Mets Merized Online » Pat Misch Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:29:20 +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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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The Separated At Birth Edition Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:17:17 +0000 It is funny how sometimes we look like famous people. I for example have been told that I look like a bloated Danny Partridge or a late in his career Rusty Staub (hence my nickname Rustyjr). But it is amazing when some of our favorite current Mets players and coaches look like other famous people.

So here I am happy to revive an old feature I used to do at another blog called …….


First off is current Mets outfielder, Marlon Byrd


And R & B legend, Jermaine Jackson


Up next is Met manager, Terry Collins


And actor turned accused murderer Robert Blake (Uncanny !)


Next up is Ace Pitcher, Matt Harvey

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And “Everyone Loves Raymond” co-star, Brad Garrett.


Then there is the case of  utility infielder, Justin Turner



And a Leprechaun


There is also the curious case of Josh Satin


And Bert from “Sesame Street


And lastly I present to you Mets pitching coach, Dan Warthern


And Hank Hill.


So what do you think ? Do you agree/disagree ? Is there any other Mets player that bears a striking resemblance to a celebrity that is currently living or dead ?

Please feel free to post in the comments section below.

And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Mets third base coach from ’97-’99, Bruce Benedict is 58. Benedict also piloted for the Norfolk Tides in 1996.

Reserve outfielder from the ’85 season, Terry Blocker is 54. Blocker was the Mets first round pick from the ’81 amateur draft. His career never did pan out, and he was out of the majors by 1990 after a short stint with the Atlanta Braves.

Spot starter/middle reliever from ’09-’11, Pat Misch  is 32. He is currently pitching for the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens.

The New York Mets purchased the contract of middle reliever, Dave Eilers from the Milwaukee Braves on August 18, 1965. Eilers would spend two seasons with the Mets, compiling a record of 2-2 with an ERA of 4.44 in 34 appearances.

The New York Mets traded centerfielder Brett Butler  to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league outfield prospects, Scott Hunter and Dwight Maness on August 18, 1995. Butler was one of the very few reasons to watch the Mets in ’95. He would later manager the Gulf Coast Mets during their ’04 season

Mo Vaughn bears a striking resemblance to the Wrestler Mo from Men On A Mission !!!!



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Limp Dickey, Bullpen Collapses, Mets Lose 9-3 Fri, 27 May 2011 01:06:03 +0000

R.A. Dickey left in the third inning with an injury and the Mets bullpen proceeded to allow nine runs in their 9-3 loss to the Cubs today

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey looked good or seemed to be pitching a great game, until the injury bug struck. While fielding a grounder, Dickey seemed to hurt his heel and left the game with an undisclosed injury. Typical Mets luck

Pedro Beato came in, and was hit like nobody has hit him thusfar, going one and one third, allowing four hits and four runs (three earned) while walking two. If this was just jitters, the weather, rust, or the possible short-notice warmup, that is to be seen but Beato was tee’d off on today giving up hard hit balls including a home run to Carlos Pena. Pat Misch didn’t fare much better, going one inning allowing three runs on four hits walking one and striking out one.

K-Rod scoreless streak, still continues. Izzy gives up a longball and three hits in his two-thirds of an inning of work, and Tim Byrdak strikes out everyone in his one and one third innings – unfortunately between those k’s, two hits and an earned run.

Where is the rotation depth going to come from? The Mets AAA starters have all essentially been, atrocious. AA has two guys and a stoner.

Mets offense, they existed somewhat I guess. Jose Reyes scoring himself on a bunch of errors, Justin Turner RBI groundout and a Josh Thole single accounted for the major offense.

The lineup is obviously devoid of big hitters, as the threat of the long ball is only coming from Carlos Beltran. Everyone else is a doubles hitter or Jason Bay.

Reyes – 2 for 4 with a walk and a run. Good day Jose.

Turner – 0 for 4 – the Red Machine is being slowed…for now.

Beltran – 0 for 5 with two strikeouts – lack of lineup protection can lead to this.

Tejada – 0 for 3 with a walk. still hitting .292, but 2 to 7 BB/K doesn’t look good. He’ll be Buffalo bound once David or Ike returns, whoever is first.

