Mets rookie SS Amed Rosario hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning Sunday to help the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park.
Rosario, 21, is hitting .247 with a .271 OBP. At his current pace, over the course of 550 at-bats for a season, he projects to hit 18 triples with 23 home runs, 23 stolen bases and 3.5 WAR.
"I was looking for the right pitch," Rosario later said. "I came from a league where I wasn't seeing pitches come at me this fast, but as I've adjusted I feel I'm doing better."
Aug. 27, 2017: Rosario sits in the dugout at Nationals Park (Credit: USA Today Sports)
In addition to his home run Sunday, Rosario hit an infield single with two outs in the sixth inning.
"Every ball he's hit, he's hit it to right-center field and he's driven it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Another huge hit for us, for sure."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): It's perfect that Rosario is -- so far -- showing a flare for dramatics, which is fitting of his style and personality. If you recall, his first home run broke a tie in the ninth inning against the Phillies. He also has a ninth-inning, two-run home run off Aroldis Chapman under his belt.
Yesterday, he was down 0-2 in the count, yet ripped a Joe Blanton fastball out over center field. I'm not a big believer in 'clutch,' but I do put stock in certain guys having an ability to calm themselves and focus in big spots. And, it seems Amed is capable of this, which is something that should only get more strong in him with age...
Basically, to date, he's been exactly what I expected and hoped he would be when promoted just 26 games ago. In addition to his knack for big hits, I'm also impressed with how involved he is in a large portion of the game. He's always present, which I like, especially for a shortstop. He's active on the infield, which will be important next season -- when he's asked to be more of a field general given his position. But, he's also always hustling around the bases, in the right spot for cut-offs, talking with teammates between pitches, alert in the batter's box and very social on the bench.
The kid is going to be a star, there's no question about it. I mean, as it is, at 3.5 WAR over a full season, he'd be an elite shortstop in the National League and a top 10 overall.