Mets Merized Online » Hisanori Takahashi Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The 2010 Mets: Where Are They Now? Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:58:53 +0000 jose-reyes-mets-2012

If you are a Mets fan, you know that David Wright is still with team, or that Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are in Toronto and St. Louis, respectively. But what happened to guys like Nick Evans or Rod Barajas? We have the answers.

11 Players who made it into a game in 2010 with the Mets, are still employed by the team. That would be the aforementioned David Wright, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada (Although he is currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, he is still on the Mets payroll), Lucas Duda, Justin Turner, Jon Niese, Pedro Feliciano (Although he made another stop in the Bronx, he is with the Mets once again), Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee, Johan Santana, and Jenrry Mejia.

10 players are employed by another Major League team. That would be Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, Beltran, Josh Thole, Henry Blanco, Joaquin Arias, Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Francisco Rodriguez, and Oliver Perez.

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As you may know, Jose Reyes was traded from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays this past offseason in a blockbuster deal involving Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and now former Met, John Buck. Reyes now puts on his uniform in the same locker room as R.A. Dickey and Josh Thole, who were traded together this past offseason from the Mets for Travis d’Arnaud, Buck, and Noah Syndergaard (don’t forget Wuilmer Beccera!). Angel Pagan was traded to the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2012 season for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez who have both since played again for the team they were traded from.

Carlos Beltran was traded at the deadline in 2011 to the Giants for Zack Wheeler, but has since made his home in St. Louis playing for the Cardinals, where he has enjoyed a couple of very nice seasons, including an All Star appearance this summer. Henry Blanco, who served as the Mets backup catcher in 2010, beat out Josh Thole for the same position on this year’s Toronto Blue Jays team, but was released and then signed by the Seattle Mariners who made the corresponding move by releasing 2012 Met alumni, Kelly Shoppach. Blanco played in Arizona for the Diamondbacks in 2011 and 2012.

Joaquin Arias, of whom the Mets received for Jeff Francoeur late in the 2010 season, played for the Kansas City Royals in 2011, and was then given a championship ring after serving as Pablo Sandoval‘s ninth inning defensive replacement in 2012 for the San Francisco Giants. He has been a key hitter off the bench for the Giants in 2013. Mike Pelfrey, after failing to play a month in the 2012 season, was signed by the Minnesota Twins, where his 5-10 record and 5.06 ERA is good enough to keep him in the starting rotation.

Francisco Rodriguez was traded to the Brewers in 2011 for Daniel Herrera (yes the 5-6 guy) and a minor leaguer, but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles at the deadline this year, downgrading from a closer to a setup man. Finally, Oliver Perez signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Mariners in 2012 and is proving to be an effective arm out of their bullpen. You would think that Perez’s ERA of 9.72 with Henry Blanco behind the plate would be the highest among catchers who have caught the Mexican native, but no. That award goes to Josh Thole, who provides Ollie with a sparkling 16.20 ERA.

Eight players are in the minor leagues with another organization. They are Mike Nickeas, Mike Hessman, Luis Hernandez, Mike Jacobs, Nick Evans, Hisanori Takahashi, Fernando Nieve, and Pat Misch.

Mike Nickeas, who was in the same deal that sent R.A. Dickey north of the border, is currently with the Blue Jays Triple-A team, the Buffalo Bisons, a team Nickeas has played for many times when they were the Mets affiliate. Nickeas has failed to make the Majors this season, playing 55 games in Buffalo. Mike Hessman, who is seven home runs shy of 400 for his minor league career and one shy of 15 for his Major League career, is currently a member of the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A team of the Cincinnati Reds, where he is teammates with base stealing extraordinaire, Billy Hamilton. Hessman played in Japan in 2011 for the Orix Buffaloes, and was with the Astros Triple A team in 2012.

Luis Hernandez, who played all of 17 games for the Mets, is with the Indians Triple-A team, after playing in the Texas Rangers organization in 2012. Nick Evans is the only 2010 Met alumni playing in Double-A. Evans, who is a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliated Mobile Baybears, was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2012. Mike Jacobs was the placeholder at first base until Ike Davis came up in 2010 but he is now with the Diamondbacks Triple-A team. Jacobs also stopped in Colorado Springs, Toronto, and Mexico. Hisanori Takahashi, who has 12 games started and 21 games finished as a Met, has played in the Majors with the Angels, Pirates, and Cubs. He is now a member of the Colorado Rockies Triple-A team. Fernando Nieve hasn’t played in the Majors since 2010, but he has played with the Astros, Dodgers, Indians, and currently the Athletics, all in Triple-A. Finally, Pat MIsch has seen time with the Phillies and Tigers Triple-A teams.

Five players are not currently with a Major League organization. The names are Jeff Francoeur, Rod Barajas, Jason Bay, John Maine, and Sean Green.

Francoeur was traded to the Rangers for Joaquin Arias in August of 2010. He spent the rest of the year there. Frenchy played in Kansas City during 2011 and 2012, but was released midway through the 2013 season. The Giants picked him up, where he played 22 games. Francouer was designated for assignment of August 20th, and released two days later. Barajas played with the Pirates in 2011 and 2012, before being signed by the Diamondbacks. He ultimately lost the bid to be Miguel Montero‘s backup, as the DBacks went with Wil Nieves instead.

Jason Bay, who was released after the 2012 season much to the delight of Mets fans, was signed by the Mariners for the 2013 season. He hit a home run in his first spring training at bat, but after a disapointing season, was released of August 6th to make room for Mike Morse. John Maine spent 2011 in the Colorado Rockies minor league system, and pitched for the Scranton/Wilkes-Bare Yankees for all of 2012. He played for the Miami Marlins in April of this year, but was released on April 22. The sidearmer, Sean Green pitched with the Brewers in 2011, before playing with the Texas Rangers’ Triple A team in 2012. He also pitched with the Somerset Patriots in 2012 of the Independent Leagues but has not found a team since.

Six players have officially retired. They are Luis Castillo, Alex Cora, Fernando Tatis, Gary Matthews Jr., Frank Catalanotto, and Tobi Stoner.

Luis Castillo was released by the Mets at the same time they released Oliver Perez. Castillo signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, but after a disappointing spring training, he was released, at which time he retired. Alex Cora was released by the Mets in August of 2010, and he played the rest of the year with the Rangers. He played with the Washington Nationals in 2011, and was signed by the Cardinals in the spring of 2012, which didn’t work out. He is now a baseball analyst for ESPN (his brother Joey does the same work for MLB Network). Fernando Tatis was injured of July 4th of 2010. He was placed on the DL the next day and was transferred to the 60-day DL 10 days later. That turned out to be his last major league game as he retired after the season.