Turning Point

Dickey injury/Beato being assaulted in the fourth.

Game Ball

Daniel Murphy, 3 for 4 and seems like he is getting comfortable at the plate again.

On Deck

The Mets will look to shrug off a bad series against the Cubs, facing the Phillies at home. Chris Capuano, coming off a bad start in the Bronx will be facing up against Roy Oswalt. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Mets DFA Misch After Doubleheader To Make Room For Gee Sun, 17 Apr 2011 03:15:48 +0000

Misch didn’t even get a chance to shower… He was just DFA’d to make room for Gee.  

Dillon Gee will be called up and take Chris Young’s start on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves, with Pat Misch being used to back up D.J. Carrasco’s start today.

Original Post

In a surprising turn of events, the Mets have placed right-hander Chris Young on the disabled list and promoted Pat Misch from Triple-A Buffalo.

Young experienced biceps tendinitis after his first two starts, and although he reported some improvement, his Sunday start was in jeopardy.

Misch was called up to replace him, but it is not known if he will start on Sunday yet. Interestingly, Misch was actually cut by the Mets after spring training, but decided to accept a minor league assignment.

In case you had not heard, Boof Bonser will have Tommy John surgery and miss 12-18 months.

You run a big risk when your season relies heavily on the success of players coming back from injury and reclamation projects like Chris Young and a host of others the Mets signed this offseason.

As Mets fans, we’ve seen these situations all too often over the last few years. Maybe it will be different with this new crop of players the front office brought in, but so far it’s looking a little bleak with one pitcher already cut and two on the shelf, and it’s only April 16th.

Hopefully, Young will be ready to be activated when he becomes eligible on April 26th.

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Evans, Misch and Hernandez Clear Waivers Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:30:57 +0000 According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, outfielder/first baseman Nick Evans has officially cleared waivers, and was sent to Triple-A. Evans was waived after losing out on a bench spot to Daniel Murphy, Willie Harris and Scott Hairston.

Pat Misch and Luis Hernandez also cleared waivers.

Original Post 3/28

This just in from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

The Mets placed Nick Evans, Luis Hernandez and Pat Misch on waivers Monday, according to a baseball official who was not authorized to speak publicly because the process is secretive.

The results of the waiver process should be known Wednesday.

Manny Acosta is the lone Met in a tenuous position who is out of options and may not have been placed on waivers Monday, according to the source. Acosta seemingly is the third combatant in the battle with Blaine Boyer and Jason Isringhausen for one relief spot.

The Padres had appeared interested in Hernandez via trade, but reportedly just acquired Alberto Gonzalez from Washington instead.

I thought for sure the Mets would figure out a way to somehow keep Evans and Misch, but it looks like they’ll be toiling for another team. It’s looking like Manny Acosta could suffer the same fate.

This would mean Daniel Murphy is officialy on the 25 man roster, and that the last bullpen spot is now down to Blaine Boyer or Jason isringhausen.

Earlier today, one of the beat writers said via Twitter that Boyer was summoned into the managers office. It could have something to do with his status with the team, or Collins simply could have wanted directions to a good hamburger joint.

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Conf. Call Thoughts: Bobby Parnell Could Start Season In Minors Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:00:38 +0000 After last night’s conference call with Sandy Alderson, I came away with a few thoughts that I will share with you today in a series of short posts.

I’m seriously beginning to think that Bobby Parnell could start the season in the minor leagues pitching for the Buffalo Bisons. Parnell may very well be caught up in a numbers game and could be in danger of not making the bullpen simply because he still has minor league option that could work against him.

While considering some new information that recently came to my attention along with other things like spring performances and contract status, I gotta tell you my gut feels very strongly about it. It makes a lot of sense on many different levels.

Let’s take a look at a few of the things I considered…

1. Which Relievers Are Assured Of Spots

Francisco Rodriguez – No question of course, K-Rod is the closer.

D.J. Carrasco - Signed a two year deal which assures him a spot.

Taylor Buchholz – Talented pitcher who I said would be the setup man shortly after we got him.

