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Olsen at the bat

My favorite lead to a story about Olsen's hitting.

Mets starter Chan Ho Park had breezed through the first eight batters of Monday night's game when one of Florida's most-feared hitters stepped to the plate.

Pitcher Scott Olsen slapped a single up the middle, and that was just the spark the Marlins needed for an offensive eruption that led to a 9-6 victory against the Mets.

Mets sluggers Carlos Delgado (.188) and David Wright (.244) joked with Olsen on the field during the game about his hitting prowess.

"(Delgado) said he was hitting .200-something and I'm hitting .600. I said I'm sorry. I'm just trying to trick everybody,'' said Olsen, who leads all pitchers with a .545 batting average (6-for-11).

While I would never choose Olsen over Delgado or Wright to bat in a clutch situation, that's pretty cool.

Olsen isn't far from setting a Marlins record and since someone else has already penned this story, it's not my fault if it ends up jinxing him.

Olsen can take credit for igniting the third-inning rally with his sixth hit in 11 at-bats. In doing so, he joined Dontrelle Willis, Jack Armstrong and Julian Tavarez as the only pitchers in Marlins history with hitting streaks of four or more games. Two more and Olsen will tie Willis for the longest at six.

I remember when Olsen was 0 for his career, my how times have changed.