Mets Merized Online » Pedro Beato Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Have Made A Theme Of Losing In “Wild” Fashion Thu, 02 May 2013 14:00:50 +0000 brandon-lyon juan-pierre

Despite the incredible effort by Jeremy Hefner on Tuesday night, the Mets were unable to get just three more outs as a ninth inning meltdown capped off by a Brandon Lyon wild pitch handed the Marlins their second straight walk-off victory against the Amazin’s and their first series win of the season.

Surprisingly enough, the Mets have become quite used to the demoralizing oddity known as the walk-off wild pitch. In fact, last night was the third time in four seasons that Flushing’s Finest have allowed the game-winning run to score on a pitch to the backstop.


On May 14 of the 2010 season, Johan Santana was on the mound in a premiere matchup with then-Marlins ace Josh Johnson. Santana went seven innings allowing just one unearned run on six hits and seven strikeouts. He left for a pinch-hitter with the game tied at one. After pitching a scoreless eighth, reliever Fernando Nieve took the hill to pitch a perfect ninth to send the game into extra innings. After getting Jorge Cantu to fly to left for the first out of the tenth, Nieve walked Cody Ross and quickly allowed a Ronny Paulino single to put Ross at third. Then on the first pitch to Dan Uggla, Nieve bounced it to the plate past Rod Barajas as Ross raced home to win it for the Marlins. The walk-off wild pitch would be the first victory for the Fish in what would be a four game sweep of the Mets.


Fast forward two years to July of 2012… Jon Niese is having a heck of a game against the Nationals Ross Detwiler. They both exit after seven, Niese surrendering one run and punching out eight, Detwiler spotless, giving the Nats a 1-0 advantage. They would go up 2-0 after a Steve Lombardozzi RBI double. Comes the top of the ninth, the Mets put up a three spot to go ahead 3-2. However the lead would be short lived as Bobby Parnell would blow the save, allowing the Nats to tie it and send it to extra innings. Josh Thole doubled to drive in Daniel Murphy and give the Amazin’s their second lead in as many innings. Tim Byrdak came on to close out the tenth and after a game tying, RBI triple to the rookie sensation Bryce Harper, he walked the bases loaded and was lifted for Pedro Beato. Beato, on a 1-2 pitch to Tyler Moore, threw a breaking ball that went right past Josh Thole, allowing Ryan Zimmerman to slide home and win it for the Nats by a score of 5-4.

Chris Coghlan, David Wright

Then we have last night. A suddenly hot Jeremy Hefner came in to finish off a shutout, and came away with a loss as both the tying and go-ahead runs were charged to the 27-year old despite a meltdown by Brandon Lyon capped off by a wild pitch of his own that bounced off the glove of Anthony Recker and ricocheted towards the home dugout.

Before this recent stretch, the last time the Mets lost a ballgame on a walk-off wild pitch dates back all the way to 1981 when Mike Marshall let one fly at Houston. You have to go all the way back to the beginning of the Reagan administration for that one! Meanwhile all three of these most recent “wild” endings have occurred under the same commander in chief


Not a theme the Mets would like to continue, however with the quality–or lack there of–of arms they continue to acquire for the ‘pen, what can you expect? Sure Brandon Lyon is supposed to be a solid set-up man, however that hasn’t been the case up to this point. You get what you pay for; you get out of it what you put in. When you don’t go and add significant arms for innings seven through nine and beyond, losses such as those mentioned above are going to happen.

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Pedro Beato To Red Sox As PTBNL In Shoppach Trade Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:53:31 +0000 Keith Law of ESPN, is reporting that the Mets have sent RHP Pedro Beato to the Boston Red Sox as the player to be named later in the trade they made to acquire catcher Kelly Shoppach.

The Mets acquired Beato via the Rule 5 draft in 2010.

Beato spent the entire 2011 season on the Major League roster, but lost significant time to the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

The young right-hander spent most of this season with Triple-A Buffalo, but did make seven appearances with the Mets posting a 10.38 ERA in just 4 1/3 innings.

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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – Upper Minors Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:59:06 +0000

Mark Cohoon

Welcome to the second edition of Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – Upper Minors. Today we take a look once again at the hottest and coldest players from St. Lucie, Binghamton, and Buffalo.

Who’s Hot

  • Alonzo Harris LFSt. Lucie – Harris is making a name for himself with an incredible stretch for St. Lucie. Harris is hitting .419 over his last ten games with two home runs and seven runs batted in. He also has a .457 on-base percentage and .674 slugging percentage.
  • Wilmer Flores INF, Binghamton – Flores is catching fire once again. His adjustment period to Double-A seems to be over,  as he is catching fire once again. He is batting .359 over his last ten games to go along with a .405 on-base percentage and .513 slugging percentage. Flores, 21, is on track to be in Buffalo sooner rather than later with the way he’s been hitting.
  • Mark Cohoon P, Binghamton – Cohoon hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves for the way he’s been pitching in Binghamton this season. On the year, he has a 3.44 ERA in 120.1 innings with the B-Mets, and had his best outing of the season on Friday, throwing a two-hit shutout against Harrisbugh. He was recognized this week by the Eastern League as the pitcher of the week.

