Friday, August 31, 2012

September Call-ups

The Mets made their first two call-ups for the month as Mike Nickeas and Zach Lutz will join the team in Miami tomorrow.

In 22 games and 66 at-bats Mike Nickeas hit .364 with 6 doubles and 10 runs scored.  He also caught 8 runners trying to steal.

Zach Lutz played in 72 games and hit .299.  He hit 10 home runs, 16 doubles, and had an OBP of .413.  He played 55 games at third base, 10 at first base, and was the designated hitter for six games.

They aren't really going to change the Mets season but it is always nice to reward players for good work.  I wasn't sure how Nickeas would respond to the mid-season demotion but I was ecstatic when he started his time with Buffalo on fire and he didn't cool down.  Many people will write off this stretch but he has never really hit well in AAA so seeing him figure out what to fix was nice.  No matter where he's playing I'm going to be happy when he plays well.

As for Lutz, he has been hitting for most of the season.  Hand surgery kept him out for about two months but that never hindered his season.  With the smallest bit of luck this would be his third stint in the majors but his 2011 season was cut short by a second concussion.  His OBP hasn't been as high as it is since he played 24 games with the Cyclones in 2008.  He really has been solid this season and this call-up is more than deserved.

Hopefully Mike and Zach will get some playing time.  They won't be the only September call-ups but there probably won't be many more position players, if any at all.  They both showed promise with the Bisons.

Let's Go Mets!

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