Ed Lucas has only 137 at-bats and has played a grand total of five different positions this season. He had one home run and eight whopping RBI going into Monday night’s game. The Miami Marlins needed one thing in a bad way tonight: a run. Their scoreless streak had gotten to 37 innings when one of the superstar sluggers for the Marlins took it upon himself to end the long scoring drought. Well actually it was Lucas that did it.
Not only did Lucas score the drought breaking run on an RBI swat by Giancarlo Stanton, he also hit a home run the next time up. Who wouldn’t have guessed that it would be a guy like Lucas that broke the drought? Of course most would not have guessed that but I would be willing to bet it didn’t surprise many people in the Marlins dugout.
Though Lucas might not ever lead the league in anything that media outlets view as substantial, he is one of those key players that every team needs. He has played every position in the infield and one outfield spot this year. He can do it all pretty well and there comes a time when the manager has a tough decision to make and has to give a heavy sigh as he says, “Thank God we have Lucas. I don’t know what I would have done.”
That might be hypothetical but it is also very true of players like this. It was awesome when he had the walk-off RBI recently and this is awesome too. It’s almost like his way of shouting to MLB, that guys like Lucas matter a whole lot more than anyone in most big media outlets give them credit for. Oh, and for the record you rarely have to worry about a hustle player like Lucas coming up for PED suspensions. Congrats to Lucas for breaking the scoreless drought. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy.