During the Mets-Astros game on Wednesday afternoon I saw a player in blue and orange wearing No. 10 and I thought to myself, he reminds a lot of that guy who used to play for the Diamondbacks, White Sox and Brewers, what was his name?

Eduardo Escobar, that’s right. He was a good, solid defender, excellent speed and a consistent .270-.280 line drive switch hitter.

Coincidentally, this guy was also a third baseman. Their were some striking similarities too. Same gate, same swing, same passion for the game. But the player I was watching could not have been Eduardo Escobar. The guy I saw — No. 10 — could not hit a fastball. He was always late. The game just seemed to be moving a little faster than he was capable of. The guy that played in Arizona, Chicago (AL) and Milwaukee had a quick bat.

By this time my curiosity was getting the best of me so I turned to that wild new technology application — I think it’s called Google? — and typed in E-d-u-a-r-d-o E-s-c-o-b-a-r and to my surprise there was the headline story: Mets sign All-Star Eduardo Escobar.

“He’s a pro,” said Buck Showalter. “You look up pro in the dictionary, or you can look up baseball player, and he will be in one of those columns.”

If the first three months of his new two-year deal with the Mets is any indication, Showalter may want to consider walking that one back. Escobar has had a couple special moments over the last few weeks (hitting for the cycle vs. Padres and a walk-off vs. Phillies), but overall his performance has not lived up to the definition of “a pro.”

In 65 games, Escobar is batting .239 with an on-base percentage of .291. The plate discipline that had sometimes plagued him in the past has reared its ugly head too. Escobar has struck out 69 times in 65 games, but the more revealing number is his ability to hit with runners in scoring position. In 80 plate appearances with RISP this season Escobar is hitting .174 (12-for-69), .167 (6-for-36) with two outs and RISP, and .100 (2-for-20) in “late and close” situations. Bottom line: When the game is on the line, Escobar is MIA.

“The results haven’t been there so far,” he told the media after going 1-for-4 on Wednesday including a sixth-inning bases loaded pop out and a eighth inning strikeout with a RISP. “I’m going to continue to work hard; I’m going to continue to have faith. I’m expecting to wake up and show everybody the type of player I really am.”

Someone set the alarm clock and make sure No. 10 wakes up soon. Mets fans would like to see the real Eduardo Escobar play — soon.

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