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Mets’ Eduardo Escobar adds power to patient approach

The numbers have been telling. Eduardo Escobar, an All-Star final season, has by no means hit fairly like he’s hitting this season. He is working pitchers greater than he ever has. 

He fought by means of a 10-pitch stroll towards Carlos Rodon on Wednesday, taxing a starter the Mets needed out of the sport as shortly as doable. He entered play Thursday because the NL chief in doubles (with seven) and ninth greatest in baseball at draining opposing pitchers, seeing 4.53 pitches per plate look. 

Then he added his first house run as a Met to his scorching begin through the 6-2 victory over the Giants at Citi Field on Thursday. 

The reward, although, is perhaps extra telling. 

“Awesome. Awesome,” Mark Canha, himself regarded for a disciplined approach, repeated about Escobar. “He’s an incredible hitter, he’s really doing it all. I think the more we can [work the pitchers] — I think there’s a time to do that and a time to hit early in the count, and you just have to feel that out.” 

Eduardo Escobar launches a solo home run in the second inning.
Eduardo Escobar launches a solo house run within the second inning.
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The 33-year-old Escobar has been higher than marketed after totaling 28 house runs final season with the Diamondbacks and Brewers. He by no means has been significantly robust at discovering his method on base, however a tweaked approach has enabled the infielder to draw 12 walks in 13 video games. 

It took him 52 video games final season to draw his twelfth stroll. 

“I think that comes a lot with maturity and the experience of actually being here,” Escobar stated by means of interpreter Alan Suriel, indicating the Mets’ workers has targeted on this space of his sport. “It’s been a lot of work, working with coaches and actually just having that experience and playing, going out there with a plan.” 

The plan has given him the second-best slugging proportion on the group (.591, solely trailing Francisco Lindor) and the second-best on-base proportion (.464, solely trailing Canha). 

It additionally has attracted the eye of his teammates — though Lindor has seen loads of swings just like the one Escobar executed towards San Francisco’s Anthony DeSclafani within the second inning for his first house run. 

Eduardo Escobar is greeted in the Mets dugout after his solo home run.
Eduardo Escobar is greeted within the Mets dugout after his solo house run.
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Lindor flashed again to his personal days in Cleveland, the place he noticed loads of then-Twin Escobar in AL Central matchups. 

“I’m not impressed by what he’s doing right now — I’ve seen it,” Lindor stated about his pal. “I’m just super happy for him. I’m glad he’s on my side now.” 

After a tough debut season in New York notably for Lindor, this year’s crop of free brokers has carried out instantly. 

“I think it’s one of those things where we know the city we’re playing for — no disrespect to any other city that we’ve ever been in,” stated Escobar, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal. “But the one thing that we can control is the work ethic that we put into this.”

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