Tim Byrdak – It’s almost a done deal, he will be the lefty specialist, announcement could come today.

Pedro Beato – Rule 5 pick who Alderson said would likely make team during conference call last night.

2. Relievers On The Bubble & Contract Status

Bobby Parnell - Has Minor League options left.

Blaine Boyer – Has opt out clause that lets him walk if he doesn’t make the team.

Manny Acosta – Out of options, if he don’t make the team he’ll go on waivers.

Pat Misch – Out of options, if he don’t make the team he’ll go on waivers.

Jason Isringhausen – Izzy will retire if he fails to make the team.

Notes: With five spots already filled, there’s only room for three more. The front office loves Blaine Boyer and I don’t blame them, he has a live arm. Last night during the conference call, Sandy Alderson had some positive things to say about Manny Acosta and I now believe they will indeed keep him. Pat Misch can fill a vital role as a spot starter and long man out of the bullpen, while Jason Isringhausen gives the team a veteran in the bullpen who is also a fan favorite. 

3. Spring Performances

If you went by the numbers alone and forgot all the other stuff, Blaine Boyer, Manny Acosta and Jason Isringhausen would nail down the final three bullpen spots. But as you know, spring numbers alone won’t decide who gets those three precious spots.

4. My Final Conclusion

Based on what I learned last night, my opinion has changed significantly on who will nail down the final three spots in the bullpen and this is the way I would rank them today.

#1 Blaine Boyer

#2 Manny Acosta

#3 Pat Misch

Bobby Parnell will go down to the minors, but it’s only temporary. It’s a smart move and gives the team a couple of more weeks to keep three relievers that the team is very high on rather than losing one of them.

It also buys the Mets some time to see if they could possibly trade one or two of them to fill another need like more depth in the minors.

If any of the relievers making the team were to falter or get hurt, Parnell will be on tap and ready to answer the call.

As for Jason Isringhausen, it would have been a great story, but it would be silly for the Mets to lose one of the other younger pitchers just to take a chance on an aging reliever with a very fragile arm.

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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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Duda, Misch, Gee Win Bisons Awards Thu, 02 Sep 2010 13:10:19 +0000 The Buffalo Bisons have announced Lucas Duda as the team’s MVP, Pat Misch as the team’s Most Valuable Pitcher, and Dillon Gee as the team’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Duda was 0-3 in his ML debut and had to be taken out in the eighth inning with hamstring cramps but Jerry said he was impressed with Duda and made his claim for his love for Duda talking about the sound the ball made off of Duda’s bat before Thursday game.

Duda hit .314 average with 17 homeruns and 87 RBIs with the Bisons this year.

Gee is 13-7 with the Bisons with a 4.69 ERA and a Bisons record 161 Ks.

Misch was 11-4 with the Bisons with a 3.23 ERA and had 99 strikeouts.

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Mets Lose 9-3 To Braves Despite An Ollie Appearance Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:34:09 +0000 Mets drop the opener to the Braves 9-3. Misch got beaten up early and often and the Mets had to go to the bullpen, including getting Oliver Perez into the game. Mets offense had nine hits, but only scored three runs. Mets are now one game below .500. A goal for the Mets.

Game Summary

Pat Misch has likely pitched his last start for the Mets this season. After giving up hit after hit and run after run, Misch only lasted three innings pitched. Misch was just laying his pitches in and was getting beating around badly by the Braves. Misch pitched three innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and a homerun. He did record one strikeout before his outing ended. Mejia had 7 K’s by that point. Just saying.

Mets had to go their bullpen early as everyone expected. Elmer Dessens was the first pick by Jerry and pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning. Had a troubled fifth inning, but got out of it unscathed. Former Brave, Manny Acosta, got the call for the sixth inning. The “Acostalypse” occurred as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his inning of work.

Oliver Perez made his first appearance into a game since August first and was greeted by a homerun on the second pitch he threw.  Welcome back Ollie, we’ve missed you. Finished out the inning with two walks as well.

Igarashi rounded out with pitching the eighth inning giving up one hit and a strikeout.