Who’s Not 

  • Pedro Beato P, Buffalo – After pitching very well earlier in the season for Buffalo, Beato has struggled recently. Over his last three outings, he has allowed ten runs in five innings.
  • Jefry Marte 3B, Binghamton – Marte was having a good season with the B-Mets up until a few weeks ago, when he started slumping. Over his last ten games, he has just a .194 batting average and has only walked once during that span. Hopefully, Marte can turn it around and earn himself a Triple-A roster spot for next season.
  • Eric Campbell 3B, Binghamton – After a fantastic first half, in which he hit well over .300 and earned himself All-Star honors, Eric Cambell has cooled down lately. Campbell is batting .219 over his last ten games and .211 in the month of August.
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Beato, Bisons Mauled In 10-4 Yankees Smackdown! Sat, 11 Aug 2012 11:45:58 +0000

Pedro Beato had a rough game last night for Buffalo.

On a night when Wally Backman had only relief pitchers available, he had a tough task available. As expected from a team with a reliever starting a game, things didn’t go so well with the Bisons losing 10-4 to the SWB Yankees.

It was Pedro Beato who got the “start” for Buffalo. The majority of Beato’s appearances this season have lasted two innings or more, often taking upwards of 40 pitches, but not much more than that. He was really the closest thing the Bisonss have to a long man, especially with Garrett Olson and others on the big league club. However, despite dominating Triple-A this season, Beato struggled against the Yankees. Beato gave up a leadoff home run to Chris Dickerson, immediately giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. The Bisons would fight back in the bottom of the inning, taking the lead on a two-run home run by Josh Satin.

In the bottom of the second, Mike Nickeas knocked in a run with an RBI-single to extend Buffalo’s lead to 3-1 after Beato had pitched a scoreless second. However, when he stepped back onto the mound the next inning, it got ugly.

The Yankees staged a rally with no outs in the inning. Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs with an RBI-single, tying the game at three and knocking Pedro Beato out of the game. In came Elvin Ramirez, who would allow a run to score on a ground ball, handing a lead to the Yankees that they wouldn’t relinquish.

From that point on, the Yankees simply overmatched the Buffalo bullpen, scoring six more runs. On the other side, despite a few early runs, the Bisons only scored one more run against Ramon Ortiz. For the Busons, Elvin Ramirez, Robert arson, Scott Patterson, and Justin Hampson all gave up runs, leading to an eventual rout and a 10-4 final score.

Herd Rumblings: A few notes significant to the big league bullpen came out of this game. C.J. Nitkowski made his third appearance with the Bisons, tossing 1.1 scoreless frames. He has allowed one run in 8.1 innings between Binghamton and Buffalo. Scott Patterson, another recent signee,allowed two runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. On offense, Josh Satin had the home run and was 1-for-3 with a walk. Matt den Dekker was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Zach Lutz and Mike Nickeas each drove in a run. Jenrry Mejia will get the start today against the Yankees. First pitch is at 7:05.

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Parnell Has Little Margin For Error This Spring Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:16:57 +0000 According to Adam Rubin, Terry Collins acknowledged today that reliever Manny Acosta, who is out of minor league options, is “all but a lock” for the Opening Day roster in the bullpen along with Frank Francisco, Jon RauchRamon Ramirez and Tim Byrdak.

After being retained on the 40-man roster at the expense of losing former top prospect Fernando Martinez, D.J. Carrasco has an excellent shot of coming up north rather than being designated for assignment. That would certainly conjure up a hornet’s nest for the Mets who don’t want anymore negative attention.

This creates a fierce competition for the remaining spot in the pen between Pedro Beato, Daniel Herrera, Chuck James and Bobby Parnell. Youngsters Jenrry Mejia and Robert Carson could also figure into the mix if they impress in camp.

Regarding Parnell and the other candidates, Collins is looking for an immediate impact this spring:

“When we start playing games, I want to see some consistency … to where their command isn’t erratic in the beginning and you’re saying, ‘He’s going to be OK.’ From the get-go, I want to see some good outings.”

One thing to also remember is that Parnell still has one minor league option remaining and that could also play a factor.

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Mets Contact K-Rod Sun, 04 Dec 2011 23:19:43 +0000 This from the Hey Man…

Now that’s interesting…

Original Post 12/2

Before the Mets traded Frankie Rodriguez to the Brewers for two PTBNL’s they had the fourth best bullpen in the National League. K-rod was the closer of course, with Jason  Isringhausen performing admirably as the setup man, and Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato were thriving in lower pressure seventh inning duties.

Then, as I wrote on August 19, 2011, this happened:

So how is everyone enjoying the K-Rod-less bullpen so far? I mean of course you all must have expected some sort of a downgrade in performance after swapping out Rodriguez for Igarashi, but I don’t think anybody could have predicted these dreadful results. The bullpen as a whole has been a virtual catastrophe except for Izzy who may not even be back next season. The Mets went from having one of the better bullpens in the majors, to what is now officially the worst bullpen in the game in August.

