Mets' Luis Rojas on Jeff McNeil's 14-game hitting streak: 'He's locked in'

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Jeff McNeil swinging home pinstripes
Jeff McNeil swinging home pinstripes

Mets 2B Jeff McNeil extended his hitting streak to 14 games on Tuesday night, crushing a two-run home run in the fifth inning. He's now hitting .373 (19-for-51) in that stretch, dating back to July 7.

After the team's tough 12-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves, manager Luis Rojas spoke about what he's seen from McNeil during this hot stretch.

"Well he's swinging really good, he's hitting it every where from line to line right now," Rojas said. "And his power, he's stretching it to the big part of the field or to the gaps. Like that homer tonight to right-center field. He's locked in.

"When Mac is like this, you can throw anything: fastball, changeup, slider, curveball. He'll make the adjustment, he'll be on the pitch, he'll get the barrel to the ball. We've seen Jeff McNeil this way, and I think we're waiting for him to get hot like he is right now. It's a good thing. He can connect with Pete [Alonso] and [Brandon] Nimmo in there like we had him tonight, and we can score some runs."

McNeil had been dealing with a leg issue, as he was held out of the lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 23. This comes after McNeil was sidelined with a hamstring injury for over a month earlier in the season, before returning in late June.

McNeil doubled to give the Mets a lead in the fifth inning on Monday's game two of the doubleheader, but was then replaced by Pillar to pinch-run. Rojas talked about that decision, saying he's keeping an eye on McNeil's leg.

"I still think we got to pay attention to it, it's in my head," Rojas said. "I don't know if it's in Mac's head, but I'm paying attention... At least in mine, it's in my head. If there's a chance to make a move like we did yesterday where we put [Kevin] Pillar to run, we'll do it. We'll keep talking to him and I'll keep having my eyes on him."