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6 Signs Tim Tebow's On Fire

6 Signs Tim Tebow's On Fire
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Monday, 10 July 2017 08:46 AM

Tim Tebow had a solid week by every measure after being promoted to the high-A St. Lucie Mets farm club: an attendance record, a hitting streak and even a winning streak.

The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback had hits in 11 of his 13 games since joining St. Lucie, including each of his last eight games. The Mets even won back-to-back games for the first time since he joined the club, reported The Associated Press.

Here are six signs Tebow is catching fire for the Mets:

1. Clutch hits — Tebow was clutch at the plate all last week, with a two-out, three-run double against Fort Myers on Monday, a home run (part of a back-to-back) to help the Mets beat Charlotte on Wednesday, and he had an RBI double and eventually scored in the Mets' three-run fourth inning that carried them to a 3-2 win over Jupiter on Saturday.

2. Batting record — Tebow batted 7 for 26 (.269) this week with a home run, seven RBIs, three runs scored, three walks and three strikeouts. Counting his time in Columbia, Tebow is 60 for 254 (.236) with five home runs, 32 RBIs, 30 walks and 75 strikeouts.

3. Steady improvement — Jupiter manager Kevin Randel says he can see improvement in Tebow's game, just from when he saw him in spring training to now. "I don't think anything he does is a surprise," Randel told The Palm Beach Post. "He's a superior athlete. He was off the game for so long, so it's not a surprise that it's coming along."

4. Attendance — Granted, the numbers were helped by July Fourth fireworks. But Fort Myers set a franchise record by drawing 9,478 fans on July 3 (up from 8,222 for the same night in 2016), and St. Lucie's home crowd of 6,974 one night later was the second-largest in team history. For the week, about 27,000 fans showed up — in large part to see Tebow play.

5. Fewer errors — Okay, this one's a stretch. For the season, Tebow is up to eight errors,  but the first seven of those were in Columbia. Tebow had an error that helped lead to a run in St. Lucie's 7-6 loss to Charlotte on Tuesday, when Jake Cronenworth doubled and took third after the miscue. Cronenworth would later score.

6. Media naysayers go silent — Enough said.

Tebow wasn't the biggest name in the St. Lucie clubhouse this week. The Mets had All-Star Michael Conforto there for a one-game rehab stint on Wednesday; Conforto went 3 for 4 before rejoining the big club in St. Louis.

Tebow and the Mets finish their four-game series at Jupiter on Monday night. A league-wide off day follows on Tuesday — the day of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Miami. The Mets begin a three-game set at home against Daytona on Wednesday and then return to Fort Myers to open a three-game series on Saturday.

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