As I’ve written previously, I never thought Bobby Parnell or Pedro Beato had the stomach to pitch with the game on the line. It takes more than just stuff to close out games and protect one-run leads in the 8th or 9th innings – you gotta have that killer instinct – that hard edge – that intimidation factor. All the great closers have it, and it’s not something you teach or grow into either.

Just reading some of the comments that were left in that post was kind of fun. Anyway, what’s done is done and now it seems we’re on the hunt again for not only a closer but a setup man as well. That’s life.

The reason I bring this up is because oddly enough, K-Rod’s name came up in yesterday’s conference call. Here is what Sandy Alderson had to say about that trade six months later.

My biggest disappointment going back to last year was just the way we finished the season. We finished poorly, we started poorly. Part of that was attributable to injury, but some of it was a result of weakening the team later for long-term benefit. I think for example, if we’d kept Frankie Rodriguez, we would have finished well over .500. I think that the lack of a closer cost us a number of games.

In the context of how hotly this subject was debated on MMO, with regards to the bullpen imploding soon after the trade and those who called it a coincidence or just a case of younger relievers experiencing dead arms, this at least validates what my own stance was all along, and that is that the trade absolutely destroyed the bullpen and wiped out the rest of the Mets season.

I was against the trade all along, but I did learn one thing since then and that is I don’t hold Sandy Alderson accountable for having to do what he was forced to do by the Wilpons.

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Niese Gets Hit Around, Phillies Beat Mets 9-4 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:50:10 +0000 Jonathon Niese had possibly his worst outing of the season, and the Mets offense could not figured out Phillies starter Vance Worley yet again in their 9-4 loss.

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese only made it into the fifth, but was completely ineffective today. Niese allowed eight runs on ten hits, walking one and striking out six, while allowing two home runs. Niese was effective until the third inning, and then he was rendered useless. The Phillies were drilling everything he was throwing, and by the time he walked his first batter, that would be his last batter. Hopefully this wasn’t fatigued and may have been attributed to the back tweak he suffered in his last start.

Pedro Beato came out, and allowed all of Niese’s baserunners to score, and one of his own. Beato has looked extremely overmatched and just not able to stop the bleeding. As the season is progressing you see Terry Collins working him into a middle-relief role. Ryota Igarashi & Tim Byrdak came out and combined to pitch a scoreless inning.

The offense tried to mount some offense early on, but was silenced for the middle innings and didn’t manage a run until a seventh inning RBI groundout. The first eight Mets accounted for five baserunners, and after that they didn’t manage one baserunner until a Nick Evans double. Lucas Duda sent a two-run home run out in the eighth on a ball that was absolutely skyed into the RF bleachers.

Angel Pagan made a HORRIBLE play in the outfield completely misreading a ball in both distance and side, coming in on a ball that sailed over his head and to his right.

As awful as the Mets were, only Wright & Bay didn’t manage to get at least one hit for the Mets.

Nick Evans – 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Not a bad day for Nick, and if he can prove himself capable offensively then maybe next year he can get a shot somewhere for the Mets

Turning Point

Jonathon Niese becoming ineffective in the third inning and pretty much being about as horrible as one pitcher can be for three innings.

GOAT of the Game

Jonathon Niese – Bad stat line not reflected by poor defense, inability to throw out runners or anything out of his control. Just a poor outing.

On Deck

The Mets will look to salvage at least one of the games from the series, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound against the Phillies and Kyle Kendrick at 1:10 P.M. EST at Citizen’s Ballpark

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Bullpen Blows Game, Again, Mets Lose 6-2 To Brewers Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:27:46 +0000 R.A. Dickey pitched a strong seven innings, but the bullpen combined to give up four runs in the last two innings in their 6-2 loss to the Brewers.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey looked great today, and had another quality outing. Dickey went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking none and striking out four. Dickey would’ve gone more innings if not for the Brewers manager walking Ruben Tejada in the bottom of the seventh to force Terry Collins to bring in a pinch hitter.

The bullpen failed horribly for the second day in a row, with Manny Acosta, Tim Byrdak, Jason Isringhausen and Pedro Beato combining to allow another four runs. The bullpen has been god awful, and it can only get better hopefully. Not one arm has been able to shut things down or stop the bleeding.

The bats didn’t do much today, outside of two big hits that were back-to-back, a Lucas Duda two-run blast to the deepest part of the park and a Jason Bay double to LF that was two-feet short of being a home run, and would’ve been out in any other park. Another weak offensive day, with six total hits and only one walk.

Angel Pagan – 2 for 4. Angel has been hitting much better, but over-ran a ball in the fifth and missed a catch.

Lucas Duda – 1 for 4 with a two-run homer. Oh, three strikeouts too. Great way to break up the golden sombrero.


Justin Turner continues to struggle defensively, making an extremely poor throw that cost the Mets two outs, and prolonged the inning.

Ryan Braun stole two bases, and neither throw by Josh Thole was accurate or strong.

