Mets Minors: Las Vegas 51s Make PCL History With Four Straight Jacks

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The Las Vegas 51s made history in the Pacific League during Thursday night’s game against the Salt Lake Bees when they hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back jacks in the top of the fourth inning.

It all started when Allan Dykstra launched a ball over the right field wall for his fifth home run of the season. Then Zach Lutz followed and hit his fifth, an opposite field shot to right field as well. Taylor Teagarden made it three in a row, when he sent the ball flying over the center field wall for his team leading eighth home run of the season. The final shot, came off the bat of Brandon Allen, when he smashed his second home run of the season and sent it sailing over the right field wall to put all four players into the record books.

“That was crazy. It’s the first time I’ve ever witnessed that, and the first time I’ve been a part of it. It was exciting,” Allen tells Josh Jackson of MiLB.com.

“I’ve never seen it before. It’s impressive. These guys have swung the bat all year long,” Wally Backman added regarding the record breaking night.

At 24-10, Backman has led Las Vegas to the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The 51s are powered by an offense that leads the entire league with 244 runs, 364 hits, 43 home runs, 220 RBI, 574 Total Bases, a .345 On-Base Percentage, and .475 Slugging Percentage.

Among the team leaders offensively you have Dykstra, Lutz, Andrew Brown, Eric Campbell and Wilmer Flores who was just promoted.

An impressive night by a team that continues to tear through pitchers in the Pacific Coast League and now are a part of baseball history. Backman is looking to lead his team to the post season for the second season in a row.

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  • Scottydoeskno328

    I looked at that photo at a quick glance and I don’t want to jinx him or anything but Dykstra looks like Bay lol.

  • Nicholas C

    What the hell is a ‘Jack’?

  • tlopez57

    Lets have our 51s take on the phillies tonight and see what happens

  • Scottydoeskno328

    Teagarden leads the team with 8 homers so far in AAA, do you guys think we may have something here in Teagarden? Or do you think this is just the PCL playing tricks on us. I mean the guy was a top catching prospect at one point.

  • It is all so simple. Time for the Mets to move to Vegas!

  • See definition 3 under the verb, ‘jacked’ >> http://www.thefreedictionary.com/jack

    Be sure to look at ‘jacked’ though and not ‘jacked off’.

    He just nounized it.

  • IndianaMet

    This is a baseball blog. You might want to familiarize yourself with the lingo or you will have a hard time here.

  • IndianaMet

    The front office needs to move that team out of Vegas. It’s like they play in Coors Field. A rude awakening awaits them in Queens.

  • Hotstreak

    So does Grandy.

  • Hotstreak

    Does 4 Jacks win at Poker?

    Better question is how many times has that hand lost.

  • $14435385

    It can have the opposite effect as well – guys build confidence that translates into success at the big league level (if they get an at bat more than once a week…).

    I’d be more worried about the park/league’s effect on their pitchers for the opposite reason.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Lol…He does sort of in that shot above

  • Awesome!

    The 51’s and St Lucie have just been raking all season and I just read an article on the BMets Jayce Boyd about him starting to heat up which can only help the BMets offense.
    http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140509&content_id=74840468&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l113&sid=l113

    Meanwhile Savannah may not be hitting as well as the other Met affiliates but they are winning with their pitching where they are the leaders in ERA, WHIP and SO.

    All together it has resulted in seeing the combined Mets Milb affiliates for the 3rd Friday in a row have the best winning percentage at .628% and runs per game at 5.53.

    I keep waiting to see them cool off offensively but so far it hasn’t happened. Coming into today the Mets combined Milb affiliates once again lead the other 29 teams in BA, OBP, SLG and with that OPS as well. They are tied for the best Walk % and have the 4th best HR% while having the 2nd lowest SO%.

    http://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0ApxE2V-jZhJHdG8yZTdhVDc5WUhMXzNNZWJreEI2WUE&single=true&gid=8&output=html

    http://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0ApxE2V-jZhJHdHphRVRESjYxYmRyRDRiODYwQWl5Rnc&single=true&gid=8&output=html

  • Nicholas C

    I am very well aware of what the term means and I thinks it’s a silly term used for a home run.

    Just like saying when a guy in football gets hit really hard, “he got jacked”.

  • $14435385

    At 31 he’s more than likely a AAAA guy. But so was Recker, so you never know.

  • RyanF55

    4 straight home runs…impressive. The Mets have only hit 3 consecutive home in runs in a game, 7 times in their history.

  • Charley’s Twin

    Sounds like a legitimate field they play on out there.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    Every time I get excited about a PCL stat I remind myself that Q had a .903 OPS at LV in ’13. Works better than slapping your face with a shovel.

  • $14435385

    I know a lot of people think the jump from high A to AA is the toughest, but I’d argue that the jump to A ball is just as hard. It’s your first full-season league, you’re still getting used to life on the road, and you’re playing against far better competition than you’ve ever played against in your life. You’re also playing (in Savannah’s case) in a massive ballpark in a pitcher’s league, which can’t help. I take Savannah stats with a grain of salt.

  • $14435385

    It also makes pitching performances like de Grom’s (and Black’s) all the more impressive…

  • Hotstreak

    I believe Vegas 51’s only had 4 winning seasons in their 27 ( I could be wrong ) history. Its ironic that the Las Vegas 51’s were rejected by more than one ML team. No team liked it there. They play in an old stadium (they are builing a new one or renovating it soon). The Mets were kicked out of Norfolk and Buffalo (eat your heart out) . Maybe New Oreleans too. Guess what happened a marriage of two rejects. A very successful one at that.