The “Son of the Sarge”, Gary Matthews Jr., was released by the Mets on June 15th, 2010. He signed with the Reds on June 24th and played the rest of the year with their Triple-A team, before retiring. Frank Catalanotto was designated for assignment of May 10th, when the Mets brought up Chris Carter. After failing to sign with another team, he retired in March of 2011. Finally, the German-born Tobi Stoner was released by the Mets in March of 2012. During that season, he played in the Independent Leagues with the Bridgeport Blue Fish and the Somerset Patriots. He retired before the 2013 season.

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Four players are currently playing in foreign countries. Chris Carter, Manny Acosta, and Ryota Igarashi are playing in Japan, and Jesus Feliciano is playing in Mexico.

Carter (no not the former A’s prospect) played in the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves Minor League system in 2011 before moving to Japan to play with the Seibu Lions in 2012 and 2013. Carter is 3-26 (.115) with three RBI in nine games this year. He is teammates with Kazuhisa Ishii. Manny Acosta pitched for the Mets through 2012 but signed with the Yomuri Giants in 2013 after being released. In 14 games he has an ERA of 5.54. His teammates include former major leaguers Scott Mathieson and John Bowker.

Ryota Igarashi played with the Mets until 2011. He then played in the minor leagues with the Yankees and the Blue Jays in 2012 though he pitched in the majors with both teams. He is now pitching with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks where he sports a 2.15 ERA in 36 games. He is teammates with with Vicente Padilla and former Mets minor leaguer Wily Mo Pena. Jesus Feliciano, who has signed with the Mets four different times in his career, played in all of his 54 career games with the Mets in 2010. He played with the Buffalo Bisons in 2011, the Durham Bulls in 2012, and he is now playing in Mexico with the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz. He has only played in three games with one hit.

One player is currently a coach. Elmer Dessens is the assistant pitching coach for the AZL Reds in the Arizona League (The Arizona equivalent to Florida’s Gulf Coast League). And here’s a fun piece of information. The manager of that AZL Reds team is former Met, Eli Marrero who the Mets received in 2006 when they traded Kazuo Matsui to the Rockies.

Well, now you know what happened to the 2010 Mets. Next week we’ll look at the players from Citi Field’s inaugural year, 2009.


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Decision On Fate Of Ollie Perez Could Come Monday Sun, 20 Mar 2011 17:23:51 +0000 Updated 3/20 1:00 PM

Oliver Perez left the Mets complex this morning and was not told what was next for him, according to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal. Costa also says that we should expect a decision by Monday.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said this morning that no decision has been reached yet on Perez, but there will be a meeting of the minds with Terry Colllins and Sandy Alderson on Monday.  – JD

Original Post 3/19 10:00 PM

Yesterday many Mets fans received the 4 words we’ve been praying for. METS CUT LUIS CASTILLO. How can life get better? Oh wait that’s right Oliver Perez still exists. So Sandy, your supposed to be this Anti-Omar, wizard of a GM. Why is Oliver Perez still on the team? Well if Sandy had any last thoughts on the matter, they have likely faded away after today’s performance.

Oliver Perez’s line vs. Nationals today – .2 IP..3 hits..2 ER..1 BB..and a big fat 8.38 ERA for the spring.

I’m sure someone is erasing Oliver Perez’s name from his Digital Domain parking spot as we speak. Likely by tomorrow the news will come down from upper management to go ahead and do the inevitable – Cut Ollie Perez. Sadly this is the best moment Mets fans like I have had to enjoy in awhile. But the facts were plain and simple. Oliver Perez is not worth a roster spot.

My guess was the Mets were only keeping him around for the chance he could be Terry Collin’s desired Long Reliever/2nd Lefty. Similar to Hisanori Takahashi last season except his name is Oliver Perez. The experiment is clearly not working.

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Phillies May Pursue Takahashi, Feliciano Status Still Unknown, Arbitration Deadlines Mon, 15 Nov 2010 03:48:54 +0000 According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork, the Philadelphia Phillies have declined their team option on J.C. Romero, and are now in the hunt for a left-handed reliever.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (as per Rubin) is speculating that the Phillies may now have strong interest in Hisanori Takahashi who was released by the Mets after they were unable to work out a new contract with him.

Takahashi,  35, is reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth about $15MM after a successful rookie that saw him work as both a starter and various relief roles including closer after Francisco Rodriguez went on the DL.  

Takahashi had a 3.61 ERA in 122 innings pitched.

There’s really not much we can do if the Phillies end up signing Takahashi. Right now I’m actually more concerned with signing and keeping Pedro Feliciano.

We’ll know more very soon about where we stand with Feliciano, as teams have already begun offering arbitration or non-tendering their players. Pedro Feliciano is a Type B free agent which earns the Mets a compensation pick if they offer arbitration and he refuses and opts for free agency.

The last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to free agents in order to preserve their right to draft-pick compensation is November 23rd, while the last day for free agents to accept salary-arbitration offers is a week later on November 30th.

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Who Replaces Takahashi? This Reliever Is Worth A Look. Sun, 07 Nov 2010 02:23:55 +0000 As you all know by now, the Mets have released Hisanori Takahashi as per the special terms of the 1-year deal he signed last offseason. Takahashi is now a free agent, and at midnight tonight, he will be joined by fellow southpaw Pedro Feliciano.

Takahashi, 35, was said to be looking for a 3-year deal worth $15 million dollars. What lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano will be looking for has yet to be determined, but some reports having him signing a 3-year deal for no less than $12 million dollars, a hefty price tag indeed.

The Mets will most likely offer Feliciano arbitration which he will either deny earning the Mets a supplemental pick in next June’s MLB Draft, or he could accept and fetch approximately $4 million dollars. I think I’d rather have the draft pick, but even if he accepts arbitration, I wouldn’t be crushed by the decision as Feliciano is a heck of a specialist.

Even if Feliciano returns to the Mets next season, the team must still find a suitable replacement for Takahashi who in addition to his versatility and effectiveness, was also the second lefty in the bullpen.

While scanning the free agent list which kicks in about two hours from now, one name jumped out at me that would seem to be a perfect fit for the Mets. Let me see if you can guess which left-handed reliever I’m talking about. I’ll give you some hints…

  • He held left-handed batters to a .202 batting average, better than either Takahashi or Feliciano.
  • He led the AL with 85 appearances, and only allowed six extra-base hits to LH batters in 2010.
  • His K/BB rate was an amazing 4.5 versus lefty hitters, better than either Takahashi or Feliciano.
  • His overall WHIP of 1.29 complete blows Feliciano’s 1.53 WHIP out of the water.
  • He earned $700K last season compared to $2.9MM for Feliciano.

Give up?

It’s former Yankees draft pick and current Rays’ reliever Randy Choate.

It’s not a big or sexy name, but there is no doubt he gave the Tampa Bay Rays some major relief coming out of the pen last season.

If you think his season was a fluke, think again. In 2009, Choate made 61 appearances and posted a 3.47 ERA and 1.073 WHIP.

