left field bleachers for a three-run shot to put the Mets in front 3-0. This kid seems to have a knack for hitting homers that either tie the game, put the Mets ahead, or win the game.
Brown’s power is unmistakable coming off a season in which he hit seven home runs for the Mets in only 150 at-bats. In four seasons with three different organizations, Brown has never gotten a chance to play everyday despite a .522 slugging percentage in seven minor league seasons.
We’re not talking about a future All Star here, but suffice it to say that the 29-year old Brown continues to show why he’s the perfect 4th outfielder for this team.
He gives the Mets a great righthanded power bat off the bench and always seems to contribute whenever he makes those occasional starts.
But with the team effectively deciding to keep both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis on the 25 man roster – at least through the first month of the season – Brown will likely be the unfortunate casualty of that decision when Jon Niese is activated from the DL and the Mets go back to a five-man bench.