“I knew it when I hit it,” Shoppach said of his homer. “Coming to a league where I don’t have the luxury of having faced many of the pitchers, I can just look for something to hit.”
Since the Mets acquired him from the Red Sox, Shoppach has played in seven games and has hit two home runs, driven in five, and is hitting .318 (7-for-22) with a .370 on-base percentage.
“He’s handled the pitching staff very well,” Terry Collins said of Shoppach. “There’s things he does behind the plate I like a lot. And you saw when he hits them, they go a long way.”
Brian ErniThe Mets have now officially gotten the same amount of home runs from Shoppach as they received from Josh Thole, Mike Nickeas, and Rob Johnson this year combined. And it certainly has helped. Last night, Shoppach was rewarded with a start against a right hander, and after he collected three hits and with Thole mired in an 0-for-21 dunk , Shoppach may see more against righties down the stretch.
Shoppach will be eligible for free agency after the season, so I’m not going to get too attached to him yet. But he has certainly sung the praises of Collins (something he wasn’t exactly known to do for his former manager Bobby Valentine) and it seems like he has relished his time in New York thus far. If the Mets brought Shoppach back for next season, I think it could boost a lineup that is sorely in need of a right handed hitter not named David Wright who can put a charge into one every once and a while. Over the course of his career, Shoppach has proved he can do that, so he could be worth the investment.