New York Mets catcher John Buck has swung his way into the spotlight. Buck provided the Mets much-needed offense that propelled them to a win over the Miami Marlins, beating them 7-3, and improving the Mets record to 3-2.
John Buck drove in four runs on Saturday, and increased his total of runs batted to nine. The catcher put the Mets on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He gave them their first lead of the game with a two-run double in the sixth inning and added another run in the seventh.
Pitcher Jon Niese had a shaky start, letting the Marlins take an early lead, but he settled in and only let up two runs on eight hits. Niese struck out five and walked two.
John Buck joined the Mets this winter after being included in the package from the Toronto Blue Jays for R.A. Dickey. So far, that deal looks to have been to the Mets’ advantage. Buck has had a hit in each of the Mets first five games; he is batting .421 with a team-leading nine RBI’s.
The Mets’ offense looked alive after failing to show up their last game. Collin Cowgill, Ike Davis added a pair of singles and David Wright got three hits.
One concerning thing, though, is shortstop Ruben Tejada. He has been playing sloppy this season. During the sixth inning, Tejada tried making a routine throw to first to end the inning but he bounced the ball a few feet ahead of Ike Davis. That error extended the inning.
Tejada has been the Mets’ starting shortstop the past two years, and his best trait was his sure-handedness; he only made 12 errors last season. But this season he already has four. What’s up with the shortstop?