Some have estimated that Choate could sign a one or two year deal and fetch as much as $2.5 million dollars annually. 

He’s definitely one of those low risk/high reward type guys that Omar Minaya used to love going after, and I think he would be a nice reliever to target whether Pedro Feliciano comes back or not.

What are your thoughts?

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From Left Field: Are Takahashi And Dickey Worth Two-Year Deals? Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:00:27 +0000 Two of the bright spot from an otherwise bleak 2010 Mets squad were pitchers Hisanori Takahashi and Robert Alan Dickey.

Dickey is eligible for arbitration and Takahashi is a free agent, with the deadline to negotiate with Takahashi fast approaching. When the Mets signed Takahashi, they didn’t really know what they were going to get from the Japanese lefty. However, he pitched so well in spring training that the Mets had to carry him on the 25-man roster.

His role early on was more as a long reliever, but he eventually cracked the starting rotation. In his first 12 innings as a starter, he did not give up a run, and that was against the Yankees and the Phillies.

He hit a rough patch for awhile but later settled very nicely into the back end of the bullpen. He even converted on all eight of his save opportunities, further adding to his value.

He finished 10-6 overall with a 3.61 ERA and eight saves. Not bad for a 35-year old rookie.

But that’s the thing: He’s 35. Can the Mets count on Takahashi getting the job done for another two years?

Plus, there have been rumors that Takahashi wants a starting role. If the Mets cannot guarantee this, there might be another team that can.

Based on his year, I’d like to see Alderson offer Takahashi a one-year deal with an option for 2012. So far, the Mets have just offered a one-year deal. Maybe the option would sit better with Takahashi.

He can be a valuable member of our pitching staff, whether as a starter, long reliever, eighth inning guy or even closer. Hopefully, Sandy and Hisanori can come to an agreement.

Now onto Mr. Dickey. Dickey had a stellar year for the Amazin’s. But how long can his success continue?

Dickey finished 11-9, but if the Mets could have given him some more run support, his record could have been better. He posted a 2.84 ERA and had two complete games, including his memorable one-hitter of the Phillies on August 13.

Since the Mets could use some stability from their starting staff, they’d be wise to offer Dickey a new deal. But is a two-year deal too much?

Dickey, like Takahashi, is getting up there in age as well. The thing they have going for them is that their style of pitching may not factor into longevity issues. Takahashi relies on hitting spots and changing speeds while Dickey relies on baffling opposing hitters with the knuckleball.

Just like with Takahashi, I’d like to see Alderson offer a one-year deal with an option to Dickey. Hopefully, the Mets have learned their lesson about signing pitchers who have been inconsistent over their entire career to multi-year deals (Oliver Perez ring any bells?).

I’m not comparing Takahashi or Dickey to Perez in any way, shape or form, except I guess that both Perez and Takahashi are left-handed.

If it comes down to it that only way to retain these players is with guaranteed two-year deals, I’d say go for it. They won’t command extremely large salaries and have already proven their worth to this organization. To be two of the only bright spots from a year with very few bright spots to begin with is saying something.

So get it done, Sandy: Stabilize the pitching staff by bringing back Takahashi and Dickey. Pitching wins championships as we witnessed with the San Francisco Giants.

Pelfrey, Niese, Dickey and a healthy Santana do not exactly compare well to Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Bumgarner (Barry Zito is a big joke; good thing the Mets didn’t sign him when they had the chance).

But with experience, this staff has plenty of potential, especially if Takahashi gets a few spot starts along the way.

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Feliciano Is A Type B Free Agent, Takahashi Extends Deadline Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:00:28 +0000 Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano is has officially been classified as a Type B free agent.

What that means to the Mets is that Feliciano just picked up a whole lotta leverage this offseason.

If he had been classified as a Type A free agent, as many thought he would, Feliciano would have had a hard time getting a deal from another team this offseason because most teams would have been reluctant to part with their first round pick just to sign a lefty specialist, even one as good as Feliciano.

So here is how it works for the Mets…

If the Mets offer arbitration to Feliciano and he ends up signing with another team, the Mets would pick up a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds. Had he been a Type A, the Mets would have gotten the supplemental pick PLUS the signing team’s first round draft pick.

This year, Feliciano earned $2.9 million dollars, and he could fetch as much as $4 million in arbitration. It doesn’t sound like much, but for a team that already has $130 million dollars earmarked in payroll already for 2011. it’s kind of a big decision.

If the Mets decline to offer arbitration, of course the Mets get nothing and Feliciano simply signs with a new team and will get a multi year deal. As an example, last offseason Jeremy Affeldt signed a two-year $9.5 million deal with a $5 million dollar option for 2012.

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The other prominent southpaw in the Mets bullpen this year was Hisanori Takahashi. On Wednesday we reported that Takahashi switched agents. Less than 24 hours later, new agent Arn Tellem, indicated that the October 31st deadline to re-sign Takahashi could be extended.

This tells me two things,

1. The Mets are very interested in retaining Takahashi and are possibly considering a two-year deal with him which is what he is looking for.

2. Takahashi is open to remaining with the Mets even knowing full well that the chances he gets a spot in the rotation are slim to none.

I consider this good news, and I would expect that signing Takahashi will be Sandy Alderson’s first official undertaking, as far as players go, this offseason.

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Takahashi Switches Agents Ahead Of 10/31 Deadline Thu, 28 Oct 2010 01:52:13 +0000 Updated 10/27 10:00 PM

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Hisanori Takahashi has switched agents from Ed and Peter Greenberg to Arn Tellem. Tellem represents several Japanese players, including Hideki Matsui.

As Ed mentioned below, the Mets have until October 31st, four days, to sign Takahashi to an extension, at which point he can become a free agent and will not be able to re-sign with the Mets until May 15th of next season. – JD

Original Post 10/23 9:00 PM

In February, the Mets signed Hisanori Takahashi to a one-year minor league deal, not expecting much from the 35-year-old left-hander from Japan.  However, Takahashi made the team out of spring training and was a strikeout machine coming out of the bullpen over the first month and a half of the season.

In his first 15 appearances, all in relief, Takahashi struck out 33 batters in 26 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a .234 batting average.  During one stretch from April 13 to May 8, the lefty was practically unhittable, punching out 27 batters in 17.1 innings.  He also picked up three victories against no defeats in that lights-out stretch.

After pleasantly surprising the team with his impressive performances out of the bullpen, injuries to starting pitchers led to the insertion of Takahashi into the rotation.  His unexpected run of success continued in his first two starts, as he held the high-octane Yankees and Phillies’ lineups scoreless through a combined 12 innings of work.  Unfortunately, Takahashi came crashing down to Earth in this third start, giving up six runs and eight hits in four innings of work against offensively-challenged San Diego in an eventual 18-6 thrashing by the Padres.

