Going into this season it was clear that no matter how much money the New York Mets paid David Wright, he would need offensive help if the team was to be successful. Of all the guys on the team, John Buck wasn’t the one I would have picked to be the help that Wright needed. Thus far he has done more than his share of driving in runs and getting his feet on the base paths.
Buck has had success in years passed but to start the season the way he has this year bodes well for the rest of the season. Basically the 9 RBI he has tallied through the first few games of the year is about one quarter of his entire total a year ago. Is it possible that Buck, who no one picked to be ready for a breakout season, could be ready to have a career year at the age of 32?
Whether or not it is actually considered possible, it is clearly on the verge of happening. He wouldn’t have to keep hitting at a .421 clip and averaging well over an RBI per game to have a career year. This is certainly a great head start if he plans to breakout. The Mets themselves are benefiting from his output and that of a few others.
They are hanging right in there with the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves for the early season lead in the National League Eastern division. Most people are picking the Nationals to win the East and either the Braves or the Philadelphia Phillies if an upset is to happen. No one seems to be talking about the Mets but maybe they should be. If the Mets show up in October you can bet there will be career bests stats next to the name John Buck.