Mets Merized Online » Tim Redding Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:21:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Snapshot Of The Market For Starting Pitchers Mon, 28 Dec 2009 18:35:55 +0000 Here’s a snapshot of this years free agent market for starting pitchers.

I omitted some of the pitchers who quickly re-signed with their teams like Tim Hudson of the Braves, Carl Pavano of the Twins, and Scott Olsen of the Nationals.

Of the 29 remaining starters, more than half of them spent time on the disabled list in 2010, and 15 of them started 20 games or less. 

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The Texas Rangers are considered to be the frontrunners for Jon Garland.

The New York Mets are interested in Joel Pineiro who is seeking a 3-4 year deal.

Ben Sheets is seeking a $12 million dollar deal, far more than what some other injury risks have signed for.

Tim Redding may be close to a deal with the Colorado Rockies.

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Mets Non-Tenders And Other Notables Sun, 13 Dec 2009 01:53:41 +0000 David Lennon of Newsday, tweets that the following players have been non-tendered by the Mets:

OF Cory Sullivan
OF Jeremy Reed
RP Lance Broadway
SP Tim Redding

Nothing that wasn’t already expected there, but it’s worth noting that only Sean Green remains of the trade that sent “six players” to the Mariners and Indians in the J.J. Putz deal.

Other Notable Non Tenders

The Oakland A’s have non tendered outfielder Jack Cust. Cust has led the American League in strikeouts for three consecutive seasons, including 2009 when he struck out 185 times, after a season in which he whiffed 197 times. I’ve heard some rumblings from Mets fans who see him as an opportunity, but I say no way. You have to draw the line somewhere. Besides I thought the idea of acquiring a player was to improve the team not make it worse. Two thumbs down.

Colorado has parted ways with Garrett Atkins. The 29 year old corner infielder is coming off a terrible season in which he batted just .226  with 9 homers and 48 RBIs. However, before this past season, Atkins was a solid offensive force and a key component in the Rockies offense. Between 2006 and 2008, Atkins averaged .301 with 25 homeruns and 110 RBIs. He is righthanded and would certainly add some power off the bench while filling a platoon role with Daniel Murphy at first base. Two thumbs up.

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MetsMerized Player Of The Week! 9/13-9/20 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 12:10:41 +0000 And the season continues to wind down. It’s odd, I remember looking at the Knicks as their season would wind down and my first thought would be “Don’t win! You can’t make the playoffs, get a better draft pick!” Obviously that’s selfish and random, but it’s a thought that crosses the minds of a few fans. The Mets do have a guaranteed protected pick so we’ll see what comes of that. I would prefer they draft a pitcher. Getting back to the topic, I’ll move on to this week’s award…

My choice for MetsMerized Player Of The Week is…Daniel Murphy!

Daniel Murphy’s season can be summarized pretty bluntly like this : Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Most people thought he was a diamond in the rough prospect after watching him hit .313 down the September stretch last year. Now don’t get me wrong, I still think Daniel Murphy is a good player and his baseball IQ has improved after a full season. Pitchers have adjusted to him but he’s shown adjustment to them, and he has also shown that he’s slowly returning to his selective strike zone that caught the eye of alot of scouts at the MLB level. Lately, to put it in short, he’s been tearing it up.

Daniel posted a .375 AVG on the week (9-24 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR) and I’m pretty sure he managed another HR as I’m writing this. He struck out only once, drove in 5 runs and scored 3, and ripped 17 TB on the week. .375/.400/.708 is a great line for a week, isn’t it? If Daniel can manage to use the massive amount of real estate in Citi Field to his advantage, he can become a solid doubles hitter. He doesn’t belong at 1B, but we’ll see what becomes of that.

Daniel Murphy has been under the microscope alot this year, but I believe every once in a while we need to sit back and remember he’s just 24. Not every player develops into a star so young, and I do believe that patience will pay off with young Murphy, in more than one way. So to that, I say Kudos To Daniel Murphy!

Honorable Mentions:

Jeff Francoeur: .360 (9-25; 4 2B), 1 RBI, 13 TB, 1 SB, 6 R.

Tim Redding: 1 GS, 1 QS. W, 7.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K.

Past Award Winners:

One Hit Wonders: Ryan Church, Johan Santana,  David Wright, Fernando Tatis

Been There, Done That Twice: Luis Castillo, Angel Pagan, Jeff Francoeur, Daniel Murphy.

Of Note 9/13-9/20

John Maine threw 5 shutout innings against the Nationals and no hit them through 4. He looked OK and he looked like he wasn’t trying to get strikeouts, but rather outs overall. I think he’s a better pitcher that way.

Tobi Stoner is a guy I’m very intrigued with. On one hand, I don’t see too much to get excited about but on the other, I like his control.

With the playoffs hopes also went Brian Stokes, who has not done so well now that the games don’t matter. Lack of adrenaline?

Someone tell me why we didn’t trade Gary Sheffield?

Josh Thole needs a year in AAA. Add Catcher to our list of needs.

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Tim Redding: Streakbuster! Mets Swat Nats 3-2 Sat, 19 Sep 2009 21:10:38 +0000 For the second straight outing, Tim Redding gave up only one earned run.  Fortunately, he didn’t have to face Pedro Martinez this time around.  Redding’s mastery of the Nationals and some timely hitting by David Wright and Jeff Francoeur in the seventh inning helped the Mets snap their season-long six-game losing streak.  Today’s final score was 3-2.