  • Hotstreak

    Connor what is the WPI with 4 Jacks in a Row. Both Poker and Baseball.

  • bostongregg

    …..they are hitting like the ’27 Yankees on steroids, and essentially have zero big-time position player prospects in Las Vegas. That should tell you something about the stadium/environment.

  • Ry110891

    Is Zach Lutz any good?

  • Ry110891

    lol

  • Hotstreak

    With Wright at 3B we will never know.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Reports are that you can thank Jeffy for the boot from all three of those places.

    The Norfolk relationship went sour as soon as Jeffy got involved. That was a union that went back 20 years. Again, all according to reports.

  • Taskmaster4450

    On the minor league front elsewhere within the organization, it is good to see Boyd and D Smith both lift their averages substantially after slow starts at a new level. People look at 1B as a holding until Smith arrives, do not overlook Boyd.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Strikes me as another AAAA player. Might be a decent bat off the bench but more like a Satin and Kirk to me. Once exposed in the majors, consistent production is reduced.

  • MetsFan90

    The only reason the 51’s are good is because the roster, besides the pitching, is mostly quad A players. That is a good thing though because it provides organizational depth.

  • derek murphy

    Everyone is talking about playing in vegas but this was a road game. They should give Dykstra a shot. Having him and Campbell replace satin and Duda is appealing to me. Trade Duda and if Dykstra bombs sign morales. Campbell is going to be a super utility guy. He can play almost every position and is a good hitter.

    Someone asked about Teagarden. When I was in vegas I met and he couldn’t have been nicer. We watched him take batting practice and he hit some moon shots. He was a high draft pick so mayme he’s figured it out. Or maybe he’s just having a hot streak like buck did last year.

    As far as lutz goes he is a good hitter with great mechanics. He probably would have been a much higher pick if he went to a better school but he chose to play for his dad.

  • derek murphy

    Instead of mechanics for lutz I probably should have said fundamentals. He’s a coaches son so he is fundamentally sound. He should have been on a major league team at least a year ago. He may end up being a bench player but a solid one. Everytime he got a good chance in the minors it seemed like he got hurt. So he has really wasted a good amount of time. Also the mets now have a lot of similar players that are younger.

  • derek murphy

    TDA I was very high on before the season started. I even thought he could have a chance at ROY. There is something going on with this guy. He is either not playing 100% and giving maximum effort every day or he’s not that bright. Earlier in the season I wasn’t worried about him cause he hit a lot of balls hard. He had a couple at Cityfield that could have been homers in different park.

    He started hitting and squaring up a lot of balls towards the end of April. He looked like he was turning a corner then at the end of the series in Col thru the series in Miami he just looks like a different guy. He don’t seem to be making the most of his at bats and it don’t seem like the effort is there. The biggest thing that gets me is just the feeling of no effort. I’m not sure why I get that feeling or if its accurate. When he comes up though it seems like he jumps on first or second pitch and pounds into ground or waives at a few pitches.

    When he was with the phillies I always used to drum up trades or scenerios where we could get him. He used to be such a patient hitter that made pitchers work. Even when he was with Toronto he hit well in the minors. When we made that trade with Toronto I was so stoked. Well I still am and think either guy for dickey was a steal but both plus that was a heist. He is going to be a solid major league catcher that I believe.

    Will he ever reach his potential that I’m not sure. The first thing the mets did was change his swing which was a little puzzling. They looked to make it more compact. I thought maybe he’d loose some power which often happens but it shouldn’t have an effect on him hitting the ball. Who knows if it has or hasn’t I’d be tempted to say they should look to get him back to where he was comfortable if it didn’t seem like effort was his biggest issue. Does anyone else feel like he’s dogging it? Maybe they should send him down it couldn’t hurt to ride teagarden’s streak. Sending him down could help him kick it into gear.

  • derek murphy

    While I think the mets should send D’Arnauld down to let him know he has to be better i doubt they will. SA is probably afraid of how that would be perceived. To me the effort is not there I could be wrong but it just dont look like he’s completly into it and giving it his all. The next couple of years where going to be calling up so many players sending him down could set a good example for these kids. They can see even a top prospect who’s not busting it on a daily basis can loose his job. Maybe I’m overreacting but he seems like he has that feeling of entitlement and is just going thru the motions.

  • ed charles

    Backman “leads his team.” Has that adjective EVER been used to describe TC? He’s a caretaker for the FO. He’s below average to borderline awful as a field manager, has no feel at all for the bullpen and doesn’t seem to motivate any of his players to overachieve. Am I the only one or does EVERY year simply look like a re-run of the past year? There’s no development at all… We seem to be willing to eek out a week or two with has beens in the bullpen, so why not “eek out” a week or two with AAA or AAAA players who are hot? If you hit you stay. If you don’t, you don’t. And there’s no reason to commit to Duda long term either, since DS is here in two. You can find .250, 12HR, and 65RBI in a platoon.

  • QueensRussell

    Give us Backman! We would like to be as good as the 51s.

  • BronxMets

    WTF? Bring them up!!!!!!!!!

  • BronxMets

    PMG one more idiot writes about what an idiot TC is……….For Gods sake give it a rest.

  • From what I heard a long time ago, he had huge potential but continuous injuries slowed his progress and he never recovered.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Why? He’s just as much a liability as the bullpen.

  • BronxMets

    Really is mariano dien there and he is not using him?
    Ridiculous