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Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Here to Stay

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has forced his way into Terry Collins' plans for the immediate future.

Although the Mets have been struggling the last few games, one person that continues to impress me is Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has done an excellent job with the injuries with which the Mets have had to deal.

Nieuwenhuis tied his career highs with three runs scored and three hits last night. He has the fourth-highest average (.295) among NL rookies, and ranks first with 59 hits, tied for first with 35 runs scored, tied for second with 20 walks, tied for fourth with 20 RBI and ranks fourth with a .359 on-base percentage.

He certainly isn’t perfect as we’d all like to see him cut his strikeout number down, but Kirk will not be going down to Buffalo any time soon. I think he has forced his way into the line-up, and with the way that Andres Torres is struggling, Nieuwenhuis could very well be the center fielder moving forward.

It’s getting crowded in this outfield with Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, Jason Bay, Andres Torres and Scott Hairston. How would you address this good problem that’s developing for Terry Collins?

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Frank T June 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Keep playing Nieuwnehuis, Duda and Hairston. Bay and Torres should be relegated to back up. Perhaps use Bay for defense late in games but his playing time should be limited.
Vincent June 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Bay should be cut immediately even if he is making $16M. We have been waiting fo him to come around foe a year and a half. It's time to cut ties. Just his presence in the lineup takes all the air out of the team.
Jaguar-Guy June 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Lead-off homer tonight, sweet.
Michael Ganci (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM
He definitely responded to my praise! Let's see how he fares against noted Met killer Bronson Arroyo tonight.
Jaguar-Guy June 15, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Hey Mike, Jose WHO !!!??? Yeah Boy - Marlins are 1-8 last homestand. Mets Rockin' !!
Michael Ganci (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Yes! We'll see what happens this weekend. Hopefully, they can keep it rolling.
yankee lover June 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
LETS GO YANKEES!
Michael Ganci (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Come on! Is that necessary? Honestly, though. We may have Yankees blogs coming soon as well. Would people be up for that?
Anthony Bottan June 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM
We should have a Yankee blog, considering they're the first place team in NY! HA!
Chris Wendt June 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
We should have a Yankees blog because they are a... ...DYNASTY!
Pam Robinson (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Chris, I'm with you on that. So when are you going to start blogging? :)
Candygram for Mongo June 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM
yeah, its real easy to jump on the Yankee band-wagon
Michael Ganci (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I understand! I lost two sisters to the evil empire growing up.
tm June 15, 2012 at 05:54 PM
There already are two full time yankee blogs, they're called the Post and the Daily News!! heyooo!! I'll be here all week.
localguy June 15, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I always talk about the Yankee fans and their sense of entitlement that separates them from the rest of the sports world and here's a prime example. One article about one Mets player and all the cry babies come running with moans and groans about not having a Yankee blog.
Emily Cappiello June 15, 2012 at 06:13 PM
YANKEES, #1!!!!!
Anthony Bottan June 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
@TM - that was a good one! Don't forget to tip your waiter!
An tUasal Airgead June 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
So what do the Mets fans think of the Mets / NYC / Private developer joint venture CITI Field version of the lighthouse project?? http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/real-estate/city-airs-3b-willets-point-building-plan-1.3783509
tm June 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
i think its horrible, but that goes more to my view of the Wilpons, which i try to separate from my love of the guys on the filed.
John Gruber June 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM
it's just funny the second rate team gets the blog, you know, the same team that invested with Bernie Madoff. Meet The MESS
Vincent June 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM
An tUasal Airgead: I think it is horrific.!! http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/willets-point-land-a-shameful-steal-a-deal-mets-article-1.1096174?localLinksEnabled=false
Vincent June 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM
John Gruber: the Mets get a blog because no matter what you think of the Wilpons the players deserve it. They are a bunch of young kids performing over their heads giving their all to make the big time who unlike the Yankees, who are a bunch of homer happy Prima Donnas are very much approachable. Plus the fact that they have one of the most honest managers in all of baseball. That is why they get the blog.
Jaguar-Guy June 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Yup, they have the back covers every single day the past 40 years (and deserved most of it), but sheesh, let us have a little fun without hating. These guys are playing their butts off !!!!
Chris Wendt June 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I have been a Yankees fan for 60 years, back to my earliest childhood memories. I have never been a fan of the Yankees at the expense of the Mets (or the Dodgers or Giants before them), with the exception of head-to-head games and series. But even in subway series games, I don't go knocking the Mets, because they are a New York Team, and a Long Island Team. Go Mets! As for the Yankees and the comment about the Bronx Bombers being "homer happy", I understand the jealousy. But it is baked-in to the game that hitting a homer is the ultimate happiness for most players. Interesting that last night's Yankees game was looking to be one of the very few the Yanks would win WITHOUT a home run. Michael Kay was talking this up right until Curtis Granderson blasted his twentieth HR into the Nationals bullpen in the top of the ninth. He was happy about this.
Derek Jeter #1 June 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM
hey local guy the mets arent worth talking about. LETS GO YANKEES!
Michael Ganci (Editor) June 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I am not of the typical "I love New York" mold. I am a Met fan and don't typically like the Yankees, mostly because of years of torment from the fans. Doesn't help that most of my extended family are Yankee fans.
Jaguar-Guy June 16, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Yes, everybody's playing their asses off and having FUN. Father's Day Luxury Suite - Sweet !!
localguy June 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Yup, another typical response from Yankees fan........... why can't you guys just root for your team and then keep your respective mouths shut? No chance, let's just stick it to everyone else....... soooo typical.
Chris Wendt June 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
My avid Mets-fan SIL got me nice NY Yankees field shirt for Fathers Day. It bears the number "34" and the name, "Burnett". AJ Burnett was drafted by the Mets in 1995, but he was then traded to the Marlins, for whom he pitched a complete game no-hitter against the Padres in 2001. A Yankee since 2008, AJ won his last start as a Yankee (Game 4 of the 2011 ALDS, vs Detroit). AJ returned to the National League this year, and is presently with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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