The DJ Stewart Game | After Another Two-Homer Explosion, Mets Slugger Hopes He’s Doing Enough To Stick Around
On a special night, where a very rare Super Blue moon rose in the sky, Mets fans were treated to what will be more remembered in Queens as the “DJ Stewart game”.
The New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Texas Rangers, prevailing 6-5.
Playing against a Rangers club with multiple All-Stars, it was Stewart who shined brightest on the field, blasting two home runs and driving in four runs. In the 10th inning, facing Aroldis Chapman with the bases loaded, DJ was hit with the first pitch of the at-bat, ending the game on a walk off hit-by-pitch, Stewart’s first career walk-off RBI.
"I love New York. I really enjoy being here. My family enjoys it, so I'm hoping I'm doing enough to stay here."
– DJ Stewart pic.twitter.com/uyP31FRMRf
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 31, 2023
DJ Stewart Has A Night To Remember At Citi Field
DJ hadn’t had much success against “The Cuban Missle” in his career, going 0-4, with three strike outs prior to his game winning at-bat. However, it was that kind’ve night.
The two bro bombs on the night were the 4th multi home run game of his career, and the second this year with the Mets. DJ has now hit eight home runs in his last 13 games. He’s batting .378, 8 HRS, with a 1.406 OPS over that span.
DJ also showed he’s more than just a one-dimensional player by robbing fellow MLBbro Marcus Semien, of an extra base hit in the 9th inning, holding onto the ball while crashing into the right centerfield wall, effectively saving the game before walking it off.
Much has been said about the power Stewart has displayed, but his defense has been solid in right field. The energy he provided to the team fueled the Mets win and had the home fans chanting his name.
An incredible game-saving catch by DJ Stewart! 😱 pic.twitter.com/X7SJsFq4l8
— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2023
DJ Stewart A Hidden Gem For NY Mets?
Looking to earn a spot-on next year’s big-league roster, Stewart has made a great impression so far. Sometimes high draft picks take more time to develop, and franchises run out of patience under the pressure to win. Some of these same players never get an opportunity to prove their worth before being forced out of the league.
The timing seems just seems right in Queens for DJ.
It appears that his hard work in the cage, desire to feed his family through pro baseball, plus manager Buck Showalter’s trust in him, are starting to bear fruit.
We don’t want to overreact, as we know, players often get hot and go cold. But, if Stewart can continue to play this way — the way he was expected to play when he was drafted as a first-round pick in 2015 — he will have a job with the Mets, or perhaps some other MLB team.