Sunday, July 7, 2013
Satin reenters lineup, resumes surge
By Adam Rubin
MILWAUKEE -- A two-day layoff to accommodate Ike Davis' return did nothing to cool off Josh Satin.
Satin went 3-for-4, drove in one run and scored another as the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1, in Sunday's rubber game.
"Not concerned, but hopeful that I wouldn't," Satin said about his curiosity with whether he would cool off after sitting for two games. "I just tried to do the same thing I've been doing the last two weeks that I've been playing -- come to the park, hit in the cage the same way, take batting practice the same way, just pretend that I'm playing. Honestly, yesterday if I was going to hit, it would probably have been in the most important part of the game [as a pinch-hitter]."
Terry Collins indicated Satin would again find himself in the lineup somewhere on Tuesday, when the Mets face left-hander Barry Zito in San Francisco. The manager did not indicate where Satin might fit in. Collins has not sounded eager about using Satin in the outfield.
All three of Satin's hits Sunday came against left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny. He subsequently grounded into a double play against right-hander Brandon Kintzler. Satin is now hitting .481 (13-for-27) against left-handers at the major league level this season.
He has an 11-game hitting streak.
"Sometimes, when you don't play for a few days, you're kind of curious how it's going to go the first at-bat," Satin said. "After I got a hit the first at-bat, I was like, 'All right. I'm fine. It's the same.' Then I was just playing like normal. ...
"I'm just happy that I've been able to contribute and show them that I should be playing a little bit at least. To me, now I feel like the days I don't play, when the game is one the line, he's going to put me in. I can't really ask for much more than that."