During yesterday’s win over the Nationals, Marlon Byrd went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and reached based four times, two of which were on errors.
Byrd’s 12 home runs tie him with David Wright and John Buck for the most on the club, and his 40 RBI are good for second most on the team.
Byrd has hit .288 with four home runs and 30 RBI with runners in scoring position this season, and .310 with one home run and nine RBI with two outs and runners in scoring position.
Michael Baron, ContributorNot only has Byrd been a pleasant surprise with the bat, he has also come up huge in many spots defensively as well. He has arguably been the most valuable presence in their lineup and has provided some outstanding protection for David Wright while batting behind him. Considering the lost season he was coming off of in 2012 and being pretty much an afterthought during the off-season, he has come a long way to reestablish himself as a big leaguer.
I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself here, but Byrd is a guy Sandy Alderson could look to parlay for a player going forward at the deadline should a market for outfielders develop. As nice a story Byrd has been this season, he’ll be 36 in August and is not the cornerstone outfielder the Mets will be moving forward with. That’s not to say Byrd will be moved or packaged for a such a player, but it’s logical to expect the Mets to attempt to sell high on Byrd and try and find a team in need of a right-handed hitting outfielder.