Do you guys remember the post where I discussed how Chris Young would benefit the Mets?
Well, Chris Young had another solid outing today and is well on his way to cementing the number four spot in the rotation. All told, Young has now tossed five innings without allowing an earned run in exhibition play. Today against the Marlins, he pitched three innings and allowed a pair of hits and a pair of walks while striking out one.
“Today I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be. Early on, the first inning, the first couple of batters it took me a few pitches to find my rhythm, my tempo. Obviously that’s something I’ll go through during the season too. I wasn’t thrilled with my ball-to-strike ratio today, but the results were good. Sometimes the results are better than the way you pitch, and sometimes the opposite. Most importantly, I felt good. I felt strong. The ball had life on it. It’s something to build on.”
Young has said his arm feels great since the start of camp and has even been working on a split-finger fastball to add to his arsenal. He hopes to use it against left handed hitters to induce groundballs. After todays game he said he was happy with the results.
He also mentioned that he feels so much better physically this spring than he did last spring with the Padres.
In his start today, Chris Young pitched 3 innings, while only giving up 1 unearned run.
I highly believe that Chris Young is going to be in the rotation, if he continues to put up the numbers he has been putting up in his last two starts.
Right now, Young may be on his way to a strong comeback season, which would be pretty impressive. Hopefully this pays off for Sandy Alderson!