“[Buck's] all sorts of locked in right now,’’ Daniel Murphy said after the game.
Buck drove in a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly, he hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, and he hit another sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
“Last year, if something could go wrong, it went wrong, and then I tried harder to fix it,” Buck said. “Obviously that’s easier said than done, not to try harder when you’re not getting it done. I made it a little harder on myself.”
Buck is hitting .417 over his first five games, and his nine RBI lead the National League - he will have this afternoon's series finale against the Marlins off.
Murphy said it best: Buck is locked in and on fire right now. Buck is not missing his pitch when he gets it, and he is taking advantage of most of his run scoring opportunities at the plate. He swung the bat well in Spring Training, hitting the ball to all fields and displaying a quick bat through the zone. That rhythm has carried over into the regular season, and he is picking up the offense in a big way over the first week of the season. The thing is, the Mets really haven't had a catcher who has provided much offensive value since the 2006 season, so Buck's offensive presence has served as a very pleasant surprise early on.
Buck isn't going to hit .400 and drive in nine runs a week this season, but if he can serve as a presence in the lineup versus a liability, that along with his defense can make him one of the most valuable players on the club this season.
By the way, the Mets catching corps produced five home runs and 48 RBI all season last year. Welcome to New York, Mr. Buck...