Mets Merized Online » Ryota Igarashi http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:21:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 The 2010 Mets: Where Are They Now? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/the-2010-mets-where-are-they-now.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/the-2010-mets-where-are-they-now.html/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:58:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128129 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.

LGM

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Mets Lose Both Games Of Doubleheader To Braves, 6-5 and 5-1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/mets-lose-both-of-doubleheader-to-braves-6-5-and-5-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/mets-lose-both-of-doubleheader-to-braves-6-5-and-5-1.html/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:53:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=60318

Chris Schwinden made his major league debut and was hit hard in the Mets 6-5 loss, and in the second game of the double header, Dillon Gee overcame early trouble to hand the ball to a bullpen that would cough up two more runs in the Mets second loss, a 5-1 defeat.

Game One

Chris Schwinden made his MLB debut, and it will probably not be a memorable one for many. Schwinden went five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, including a home run while walking one and striking out five. Schwinden was throwing strikes, but those strikes were being hit hard. While these next few starts will just be gauging if he is the real deal or a Quad-A pitcher, we shall see.

Daniel Herrera came out for two innings of work, and struck out two and gave up a hit. The fact he pitched two innings is a positive, considering he was a lefty. Possible crossover candidate next year? Ryota Igarashi came out and made a mess, loading the bases so Tim Byrdak could hit lefty Michael Bourn and drive in what would turn out to be the winning run. Bobby Parnell finished up, allowing a hit and striking out one in two-thirds

Yet again, why is Ryota Igarashi being used at all in the season is a bit curious to me. Do the Mets not want to call up a reliever who they have to place on the 40-man roster? If so, DFA Igarashi.

The offense today was primarily of two hits. Jason Bay, who has had a dissapointing season yet again, hit his second grand slam of the season, for his twelfth home run. The other run came on a Nick Evans sac-fly in the ninth, scoring David Wright

Jose Reyes – 1 for 1 in a pinch hitting appearance. As bleak as the Mets season is, Jose does have a fair shot at the batting title.

Jason Bay – 2 for 4 with four RBI. I guess any production is better than no production.

Ruben Tejada – 0 for 5 with a strikeout. Is this fatigue, or has Ruben been figured out again?

Turning Point

Igarashi being an ineffective reliever, putting Tim Byrdak in a difficult spot and giving up the winning run.

Goat Of The Game

Igarashi. No other reason than being completely ineffective.

Game 2

Dillon Gee faired much better than Chris Schwinden, getting charged for three runs (two earned) on four hits, walking two and striking out six in his six innings of work. Gee struggled in the first inning, but settled in for the middle innings. Gee shouldn’t be expected to be that mid-3 ERA guy, but if he could hold an ERA around 4, limit the walks and provide six innings, that would be a major plus for the 2012 Mets

Daniel Herrera went out for the second time today, and pretty much did the same thing he did the game before. Herrera pitched one clean inning. Pedro Beato was hit hard yet again in his two innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits including a home run, walk and one strikeout. Whether this is fatigue, or Beato coming back down to expected performance is to be decided

The offense managed seven total hits, none for extra bases. The only RBI was on a Jason Bay sac-fly in the first. Nick Evans managed to strand five of the 11 Mets baserunners. Not much else to say.

Jose Reyes – 1 for 4 with a run. Leading the league in average.

Duda & Evans – 0 for 8. Tough day at the dish

Turning Point

When the Mets couldn’t manage to get an extra base hit and played uninspired for the second game of the doubleheader.

Goat Of The Game

Nick Evans, 0 for 4 and stranding nearly 50% of the total baserunners in the game.

On Deck

The Mets travel back to Citi Field to take on the Cubs, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound to face-off against Casey Coleman, who the Mets hit hard the last time they faced him. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

 

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Gee And Wright Fuel Mets 7-3 Win Over Padres http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/08/gee-and-wright-fuel-mets-7-3-win-over-padres.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/08/gee-and-wright-fuel-mets-7-3-win-over-padres.html/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:07:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=57766

Dillon Gee pitched a great game and the offense didn’t manage many hits, but a big David Wright hit ensured the 7-3 Mets win.

Game Notes

Dillon Gee was in control both figuratively and literally up until the seventh inning, after being hit on the right knee in an at-bat the inning before. Gee went six and two-third innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking four and striking out five. Two of the hits Gee gave up on the night came in the seventh. By Gee’s recent standards, this was an outstanding game and its good to see a productive outing from Dillon Gee

The bullpen today was stable, with Tim Byrdak coming in to face a righty and walking him. Manny Acosta came in with the bases loaded and struck out Jason Bartlett on a 96 MPH fastball. Bobby Parnell pitched a quality eighth, striking out one and allowing no hits or walks. Ryota Igarashi came out, and did his usual routine of being wild, then allowing a hit and two runs to score, and then striking out Jasn Bartlett to end the game

Both offenses overall struggled, but that didn’t matter since David Wright decided today was a good day for the long-ball, sending a three-run homer to LF in the third. Ruben Tejada scored on an Angel Pagan RBI groundout in the seventh. The Mets had an offensive outburst in the eighth inning fueled by walks and scored two runs on an Angel Pagan two-RBI single and another run on a Willie Harris RBI single. The offense did come alive, and finally got through to the Padres relievers who have been worked hard this entire series.