The Mets offense has been a joke lately, but the punchline is starting to hurt. Mets could only scrounge up three runs despite nine hits. RBIs from Thole, Pagan and Hernandez. Wright and Ike, were like Wright and Ike of now. Mets were 1-14 with RISP and left 12 men on base.

Ike Davis and David Wright had terrible at-bats in the game. Combined for 1-10 with six strikeouts.

Jeff Francoeur had two hits on the night. To go with his two strikeouts.

Josh Thole had his first triple of the season. Second of his career. He has been showing more power lately.

Turning Point

Homerun from Jayson Heyward.

Game Ball

Ollie? Best choice, I guess.

Up Next

Jon Niese goes for his ninth win of the season against the Braves is the second game of a four game series. Atlanta will have rookie lefty, Mike Minor, on the mound for them. In Minor’s last start he pitched six inning and struck out twelve batters in his second career win. Game time is 7:10 PM.

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Almost Doesn’t Count, Mets Lose 5-4 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:37:50 +0000

After a decent outing from Pat Misch, the Mets nearly managed to come back against the Marlins for the second day in a row, but fell short losing 5-4

Game Notes

Pat Misch was hit hard today from the onset of the game, and despite being efficient with his pitches, Misch only managed to go six innings, giving up four runs, three earned on nine hits and four strikeouts. Misch only threw 82 pitches, but the Marlins hit him hard the first and second innings of the game. Pat Misch may be a more effective long-man then a starter if the Mets are hoping to remain in contention, because he is always one home run away from implosion.

The bullpen had its scoreless inning streak broken when Ryota Igarashi came out for the first time in six days and allowed an RBI single to Hanley Ramirez. Igarashi went one inning allowing one run on two hits, and it may have been two runs had Jose Reyes not thrown out Hanley Ramirez at home. Manny Acosta would pitch himself into trouble, but after a great relay throw, Jose Reyes threw out Wes Helms at home. Acosta went one inning, allowing one hit and one walk and striking out one. Bobby Parnell pitched an inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

The Mets offense couldn’t figure out Marlins soft-tossing starter Alex Sanabia today, only taking him to 73 pitches in six and one-third innings. The Mets scored on another boneheaded error by Cameron Maybin on a Josh Thole single, allowing David Wright to score and sending Thole to third. The Mets wouldn’t score

re again until the seventh, when Ike Davis notched his first MLB triple, scoring David Wright and Jeff Francoeur followed up with an RBI single to center. The Mets made a bid for a comeback, led-off by a David Wright blast to center field, his 20th home run of the season. With the bases loaded and two outs, however Jose Reyes couldn’t knock in the game-tying run.

Ruben Tejada, 0-2, still slumping and was pinch hit for in the 7th inning

David Wright, 2-4 with three runs scored and the home run.

Reyes, Pagan, Beltran went 0-12 with a walk and a strikeout.

Josh Thole, 2-3 with a walk. Thole’s approach is definitely advanced but with Ruben Tejada hitting behind him, it doesn’t give him too much to work with.

Mike Hessman has been pretty bad since he was called up, and grounded into a fielders choice in the ninth inning. Lucas Duda plays first base too. Nick Evans plays all corners.

Turning Point

When Jose Reyes grounded out weakly for the fourth time in the game in the ninth inning.

Game Ball

David Wright, 2-4 with an HR, three runs scored and an RBI. The inability of  Reyes, Pagan and Beltran to get on base was essentially the death of many rallies. Carlos Beltran’s days as the three hitter may be coming to a close very shortly if he can’t consistently hit.

On Deck

The Mets will look to win this series, sending Jonathon Niese to the mound to face off against Anibal Sanchez. Game time is 7:10 P.M.


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One Small Mistake For Misch, One Giant Loss For Mets-Kind. Astros Win 3-2 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 02:55:53 +0000 Houston, we have a problem! It’s the Mets offense. The Mets offense blows it for the Mets as they lose the series finally, 3-2 to the Astros. Pat Misch was pitching well until the seventh inning when he gave up a three-run homerun. The offense combined for two runs on three hits. Bullpen was good in a losing effort. Same story, different day.