Turning Point

Making Terry Collins play for the win in the seventh and pulling his extremely effective starter.

Game Ball

R.A. Dickey, the victim of poor run support/bad luck. Great outing, usual expected outcome. R.A. Dickey is the best 5-11 pitcher in the MLB.

On Deck

The Mets will travel to Philly to face off against Cliff Lee and the Phillies. Dillon Gee will take the mound and game time is 7:05 P.M.

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Looking Toward 2012: Parnell Or Beato For Closer? Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:22:00 +0000

Now that Jason Isringhausen has recorded his 300th save, Terry Collins told reporters that he would start weaning one of his younger relief pitchers—Bobby Parnell or Pedro Beato—to become the team’s pitchers.

Izzy was just what this team needed this year, whether it was his ability to get clutch outs in big spots or the leadership he provided to the younger players.

However, the likelihood that he returns next year is minimal to say the least. So that leaves Parnell or Beato as the only in-house options to take over in the ninth inning.

Last season, when K-Rod hurt himself punching his girlfriend’s father, Parnell seemed like the logical choice to fill in. Instead, Jerry Manuel anointed Hisanori Takahashi as the team’s closer, and he did quite well.

But this year when K-Rod was traded, the Mets had the insurance plan of Izzy, once again keeping Parnell from the ninth inning role.

Heading into next season, the Mets will have some pressing needs, including trying to re-sign Jose Reyes and fill in some offensive holes—all with a limited payroll.

That’s why if the team can feel confident with either Parnell or Beato as the closer, it’s one less thing the Mets need to worry about.

Both players have had patches or brilliance this season, but they have also gone through stretches of being ineffective, mostly dealing with walks.

As a closer, walks are absolutely deadly, especially when they lead off an inning. For a team that notoriously doesn’t score many runs, having a guy come in and shut the door in the ninth inning is imperative.

While Beato has shown he has good stuff, Parnell is the one who possesses the 100 mph fastball. The problem is that Major League hitters have the ability to hit the fastest pitches if they are straight.

Now that it’s looking like the Mets won’t be competing in September, hopefully we can see an open competition for the closer’s role. Collins may be more inclined to give Parnell the bulk of the opportunities, since Parnell at least has some experience closing games.

Even so, giving Beato a chance here and there would be great for his confidence. If Parnell becomes the closer next season, Beato should at least be granted the role of setup man, barring any trades or free agent signings.

So bring on Parnell for the ninth inning, but let’s not forget about Beato.

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Mets Bats And Bullpen Stumble In 6-1 Loss To Padres Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:27:27 +0000  

Jonathon Niese had a decent outing, but the bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding and the offense offered no support in the Mets 6-1 loss to the Padres

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese had a peculiar outing today, allowing three runs on ten hits in six innings, walking none and striking out three. Niese gave up four of his ten hits in one inning, and as evidenced by the lack of walks and his control pitching to contact, balls got through holes when they shouldn’t have. However, this is a quality start by definition.

The bullpen today was atrocious, as Pedro Beato continued to struggle and keeps hurting his chances to pitch in high leverage situations, giving up two runs on three hits, striking out one and allowing a home run. Mike Pelfrey came out to do some pitching, and gave up a run on two hits in one third of an inning. Only D.J. Carrasco & Tim Byrdak pitched clean frames, and they each pitched one-third of an inning.

This bullpen is looking like it could become revamped with some prospects VERY soon, with Igarashi & Beato struggling. Beato will not be demoted if for no reason but ensuring he will be a Met next season, but Igarashi is not as safe.

The offense didn’t exist today. Four hits just won’t cut it, and Ruben Tejada went 2 for 2 with a walk and an RBI.

No offense to note, Jason Bay stranded three runners and Lucas Duda two

Turning Point

When the Mets managed four hits – that isn’t going to do anything.

Game Ball

In a loss like this, nobody gets a game ball. This is a reality check for the offense, either score some runs or it doesn’t matter how good your starting pitching or bullpen is.

On Deck

The Mets will look to win the rubber game and will send Dillon Gee to the mound against Matt Latos. Game time is 6:35 EST, a welcome change for us east coast fans and recappers who have work in the early morning.

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Wright On Time, Pelfrey Struggles, Mets Win 7-6 Sat, 23 Jul 2011 02:45:46 +0000

Mike Pelfrey had another mixed outing, and the return of David Wright helped the Mets in their 7-6 win against the Marlins

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey had yet another uneven outing, but this one was marred by control issues and some bad defense. Mike went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking four and striking out three. Pelfrey’s been trending more towards a fly ball pitcher, and today two of those fly balls left the yard. Pelfrey has been throwing more breaking balls, but he was punished on two breaking balls he left on the plate. Pelfrey continues to baffle Mets fans, because some games he is very good, and others seems to fall apart at some point.

The bullpen got a lot of work today. Pedro Beato was completely ineffective, giving up one run on one hit walking two in one-third of an inning. Tim Byrdak went one-third, and got one out (deep fly-bal that scored the run Beato was charged with). Bobby Parnell came out for the last out of the seventh, and got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to second. In the eighth, Bobby got himself in and out of trouble, only getting blemished on a bloop-single to LF. Parnell’s final line is one run allowed on one hit, walking one and striking out one while earning the win.