Takahashi remained in the rotation until July, making nine more up-and-down starts, before returning to the bullpen in early August.  After Francisco Rodriguez made his unsuccessful boxing debut on August 11, Takahashi became the Mets’ closer, where he once again became dominant.  In 20 appearances after the disqualification of Frankie Knuckles, Takahashi went 3-0 with 8 saves (no blown saves).  His ERA was a microscopic 0.81 and opposing batters hit .200 against him.

Although Takahashi had always said that he preferred to be a starting pitcher, Ken Davidoff of Newsday reported that Takahashi would accept staying in the bullpen.

There is no question that the Mets could use Takahashi as one of their primary relievers and occasional spot starter. although looking at his splits, Takahashi would serve the Mets far better as a reliever (6-2, 2.04 ERA, .206 batting average against) than as a starter (4-4, 5.01 ERA, .291 batting average against).  The only question is whether the Mets can sign him in time.

In today’s New York Times, David Waldstein reported that Takahashi can become a free agent after October 31, due to a clause in the contract he signed with the Mets in February.  Because Takahashi could not get any team to offer him a major league deal last winter, he agreed to sign a minor league contract with the Mets, but only if he could be released by October 31 so that he could explore signing with other teams.

According to a rule regarding major league contracts [Rule 8 (i)(2)], if a player is released between midnight on August 31 and the start of the following season, that player cannot sign another major league contract with the team that released him until May 15 of the following season.

Since Takahashi’s contract would call for his release by next Sunday, the Mets would have to sign him by then or not be allowed to sign him again until May 15, 2011, meaning that Takahashi would surely go to another team.

Although negotiations with Takahashi and his agent, Peter Greenberg, have been ongoing, there is still no indication as to whether or not the Mets will be able to sign him on time, especially since the Mets still do not have a general manager in place.  Greenberg had this to say when asked how far the talks regarding his client’s contract status had progressed.

“We have been talking.  Hisa loved his time in New York, and hopefully, something can be worked out.  If not, then he will have to look elsewhere.”

With the Mets still searching for a general manager to replace the departed Omar Minaya, assistant GM John Ricco has been in charge of negotiating with Takahashi and his agent.  However, who’s to say if potential GM candidates Sandy Alderson or Josh Byrnes would agree to having Takahashi on the 2011 Mets?  Therein lies the problem of having such a short window of time to negotiate with Takahashi when the Mets still don’t have a permanent GM in place to make these decisions.

Personally, I think the Mets would be fools to not re-sign Takahashi.  He became the first Mets pitcher in the 21st century to win 10 games in his first season in the major leagues (Jae Seo won nine games for the 2003 Mets in his first year in the majors) and he was a valuable contributor to a bullpen that needed another quality left-hander to complement Pedro Feliciano.  Plus, with Pedro Feliciano becoming a free agent and teams already expressing interest in his services, the Mets might have to prepare for life without Perpetual Pedro, who for the third consecutive season led the league in appearances (breaking his own franchise record with 92 appearances in 2010).

The Mets have one week to sign Hisanori Takahashi.  If they don’t. they will surely lose him to another team, perhaps one of their main rivals.  The new general manager will have plenty of items on his plate once he takes over the team, including finding a new manager and trying to acquire a quality starting pitcher, especially with the uncertain status of Johan Santana.  If the Mets pass on their opportunity to sign Takahashi…well, let’s just say that the GM’s plate will be overflowing.  The Mets need plenty of help this off-season.  Finding a pitcher to replace one of the pleasant bright spots of 2010 shouldn’t be one of them.

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What will happen with Takahashi? Sun, 03 Oct 2010 02:18:36 +0000 Personally, I’d like him back in the same role next season, but I have to wonder.

Takahashi is a free agent this winter and wants to be a starter, and those starts against the Yankees and Phillies only reinforce that thought in his mind. His numbers are superior coming out of the bullpen than as a starter. However, they are representative numbers that could improve if he worked at that role. He gave the Mets just under six innings when he started, which undoubtedly would improve if he’s stretched out.

The soon-to-be-departed regime likes him out of the bullpen, and whether he stays or goes could be dependent on what the incoming regime believes. If the new GM and manager are adamant with Takahashi out of the bullpen, I can see him bolting for the bucks, and with the year he’s had, he’ll get them.

However, if the new team is willing to try him as a starter and promises him a shot in spring training, the Mets might be able to retain him.

Personally, I agree with Minaya and Manuel and like him out of the pen. He’s excelled in every role the Mets have tried him at and he’s uniquely valuable. He gives the Mets a versatile presence they haven’t had since Darren Oliver, who was one of the most important members of the 2006 staff.

When he started he usually was strong the first time or two through the order, but the opposition figured him out. That’s Manuel’s concern and it is a valid one.

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Thole Story! Mets Win 2-1 In Extras Sat, 02 Oct 2010 03:56:13 +0000

Pat Misch pitched eight strong innings and solo home runs from Ike Davis and Josh Thole secured the win in extra innings for the Mets.

Game Notes

Pat Misch pitched the best he has this entire season, striking out a career-high ten batters and walking one and allowing a run on three hits in his eight innings. Pat was getting the anxious Nats to swing at breaking balls out of the zone, and this was a great start to see. From another lens, its a horribly teasing start, because Misch is a soft-tossing 29 year old lefty. May he challenge for a start out of spring training? Possibly. Misch either pitches a quality six innings, or gets dominated.

Hisanori Takahashi was the only bullpen arm used today, and Hisanori went two innings, striking out four and walking one to earn the win. That gives Takahashi ten wins on the season.

The bats were stifled for the most part today, sans the Ike Davis home run, and the least likely of people to hit a walkoff home run, Josh Thole. Watching Josh pull the ball really shows me that he may actually have the ability to hit 10-15 home runs possibly.

Ike Davis notched his 72nd walk and his 136th strikeout. His stats nearly mirror Jason Heyward, minus a home-run and 10 or so walks. ROTY?

Hessman, 0-4. I’d rather have seen Joaquin Arias start at third base. Or Henry Blanco.

Jose Reyes, 0-4. Nothing really special. I think he’s winding down for the year.

End of the season, and this is my last recap. Thanks to everyone for reading, putting up with my viewpoint, and getting through my 500 word recaps. Lets Go Mets.

Turning Point

Josh Thole’s walkoff home run. Good going Josh.

Game Ball

Joe D, for giving me a chance to blog about the team I’ve loved since Anthony Young went 1-16. And any Mets fan who read, commented or wrote about the team. you deserve it.

On Deck

Raul Valdes will start tommorrow against Yuneisky Maya, who the Mets were rumored to be signing earlier this year. Game time is 1:10 P.M.

