Brett Baty’s special night latest chapter in Mets’ storybook season

The Mets are having one of those seasons in which just about everything goes right, the kind of season that happens, oh, once every generation or so.

So it’s no surprise that, after they called up their first big-time prospect of the year, Brett Baty, a lefty hitter with a sweet swing and super high ranking, he hit a home run on his very first at-bat at the archrival Braves’ home park.

“Beautiful swing … we got something here folks,” Keith Hernandez said on SNY.

The Mets have made a lot of right calls, from their pricey free-agent foray that included the starter Wednesday night, the Hall-of-Fame-bound Max Scherzer, to the hiring of old friend Buck Showalter as manager to a trade deadline at which they refused to part with any of their very top prospects. That included Baty, their No. 2-ranked prospect and No. 18 in all of baseball.

When they summoned the 22-year-old Baty from Triple-A Syracuse, however, they had little choice. Both of their big league third basemen, Eduardo Escobar and Luis Guillorme, have hit the injured list in a week of pain. So out of necessity, here came Baty, who dominated the Eastern League for Double-A Binghamton before his call-up a week ago to Syracuse.

Twenty-two family members and friends trekked from his hometown of Austin, Texas, (according to SNY) to witness Baty turn around a curveball from veteran right-hander Jake Odorizzi and send it just over the right-field fence. The two-run home run expanded an early lead in the Mets’ nerve-racking 9-7 victory.

Brett Baty (right) is congratulated by Mark Canha after belting a two-run homer in his first major league at-bat in the Mets' 9-7 win over the Braves.
Brett Baty (right) is congratulated by Mark Canha after belting a two-run homer in his first major league at-bat in the Mets’ 9-7 win over the Braves.
AP

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