Jason Bay – 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and a walk. Currently in an 0 for 19 streak.

Jason Pridie – 0 for 4 with a walk and two strikeouts. Pridie hasn’t hit much and I imagine he’s up here as the defensive outfielder, with Harris being the pinch-hitting option.

Turning Point

Getting out of the seventh inning only allowing one run. Kudos to the bullpen for holding when needed.

Game Ball

Dillon Gee/David Wright. Big game pitched for a needed series win after the sweep at the hands of Arizona. David Wright had a key hit, and its always good to see David hit the ball with authority either pull or opposite way

On Deck

The Mets have off tomorrow as they travel back to New York to face the Brewers on August 19th (my birthday, coincidentally). Mike Pelfrey will face off against Shawn Marcum. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Mets Fall 9 Back In Wild Card After 4-1 Loss To Braves http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/08/mets-fall-9-back-in-wild-card-after-4-1-loss-to-braves.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/08/mets-fall-9-back-in-wild-card-after-4-1-loss-to-braves.html/#comments Sat, 06 Aug 2011 04:01:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=56743  

R.A. Dickey pitched seven quality innings, but Tim Hudson held the Mets in check in their 4-1 loss.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey had another great outing that was marred by an inability for his offense to score runs for him. Dickey went seven, giving up two runs on five hits, walking none and striking out five, including two in the sixth. Dickey has had good stuff for his last few starts, but his offense is not helping him out at all.

Tim Byrdak came out for the eighth, gave up an infield single and a sac-bunt. Not the cleanest inning, but the infield single was a hard hit ball, so can’t say he was ineffective. Ryota Igarashi came out to clean-up Byrdak’s mess, and induced one ground-ball, and then allowed a two-out, two-RBI single to Dan Uggla. Then he walked Heyward and Ross. Iggy has not been good at stranding runners this year, and it may not be in the best interests of the Mets to keep bringing him out to stop the bleeding. Carrasco came out for a clean ninth inning, striking out one.

The Mets offense did not exist today. A David Wright double that scored Daniel Murphy scored the only run. David Wright had two hits, accounting for 50% of the Mets hits. In a key situation in the eighth, Angel Pagan flew out to right and Jason Bay grounded out to second, both on the first pitch, with runners on first and second.

Jose Reyes – 0 for 4. Jose is coming down to earth it seems.

David Wright – 2 for 4 with an RBI and an error. Poor throws have been David’s calling card lately.

No other Mets of note, as they all equally under-performed today.

Turning Point

Dan Uggla’s two RBI single put the game out of reach.

Game Ball

R.A. Dickey gets the game ball with a big outing that just wasn’t backed by any variation of offense.

On Deck

The Mets will continue the series against the Braves, sending Jonathon Niese to the mound to face-off against Tommy Hanson. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Parnell Blows Mets Comeback In 3-2 Loss To Nats http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/parnell-blows-mets-comeback-in-3-2-loss-to-nats.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/parnell-blows-mets-comeback-in-3-2-loss-to-nats.html/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2011 03:20:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=56353 Jonathon Niese went five and one-third innings, and Bobby Parnell ruined a comeback attempt in their 3-2 loss against the Nationals

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese looked very good for five innings, and then came unraveled in the sixth, allowing three straight doubles. Jonathon’s final line was five and one-third innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out six. Niese looked good, but seemed to lose his location and that summoned his early exit. Niese was pulled only after 78 pitches, but sometimes the pitch count doesn’t matter.

Ryota Igarashi came out to clean up Niese’s mess, and struck out both batters he faced in his two-thirds of an inning. Pedro Beato went an inning and two-thirds, allowed one hit while walking one and striking out one. Beato has not had as good control as he did earlier in the season, so hopefully its just fatigue and not an injury. Byrdak came out to do his LOOGY duty and struck out ex-Met Alex Cora in his one-third of an inning of work. Bobby Parnell came out for the ninth, and gave up a hit, then hit Rick Ankiel, then threw a wild pitch and Rick Ankiel scored on a chopper right passed the pitcher.

The Mets offense was victimized by a bad baserunning play by Daniel Murphy in the third and an inability to get hits with RISP. Scott Hairston hit a solo HR that was scorched into the LF bleachers, which was his third pinch-hit HR of the season. The Mets spent too much time at the plate watching called third strikes. With Scott Hairston up, two outs in the bottom of the ninth, he sent another blast to LF to tie it up.

Willie Harris – 1 for 4 with two K’s (both looking)

Pagan & Bay – 1 for 8 with four strikeouts. Never good when your 5 & 6 hitters do this.

Daniel Murphy – 2 for 4. Bad baserunning play really stands out.

Josh Thole – 0 for 3 with a strikeout. Also fouled two balls of of his shin in two separate AB’s.

Turning Point

When Jonathon Niese fell apart in the sixth inning.

