They have not earned the nickname "The M & M Boys" yet, but
The pair keyed a victory with home runs. Middlebrooks ripped a two-run shot in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2, then Myers blasted a three-run homer in the seventh for what proved to be the game-winner.
Myers is off to a particularly strong start this season. His three-hit day, which included two singles, improved his slash line to .333/.348/.511.
"I feel good at the plate. I thought the home run was big, but one thing I've really been working on is the bunting. It's never been a part of my game, ever," Myers said, per MLB.com. "I was able to put down a bunt and get a base hit. Obviously, the home run was great, but to be able to do that in that situation, get a hit right there and give what they take me was good."
"It's been good," Myers said. "But it was definitely weird at first, especially in spring training. The first time that I played with both of them, I didn't want to yell at Justin to get over. But I'm a lot more comfortable with them now.
Myers revealed that he called off Kemp for the first time this season on Monday while attempting to catch a ball in the outfield.
"Yesterday [Monday] was the first time I really called off Matt. I was like, 'my bad.' And he was like, 'no, that's your job,'" Myers said. "That was cool for him to say that."
"We're doing a lot better now, especially because we have spray charts; we know where to play now. In Spring Training, we were on our own," Myers said. "But these two guys are good. Matt has the two Gold Gloves and Justin has made some good plays already.
"Nothing has surprised me about these guys. I think they expect that from themselves."
Both players had the day off against the Giants, though Myers did see a pinch-hitting appearance during Sunday's 6-4 loss. This move puts Will Venable and Wil Nieves into a bench role for Monday's game.
Myers entered play Sunday on a five-game hitting streak, including back-to-back two-hit performances that each included a double. He's served as the team's leadoff hitter when in the lineup and will likely resume that role Monday. Myers is 7 for 29 with four RBI and two stolen bases after one week of action.
"I consider myself a center fielder first," Myers said Monday morning, "but if they ever need me over there, I'd definitely be willing to go over there and take ground balls and do whatever they need me to do.
"I like it a lot. Any time you can try something new, get out of the outfield and do something new, it's going to be fun."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|4/19/2015 vs Chi. Cubs|
|vs Chi. Cubs||9||3||1||.333||.667||.333|
|vs Anderson (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2010||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||58||205||28||71||18||2||4||38||37||39||2||3||.453||.512||.346|
|2011||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||99||354||50||90||23||1||8||49||52||87||9||2||.353||.393||.254|
|2012||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||35||134||32||46||11||1||13||30||16||42||4||1||.414||.731||.343|
|2012||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||99||388||66||118||15||5||24||79||45||98||2||2||.378||.554||.304|
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