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Niese Rocked, Mets Lose 7-5 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 06:47:30 +0000 Jonathon Niese was abused in the first inning and that set the tone for the Mets and left them playing from behind for the entirety of the game, losing the series to the Marlins, by losing tonight 7-5.

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese was horrible in the first inning, giving up five of the six runs he would ultimately allow, including walking one. Niese’s control today was horrible, walking six batters. His best performances of the season have passed him by, and honestly it would be nice to see the Mets shut him down for the season and give him some much deserved rest.

The bullpen was pretty good on the day minus Hisanori Takahashi was hit hard allowing a run on three hits and striking out one. This is the first time Hisanori has looked like his armor could be damaged. Sean Green had a great outing today, walking one and striking out three in his only inning of work. Manny Acosta came out for one out and struck out the only batter he faced.

The Mets bats today struck in multiple innings, but in the eighth inning with the bases loaded only managed to bring across two runs on a walk and a ground out with one out. The decision to bring in Nick Evans to pinch hit against a tough righty was a slight surprise, but he was the superior hitting option to Jesus Feliciano in terms of power and clutch hits on the year. Overall, a decent performance but when the Mets get great pitching, no hitting, and when they get good hitting they get poor pitching performances.

Carlos Beltran hit his fifth home run of the season, in over 200 at bats. That kind of power production could be duplicated by Chris Carter. But his production today was great, at 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI

Lucas Duda, 1-2 with an RBI and a walk. Since his horrible start to the season, he has really begun to heat up.

Turning Point

Jonathon Niese and his atrocious first inning changed the game, because it put the Mets in the chase position for the entire game.

Game Ball

Just placing this here, to remind the Mets of about a month ago what you play for, the recognition of your hard work and never say die attitude. Isn’t present now.

On Deck

The Mets have the day off tomorrow, so hopefully they win at having an off-day.

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Mets Offense Hangs On To Win Third Straight 8-7 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 04:30:21 +0000

Jenrry Mejia didnt make it out of the third due to injury, but the Mets offense came through big and won their third straight.

Game Notes

Jenrry Mejia was removed in the third inning and diagnosed with a pulled muscle behind his shoulder. After throwing the pitch, he appeared to clutch his back. Hopefully, this has nothing to do with the strain he sufferred when he returned to the minor leagues.

Raul Valdes relieved him and was bludgeoned, allowing four runs to score, including one of Jenrry’s inherited runners in one and two-third innings. With the bullpen so deep, you’d like to see prospect guys throw more than someone who won’t be pitching for the Mets next year. Pat Misch went one inning, allowing two hits. Elmer Dessens threw FOUR pitches to get his THREE outs. Pedro Feliciano pitched one and two thirds of an inning giving up one run and one hit and striking out one. Bobby Parnell and Hisanori Takahashi combined to finish off the game, but not before making it close

This was the ultimate bullpen day, with the majority of the bullpen seeing some form of work.

The offense had one major inning, then vanished as it has many times this year. Clutch hits from Ruben Tejada, Angel Pagan and Mike Hessman helped spark the huge fourth inning, as well as two errors from the sketchy Pirate defense. Its great to see the Mets have these outbursts, but consistency would be much more appreciated.

Reyes, Pagan, Wright, Beltran and Davis all were productive. The 6-9 hitters didn’t manage a hit, but did draw some walks

Jose Reyes, 1-4 with his 10th home run of the year. Its good to see Jose get into a ball and send it out of the yard

Ike Davis, 1-3 with a run and his 68th RBI, including a walk and NO strikeouts. In September, Ike has 10 walks to 9 strikeouts.

Lucas Duda and the amazing case of the spiraling batting average. He is hitting .030. Decimal place is correct

Turning Point

When the Pirates decided that errors were trendy and allowed the fourth inning to spiral out of control

Game Ball

Angel Pagan, 2-4 with two RBI, a great running catch and some clutch hits.

On Deck

The Mets will look to sweep the series, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound opposing Charlie Morton. Game Time is 7:10 P.M.

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I’d Rather Have Takahashi Over Feliciano In 2011 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 11:48:41 +0000 In Wednesday’s 3-2 Mets win over the Nationals, Hisanori Takahashi worked the ninth inning for his fifth save in as many tries.

We now know enough about Takahashi to understand that he is best suited to be a reliever as opposed to a starting pitcher. The problem is that Takahashi still prefers to start despite evidence that proves he becomes increasingly ineffective the second time against a batting order and a complete disaster if they get a third shot at him as his .371 opposing batting average clearly shows.

As a left-handed reliever, Takahashi has been a tremendous success as his 2.18 ERA would indicate. But a closer look at his numbers shows how special he really is working out of the bullpen.

In 45.1 innings pitched, Takahashi has struck out 49 batters while walking just 18. That’s a 9.5 K9 rate and a near 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Outstanding. Who wouldn’t drool to have numbers like that from their closer? Let me not get to ahead of myself though, because until further notice I’m running with the notion that Frankie Rodriguez will be back in 2011.

However, even if you compare Takahashi’s numbers to our lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano, he completely blows him out of the water. And his numbers against left handed batters are still better than Feliciano in a head to head match-up.

Takahashi vs. LHB: 27 IP – 0.67 ERA – 23 H – 8 BB – 33 K

Feliciano vs. LHB:  26 IP – 1.04 ERA – 22 H - 8 BB - 28 K

It’s no contest really, and while Feliciano (2.22 WHIP) is completely ineffective against right-handed hitting as we’ve painfully observed over the years, Hisanori Takahashi (1.33 WHIP) is as good a crossover reliever as the Mets have had in several seasons.

So where am I going with all this?

We have Pedro Feliciano currently making $2.9 million dollars this season and expected to go to arbitration after the season, and there’s even rumors that a multi-year deal could be in the works.

And then you have Hisanori Takahashi who is clearly better and currently making $1 million dollars and becomes a free agent after this season.

As I wrote in a previous post, the Mets may only have about $9-10 million dollars to fill 17 spots this offseason. Here is how I came up with number:

Thanks to huge back-loaded contracts to Santana, Beltran, Perez, K-Rod and Bay, the Mets have $85 million tied up on those five players alone in 2011. That leaves $40 million for improvements, but in reality it’s only $9 million after you deduct what’s owed to Reyes, Wright and Castillo.

Just $9 million dollars to fill 17 other roster spots…

Now think about the big raises Mike Pelfrey and Pedro Feliciano will get in arbitration this offseason… Then throw in huge raises for R.A. Dickey and Angel Pagan, two of the teams best performing players…

Who would you rather have next season, Feliciano who will earn over $3 million or Takahashi for about half that amount? I don’t see how the Mets can afford to keep both given their dire payroll situation.

I’m putting my money on Takahashi, but the pessimist in me believes the Mets will let him go and hand Feliciano an undeserved two-year deal instead.