Game Summary

Pat Misch started tonight against the Houston Astros in his second start of the season. He started off great and was just cruising for the first six innings. At one point retired sixteen batters in a row. In those six innings only one hit was allowed. But entering the seventh inning gave up back-to-back hits, followed by giving up a three run homerun to give up the lead. The soft tossing lefty was bound to get hit hard and just came at a bad time. Still pitched great. Expect to see him in another start. Misch went 6+ innings pitched, gave up three runs on four hits and that one homerun in the seventh inning. He walked none and struck out batter. Misch receives his second loss.

Manny Acosta came into relieve Misch in the seventh and got his three batters out, including one strikeout. Pedro Feliciano came into the eighth and faced a couple of right-handed batters. He got one batter out but gave up two hits before taking his exit. Ryota Igarashi was called in to pitch in the eighth inning. He hasn’t pitched with the Mets since July 4th. He struck out the two batters to face him.

Mets offense had one inning of work tonight. Two runs scored in the fourth. Nothing else. A total of three hits for the Mets. And only one of those hits came from a core player, Jose Reyes. The other two by Carter and Misch.

The Mets 2-6 hitters combine for 0-17. Rod Barajas also goes 0-3 with a K. Welcome back!

Not much to say about this offense. Swinging at 0-2, 0-3 pitches. Swinging at pitches out of the zone. Just trying to get away with any swing of the bat.

Angel Pagan stole his 30th base of the season.

Ollie sighting: Was warming up in the bullpen during the ninth inning. Wasn’t used, thankfully.

Turning Point

That three-run homerun by Carlos Lee in the seventh inning off Pat Misch to take the lead and win away from the Mets.

Game Ball

Game ball goes to a World Series champion by the name of, Ron Darling, who turns 50 today! Happy birthday!

Up Next

The Mets head to Pittsburgh to begin a three game series against the Pirates. Mike Pelfrey will start the first game for the Mets, as he looks for his twelfth win of the season. The Pirates will have Jeff Karstens (2-9) on the mound for them. Karstens hasn’t won since June 19th. Game time is 7:05 PM.

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Mets Errors Prove Costly, Lose 4-0 To Phils Sun, 15 Aug 2010 02:07:51 +0000

Victorino & Werth score on Wright's fielding error in sixth inning

Mets couldn’t keep the win streak going as they lose game two against the Phillies, 4-0. The Mets held the Phillies to 38 scoreless innings in Citi Field but that was snapped in the third inning. Pat Misch pitched well in his first start with the Mets on the season. The bullpen was great. The offense was not there. And neither was the defense as three errors on the night cost the Mets three runs. Mets fall back to .500 on the season.

Game Summary

Pat Misch made his first start for the Mets tonight against the Phillies. Had had a great start to the game, getting the first eight guys out. He later gave up a hit to the pitcher Halladay. He would also score later in the third to end the Phillies 38 inning scoreless drought when playing in Citi Field. Misch, who doesn’t blow away hitters and isn’t a superb pitcher still did his job and did his job well. He went 6 innings, giving up 8 hits, four runs – one earned – walked two batters and struck out two batters on 106 pitches. Expect to see him on Tuesday in Houston. However, because of the three errors on the night and no offense to back him up, his debut this season ends in a loss.

Bobby Parnell came into the seventh and pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Elmer Dessens pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning with a strikeout. Dessens hasn’t been used since August first. Frankie Rodriguez, who was released from his suspension today, pitched the ninth inning only giving up one hit.

The Mets tallied only six hits while being shutout by the Phillies. Halladay aced the Mets tonight. Eight innings, four hits, seven strikeouts. There was no Mets offense. You know the story by now.

Mets six hits belong to their 1-4 hiters plus Thole and Carter who each had one hit. Tejada was the only starting hitter not to strikeout in the game.

Ike Davis went 0-4 with a hat trick of strikeouts.

David Wright went 1-4 with a K. Wright who had four at-bats saw 11 pitches on the night. Ruben Tejada who had two at-bats saw 12 pitches on the night. Take that as you will.

