Tim Tebow
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Tim Tebow is catching fire in Syracuse with less than two months to go before the New York Mets roster expands to 40 men.

Aaron Case

Tim Tebow has been horrifically horrendous in his first season at triple-A. However, the New York Mets’ celebrity farmhand has recently showed signs of life.

In his last 10 games with the Syracuse Mets, Tebow is hitting a respectable .276 (8-for-29). He’s got a nice little four-game hitting streak going, and he even posted his first multi-hit game since Apr. 6 on Tuesday.

The best sign, if you’re a Tebow fan, is that he’s starting to hit with a little pop. He’s cranked two homers and ripped two doubles in his last six contests.

Despite his recent success, the 31-year-old prospect still has egregiously bad overall numbers. He’s slashing a frigid .163/.238/.251 with 3 homers and 85 whiffs in only 224 plate appearances.

To put things in perspective, the Mets have three starting pitchers who currently have an OPS significantly higher than Tebow’s .489 mark—Zack Wheeler (.748), Steven Matz (.679), and Jacob deGrom (.624). Noah Syndergaard is pretty close, too, with a .451 OPS.

All that will mean zilch, though, if Tebow can look even remotely like a ballplayer. The Mets are going nowhere; they’re in fourth place in the NL East, eight games under .500.

They’re 11 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves and 6 games out in the Wild Card race. A miracle turnaround is likely the only way the Mets don’t bring up Tebow in September to inspire a bump in ticket sales.

Tebow should be motivated by the fact that 2019 is the final hurrah for the 40-man roster expansion. The MLB will switch to a 28-man roster in September 2020.

At this point, talk of Tebow taking the field with the Mets is 100 percent conjecture. But the fact remains that the former Heisman Trophy winner is finally making a legit case for a call-up.

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