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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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Derek Jeter #1 June 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM
hey local guy the mets arent worth talking about. LETS GO YANKEES!
Michael Ganci 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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