The biggest blunder for the Mets on the night were the three errors. The first one was by Misch throwing, second was by Tejada throwing that cost a run, and the biggest error was by Wright’s fielding error that cost the Mets two runs. “Gets by Buckner Wright!” He was assuming the ball would take another hop into his glove. He needs to go back and learn the fundamentals. Starting by not assuming anything in this game.

Turning Point

The error by Wright really sealed the deal for the Phillies win tonight.

Game Ball

The bullpen, after getting 18 innings of rest, didn’t allow any runs in the game.

Up Next

Mets will have Mike Pelfrey on the mound for them as he starts the rubber game against the Phillies. Philadelphia will have Kyle Kendrick (7-4) on the mound for him. Kendrick has gotten to the seventh inning or beyond in only two of his last ten starts. Game time is 8:05 PM and will be broadcasted on ESPN.

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Dickey Conquers, Mets Win 1-0 Sat, 14 Aug 2010 09:21:07 +0000

R.A. Dickey was masterful, allowing ONE HIT all game and giving the Mets their second straight shutout in a row.

Game Notes

As Joe D mentioned in his post, Dickey was OUTSTANDING. Dickey allowed one hit over nine innings, walking one and striking out seven. Dickey was never in trouble, and minus one walk got through most innings with limited pitches, including three innings of exactly nine pitches. Its ironic that the only hit Dickey gave up was to the opposing pitcher. Dickey has been all the Mets could ask for and more, and I will personally donate $5 to resigning Dickey. Knuckleballers normally fail, but not many knuckleballers have thrown such a hard knuckleball, or even such a variety of knuckleballs.

The bullpen was GREAT today…mostly because, well we didn’t see a bullpen. K-Rod returns tomorrow, and Raul Valdes and Ryota Igarashi will be hitting Buffalo so Pat Misch and the aforementioned K-Rod can return.

The Mets offense was stifled for the most part, but blew some major chances. Mike Hessman had a home run overturned by replay into a triple. That inning ended in back-to-back strikeouts by Frenchy and Blanco, an IBB to Ruben Tejada and a groundout by R.A. Dickey. The damage was done in the sixth inning, on a two-out double by David Wright, followed by an RBI double by Carlos Beltran.

The Mets have now had 18 shutouts on the season.

Ruben Tejada, 0-2 with two K’s and an IBB. His batting average is .185, but maybe its just tiredness wearing away at his hitting.

Angel Pagan, 1-4 with two steals. Angel has a fair shot at 35 SB’s, an off-chance at 40 SB’s. If he doesn’t scream CF of the near future for the 2011 Mets, I don’t know what does. 15 HR/30 steal with great defense doesn’t grow on trees

Turning Point

Carlos Beltran’s RBI double in the sixth.

Game Ball

R.A. Dickey. Read above, then go read Joe D’s article and about anything else written. They’ll all speak highly of this one-hitter

On Deck

The Mets will look to clinch a winning series against the Phillies, facing Roy Halladay who they hit hard for five runs the last time they faced him and send newly-recalled Pat Misch to the mound. 7:10 P.M is when the streak hopefully continues!

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Pat Misch Starting Saturday Fri, 13 Aug 2010 21:34:40 +0000 Updated 9:42 PM

The Mets have sent down Ryota Igarashi and Raul Valdes to AAA-Buffalo to make room for Pat Misch and Frankie Rodriguez returning.

Original Post 5:34 PM

Jerry Manuel has confirmed that left-hander Pat Misch will start for the Mets on Saturday against the Phillies. The choice was between Misch and Oliver Perez. They made the wise decision.

Pat Misch will go up against the Phillies ace, Roy Halladay.

Pat Misch has spent this season with AAA-Buffalo and has composed an 11-4 record in 23 games pitched. He has a 3.23 ERA in 150.2 innings pitched. He has 99 strikeouts, 34 walks and has giving up eleven homeruns on the season. He has pitched two complete games and one shutout.

Misch has gone at least five innings in each of his last 10 starts, including a game where he went eight innings and only gave up three hits and struck out seven. Misch was pulled early in his last start only going five innings but still getting the win.

Frankie Rodriguez will also be back in uniform on Saturday as his two game suspension will have ended.