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Pelf Great, Bullpen Holds, Mets Win 2-1 Sat, 28 Aug 2010 03:55:52 +0000

In the closest game that the Mets have played in recent weeks, Mike Pelfrey pitched an eight inning gem and after Bobby Parnell got into trouble, Hisanori Takahashi closed the door and the Mets won 2-1.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey pitched a gem today, going eight innings giving up six hits and two walks and striking out four. Pelf was great today, after a long first inning buckled down and started retiring batters effectively and getting outs when needed. Mike Pelfrey is learning to pitch without his best stuff, and this Pelfrey with the mid-3 ERA may be the true representation of who he is.

Bobby Parnell came out for the ninth, and after striking out Hunter Pence, he became hittable. Parnell could’ve possibly been in a better situation, but an Angel Pagan fielding error allowed Carlos Lee to advance to second on a single. Hisanori Takahashi came in, and after allowing a Jason Michaels RBI single, got a pop-out to shortstop and got rookie Tommy Manzella looking. The bullpen isn’t getting regular usage, and its frighteningly humorous how it takes not having a true closer for Jerry to let his pitchers go deep into games

The offense barely existed today, and was fueled by plate discipline and smart baserunning. What that means is a shallow flyball by David Wright became a sacrifice fly, scoring Luis Castillo and an anemic-hitting Ruben Tejada walked with the bases loaded. Nelson Figueroa was wild today, but he only allowed three hits. The Mets have trouble hitting pitchers who don’t throw hard, as they’ve been eaten up by Alex Sanabia, Livan Hernandez and a bevy of other soft-tossers.

Not gonna recap the offense. Three hits all game shouldn’t win any team a game.

Ruben Tejada, 1-2 with a walk….for what its worth.

Turning Point

Jeff Francoeur throwing to home in the fourth inning, getting Chris Johnson caught in a run-down. It was a great play that saved a run, and was the last baserunner to get further then first until the ninth inning

Game Ball

Mike Pelfrey for his outstanding outing today. Even with the anemic offense, Mike pitched like an ace.

On Deck

The Mets will send Johan Santana to the mound and look to get him a win after his last 2 CG losses. He will square off against Brett Myers. Game time is 7:10 PM

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Niese, Wright, Beltran Fuel Mets With 3-1 Win Over Astros Tue, 17 Aug 2010 02:58:57 +0000 The Mets take the series opener against the Astros, 3-1. The last time the Mets took the road opener, was back on June 18th against the Yankees. Almost two months ago. Jon Niese had another great start but walks away with a no decision. The offense supplied some late inning support to win the game. The bullpen did their job for two shutout innings. Mets get back to .500 on the season.

Game Summary

Jon Niese pitched another gem tonight, but thanks to the offense only showing up after he gets pulled, he does not get the win. In his last three starts he has gone 21 IP, allowed three runs, and received no wins for any of his pitching gems. He got the ball rolling early getting a 1-2-3 first inning. He just seemed to cruise after that, and threw his curve more during the third time through the lineup. I’m liking that strategy of his. Niese goes seven strong innings, giving up one run on seven hits. He walked no batters and struck out five in the game. Jon Niese has had twelve starts giving up one or less runs in his rookie season. But with the offense only showing up after he leaves, he walks away with his third straight no decision.

Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano combine to pitch the eighth inning. Dessens had one hit and one walk, while Feliciano had an error on a ground ball.

The big question after Frankie Rodriguez’s season ended earlier today, was who was going to be the closer. Before the game, Jerry Manuel said he’d give anyone but Oliver Perez a shot. Hisanori Takahashi got the call to save tonight and got a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get his first major league save.

The offense started off slowly, only getting one run on four hits for Niese’s seven innings. They rallied big time in the eighth inning to score two more runs and gave the Mets the lead and the win. Beltran and wright both had a multiple hit night, and Francoeur had a big hit on the night.

Carlos Beltran had quite the game today. He had some nice defensive plays and hit a Beltran Bomb in the fourth inning, his second of the season. He ended the night going 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

David Wright also had a nice game. Getting three hits on the night, scoring a run, and getting his 17th stolen base of the year.

Jeff Francoeur had a big RBI triple to give the Mets a cushion run in the eighth inning.

Pagan, Castillo, Hessman and Blanco all had 0-fers on the night.

The Mets defense was on the ball tonight. Nice plays by Wright, Hessman, Beltran and Pagan in the game.

More Oliver Perez sightings: Ollie hit a homerun during batting practice and everyone celebrated it. Except Alex Cora who doesn’t approve of partying…oh wait, they released him.

Turning Point

The Mets had a big eighth inning to take the lead once more and win the game for the Mets.

Game Ball

Niese, Beltran and Wright all had a great game. They each get a part of the game ball.

Up Next

The Ace, Johan Santana, starts game two in Houston as he looks to get his eleventh win of the season. The Astros will have a name that should be familiar to Mets fans, as Nelson Figueroa (3-1) starts his second game of the season tomorrow. Game time is 8:05 PM.

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Pat Misch Ready For 2010 Mets Debut On Saturday Wed, 11 Aug 2010 04:27:52 +0000 According to Adam Rubin of ESPN-NY, Bisons starting pitcher Pat Misch was pulled after 55 pitches on Tuesday night and could be promoted to the Mets to make a start on Saturday vs. the Phillies.

Misch has a 3.23 ERA with the Bisons this season and is in line for his 11th win if Buffalo holds a lead tonight.

Adding Misch to the rotation would send left hander Hisanori Takahashi back to the bullpen, and maybe get an opportunity to be the teams setup man. Tonight, Takahashi looked great while pitching a perfect 8th inning against the Rockies.

Jerry Manuel has already announced that Takahashi would not make his Saturday start, further strengthening the possibility that Misch will get the start and make his 2010 Mets debut.

Misch produced his first major league win last Sept. 3 at Colorado, while pairing with Josh Thole in the catcher’s major league debut. Later that month, Misch’s other major league highlight occurred. Misch, who turns 29 in two weeks, shut out the Florida Marlins on Sept. 27 at Miami.

We’ve been calling for Misch to be promoted for a couple of months here on MMO, most recently on August 4th.

I don’t understand why the Mets took so long to finally give him a shot, but better late than never, right?

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Mets Finally Beat D-Backs In 5-4 Walk-Off Win! Sun, 01 Aug 2010 02:50:26 +0000 Mets get a walk-off win against the Diamondbacks, 5-4. The Mets finally get a win against the last place D-Backs with help from a great start by Hisanori Takahashi, a two run double by David Wright, and a triple by Jesus Feliciano that ended up being the winning run. Finally, the Mets are able to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks!

