Devin Mesoraco's big night is a glimpse of his All Star potential

Devin Mesoraco's big night is a glimpse of his All Star potential

by Tim Fitzpatrick May 16, 2018 0 Comments

With 12 runs scored on a rain-soaked Tuesday evening matchup against Toronto, the Mets surpassed their run total from the entire week prior. It was a cathartic experience for a team that desperately needed an offensive jolt.

One of the stars of the night’s explosion was newly-acquired catcher Devin Mesoraco, who went 2-for-2 with three walks and four runs scored. As Mark Simon tweeted late Tuesday night, it was the most runs scored by a Met with two or fewer hits in nearly a decade, when Carlos Beltran and Luis Castillo both did it in the same game.

Mesoraco’s ninth inning 383-foot home run capped off the huge night, his second dinger in his short time with the Mets. It was an offensive display that showed Mets fans the potential of the backstop who was an All Star in 2014.

Just like Matt Harvey was a lottery ticket for the Reds, so too is Mesoraco to the Mets. Over the past three years, Mesoraco's career has been seriously derailed by a myriad of injuries (broken foot, torn labrum, multiple hip surgeries). Still, Mesoraco boasts plenty of pop. He hit 25 home runs in 114 games with a respectable .273/.359/.534 slash line in '14, the last season he played more than 56 games. With the way the Mets' catching situation has completely stripped their lineup of its length, any production even close to that line from Mesoraco would be a Godsend.

This is not to claim that Mesoraco will be the offensive savior for the Mets. His injury history is clearly troubling, and the nature of the catcher position lends itself to guys getting beat up behind the plate. Hip injuries in particular are difficult to recover from and have the potential to lead to more (just ask the aforementioned Delgado, whose hip issues forced him into retirement). However, if Mesoraco can hold himself together until Kevin Plawecki returns, a more even time-split between the two backstops could help 29-year-old stave off the injury bug for at least the 2018 season.

Mesoraco showed Tuesday night that there still might be a little bit of that 2014 magic left in him. All that he needs to is a little bit of injury luck, something he's certainly long overdue for. If the Mets can get it, it could be an offensive game changer. 

Photo credit: Joe Amaturo/Sportsday Wire




Tim Fitzpatrick
Tim Fitzpatrick

Author

T7L contributing blogger - Follow Tim on Twitter




Also in The 7 Line Blog

QBC 2019 STARRING KEITH HERNANDEZ!
QBC 2019 STARRING KEITH HERNANDEZ!

by The 7 Line October 16, 2018 0 Comments

We love the QBC, and this upcoming January 19th is set to be a doozy. As they have for the last couple years, Katch in Astoria will host the 6th annual offseason gathering of Mets fans. This years headliner is none other than Mets A-List Superstar Keith Hernandez. 

Read More

Thoughts and Emotions of a Mets fan from every month in 2018
Thoughts and Emotions of a Mets fan from every month in 2018

by Tim Reilly October 12, 2018 0 Comments

The Mets season started off on the highest of high notes and took a nose dive really quick from there. It was an emotional rollercoaster for all that were loyal until the last pitch. Let’s take a look back at what went through fans minds every step of the way.

Read More

Let's Trade Baseball Cards
Let's Trade Baseball Cards

by Darren Meenan October 04, 2018 0 Comments

We partnered up with Topps on custom baseball cards. If you want to trade, send me yours, and I'll mail you mine in return.

Read More