Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday night, the Mets, trailing 1-0 and riding their first three-game losing streak of the season, needed a spark at the plate to get back in the win column.
They got a big one from a bat that needed a spark of its own.
Just after tying the game at one apiece, Eduardo Escobar belted a three-run home run to break the game open and send New York on its way to a 4-3 victory over the Rangers, and hopefully send Escobar on his way to a strong start to what he’s calling a new season that begins on July 1.
“I said this morning, 'It's the start of a new month and the new season starts today,'” Escobar said.
Escobar posted an OBP of just .218 in the month of June, far below the All-Star numbers he put up in Arizona before signing with the Mets this past offseason. So, his home run was a massive relief just after he declared he was turning the page into a “new year.”
“This homer, when you get your first base hit in MLB, it felt like that,” Escobar laughed.
Mets fans have been waiting for Escobar to break out and show why he deserved his two-year, $20 million contract, and even with his prolonged slump, the team expects the 33-year-old veteran to finish the season closer to his career norms.
“Nobody cares more than Eduardo does,” Buck Showalter said. “It felt like 25 other guys hit the home run with him. That's how much guys kind of revel in whatever he does.
"But we know that there's potential for him to get stuff like that going in an extended period of time. I've talked a lot of times -- sooner or later, guys chase kind of chase their track record. And we hope this is the start of it. We needed it tonight.”
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