Game Summary

Hisanori Takahashi had an amazing start tonight with his best start yet. The Mets didn’t go out and get a starter in the trade deadline that would have moved Takahashi to the bullpen. Maybe that was a good thing, at least for tonight. Takahashi has always been good the first two times through the opponents’ lineup but later falls apart by the fifth inning but tonight he didn’t. He was able to go 6 innings despite throwing 112 pitches, he gave up only one run on 7 hits, struck out 10 batters and walked two. Takahashi had a career high ten strikeouts and became the first Mets pitcher with 10 Ks in a start this season. Most strikeouts for a Mets pitcher since Figueroa had ten strikeouts in late August of last year. Takahashi is now in second for most Mets strikeouts with 91 Ks. Only three behind Johan Santana. Takahashi walks away with the no decision as the bullpen gave up the lead.

Bobby Parnell came into the game to pitch the seventh inning. He has usually pitched well for the Mets out of the bullpen this season but did not have his stuff tonight. He faced four batters, not retiring any of them, and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk.

Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for the seventh inning, not giving up a hit or a run. Acosta would stay in the game to pitch the eighth inning and was able to keep the Diamondbacks from scoring.

Frankie Rodriguez had a shutout ninth inning. Striking out two batters as well.

Mets offense was led by their 1-2-3 hitters, Reyes-Pagan-Wright in the win. Combined they had 6 of the Mets 7 hits on the night.

Reyes had a hit, a walk, a run, and an RBI. Pagan had three hits, a walk, and scored two runs. David Wright had two hits, a walk, and three RBIs. Wright has driven in 8 of the Mets 11 runs this series. He also hit his 250th career double in the game.

Jesus Feliciano had the biggest hit in the ninth inning with a triple that would be the winning run later on. Since being called up twice this season, he has really helped the Mets win.

Mets 4-8 starting hitters combined for 0-16 on the night.

Turning Point

The two run double for Wright in the seventh tied the game for the Mets, while Beltran’s walk-off sac fly gave the Mets the win.

Game Ball

Takahashi had a great start and Jesus Feliciano had the biggest hit for the Mets. They split the game ball.

Up Next

Jon Niese will pitch for the Mets in the rubber game of this series against the Diamondbacks. Arizona will have Rodrigo Lopez on the mound for them. Game time is 1:10 PM.

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Dodgers Deal Mets 2-0 Loss And Eighth Shutout Of The Season Fri, 23 Jul 2010 05:21:08 +0000

Mets offense continues to be absent as they get shutout by the Dodgers, 2-0. This is the eighth time the Mets have been shutout this season, the third time this road trip. Over the span of two games, the Mets have been shutout 17 innings in a row.

Game Summary

Hisanori Takahashi gets his first good start in awhile. He has had back-to-back poor starts, but shook them off tonight against the Dodgers. He went seven strong innings giving up two runs on three hits and one home run by Matt Kemp. He struck out five batters and walked two. Once again another good start by the starting pitcher tainted by no offense. This cycle has to end at some point.

Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano combine for an inning pitched. Dessens walked one, while Feliciano struck out one batter.

Mets offense continues to down spiral as they get shutout again. The eighth time this season the Mets have been shutout, including being shutout 17 innings straight. Over those seventeen innings the Mets have only tallied six hits, all singles against the lesser team in the DBacks and the Dodgers who have been struggling before facing the Mets.

The only hits on the night came from Carter, Wright and Reyes who all had one hit and Jeff Francoeur who had two hits on the night.

Turning Point

The turning point of the game is when the Mets first walked into the batter’s box. There was no hope.

Game Ball

Game ball continues to go to the Mets fans who continue to stay awake into the early hours of the following day to watch the Mets, hoping for one run.

Up Next

Johan Santana looks to have another great start for the Mets as he pitches game two against the Dodgers. He will being going up against Vicente Padilla who is coming off two poor starts. Hopefully, the Mets can actually get him a win. Game time is 10:10 PM.

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Oliver Perez Is Exactly What Is Wrong With The Mets Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:00:45 +0000 It looks like later today or possibly tomorrow Oliver Perez will be reactivated and be back with the big league team.  The genius that Jerry Manuel is has reportedly decided to use him the bullpen as a second lefty.  The fact that Oliver Perez is going to be back on this team just shows how bad the management of this team really is.

Oliver Perez shouldn’t even be on this team anymore.  Perez was signed not for his accomplishments since he never accomplished anything, but for his “potential.”

He has done nothing since Omar gave him that undeserved contract.  We all know why Omar signed Perez over Lowe and let’s admit it it wasn’t because of that 4th year.  Look at what Lowe has done for the Braves since signing his contract: Lowe has started 54 games, so far he’s won 25 of those games.  Oliver Perez since signing his contract: started 25 games and has only won 3 of those games!  Perez since signing that contract has been “injured” and has been downright awful!

The Mets made as many excuses as the could last year after Perez’ horrible season. This year was supposed to be different.  Perez spent a good amount of time in Arizona training before the Spring.  Of course nothing changed.  Perez was as bad as ever.  He also refused to go to the minor leagues even though he was hurting the team paying him 12 million dollars a year.

And now he’s coming back.  Instead of cutting their loses with Perez they are going to continue to let him hurt this team.  Look at the smaller market teams the last couple of seasons have done with expensive talent that has failed to produce. Detroit last year released Gary Sheffield.  Toronto last year released BJ Ryan. Earlier this season the Tampa Bay Rays released Pat Burrell.  Yet the Mets refuse to cut ties with Perez.  They would rather pay Perez to lose games for the Mets than see him go to another team or sit home and collect a paycheck.

Since it’s inevitable that Perez will be back on this team why is Manuel going to place him in the bullpen?  Perez being in the bullpen makes a weak pen even weaker and it hurts the rotation by keeping Takahasi in there.  Takahasi has been great out of the pen.  As a long reliever he’s a valuable player.  As a starter he isn’t. Since Perez is going to be on this team, let him start.  Takahasi can help this team more out of the pen than Perez can.  Just makes no sense at all.

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Despite Ike’s Two Homers Mets Fall To Giants 8-4 Sun, 18 Jul 2010 07:44:01 +0000 Mets fall short of a comeback as they lose their third straight game to the Giants, 8-4. Hisanori Takahashi had a poor start for the Mets, while Ike Davis hit two long home runs, however, the Mets came up short in a ninth inning rally. With the loss, the Mets fall behind the Phillies in the NL East race to third place.

Game Summary

Hisanori Takahashi probably needs to be back in the bullpen where he has shown that he is a reliable seventh and even eighth inning man. Since his start against the Yankees, he hasn’t shown that he can keep the Mets in the game. He gave up six runs on seven hits including two home runs in just 2.2 innings pitched. He walked one and struck out two batters. Takahashi is a bullpen guy and the Mets need a replacement starting pitcher. Possibly a trade, possibly bringing up Pat Misch, maybe bringing up Oliver Perez?! It’s a possibility.

Fernando Nieve came in to aid the ailing Takahashi and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, and stuck out two. Haven’t seen Nieve pitch much lately, maybe Manuel is giving him all of the rest he didn’t get in April.

