Against the Phillies, Eric Young Jr. had seven hits in 14 at bats, including three doubles and five RBI.
“He’s been a shot in the arm for us,” David Wright said Sunday. “I think it’s unfair to expect him to keep up at this pace. He’s been great in the outfield. He’s set the table. And he’s provided some thump as far as some extra-base hits. He can steal a bag. And I think sometimes pitchers worry about him on the basepaths and might leave one over the plate for you.”
Young had been batting .242 with a .290 OBP in 165 at bats this year before being designated for assignment by the Rockies. The Mets picked him up for pitcher Collin McHugh.
“Young has long been a favorite of assistant GM Paul DePodesta,” says Mark Simon in a report for ESPN New York. “This was the Mets’ second attempt to obtain him, having been unsuccessful in attempts to trade for him in the 2011-12 offseason.”
Last week, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone said Sandy Alderson and his staff talked about acquiring Young each of the last two winters, according to people familiar with the team’s thinking.
Since joining the Mets last week, Young has hit .364 with a .417 OBP, three runs scored and five RBI in 24 plate appearances over five games.