Game Ball

Scott Hairston – 2 for 2 with two HR, both solo shots in key situations

On Deck

The Mets will be returning home to face the Marlins on Monday. Mike Pelfrey will oppose Javier Vasquez, and game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Ryota Igarashi Called Up http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/ryota-igarashi-called-up.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/ryota-igarashi-called-up.html/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 01:01:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=54483 After the Francisco Rodriguez deal left the door open for someone to be called up to replace his roster spot, the Mets wasted no time. Ryota Igarashi has been confirmed to have been called up by David Waldstein. Ryota has basically become a three-pitch respectable reliever – throwing a fastball, curveball, and the occasional change-up. Igarashi’s stats down in AAA were nothing short of great:

In 31.0 IP, Igarashi has a 0.87 ERA and a .774 WHIP. He has finished 13 games and saved 5 games. He has posted a 9.9 K/9 rate and has only allowed 2 HRs. He’s held opposing hitters to a .139 AVG against so one can only hope Igarashi has finally found himself and will have similar success with the Mets.

Here’s to success for the Izzy/Iggy confusion! (Although only one of them is short 7 saves of 300.)

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Pridie And Reyes Ignite Mets 6-3 Win Over Dodgers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/05/pridie-and-reyes-ignite-mets-6-3-win-over-dodgers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/05/pridie-and-reyes-ignite-mets-6-3-win-over-dodgers.html/#comments Sat, 07 May 2011 13:32:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=49765

Jonathon Niese had a decent outing, and a big home run by Jason Pridie gave the Mets the win in the series opener versus the Dodgers, 6-3.

Game Notes

Jonathan Niese had a mixed outing today, being strong in some innings, and then being hittable in another inning. Jonathon was worked hard in the first inning, so his final line was five and two-third innings, with three runs allowed on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Location wasn’t a problem for Niese today, but putting hitters away. His curveball was snapping and got a few strikeouts looking. His inability to go the distance robbed him of a win.

Ryota Igarashi came out for one out, and after giving up a single got rookie Jerry Sands to strike out to end the inning, and Ryota would be the winning pitcher on the day. Taylor Buchholz came out for the seventh, and after giving up a single to Andre Either, Buchholz would strike out two batters and walk one in his inning of work. Izzy came out, and had a clean inning with 0′s across the board. K-Rod came out for the ninth, and after allowing a lead-off single, got three flyball outs for his eighth save of the season.

The offense today existed in spurts as has been popular. After a Jose Reyes triple, a Carlos Beltran sac-fly scored Reyes in the first inning. In the second inning Ike Davis blasted a shot off the Pepsi Porch to make the score 2-2. With the Mets behind the eight-ball, after the Dodgers intentionally walked Ike Davis, Jason Pridie made them pay with a three-run home run, his third of the year. Jason Bay would knock in Jose Reyes with a single in the sixth and that would be all the offense the Mets would need,

Josh Thole – 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. 19 strikeouts is troublesome.

Jose Reyes – 3 for 4 with a run, a walk and a steal. Every hit was for extra bases (two triples, a double).

Murphy & Wright – 0 for 7 with two walks and two strikeouts. Both appear to be pressing, but Murphy made an impressive play on defense in the eighth.

Ike Davis – 1 for 4 with a home run, an RBI, two runs, a walk (intentional) and a strikeout.

Willie Harris – Walked in pinch hitting appearance.

Turning Point

The Jason Pridie home run, which accomplished two Mets failures. Hitting with RISP and winning.

Game Ball

Jason Pridie. 1 for 4 with three RBI and a run, in addition to two strikeouts. Pridie has been as-advertised, a good defensive CF with some pop and a penchant for the K.

On Deck

The Mets will look to extend their two game winning streak, sending Chris Young to the mound to face off against the Dodgers and Jon Garland. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Five In A Row! Mets Win 6-4 Against Nationals http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/04/five-in-a-row-mets-win-6-4-against-nationals.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/04/five-in-a-row-mets-win-6-4-against-nationals.html/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:45:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=49105 Chris Young, in his first start off the disabled list had a poor outing, but the Mets offense and bullpen carried them through to a 6-4 series opening win versus the Nationals.

Game Notes

Chris Young struggled in his first start off the DL, going four and two-thirds innings allowing three runs on four hits, but all the runs scored on home runs, walking two and striking out three. Despite only the two walks, both in the fifth inning, Young did now have his best command today. He left pitches up and got hurt with the deep ball, and he didn’t have a chance for retribution thanks to the 85 pitch limit the Mets were attempting to impose. Young threw 88 before leaving.

Ryota Igarashi came out in probably the most pressure-packed situation of the game, and managed to get one key out, striking out Jayson Werth. Ryota’s final line of one-third, one strikeout doesn’t give him credit for what he did, but the win he earned for it does. The bullpen would hold strong and look sharp the rest of the way, with Taylor Buchholz going two innings allowing one hit and striking out one. Jason Isringhausen went one inning, allowing a run on two hits but the run was manufactured with good baserunning and smallball. K-Rod came out in the ninth to get his fifth save, going one inning giving up one hit while walking and striking out zero.

The Mets bullpen has looked extra sharp lately, probably due to the rest and rotation actually pitching well.

The offense showed up for yet another game, ready to manufacture runs. The first run scored on an RBI groundout by Josh Thole, scoring Jason Bay in the second. The Mets were not done in that inning, with an excellent base-running play by Ike Davis on a Chris Young sac bunt that became a safety squeeze and scored Davis. The Mets struck again in the third, when a Carlos Beltran double scored Daniel Murphy, and Beltran advanced to third on an error by former Phillie Jayson Werth. The Mets went quiet until the sixth, when a Josh Thole double off of lefty!?!?! Doug Slaten found its way past Mike Morse and scored Jason Bay and Ike Davis to give the Mets the lead. The Mets would add the final insurance run in the ninth on a David Wright liner that nearly decapitated Sean Burnett, scored as a groundout to pitching scoring Jason Pridie.