Raul Valdes pitched 2.1 innings in relief. Less emphasis on the relief, however. He gave up two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out three. Francisco Rodriguez pitched his first game in three days. “He needs the work.” He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, striking out two batters.

Carlos Beltran and Ike Davis provided most of the offense in the game. Beltran went 2-4 with his first triple and a run scored. Ike Davis also had a two hit night, belting a pair of long homeruns. He picked up three RBIs and scored two runs. When he hits homeruns, he really hits ‘em. The first one went into McCovey Cove, while the second one went to straight center. This is Ike’s second two homer game of the season. His first time was also against the Giants.

David Wright, Josh Thole, and Chris Carter each had a hit. Wright went 1-3 with an RBI, while Thole and Carter both had pinch hit singles.

Ruben Tejada continues to be a target for pitchers as he got plunked in the shoulders during the ninth inning. That is his sixth hit-by-pitch this season.

Interesting note: At one point Matt Cain was standing on third. I wonder if Wright and Cain had a conversation about Cain plunking him in the head last year that sent him to the hospital.

Turning Point

The Buster Posey solo home run in the third inning was the big blow that pushed the Giants too far for the Mets to comeback.

Game Ball

Ike Davis hit two huge homeruns and knocked in three of the Mets runs tonight.

Up Next

Johan Santana looks to avoid the sweep as he will be going up against Jonathon Sanchez. Both pitchers are looking for their eighth win of the season. Should be a good lefty vs. lefty match up. Game time is 4:05 PM.

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Braves Knock Out Pelfrey and Shutout Mets 4-0 Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:02:51 +0000

The Mets bats were futile against Tim Hudson while the Braves roughed up Mike Pelfrey for a dozen hits to beat the Mets 4-0. It was the second straight loss to the Braves for the Mets who fade even further away from first place in the NL East.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey got majorly beat up today by the Bravos in the hits column. He was leaving his pitches all over the strike zone for the Braves to have their way with them. Despite the Braves getting a few lucky breaks, Pelfrey got knocked around today. Of course, not having much (if any) offense didn’t help either. Pelfrey gave up four runs on 12 hits in four innings pitched. He walked three and stuck out two on the day as well. All four runs scored in the fifth inning as Pelfrey gets sacked with second straight loss.

The Mets two eldest relievers in the bullpen Elmer Dessens and Hisanori Takahashi combine for four shutout innings with a combined two hits. Takahashi also had two strikeouts and two walks on the day. Nieve also throws a shutout ninth inning giving up one hit along with one walk and two strikeouts. It’s good to see on a day that our starter doesn’t have his best stuff, and the bats are quiet, that the bullpen can still keep us in the game.

The Mets bats were a major disappointment in the game. They tallied a total of four hits, and only two players contributed in this sorry excuse for an offense. Tim Hudson did have his best stuff today for the Braves, but the Mets should have been able to get at least one run off of him and the bullpen.

The only exception to the offense being chewed out was today’s leadoff hitter, Angel Pagan. He went 3-4 on the day with a double and two stolen bases. At this point, I’d rather see Beltran and Francoeur platooning with each other.

Every other player except for Rod Barajas who had one hit, all had 0-fers and combined for four strikeouts. This current Mets cold streak couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Jose Reyes went 0-3 with two strikeouts today. He is obviously still hurting and left the game in the top of the seventh inning with an undisclosed injury.

Turning Point

The fifth inning when Pelfrey gave up all four runs that secured the win for the Braves.

Game Ball

The bullpen provided five shutout innings that kept the Braves from scoring more. Offensively, Angel Pagan was the only player to really contribute today.

Up Next

Mets ace Johan Santana looks to have himself another great start as he plays stopper and tries to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Braves. The Braves will send out nine game winner, Derek Lowe. Game time is 1:10 PM.

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Takahashi Torched, Mets Lose 7-6 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 05:57:33 +0000

Hisanori Takahashi was annihilated in the third inning and the Mets, despite a ninth inning comeback, fell to the Marlins 7-6.

Game Notes

Hisanori Takahashi was great…for every inning not referred to as the third. Hisanori Takahashi went five and two third innings, giving up six runs including a Hanley Ramirez grand slam on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Despite the third inning, Hisanori wasn’t all that bad, although he was hittable today. The Marlins took advantage of the fact that he was a lefty who doesn’t throw very hard. Almost every time he threw a fastball, the Marlins were feasting on it. Hisanori may not be the pitcher that he was earlier in the season, but if he has any hope to stay in the rotation after the All-Star break, he will need to prove to be consistent.

The bullpen came in and allowed the Mets to claw back into the game. Elmer Dessens went one third of an inning, getting a crucial out in relief of Takahashi. Bobby Parnell would come out for the seventh, and work around two hits striking out one batter. As I’ve been told, the Mets apparently committed a major sin by bringing in Frankie Rodriguez for the eighth inning, but in his inning of work he struck out two. Pedro Feliciano came out, and after getting the first two outs in the inning, gave up a double to Jorge Cantu and the game-winning single to Dan Uggla scoring Cantu. The usage of Feliciano in the situation against ALL righties really makes one question – can Pedro really face righties and get them out consistently?

The Mets offense came out firing, but after Takahashi’s implosion of a third inning, the Mets went silent. Jason Bay drew first blood in the first inning, with a sacrifice fly that scored Jose Reyes. On aggressive baserunning, David Wright was thrown out at 2B. Jose Reyes doubled in Ruben Tejada in the second inning and then advancing to third on the throw home. Angel Pagan, in his first game back since an oblique injury sidelined him, knocked in Jose Reyes with a sacrifice fly. The Mets would begin their comeback in the seventh inning, when Ruben Tejada grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Fernando Tatis. Once the ninth inning arose, so did the Mets offense. After a Rod Barajas single and a Chris Carter double, Jeff Francoeur grounded out to 2B, scoring Rod Barajas. Josh Thole making what may possibly be his last appearance as a Met, knocked in Alex Cora, who was the tying run.

Jason Bay went 0-1 with an RBI and two BB’s. Something about Puerto Rico seems to make him seem worth his contract.

David Wright went 3-4, with all three of his hits going for singles.

Ruben Tejada is continuing to find a groove, going 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI raising his average to .270.

Ike Davis, even with the day off, came in as a pinch hitter and went 0-2 with a K. That gives Ike twelve K’s in his last eleven games, including four games with two K’s each.

Turning Point

The six run, third inning. From that point on, the Mets were facing an uphill battle to just stay within striking distance

Game Ball

Ruben Tejada for his 2-3, run scored and RBI. Tejada seems to be getting the idea at the plate, as he is beginning to figure out major league pitching

On Deck

The Mets will look to avoid the sweep, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound to face off against Chris Volstad. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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