Sometimes it takes the unlikeliest of heroes to get a team going. As the team tries to limp its way to the
playoffs through the wildcard, one player, played the hero nobody saw coming.
Alejandro De Aza has been given nothing but grief since arriving Flushing. When general manager Sandy Alderson signed him, Mets fans were left scratching their heads and nearly seeing red. They could not see the value in him. The only player fans wanted was Yoenis Cespedes.
Well, with a team banged up and desperate for life, the odd man out was able to help keep his teammates in a race they seem destined to lose.
The heroics was not just a catch made to rob Matt Carpenter of a home run in center-field in the first inning. De Aza may be hitting a pitiful .196 this year, but he proved why he has a .364 average against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. With two men on and two out facing Wainwright, he hit his fifth home run of the year, a three-run bomb to make the score 7-0 Mets. When the game was over, the man fans love to chastise, drove in a career-high five runs.
After the win, De Aza told reporters:
“Every time you hit a home run it’s fun. Especially when you can contribute to help the team win. It’s a great feeling.”
De Aza has every reason in the world to be happy right now. Fans have been silenced, at least for now and, in part thanks to him, his teammates remain within striking distance of the wildcard.
Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-6 and remain only 3.5 games out of the wildcard.
Other noteworthy hits:
Alejandro De Aza was not the only one swinging a hot bat last night. The Mets were definitely seeing double. Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes and Rene Rivera each had a double.