About six weeks ago, I wrote a post proclaiming that James Loney was a “savior” for the New York Mets. Perhaps the term “savior” was a little strong but he has done a nice job for a Met team that has their droughts offensively. He also has been a tremendous asset in the field at first base. In a tough week for the Mets in which they went 3-3, the 32-year old Loney was a shining star. Thought he did not start every contest, he nevertheless owned a hit in every game he appeared in this week thanks to a nifty pinch-hitting appearance Friday night.
The week started off with a bang as Jacob deGrom delivered one of the most dominant pitching performances in team history, allowing just two baserunners while facing the minimum number of batters in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Loney went 2 for 4 and scored two runs including the first one of the game. He did not start the first game in Chicago vs. the Cubs, a 5-1 loss. Loney went 1 for 4 on Tuesday as the Mets evened the series with the Cubs by a score of 2-1. New York dropped the finale at Wrigley by a score of 6-2 as the veteran continued his hitting streak with a fourth inning single. After an off-day Thursday, the Mets traveled to Miami to for an important set with the Marlins. Loney did not start Friday night’s game but delivered a key pinch-hit, two-run home run in the ninth inning for the difference in a 5-3 Mets’ victory. Saturday was another disappointing loss, this time by a score of 7-2 with Loney extending his hitting streak to seven games with an eighth inning single and he drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
It was an average week for the Amazins. For James Loney, it was a very productive stretch as he had eight hits in 25 at-bats. For that reason, he is subwaybaseball’s New York Mets Player of the Week.
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