He pointed out something I didn't realize... Baxter led off when the Mets were playing their best before the All-Star break.
We may need to take a deeerp look here.
Baxter is a 27-year old from one of my old neighborhoods, Jamaica, New York. He came out of Vandy as a 4th round 2005 pick by San Diego. He played the 2010 season at AAA with a stat line of: .301/.382/.517/.899, 18-HR, 72-RBI and finished up with eight at--bats for the Padres.
Baxter began the 2011 season on rehab, which was the Mets gain. He was claimed by the Mets on July 22nd. He played sporadically for the Mets, Buffalo, and St. Lucie, was released at the end of the year, but was resigned for the 2012 season, where he became an important 4th outfielder for the Mets.
Baxter's time may not have come yet. He's basicaly done nothing wrong, and does have a respectable stat line of .253/.354/.407/.761, after 221-ABs over 3-years at the major league level.
As important, he's an excellent defensive outfielder that will help win a few games with his glove.
Can he hit lefties? How would we know if he only had 19 at bats against them last year.
Let's remember that 2010 stat line:
.301/.382/.517/.899, 18-HR, 72-RBI
That's full time with 482 at-bats, so we may not have written the last story on Mr. Baxter here.