The bats came alive when it mattered, and played a pretty smart game.

Jose Reyes – 1 for 4 and caught stealing. He was leaning, and he was vehement he wasn’t out, but he was.

Josh Thole – 1 for 4 with three RBI. Hopefully Josh is out of that slump, because he is tied for third on the team with 16 strikeouts..against four walks. For someone who was believed to have plate patience, this is either not a good sign or nerves.

Ike Davis – 3 for 4, hitting .368 on the season. He scored two runs as well.

Jason Bay – 2 for 4 with two runs. Welcome back, Jason.

David Wright – 0 for 5 with two K’s. David is tied for fourth in the league in strikeouts.

Turning Point

Ryota Igarashi ending the fifth and Thole’s double in the sixth made a great transitional point.

Game Ball

Josh Thole. Good day at the plate. Hopefully it remains

On Deck

The Mets will look to carry the momentum of their five game win streak, sending R.A. Dickey to the mound against Nationals lefty Tom Gorzelanny. The Mets hit Gorzelanny hard at home the last time they faced him, scoring six runs, five earned. Game Time is 7:10

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Dillon Gee Could Make Spot Start On Sunday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/04/dillon-gee-could-make-spot-start-on-sunday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/04/dillon-gee-could-make-spot-start-on-sunday.html/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:26:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=48285

Due to the implications from tonight’s rain out and Thursday’s doubleheader, the Mets may have to use R.A. Dickey on short rest or callup another starter to pitch Sunday’s game.

Adam Rubin of ESPN believes that the Mets could send reliever Ryota Igarashi down to the minors and callup starting pitcher Dillon Gee from Buffalo to make the spot start on Sunday.

With six games now in a five-day stretch, the Mets will need a spot starter Sunday, if not sooner. The logical maneuver would be to send down Ryota Igarashi before Sunday’s game in Atlanta and promote Dillon Gee, who is on turn. Then Gee can be returned to Buffalo for a position player to increase the Mets’ bench back to the standard five.

It makes perfect sense to me.

Dillon Gee, pitched for the Bisons this evening and tossed seven innings allowing just one earned run on three hits while striking out four.

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Mental lapses cause Mets losses http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/04/mental-lapses-cause-mets-losses.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/04/mental-lapses-cause-mets-losses.html/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:07:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=48253 It wasn’t a “routine play,” but when Ryota Igarashi had the comebacker in the sixth inning, I thought to myself, ‘Yes! Throw home, step on the plate and then throw on to first base for the double play.’

Instead, Igarashi sailed a throw to Josh Thole, who then had to step on home plate for the force out but didn’t get the inning-ending double play. Instead, Carlos Gonzalez then hit a game-tying two-run single through the infield to tie the game at 7-7.

Earlier in the game, the Mets executed a wheel play — something they haven’t done in nearly five seasons — but blew the double-play opportunity when Jose Reyes threw wide of first base while Daniel Murphy was covering. Though it was the right idea with the pitcher running, perhaps Reyes could have held on to the ball and kept the runners on first and second and still have a double play opportunity. Instead, the runners advanced to second and third.

In the eighth inning, Bobby Parnell had a chance to get an out at home when Carlos Gonzalez sent a chopper back to him. Parnell threw home but riffled it way over the head of Thole, allowing Dexter Fowler to come home for the go-ahead run. And, in typical Mets fashion, Parnell then served up a two-run home run to Troy Tulowitzki to give the Rockies a 7-4 lead. Mind you, Tulowitzki kept the game tied in the bottom half of the seventh inning when he made a great play in the hole on Daniel Murphy with a runner in scoring position.

Sure, the Mets battled back in the eighth inning and cut the lead to 7-6, but with Ike Davis on first base and zero outs, the next three batters went down in order, ending the inning. The Mets went silent in the bottom of the ninth against Rockies closer Houston Street.

For me, it’s these mental lapses that have been so frustrating over the past four or five seasons. It seems to happen quite often—at least more often than I want them to. I don’t know how often it happens with other teams; I’m sure it does. But does it happen as much as it does with the Mets? I don’t know, that’s question for a fan of a team who watches their team every single night.

But the most annoying thing is I didn’t expect these players to make these silly and mental mistakes under Terry Collins. I expected them to be more focused. Those three mistakes cost the Mets the game last night. The offense provided six runs, which typically should be enough to get a victory.

The Mets have to limit these lapses on the field. If they can do that, I think they can turn things around. But they have to play smarter, more mentally focused baseball all nine innings, every night, if they want a chance to win games.

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Almost Doesn’t Count, Mets Lose 5-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/08/almost-doesn%e2%80%99t-count-mets-lose-5-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/08/almost-doesn%e2%80%99t-count-mets-lose-5-4.html/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:37:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=34984

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 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/08/one-small-mistake-for-misch-one-giant-loss-for-mets-kind-astros-win-3-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/08/one-small-mistake-for-misch-one-giant-loss-for-mets-kind-astros-win-3-2.html/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 02:55:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=34526 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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Big Problem: The Mets Bullpen Still Stinks! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/06/big-problem-the-mets-bullpen-still-stinks.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/06/big-problem-the-mets-bullpen-still-stinks.html/#comments Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:35:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=29185 The only good thing about the Mets bullpen is that it has not been needed over the last two weeks.  The starting pitching and the offense have been strong enough to carry the team.  But here’s my advice to Omar Minaya:  Do something quickly about the Mets pathetic bullpen.  Otherwise it could very well turn out to be the downfall as the pennant races heat up this summer.