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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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We Should Promote Misch And Send Down Valdes Wed, 04 Aug 2010 16:00:02 +0000  About a week and a half ago, I pleaded my case for calling up starting pitcher Pat Misch, inserting him into the rotation, and sliding Hisanori Takahashi back into the bullpen.

Since then, Misch has made two starts and allowed just one run in 15 innings pitched, striking out 15 more batters and walking none.

His record now stands at an impressive 10-4 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.

This morning, I couldn’t help but notice something I read in Adam Rubin’s minor league report. He writes:

Left-hander Pat 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.

This year, Misch has not appeared with the Mets at the major league level. The southpaw cleared waivers near the end of spring training and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.

Misch was claimed off waivers from the Mets on June 5, 2009 from the San Francisco Giants.

If he is not called up by season’s end or added to the 40-man roster, he will become a minor league free agent.

I’m sure the Mets higher-ups are aware of the situation, but these days, you can never really tell. It would be a shame if the Mets were to lose Misch without ever giving him a real opportunity to succeed in the majors.

I understand that keeping Oliver Perez on the roster, means less flexibility to promote another pitcher from the minors, but I feel that in this particular instance, Misch can make the callup worth our while.

Based on the current makeup of the bullpen, I think the odd man out would be Raul Valdes. The southpaw has had his moments while with the Mets, but lets face it, a 4.85 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP is hardly worth arguing for. Plus, with Takahashi going back to the pen, there’s no real need for a third lefthanded reliever.

And of course, you could always call Valdes back up when rosters expand on September 1st.

Takahashi has been very sporadic since joining the rotation. He’s been very good in half of his starts, and very bad in the other half. We already know how effective  he’s been working in relief, and we can certainly use the boost he would provide in our pen right now.

Even if Misch is effective in just half of his stars like Takahashi, it’s still an upgrade for the team. But I have a hunch that Misch could perform even better and be more consistent.

The way I see it, it’s a no-brainer.

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F-Mart Was Raking Last Night Fri, 16 Jul 2010 13:48:01 +0000

The Buffalo Bisons hit four home runs last night, but they still fell short of a miracle comeback and lost to the Gwinnett Braves 8-7

In that game, Val Pascucci hit a pinch hit home run, but the star of the night was right fielder Fernando Martinez, who clubbed a pair of home runs, his eighth and ninth of the season.

F-Mart went 3-5 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI from his solo shots. On the year, he is batting .267 with 27 RBI, 20 runs scored, and a stolen base in 50 games played.

The Mets have a couple of players having solid seasons for Buffalo this year. 

In 25 games played, outfielder Lucas Duda is batting .340 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs. That’s more RBI’s than games played. Duda has a 1.123 OPS for the Bisons and of his 32 hits, 17 of them were extra-base hits.

Pat Misch continues to dominate in AAA and has a 9-3 record to go with 3.12 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has struck out 67 batters while walking 17 in 112 innings pitched.

The Bisons lead the International League with 101 home runs this season, yet surprisingly they have the second lowest strikeout rate in the league. Not a bad combination.

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Pat Misch Is Outperforming Gee, Parnell and Stoner Thu, 10 Jun 2010 11:30:56 +0000 Remember Pat Misch? While taking a look at how our minor league teams  were doing, I was surprised to see how well Pat Misch was still doing at Class-AAA Buffalo. He got off to a great start in April and I thought he would eventually cool off, but I was dead wrong.

As of last night, Misch is 5-1 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 70.1 innings pitched. He has walked 11 batters while striking out 41, a very impressive ratio.

Dillon Gee, who seems to be the one getting all the press this season, is far off that pace with a 4.37 ERA (over a run higher than Misch) and a 1.31 WHIP in 70 innings. Gee has walked 23 and struck out 65.

Tobi Stoner, who is also mentioned quite often and highly regarded, is sporting an unsightly 5.23 ERA with a 1.57 WHIP in 63 innings pitched. He has walked 21 while striking out 48 batters. Numbers that jump out at you, but for the wrong reasons.