Jason Isringhausen came out to close the game, and pitched a clean inning while striking out one and earning his second save of the year. It could’ve gotten messy, but for the last out Jason Pridie made a great running catch feet away from the wall.

The bats decided today, they’d put in some work early. David Wright, in his first game back since May 15th hit an RBI double, followed by a Daniel Murphy RBI single. Angel Pagan would top off the scoring with an RBI sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Carlos Beltran had an RBI single. Ronny Paulino hit a sac-fly with the bases loaded in the seventh, and in the eighth with the game tied David Wright hit an RBI-double and advanced to third on the throw.

Jose Reyes – 2 for 5, pretty solid day.

Every Mets starting position player had at least 1 hit.

Daniel Murphy – 2 for 4 with a walk, a run and two RBI. Murphy also made a good/risky/stupid play in the eighth to kill the lead runner.

Turning Point

Mets seventh inning set the tone for the rest of the game. After just losing the lead, the Mets came back to put across a lead run and another for insurance.

Game Ball

David Wright – 2 for 5 with two runs, two rbi and two strikeouts. David’s return is very welcome to a Mets team that could use another power bat

On Deck

The Mets will continue their series against the Marlins, sending Chris Capuano to face off against Clay Hensley, who perplexed the Mets in his last start. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Mets Opt To Keep Izzy As Mentor, Won’t Trade Him Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:16:00 +0000

According to Jon Heyman of, the Mets have decided that they want to keep Jason isringhausen rather than trade him before the deadline, despite some interest from other teams including the Cinicinatti Reds.

The reasoning behind it is that the Mets feel that Izzy’s experience will serve to mentor yound relievers like Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato, both of whom will be groomed to be end-game relievers.

Considering the many years of experience as a closer including in the post season, and the comeback season Isringhausen is having this year, it’s a little surprising to not see the Mets try and get something serviceanble in return for him.

It also makes one wonder if they have intentions of asking Izzy to return next season.

In last night’s 6-5 win over the Cardinals, the 38-year-old reliever shined in a two inning stint and earned his second win of the season. He has not allowed a run in his past five appearances.

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Pelfrey Punished In Fifth, Bullpen Can’t Hold, Mets Lose 8-5 To Phillies Sun, 17 Jul 2011 22:32:24 +0000

Mike Pelfrey had four good innings, but was punished in the fifth inning and the bullpen failed to stop the bleeding and a late-inning push couldn’t save the Mets as they lost the game 8-5, and the series to the Phillies

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey had a bad outing, getting through four innings relatively unscathed, then getting smoked for a home run. Pelfrey’s final line was four runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two. These uneven outings really do make the Mets decisions to the deadline more difficult. Biggest sign to worry about Mike? 16 HR allowed this year, 12 all of last season.

The bullpen came out and did nothing spectacular. Pedro Beato had no control, D.J. Carrasco underperformed as is expected, Ryota Igarashi allowed runs to score with the bases loaded and the bullpen overall underperformed, with only Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak leaving unscathed.

The bats couldn’t manage hits, or to drive in runners against Kyle Kendrick. They managed to draw walks, but couldn’t knock in big hits. Doubles by both Daniel Murphy and Ronny Paulino were held in the yard thanks to the high walls of both LF and RF. The run barrage/comeback the Mets attempted didn’t happen until a Scott Hairston RBI single in the seventh. In the eighth, with the bases loaded the Mets struggled to get across the runs, with a Lucas Duda double-play RBI groundout accounting for one run,a Ronny Paulino RBI single and an Angel Pagan RBI single scoring another. Ruben Tejada should’ve scored on the play, but Phillies RF Dominic Brown fielded it quickly. A Lucas Duda triple in the ninth drove in another run, but that would be the end of the Mets rally.

Justin Turner – 0 for 5 – he has been very cold lately, and his defense hasn’t been anything major. Tejada may grab some of the starts at 2B once Reyes returns, and Turner may be relegated to the bench when Wright returns.

Jason Bay – 0 for 4 with a walk. May not look so awful, but left five on base.

Turning Point

When Pelfrey gave up the three-run home run to the light hitting Michael Martinez. That took some of the wind out of the Mets sails.

Game Ball

Daniel Murphy – 2 for 3, two runs and two walks. Murphy also just missed a home run by 5 feet against tough lefty Antonio Bastaro

On Deck

The Mets will look to bounce back from todays loss, facing the Florida Marlins and Clay Hensley at Citi Field and will send Chris Capuano to the mound. Game time is 7:10 P.M.


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Does The K-Rod Trade Make The Mets Buyers? Wed, 13 Jul 2011 21:28:54 +0000 Now with the Mets having cleared one of their biggest offseason worries in the Francisco Rodriguez vesting option, does that make the Mets buyers during the trade deadline?