Elmer Dessens of all people has inherited, by default, the 7th/8th inning setup role.  Pedro Feliciano is still not trusted to get righties out consistently.  K-Rod has been very good, but certainly is not the lights out closer that he was expected to be.  If this back end of the bullpen is mediocre, what can you say about the rest of it comprised of Jenrry Mejia, Ryota Igarashi, Raul Valdez, and Fernando Nieve.  All four should currently be pitching for AAA Buffalo at best.

Jenrry Mejia’s development is being totally mismanaged.  He should be in AA Binghamton.  I don’t care if it is as a starter or reliever but he needs more than mop up work.  In Wednesday night’s game, he walked the first two batters in the 8th inning.  Manuel, correctly pulled him.  But if in the minors he would have had the opportunity to work his way out of the self inflicted jam.  Ryota Igarashi needs work and he is not getting it sitting on a chair far out in the bullpen.  With nightly minor league work, he could regain his form and possibly help the Mets during the summer months.  The same could be said of Fernando Nieve.  Raul Valdez?  I think it’s time to send him packing  back to his team in Mexico.

The biggest problem facing Omar Minaya is that there is no one in the minors that could be called up with confidence.  The leading candidates are Bobby Parnell and Manny Acosta.  Both have pitched inconsistently and I would not trust either in a crucial 6th or 7th inning situation.  John Maine’s return to the rotation could allow Hisanori Takahashi to pitch in relief.  That would be great, but the caveat is whether Maine can pitch effectively.

I don’t know who’s out there on the trade market, but Omar needs to do something right away. The starters can not be expected to pitch seven plus innings on a consistent basis.  Omar needs to take action now, before focusing on a trade for a starting pitcher.

The Mets are sizzling hot right now.  But we all know and have seen how momentum shifts suddenly and without warning.  Our good fortunes will change; it’s just a matter of when and for how long.

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Igarashi Disappoints, Mets Lose 2-0 In 9th http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/05/igarashi-disappoints-mets-lose-2-0-in-9th.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/05/igarashi-disappoints-mets-lose-2-0-in-9th.html/#comments Sat, 29 May 2010 10:53:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=28054

Johan Santana was on his game today, but Ryota Igarashi couldn’t continue the Mets winning streak nor their scoreless inning streak in a 2-0 loss to the Brewers

Game Notes

Johan Santana was dominant against the Brewers, becoming the first Mets pitcher to pitch a full 8 innings in the season up to this point. Johan allowed 0 runs on 3 hits, with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Johan was drawing flyball after flyball, pitching “citi-ball” and had the Brewers hitters fooled for most of the night, getting out of trouble when he needed to. Johan was popping the mitt today too, with the SNY radar guns clocking him as high as 92 – but i believe those guns were slow. Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers was equally dealing, and he was blowing fastballs by people that were only clocking at 94 MPH – he can throw in the upper 90′s fairly easily. This is another encouraging sign for the Mets pitching staff, but Johan took a no decision.

The bullpen only made it out for 3 batters, and Pedro Feliciano made sure Prince Fielder did not receive a chance to be a hero, getting him to ground out to David Wright essentially playing shortstop in a shift. Ryota Igarashi came in the face the right-handed part of the lineup and promptly gave up a hit to Ryan Braun. Corey Hart would then end Ryota’s night and the Mets win streak with a game-ending 2 run home run to left field. Why Jerry brought in Igarashi instead of K-Rod I don’t know, but thats just how the game played out.

The bats were stifled for the vast part of the day by Yovani Gallardo, who was matching Johan Santana inning-for-inning. The Mets didn’t draw their first walk until the 9th inning. There isn’t much to write about the bats. Rod Barajas went 2-3 with 2 singles, and Johan Santana went 2-3 with a double in the 8th that almost started a rally but Jose Reyes was called out on strike 3.

Ike Davis, David Wright and Angel Pagan went 0-10 with 5 strikeouts and a walk

Ike Davis struck out twice, and his at-bat in the 9th he looked every bit the rookie, swinging way-ahead of 2 curveballs in the dirt from Gallardo.

The Mets were called out looking on about 5 of the 7 strikeouts, with Angel Pagan nearly getting kicked out for arguing a called strike three in the 8th.

Turning Point

When Johan Santana was pulled. He was only at 105 pitches, his at-bat was already cleared and he was set to face lefty Prince Fielder. Johan was locked in ALL game and why he would be pulled is beyond me.

Game Ball

Johan Santana, in shades of 2008, taking a no decision for a lights-out performance when the Mets offense just couldn’t get anything going

Up Next

The Mets will send bullpen workhorse Fernando Nieve to the mound for his first start of 2010. He will be opposing Brewers lefty Manny Parra. The Mets have faired very well against lefty pitchers so lets hope for a continuation. Game time is 7:10 PM

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Mets Get Igarashi Back, Demote Manny Acosta http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/05/mets-get-igarashi-back-demote-manny-acosta.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/05/mets-get-igarashi-back-demote-manny-acosta.html/#comments Sun, 23 May 2010 13:24:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=27646 The Mets have activated reliever Ryota Igarashi from the disabled list and he will be in the bullpen when the Mets play their finale tonight against the Yankees.

