Saturday, July 7, 2012
TC says 'Spin should start Sunday
By Adam Rubin
Terry Collins said it is difficult finding spots to start Jordany Valdespin. But production will be rewarded. So Collins pledged to try to find a place for Valdespin to start Sunday, after the rookie homered for the second straight day against the Cubs in Saturday's 3-1 win.
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Jordany Valdespin opened Saturday's scoring with a homer against Jeff Samardzija.
Ten of Valdespin's 17 hits this season are for extra bases, including four homers. He took Jeff Samardzija deep on a fastball to open Saturday's scoring, and said afterward about his plan: "I was looking for a fastball right there."
Valdespin was part of an all-homegrown starting lineup -- which the Mets have used only four times in franchise history, including twice this season. They are 4-0 in those games.
"Sandy [Alderson] has done a great job here, and will continue to do a great job here," Collins said. "But once in a while you reap the benefits of the people before you. Those people put together a pretty good minor league system, and we're seeing the benefits of it."