By the time the Columbia Fireflies’ day game ended Sunday, Tim Tebow had more home runs than any Met this season. In fact, he had hit half as many as the Mets had as a team.
Now, no one is saying that Tebow is major league-ready, but give the Mets this — with their home run-hitting quarterback going deep for the second time, they sure found themselves an entertaining sideshow.
Tebow, who didn’t play Saturday, returned to the lineup Sunday as the leftfielder and launched a three-run homer to rightfield off Augusta reliever Jose Morel in the fifth inning of a 6-0 win.
Tebow went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk and is one shy of Michael Jordan’s homer total with Double A-Birmingham in 1994. Tebow added three putouts in left.
The Heisman Trophy winner-turned-unlikely baseball prospect hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat with the Fireflies on Thursday. He’s 3-for-13 with five strikeouts this year.
Jose Reyes’ batting average dipped to .043 (1-for-23) after he went 0-for-4 Sunday night. Terry Collins believes Reyes’ slump is due to his over-aggressive swing, but he said he’s not concerned.
“He’s trying way too hard,” Collins said before the game. “I’ve seen probably the hardest swing I’ve seen him take, ever.”
Collins added: “I talked to him yesterday and he said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to get it going.’ I believe it. I know how it is and he’s still going to be a force.”
Reyes said he doesn’t believe he’s pressing.
“The more I play, the more control I’m going to feel,” he said. “I know I’m going to hit. It’s just a matter of time.”
Collins said the inclement weather might be adding to the Mets’ offensive woes. With both weekend games ending late at night, the team has battled dipping temperatures and unfavorable winds. “We’re a fly ball-hitting team, and when the wind is playing in like it has been in the last three nights, it can affect fly balls,” he said. “We live with the long ball, and nights when it’s cold and windy, it’s tough to do that.”