According to mets.com, rather than send highly regarded prospect Jenrry Mejia back to the Minor Leagues to stretch out as a starter, the Mets opted to keep Mejia on the roster following Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Yankees, instead optioning Manny Acosta to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for reliever Ryota Igarashi.

With Igarashi ready to return from his stay on the 15-day disabled list, the Mets needed to make space on their roster — and manager Jerry Manuel indicated as recently as this week that the team might use the opportunity to send Mejia back to the Minors.

But about an hour after Mejia pitched into and out of a seventh-inning jam in Saturday’s win, Manuel announced the demotion of Acosta.

Asked what the team plans to do with Mejia, Manuel said simply: “Do what he did tonight — seventh inning.”

Manuel also added that the team still haven’t made any decision as to what direction they will go with Mejia this season. Previously, Manuel has stated that he needs the right-handed Mejia to give him flexibility late in games.

Igarashi, was pitching well and had a 1.35 ERA before straining his left hamstring in April.

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Igarashi’s Return Will Be Welcomed By Mets… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/05/igarashis-return-will-be-welcomed-by-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/05/igarashis-return-will-be-welcomed-by-mets.html/#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 06:02:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=27342 His time in Japan was a precursor to this. Behind his diminutive stature and deceptive motion, was hidden a true ‘Warrior‘, the kind romanticized by western film and looked upon with reverence in Japan. Behind this hard throwing Japanese league veteran burned a fire to compete with the best…
So Ryota Igarashi came to America…and to MLB with the New York Mets.
Keith Hernandez’s favorite Met these days has to be Igarashi. Whenever his name is brought up Keith gushes about his stuff. Hernandez, who’s opinion I value when assessing new upcoming talent has muttered and exclaimed “I’m impressed!” and also, “I love his stuff .” Keith, it seems, longs for the return of ‘Iggy’ as much as anyone.
Ryota had barely made his mark when he pulled his groin. But he made enough of an impression with the Mets and we fans, who are impressed with his power arm and devastating splitter. When he was brought on board, I viewed film of him on ‘you tube’ relentlessly trying to ascertain why the Mets had brought him here for two years. I watched him strike out the side and show his explosive fastball and splitter in one cut, and was immediately sold.

Over this past week, I have searched for anything positive to grab hold off. Every Met fan in Met Nation has been searching as well… I too, just like Mr. Hernandez, wish to see the return of “The Warrior.”

In his brief stint so far with the Mets, I see Igarashi as an important arm in the Met bullpen. Due to the ‘capabilities’ of our 4 and 5 starters, or lack thereof up till now, the Met bullpen has been taxed.

Fernando Nieve must have a clause in his contract that he must get up and throw everyday to get paid. I tip my hat to “Everyday Nieve” as Gary Cohen calls him. But, Nieve has a history of arm woes. The loss of Igarashi, coupled with the ineffectiveness in the lower half of the Met rotation has only served to exacerbate the strain on this relief staff.

He is not the answer to all that ails this team, but Ryota Igarashi, who throws in the mid to upper 90’s with his fastball, and who has an explosive split finger pitch will be a factor for this team over the long haul.

I look forward to seeing ‘Iggy’ on his quest to compete with the best, to use that power arm and devastating splitter to become a premier setup man. I’m not saying it’s a lock to occur, but it’s refreshing to have a Met pitcher, reliever or otherwise throw a fastball in the mid nineties. That is something this franchise has been lacking since the early part of ‘06 when Duaner Sanchez took his famous cab ride for food on a hot night in Miami…

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Igarashi To The DL, Acosta Called Up http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/04/igarashi-to-the-dl-acosta-called-up.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/04/igarashi-to-the-dl-acosta-called-up.html/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 20:53:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=25107 The Mets have placed reliever Ryota Igarashi on the 15-day disabled list and promoted Manny Acosta from Triple-A Buffalo.

After his MRI Wednesday morning, the Mets announced that he sustained a moderate injury to his left hamstring in last night’s game. The right-hander strained his left hamstring in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 4-0 victory over the Cubs when he squatted to field a bunt.

Iggy was just beginning to emerge as a viable setup man in the Mets bullpen and had a 1.35 ERA through 6 2/3 innings in his first year in the Major Leagues.

Acosta, 28, was 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings with the Bisons, and will be in uniform in time for tonights game.

Hat tip to Sach…

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Is our bullpen going to be any good? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/03/is-our-bullpen-going-to-be-any-good.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/03/is-our-bullpen-going-to-be-any-good.html/#comments Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:34:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=22705 We all know the Mets added a power bat in Jason Bay, are still dealing with injuries/medical issues to key players like Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, and have huge holes in the starting rotation.  But I haven’t heard as much talk about the bullpen.  A year ago, almost to the day, I wrote a blog on this site about how the Mets’ revamped bullpen, a terrible weakness in 2008, would pile up K’s and blow hitters away–with K-Rod, JJ Putz and Bobby Parnell at the back end of the pen.

