We all enjoy a good home run. It’s the greatest way to score runs. It’s exciting.
It gives a player a chance to, not only show the other team up, but to show off strength, power. It is a player’s way of saying, “Is that all you got?”
Yet, swinging for the fences is not always a good thing. It leads to a higher strikeout rate. It leaves men on base.
There was one thing that Willie Randolph did try instill into the Mets players that, to this day, I still think is great and smart baseball. That is the ability to play small ball.
It appears Jerry Manuel feels the same way. This is probably the only thing that will be carried over from the Willie-era. With good reason.
Truth be told, I was getting a little tired of watching these guys trying to swing like they wanted the ball to go to the next borough.
Sometimes you have to think on a smaller scale because that is what will get the job done in late innings. Trying to play hero by going grand is not always, well, grand.
Singles are just as good as doubles and triples. Sometimes even better. They keep the inning going. It gives other players a chance to hit the ball, get on base and score more runs.
These guys are not going to always be able to hit a home run.
Manuel has been experimenting with different hitting drills during Spring Training and the team seems to be taking well to them.
Players, like Luis Castillo, are actually getting hits. Even Brian Schneider is doing his thing.
If this team can continue on doing the little things in the late innings when they are behind in the game, this team has the potential to go all the way.