Kirk Nieuwenhuis revamped his swing in the offseason to eliminate as many moving parts as he could. By simplifying his mechanics, he hoped it might make it easier to produce.
Those changes appear to be working out well for Nieuwenhuis, who made the most of a spot start in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Rangers. In only his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 19, Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks and three runs scored.
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"I think playing every once in a while, coming off the bench and stuff like that, I think it makes [simplifying] more important to do and more crucial," he said. "You're not going to survive unless you do that."
Since rejoining the Mets, Nieuwenhuis has played sporadically in what has become a crowded outfield. Nevertheless, he's hitting .412 (7-for-17) since his recall.
"He's continuing to work on trying to calm his swing down and make it an easy swing so he can come off the bench easier," manager Terry Collins said.
Nieuwenhuis helped the Mets tack on after taking an early lead. His solo homer came in the sixth. In the eighth, he worked a walk, stole second and scored on Ruben Tejada's single.