K-Rod had a nice season, but his dip from 62 saves in Los Angeles the year before to 35 with the Mets was both a reflection on the Mets having a bad season and him being a bit inconsistent.  His 3.71 ERA was also way inflated from his 2.24 mark the previous season.  Putz was pitching pretty well before blowing out an elbow and being put on the DL about a third of the way into the 2009 season.  And Parnell was great at times, and a gas can at others.

So now, how do you feel knowing that K-Rod is coming off a sub-par season, with Parnell, Kelvim Escobar, Jose Feliciano, Sean Green, Pat Misch and Ryota Igarashi behind him?  On paper, this bullpen is almost as much of a question mark as the starting rotation is.  That’s not to say they can’t overachieve and keep the team in games, but how likely is that?  And the rotation is not exactly the kind of group that will give the bullpen long stretches of rest at a time.  To the contrary, they will be called upon to pitch 2-3 innings each night.

So I ask you, how do you all feel about this bullpen?

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With 20 Games In 19 Days, Mets Competition Heating Up http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/03/with-20-games-in-19-days-mets-competition-heating-up.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/03/with-20-games-in-19-days-mets-competition-heating-up.html/#comments Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:28:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=22609 Pretty soon, all the pre-season bantering will end and the regular season will be underway.

There are 19 days left between now and opening day on Sun, April 4th. The Amazins play 20 games, including two split squad, and most notably, a fitting test for them are the 4 games against the Cards, which will certainly feature near full regular season lineups.

The real talk for now is what’s happening on the field in PSL with the competition for roster spots, specifically, the starting rotation (the #5 spot presumably), first base, center field (until Beltran returns from injury), and the bench. Perhaps, even some discussion on who holds down the SS position, with the absence of Jose Reyes, should be considered. Of course, the “losers” head down to Buffalo and the “winners” get an all expense paid trip to Flushing and Citi Field. Let’s take a look at the progress so far.

#5 Starter

  • Nelson Figueroa: 1-0, 0.00 ERA in 8.0 IP, 0 R’s, 4 H’s, 3 BB’s, 9 SO’s
  • Jon Niese: 0-0, 7.04 ERA in 7.2 IP, 7 R’s, 10 H’s, 4 BB’s, and 7 SO’s
  • Fernando Nieve: 0-0, 6.00 ERA in 9.0 IP, 6 R’s, 12 H’s, 5 BB’s, and 2 SO’s.
  • Hisanori Takahashi: 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 6.0 IP, 0 R’s, 2 H’s, 0 BB’s, and 9 SO’s.

Takahashi has been mentioned in some circles, and from Jerry Manuel, as a possible option at 5th spot and not the bullpen as previously thought. Surprising. I know that Niese is the front runner according to recent speculation. Being the third lefty in the rotation is a definite advantage against certain lefty heavy lineups/matchups in the NL East.

My pick: I think if we’re looking at numbers only, Figgy has distinguished himself as someone worth one last shot at a rotation spot. I would personally hate to see him get sent down again and perhaps never seen again in a Mets uniform. Nieve may see bullpen time if any of the other two get spots on the staff.

Your pick: Who do you like and why?  

Center Field

  • Angel Pagan: 8 gms, 21 ABs, .238 AVG/.429 SLG/.304 OBP
  • Fernando Martinez: 8 gms, 22 ABs, .591 AVG/1.136 SLG/.542 OBP.
  • Gary Matthews Jr: 7 gms, 21 ABs, .333 AVG /.762 SLG /.417 OBP.

Nobody believes that Matthews will take the starting spot in Beltran’s absence. F-Mart has been discussed but questions about his baseball IQ and rookie mistakes may keep him in AAA a little longer before call-up. So the consensus pick is Pagan, who suffers, at times, from some of the same IQ and rookie issues.

My pick: I’m thinking about who can maintain the field without making game costing mistakes until Beltran returns. I am going to go with the one with the most professional experience and baseball know-how. You guessed it. I am picking Gary Matthews, Jr. This also gives F-Mart and Pagan the time they sorely need.

Your pick: If you had to choose a competent replacement for Beltran to start, who would you prefer and why?

Shortstop

  • Alex Cora:  7 gms, 17 AB’s, .353 AVG/.412 SLG/.389 OBP
  • Ruben Tejada: 9 gms, 28 AB’s, .357 AVG/.393 SLG/.419 OBP

We can’t do anything about the fact that Reyes is out but the important part is the production, speed on the bags, and competent play in the field. Tejada has great upside and although considered for the spot by some, perhaps not ready for an every day role in the majors. With Cora, you may expect good defense, which is a plus but he’s projecting to bat 7th or 8th in the lineup so his ability to put the ball in play is all that’s needed. He won’t be leading off.

My pick: I like Russ Adams but he’s not one of the choices so I will go with the professional and the veteran Cora. We simply need competency at the position until our speedster returns. Adams or Tejada may not be bad as late game backups if the Mets have a comfortable lead to ensure them some playing experience.

Your pick: Who do you like?