Although a game has yet to be played after the All-Star break, this Mets team already takes on a new appearance. The bullpen corps is comprised of the same pitchers, and two (Bobby Parnell & Pedro Beato) will look to close out games now. Jason Isringhausen is a candidate to close as well, due to experience but this is a new dawn of allowing prospects to try and carry their weight. If either one of the three closer candidates can prove to be adequate if not excel in closing out games, the flexibility it provides financially is immense.

The thought is that with some added free space on the payroll this year, can they become players for another starter, possibly improve at catcher or add some right-handed bench depth? The options have expanded, and now the Mets can explore in-season options even though this K-Rod move is seen as somewhat of a defeatist move from a standpoint of competition.

In the offseason, the K-Rod option – no loger a worry, opens more options. Will the Mets re-sign Jose Reyes? That still isn’t known, but the amount of payroll that was opened is a much more positive sign today then it was a few days ago. Will the Mets re-sign Beltran? It is a dark horse option, but maybe Beltran won’t feel as betrayed by the Mets since most of the damage was done by the Minaya regime. Will the Mets look to sign some help in the offseason in both the starting rotation and at the catcher position.

This has been an interesting last few months, and with 18 days until the trade deadline, this can become a very exciting time for Mets fans.

For other thoughts, Mets news and Mets related talk, follow me on twitter @TheSeanKenny

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Parnell VS Beato: A Quick Look Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:07:49 +0000 When you think of closers in this generation, you think of flame throwing pitchers who are able to come in and shut down the opposition for one inning. The Firemen era, where closers handled 3 innings and got the traditional save, will no longer be visited. It comes down to a point in the game where the one inning closer is extremely overvalued compared to the legendary closers of history. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not trying to put down Mariano or Hoffman or even Franco, but when you put them up against Gossage, Eckersley, Fingers, Sutter, Wilhelm? Well. Regardless, Mariano and Hoffman never got 17.5 million and K-rod sure didn’t deserve it. When you look at the likely road the Mets will take for this year, Parnell or Beato will probably get the shot to be the closer for them. Parnell is more likely – based on experience and the stuff he packs.

Robert Allen Parnell – He’ll be 27 in September and throws ridiculously hard. This is his 4th year in the majors. His average fastball speed for the past two years is 96.45 – and his fastball sits above 95 with regularity. He works with a slider and as of this year, a two-seam fastball (or some variation of it.) One of the reasons for his success this year is that he’s mixing in that moving fastball, or two-seam variant, a lot more often. According to Fan Graphs, his career 4-Seam percentage is 73.5% – while his rate this year is 53.2%. His two-seam rate is up to 19.8%, a serious increase on the 0.9% from last year. His slider usage percentage is also up. So what’s the deal from all the numbers? Parnell throws hard, he’s throwing a fastball with more movement, and he’s trying to mix in the slider more. His WHIP is 1.33 which is… it needs to be improved. The walks aren’t killing but the hits allowed are. The fact that he focuses on his fastball is no big secret – but if he can throw the slider for strikes, we have truly a quality reliever on our hands.

Pedro Beato – Rule 5 Pick from the Baltimore Orioles has the stuff to stick around in the majors. He is a rookie, turning 25 in October, but still showed really good control and good stuff overall in the beginning of the season. He started the season with a 17 IP scoreless streak, drawing comparisons to Joakim Soria from me. He hasn’t looked the same after coming back from the DL but he still has a promising future. Beato runs with a two-seam variant, four-seam, curveball, and slider. None of his pitches are MLB Plus pitches (like Parnell’s fastball) but he works pretty well with what he’s got. He mixes speeds well (Two Seam around 91, 4 Seam around 93, Curve 79, Slider 86) and has looked like he’s going to stick with the Mets the rest of the way – so he’ll be under our control for a little bit. If Beato keeps his control steady (12 BB in 40 IP) and keeps the K/BB steady (2:1), he’ll be good a long the way. A WHIP of 1.00 and an AVG against of .197? Nice. He’s also only allowed 2 HRs this year, so that’s good to see as well.

Here’s the skinny in my opinion: from what I’ve seen and from what the stats show me. Bobby Parnell’s ceiling is more of a Brian Wilson type closer and Pedro Beato is more of a Joakim Soria type closer –> if they both hit their ceilings. If either one of them is able to reach such a ceiling, I would be a very happy fan. The likelihood is that the true endpoint for the two of them lies between the high projections I set and where they are now. It is more likely Parnell will pan out to be a better reliever but Beato is probably more likely to hit the Soria type ceiling. I assume Parnell will get the chances to close from here on out and I’ll be observing him closely.

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Post Game: Bay Goes Yard Twice In Mets 6-0 Win Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:13:02 +0000

Mike Pelfrey willed his way through six innings while Carlos Beltran and Jason Bay supplied all the power as the Mets beat the Dodgers 6-0, ensuring at least a series split as the Mets win their third straight game.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey worked himself in and out of trouble today, going six innings while giving up five hits, walking two, hitting two batters and striking out two. Pelfrey was consistently hit, and it wasn’t cheap contact when hit. Pelfrey consistently put himself in the line of fire, and somehow managed to get himself out of it every time, with the help of the defense of course.

