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John Buck has driven in more runs than the Marlins have scored this season

Apr 13, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

New York Mets John Buck high-fives teammate Ike Davis in game against Twins in Minneapolis Reuters

When the Marlins included John Buck in their blockbuster deal with the Blue Jays in December, they were mostly happy to get rid of his salary. He was later considered a throw-in as part of the deal that brought top prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. However, the 32-year-old backstop has been one of the hottest hitters in the majors so far this season.

Buck launched a grand slam in last night’s 16-5 win over the Twins and is now hitting .351 (13-for-37) with six home runs through 10 games. This includes home runs in each of his last four games. He’s already halfway to his total of 12 homers from all of last season.

Buck is currently tied with the Orioles’ Chris Davis for the major league lead with 19 RBI. Meanwhile, the Marlins have only scored 17 runs through their first 10 games. And things aren’t going to get any easier if Giancarlo Stanton needs to miss an extended period of time with a shoulder injury.

Buck is a .237/.303/.410 hitter over 10 seasons in the major leagues, so he’s bound to cool off pretty soon, but the hot start will make it a little easier to justify keeping d’Arnaud with Triple-A Las Vegas until June.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    SNY had an interesting stat a during the first or second game of the year showing that Buck has the second most homers by a catcher since 09 or so. It’s not like he was a bum, he just didn’t play well in Miami.

    If the Mets can flip Buck for a prospect of value (perhaps eating some salary), the R.A. Dickey trade just got that much better.

    • Mark - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Buck is 6th in HR’s since 2009.

      The problem with Buck has never been power, it’s the fact that his entire offence is based around home runs. Which would be great if he could walk a bit more or even hit for average, but he does neither. The end result being that despite all the HR’s, he ranks 19th among C’s since 2009 with a 96 wRC+.

  2. chillaxbro23 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    why is this site always bashing the marlins there bad leave it at that you talk about them and the owner more than any other team leave it alone

    • dondada10 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Chillax, bro.

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Not a prayer. I’m deeply invested in Feesh-bashing, and as long as that corrupt, lying swine Scrooge McLoria owns the team, you can bet he and his star-crossed franchise are going to get bashed. If you don’t like it, you can go bash the Royals, the Pirates or the Astros.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Wait, Wha-? But, but, but, I was TOLD on GOOD authority that this site ALWAYS bashes the Phillies… or was it the Cardinals? (Dipwad comments?!?)… er… I think it was the Astros.. or, or-

  3. addictedzone - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    The Marlins are going for a little known record this year…Topping the 1899 Cleveland Spiders for most losses in a season. The 1962 Mets are currently in 2nd place with 120 losses. Reaching that number could be child’s play if the Marlins keep averaging less than two runs scored per game.

  4. dalucks - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    John Buck is a very underrated player. I am glad he is a Met.

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      John Buck is having a fluke spring. You can bet he’ll be back in the .220s by September,

  5. 13arod - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    he will hit 30 or 40 homeruns this season you can bet on it

    • dondada10 - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      One or the other?

  6. mungman69 - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Why don’t people attend Marlins’ games?

    • Old Gator - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Because they’re awful? Or is that too obvious?

      Okay, how about: because their owner concocted a sweetheart deal for his stadium with the other crooks and whores like him that has done almost unfathomably serious damage to the long-term fiscal health of this community?

      Or if that isn’t good enough for you, how about: because he snookered the fans by ballyhooing a lot of expensive signings last season – until we took a closer look at all the backloaded contracts and realized that he hadn’t really spent a fraction of what he claimed to have spent on them, and that he intended to unload them as soon as he could all along?

      If that doesn’t do it for you, I can always list some other reasons, too.

  7. stlunatik - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Sounds like he found the steroid stash

  8. dwdive - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Travis d’Arnaud is still considered a top prospect? Jeeeeeez, that guy was considered a “Top Prospect” 4 years ago when the Phillies traded him and Kyle Drabek for Halladay. Still a great trade for the Phillies. Neither one of those guys panned out to be anything. Prospect ratings are a bunch of nonsense…

    • nbjays - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Exactly! I mean, look at how horrible the much-ballyhooed and uber-hyped Bryce Harper has been… oh, wait…

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