Bobby Parnell, seems to have fallen off the map completely, and this one time Mets untouchable isn’t even starting for the Bisons as the original plan called for. Instead, he now pitches out of the pen and in 20 appearances this season, he has a 4.46 ERA to go with a 1.44 WHIP. He’ll be 26-years old in September, and he still occasionaly hits 100 mph on the radar gun, but he’ll need to start improving those secondary pitches if he ever wants to see the light of day in the Majors anytime soon. 

Misch is now the Buffalo Bisons ace, and had an outstanding month in May since replacing R.A. Dickey in that role. He held batters to a .180 BA in 28.1 innings pitched, while posting a 1,91 ERA and a 21/4 K/BB ratio. He also threw a complete game shutout two starts back.

Misch pitched well for the Mets last season, and I suspect that if the Mets run into any trouble with the bullpen or the backend of the rotation, we’ll see him again and ahead of Parnell, Gee or Stoner.

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Mets Place Reliever Pat Misch On Waivers Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:19:12 +0000 This just in from Rich Couthino of 1050 ESPN Radio,

According to MLB sources Pat Misch was placed on waivers which he needs to clear before the Mets can send him to minors.

The problem with that is nobody seems to believe that Misch will clear waivers.

Misch had a 2.84 ERA in 18.1 innings last season for the Mets, and after a shaky start he rebounded nicely to give the Mets some solid starts including a complete game shutout in his last start of the season.

Misch was having a fantastic spring and was one of the top three performers for the Mets. In seven games he compiled a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings pitched.

I hope he doesn’t become this years version of Darren O’Day who went on to become one of the premier relievers in the AL last season after being waived by the Mets.

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Parnell and Green Could Be Out, Beimel Still In Picture Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:57:43 +0000 In a new post to his blog, Adam Rubin of the Daily News, analyzes the Mets spring training battles and speculates on the potential Opening Day roster.

Regarding the rotation, Adam believes that Jon Niese is still the front-runner to be the team’s fifth starter and writes,

The smart money still has Jon Niese claiming the final slot in the rotation over Fernando Nieve, with Hisanori Takahashi only on the fringe of that race, despite the Japanese lefthander slated for a pair of Grapefruit League starts, on March 27 and April 1.

I have a feeling that the winner of the competition for the fifth starter spot may still be undecided when spring training ends. I’d bet that we may see two to three of them each getting starts in April, with Jerry Manuel playing the hotter hand for the rest of the season. The fifth starter spot has been constantly in a state of flux for the past few seasons now, with over a dozen different pitchers trying but not succeeding in keeping a job in the rotation.

In the bullpen Adam writes that Bobby Parnell and Sean Green are in some jeopardy of not making the Opening Day roster, although Green would seem to be less vulnerable because his salary is $975,000 even if he’s in the minors.

I actually mentioned that both Parnell AND Green were dangerously close to losing their bullpen spots last week, especially when you consider the outstanding spring performances of Nelson Figueroa, Pat Misch, Ryota Igarashi, Hisanori Takahashi and Jenrry Mejia.

Rubin points to Francisco Rodriguez and Pedro Feliciano as the obvious locks, with right-handers Ryota Igarashi and Kiko Calero virtually assured of spots as well. Fernando Nieve is also close to locking up a bullpen spot leaving just two more spots that are yet to be decided.

He believes that Jenrry Mejia will most likely unseat Parnell with Green’s spot possibly going to free-agent lefthander Joe Beimel, whom he says the Mets remain in touch with. But if that doesn’t transpire, Hisanori Takahashi or Nelson Figueroa could make the team.

It’s starting to look more and more like Mejia could make the team, even though I’m still against such a move. Ironically, he could replace Bobby Parnell who was exactly in the same position Mejia now finds himself in. We had these same debates regarding Parnell last spring, and I wondered if promoting him to the bullpen would jeopardize his ability to be a future starter for the Mets. Now Parnell could find himself going back to the minors, and whether he returns as a reliever or starter is still to be determined. Now everyone is just as fascinated with Mejia’s fastball as they were with Parnell’s… Hopefully Mejia won’t suffer a similar fate…

I have a strong hunch that the Mets could possibly trade Sean Green to make room in the bullpen and create an opportunity for Misch or Takahashi.

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