The bullpen today only had to bridge three innings, which is always a plus. Pedro Beato came out and pitched a solid inning, only allowing a double that eluded Carlos Beltran and turned into a triple, before striking out Matt Kemp with a slider. Beato has looked great recently, staying in the zone and rarely walking hitters. Jason Isringhausen came out for the eighth, and seemed hittable yet again, struggling with some control.

Angel Pagan got VERY lucky in the fifth when he was caught in a rundown between first and second, but Dodgers second baseman James Loney threw the ball away. That allowed Carlos Beltran to get up to bat, and blast a two-run homer, his 13th of the season.

The hitting star of the game was no doubt Jason Bay who rocketed not one, but TWO home runs as he continues to look more and more like the slugger the Mets thought they were getting when they signed him last season. Bay extended his hitting streak to eight games, and is batting .366 with three home runs and 12 RBI in that span. Lets hope this trend continues.

Turning Point

When Beltran launched the home run in the fifth. When the Mets couldn’t put together hits, Beltran had a big hit.

Game Ball

Jason Bay, 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBI. Jason seems to be working his way out of this slump in quite a large way.

On Deck

The Mets will look to finish up the West Coast trip strong, sending Jonathon Niese to the mound to face-off against Dodgers righty Hideki Kuroda. Game time is 10:10 P.M.

For my feelings on the game and other Mets thoughts, follow me on twitter @TheSeanKenny

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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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Pedro Beato To Return From DL On Tuesday Sat, 14 May 2011 04:01:02 +0000

According to Adam Rubin via Twitter, Pedro Beato tossed an inning in an extended spring training game Friday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with what the team officially called right elbow tendinitis.

Beato landed on the DL on May 4, three days after pitching three scoreles innings in relief at Philadelphia. The Mets are expected to activate him from the DL on Tuesday when he is elgible to return.

Beato, 24, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (zero earned runs/17.0 innings) in 11 games this season. The 6-4, 220-pound rookie has allowed nine hits and four unearned runs, walked three and struck out 10.

Our own Clayton Collier wrote that his streak of 17.0 innings without an earned run to start his career is the second-longest in Mets history. Only Jack DiLauro in 1969 compiled a longer run (17.2 innings).

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Welcome Ronny Paulino! Mets Beat Phillies 2-1 In 14th Mon, 02 May 2011 15:00:19 +0000

A combination of Chris Young and the bullpen held the Phillies to one run in fourteen innings, and Ronny Paulino made a big Mets debut, including the game winning hit and the Mets won the game in the fourteenth inning, 2-1.

Game Notes

Chris Young was lights out today, going seven quality innings while giving up two hits, walking three, striking out seven and allowing ZERO runs. What is more amazing is most columnists/bloggers figured Chris Young would cease effectiveness in the micro-park known as Citizens Bank, but outside of a Brian Schneider double, nothing was hit hard. He seemed to fatigue in the seventh when he walked two of his three batters and hit another. He was efficient for the whole game, and sadly due to lack of run support didn’t get the win.

The bullpen today was AMAZING overall. They would go seven innings, allowing one run, giving up five hits and three walks and only one run. That run was made possible by Jason Isringhausen issuing two walks and Tim Byrdak coming in to get Ryan Howard out, and having Howard hit an opposite field single that would score John Mayberry. The run was charged to Izzy, but Byrdak’s inability to be lights-out against lefties is leaving room to believe if he falters against lefties, the Mets may call up a lefty to see if he can be effective. K-Rod came out after Byrdak gave up the hit and would finish the inning. He would then come out for the ninth, and gave up two singles and struck out one in his one and one third innings of work. Pedro Beato came out and gave THREE quality innings in a 1-1 game, giving up two hits and striking out two. Beato may not strike out the world, but the man does not like walking batters, having walked three in seventeen innings. Taylor Buchholz came out, and pitched two quality innings, getting the win while allowing no hits and striking out two. Buchholz has looked much better as of late, and may be the steal of the offseason. That last pitch he struck Mayberry out on was nasty.

The bats today were great at producing hits, but atrocious at scoring them. The Mets stranded 32, yes 32 baserunners. Outside of the Carlos Beltran double that scored David Wright from first, the Mets couldn’t get runners across if their lives depended on it. This cannot occur if the Mets hope to win any games, and at any time the Mets could’ve had this game won in the early innings.

Ronny Paulino – 5 for 7 with an RBI in his first Mets start. Welcome to the team, Ronny.

David Wright – 3 for 6 with a walk, both Mets runs, a steal and a strikeout. Good outing for David, but its against a lefty so its expected.

Jose Reyes – 2 for 6 with a walk and two steals. Thats eight walks against 11 strikeouts and ten stolen bases. Lets go Jose.

Hu & Harris – strikeouts in pinch hitting appearances, both with runners on second. Sigh. Oh productive bench, where are you?