First Base

  • Ike Davis: 10 gms, 22 AB’s, .500 AVG/.909 SLG/.560 OBP
  • Chris Carter: 6 gms, 11 AB’s, .455 AVG/.1.364 SLG/.500 OBP
  • Mike Jacobs: 7 gms, 16 AB’s, .250 AVG/.625 SLG/.429 OBP
  • Daniel Murphy: 8 gms, 24 AB’s, .167 AVG/.292 SLG/.222 OBP

Numbers-wise, this may not say much for half of these guys but the competition seems to still be Murphy’s to lose. I suppose his working with Mex makes him a front runner. You typically don’t want to look at numbers this time of year as determining factors but it’s hard to ignore some of these. What do they mean? I don’t know yet but it’s something to watch.

My pick: I’m inclined to give D Murph a legit shot at the position with Chris Carter as the backup. I’m going against the grain again. Based on recent history, having good defense AND a good bat in the lineup serves us better. I know Jake is the one everyone thinks is the best fit but I prefer to give C.C. the shot.

Your pick: You got a better idea than Murph at first? Who’s the best backup in your mind?

Relief Pitching

Pick ‘em: Kiko Calero, Pat Misch, Jenrry Mejia, Ryota Igarashi, Elmer Dessens, Bobby Parnell, and Sean Green. (not counting Kelvim Escobar)

Pat Misch: 3 gms, 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 4 hits, 3 BB’s, 3 SO’s , 1 SV.
Ryota Igarashi: 5 gms, 6 IP, 1-2 SVO, 6.00 ERA, 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 BB, 1 SO.
Jenrry Mejia: 3 gms, 7.1 IP, 1.23 ERA, 7 hits, 1 run, 0 BB, 8 SO
Bobby Parnell: 4 gms, 6.1 IP, 4.26 ERA, 7 hits, 3 runs, 4 BB, 7 SO
Kiko Calero: 1 gm, 1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit, 1 BB, 1 SO
Elmer Dessens: 4 gms, 3.1 IP, 2.70 ERA, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 BB, 1 SO
Sean Green: 4 gms, 4 IP, 4.50 ERA, 3 hits, 2 runs, 6 BB, 4 SO

We need a second lefty which has Misch in the conversation somewhat. Projections say Igarashi has a great shot at commanding the 8th inning. Bobby Livingston, although pitching pretty well, will probably be in Buffalo for a bit as will Tobi Stoner and Eric Neisen, whom I believe has some real potential. Calero is working on his slider as he recovers from injury and looking pretty good so far.

My pick: (8th inning) Ryota Igarashi, (LOOGY) Pat Misch, (ROOGY) Kiko Calero, (7th inning) Bobby Parnell. Tentatively, I offer Sean Green and/or Elmer Dessens backend middle relief situations. I left out Mejia because he could easily be considered for the 5th spot or another bullpen spot if he stays with the club. I’m undecided on where I think he will go to be honest.

Your pick: So what’s your take on these?

As we get closer to opening day, every game played from here on out will decide the composition of what I believe is a contending club in 2010. LGM!

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Competition is a good thing, and in Mets camp there is a lot of it. Many players have entered Mets camp this year hopeful they can win a job with the big league club. Let’s break down this completion position by position and name the favorites.

Center Field - Carlos Beltran’s injury leaves a void in center field. The Mets acquired Gary Mathews Jr. to compete with Angel Pagan for the opening day center field gig. Pagan did a nice job filling in last year for Beltran when he batted .306 in 88 games. Pagan has his flaws though, many question his decision making and his intelligence on the base paths and in the field as well as his ability to stay healthy. Pagan is very talented and Matthews is going to have a hard time trying to pry the starting job away from him.

Favorite - Angel Pagan

Dark Horse – Fernando Martinez

Fifth Starter - The Mets did not acquire a big name starting pitcher this winter, leaving an open competition for the fifth starter’s job. Jon Niese, Fernando Nieve, Nelson Figueroa, Hisanori Takahashi, and R.A. Dickey are all names that should be considered for that final rotation spot. The Mets doubted that Niese would be healed from off-season surgery, but he has proven his health. Nelson Figueroa and Fernando Nieve proved useful to the Mets last season, and are hoping to break camp as the fifth starter.

Favorite - Jon Niese

Dark Horse - Hisanori Takahashi

Set-up Man – The Mets acquired Japanese import, Ryota Igarashi to compete for the eighth inning role with former Angel, Kelvim Escobar. Escobar pitched in only one game last year after missing all of 2008. Escobar is most known as a starter for the Angels, but was an effective reliever in the past for the Blue Jays. Early word is that Igarashi has impressed Mets’ coaches. Bobby Parnell is also an interesting name in consideration for this role.

Favorite – Ryota Igarashi

Dark Horse – Bobby Parnell

Final Bench Spot – With Alex Cora, Henry Blanco, Fernando Tatis, and Matthews/Pagan guaranteed to make the bench, that leaves one spot open assuming the Mets go with a five man bench. Mike Jacobs, Frank Catalanotto, Chris Carter, and Anderson Hernandez are likely to compete for this spot. It’s believed the Mets want this bench spot to be occupied by someone who can potentially enter a platoon with Daniel Murphy at first base, so that knocks Hernandez out of consideration. Jacobs is a power hitter, who just two years ago hit 32 homeruns for the Marlins. Catalanotto is known for being a clubhouse leader. Catalanotto has a slight edge over Jacobs because of his ability to play first base as well as outfield.

Favorite – Frank Catalanotto

Dark Horse – Chris Carter

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