Ike Davis – 0 for 6 with a walk and two strikeouts, both looking. Major flyball that advanced David Wright in the 14th inning though.

The Mets drew seven walks and stole four bases. Only good things to come from that combination

Turning Point

The Mets 14th inning, getting hits off an obviously fatigued Kyle Kendrick.

Game Ball

Ronny Paulino/The bullpen. Paulino was on the entire game, and minus the Izzy/Byrdak eighth, the pen was stellar.

On Deck

The Mets will get a well deserved day off, and then travel back to Citi Field to open a series against the Giants on Tuesday. The Giants, as Yahoo is showing will be sending out Ryan Vogelsong and he will be going up against Mets legend/Internet Meme king R.A. Dickey. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Opening Night Booms and Busts Sat, 02 Apr 2011 14:25:32 +0000 One down, 161 to go, and while most of us know better than to let panic set in as John Buck’s grand slam sailed out of the ballpark, we couldn’t help fight the feeling that it was all so familiar. Sigh.

Every game has positives you can take from it, yes even losses. Here are two that I felt were worth considering.

Carlos Beltran – First and foremost was the play of Carlos Beltran. Not only did he drive in the Mets’ first run of the new season when he lined a double off Josh Johnson in the seventh inning, but he also looked pretty good running around the bases. Defensively, Beltran looked like he’d been playing right field his entire career. He moved extremely well out there and made a nice play charging the ball and powering a perfect throw to the plate. Good news all around.

Brad Emaus – The winner of the lamest second base battle in franchise history, didn’t do anything of note at the plate, but he did show me enough in playing the position to make me wonder why everyone was so worried about his defense in the first place. He mad several nice plays including a diving stab to prevent a hit, and looked fluid while helping to complete a double play. If he can hit as well as he did in the minors, still a big if, he’ll be more than adequate until Reese Havens takes his rightful place at second base late this season or next spring.

Plenty of negative vibes, but these were the most noteworthy.

Mike Pelfrey – On the flip-side, there were a lot of awful performances for the Mets last night, spear-headed by our quasi-ace Mike Pelfrey. An ace he’s not and an ace he will never be. I don’t know what was worse, Omar Minaya proclaiming Pelfrey the number two pitcher in December of 2008, or Sandy Alderson proclaiming him the ace in December of 2010. The worst thing about Pelfrey may not be last night’s start, but how it will effect him emotionally. His ruts always came in bunches and always began with a particularly bad effort. When the dust settled, Pelfrey couldn’t even complete five innings. He was charged with five earned runs on four hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings, while striking out two. Maybe it was just the Marlins and this was nothing to worry about. He has a 5.63 ERA in 13 career starts against them, but it’s not going to get any easier facing up against Roy Halladay next Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

David Wright - If Wright’s goal this season was to cut down on the strikeouts and make more contact, he surely got off to a fishy start last night. After whiffing 161 times in 2010, a career worst, Wright has said that he is dedicated to putting the high whiff totals behind him this season. I’ll cut him some slack because of who he batted against, but he did look particularly bad on two strikeouts that capped off his 0-4 start to the season.

Pedro Beato – You look at the boxscore and you’ll wonder why I’m even picking on Beato after he tossed two scoreless innings. I’ll tell you why. Although Beato only allowed three hits, he was getting crushed. His blazing fastball was flat and they were teeing off on it. He was spared a disastrous outing only because of two huge grabs in the outfield including one that was barely contained by the stadium, and two diving stops in the infield including a laser by Hanley Ramirez that was turned for a double play. This was one story where the stats didn’t tell the story, but an observant eye on the game did. It could have been his first game jitters, remember Beato never pitched above Double-A before last night.

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Beato Clinches Spot in Bullpen, Are Evans And Izzy Out? Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:08:46 +0000 Pedro Beato has been one heck of a player in the spring, and it looks like all his hard work just payed off for him.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, Pedro Beato is going to be on the Mets opening day roster in the bullpen.  This was what Jon Heyman said via Twitter:

Beato to make Mets. 12th pen spot between (between) boyer, Izzy, and Acosta. Emaus is 2b, Harris, Hairston, Hu, Murphy reserves

Speaking of roster spots, as mentioned in Heyman’s tweet, Brad Emaus is going to be the Mets starting 2nd basemen.  Like we’ve all thoughht, its all but official. He won out over Daniel Murphy.

The bullpen is going to come down to Blaine Boyer, Jason Isringhausen (Izzy), and Manny Acosta, as we already knew. 

As for the reserves, Heyman says that Willie Harris, Scott Hairston, Chin Lung Hu, and Daniel Murphy are going to be the bench players for the Mets.  As my colleague Adam V reported yesterday, Terry Collins said he wants to keep Nick Evans somehow.   If Jon Heyman is indeed correct with his reserve players, then it looks like Nick Evans will have to clear waivers. 

Overall, it seems that it’s all but official.  We’ll have to wait and see what Terry Collins does as far as the cuts go.  Will he cut Nick Evans as much as he wants him on the team?  Will Izzy make the roster with his elbow history? 

Stay tuned Mets fans……

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