Redding shut down the Nats so completely that the only hit they were able to muster off him through the first six innings was a bunt single by leadoff hitter Willie Harris in the fourth inning.  He tired a little in the seventh inning, giving up the tying run on an RBI single to Adam Dunn, but the Mets bailed him out when Wright and Francoeur hit back-to-back doubles leading off the bottom of the seventh inning.  A much-needed insurance run came around to score when Adam Dunn butchered (bucknered?) a Daniel Murphy grounder to first.

Sean Green allowed the Nats to trim the score to 3-2 when he made a throwing error on what would have been the third out of the inning.  Luckily, Perpetual Pedro (has Gary Cohen trademarked that monicker yet?) came into the game and was able to retire Adam Dunn on a grounder to second.

The Mets did not even break a sweat in the ninth inning as Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 frame with two strikeouts.  In picking up his 32nd save, he helped give Tim Redding only his third win of the season against six losses.

Ever since Redding was moved back into the starting rotation on August 22,  he has been excellent.  In his six starts, he has given up three runs or less five times.  Unfortunately, he has been the victim of poor run support.  Other than the 10-3 Mets victory on August 27, they have scored only eight runs in his other five starts.  His ERA over those six starts has been a solid 2.72.  If Redding is making a case to be a Met again next year, he is surely not failing in his effort to do so.

Another hot player who played well today was Jeff Francoeur.  He doubled twice today, with the second two-bagger driving in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.  He is now hitting .318 as a Met, raising his season average to .280.  Over his last ten games, he has been particularly scintillating, hitting .475 (19 for 40).  In those 40 at-bats, he has more doubles than strikeouts (six doubles, five strikeouts).  If there’s a multi-hit game to be had, Frenchy is a top candidate to grab it.

Tomorrow could be a big day at Citi Field.  With a victory over the Nats on Sunday, the Mets will clinch fourth place in the National League East.  Grab your silly string in anticipation of the celebration.  John Maine will make his second start since his return from visiting Pai Mei for all those months.  He will be opposed by Garrett Mock of the Nationals.  Game time for the potential clincher is at 1:10 PM.  I wonder if the police officers on horses will be there as well in case the crowd gets out of hand if the Mets win…

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Pedro Hammers The Final Nail In; Mets Lose 1-0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:00:24 +0000 In 2007, the Phillies took the division from the Mets on the last day of the season after the Mets held a 7-game lead with 17 games to play.  Pedro Martinez faced the Phillies once in those last 17 games and the Mets lost that game.

In 2008, the Mets held a 3½ game lead over the Phillies with 17 games to play.  Pedro Martinez faced the Phillies once in September and the Mets lost that game.

In 2009, Pedro Martinez is now on the other side of the rivalry.  The Phillies are now the team with 17 games left on their schedule.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Pedro Martinez pitched tonight in a Mets-Phillies game and the Mets lost.

Martinez was brilliant tonight as he pitched eight strong innings and threw 130 pitches in the Phillies’ 1-0 victory over the Mets.  The loss officially eliminated the Mets from playoff contention and also guaranteed that their streak of four consecutive seasons with a winning record would not be extended.

There aren’t too many highlights to report in this recap.  There certainly was one huge lowlight.  Oh, Mr. Murphy, would you care to explain why you tried to take third base when the ball trickled away from the catcher with two outs in the eighth inning?  Have you been hanging out with Angel Pagan again?  This has happened way too many times this season and if Keith Hernandez was watching, he would immediately be calling for the proper “fundies” from the Mets.  With one out, you take that chance, but not with two.  Murphy’s baserunning faux pas (that’s French for “faux pas”) took the Mets out of their last good scoring opportunity.

Not everything went badly for the Mets in the game.  After giving up a run in the first inning, Tim Redding matched Pedro Martinez pitch-for-pitch.  Redding was brilliant in his six innings of work, allowing one run on only three hits, while walking two and striking out three.  He did not allow the Phillies to lengthen their lead and at one point, he retired 14 consecutive batters.  Unfortunately, just like John Maine lost Game 1 of the day-night doubleheader despite allowing only one run, Redding pitched even more effectively before ultimately suffering the same fate.  He was surely a hard-luck loser tonight.

But alas, this was Pedro Martinez’s night to shine.  This was the Pedro the Mets hoped to see on the day he signed his four-year deal back in 2005, when he thought he was going to take the Mets to the promised land.  Now he has a chance to take the Phillies there, while the Mets watch them playing in October.  Again.  Somewhere in the distance I can hear Alanis Morissette asking “Isn’t it ironic?  Don’t you think?”

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Should “The Fab Three” Stay Or Should They Go? Sun, 06 Sep 2009 04:01:46 +0000 This season the Mets have seen many new additions to their big league roster in order to compensate for their injured stars. Some of these roles have been occupied by career minor leaguers, while others have been filled by seasoned veterans, who have shuttled between teams throughout their career.

In particular the starting pitching staff has been decimated by injuries. Three of the team’s top pitchers (Santana, Maine and Perez) are all currently on the disabled list, and only one of them (Maine) has any chance of coming back by the season’s end.

The replacements for this trio are the tandem of Nelson Figueroa, Tim Redding and Pat Misch or as Ron Darling has coined them “The Fab Three”.

Let’s take a look at these players and examine whether or not they are worthy of a role with the team in 2010.

Nelson Figueroa -

In the words of SNY personality Adam Schein, Nelson Figueroa is “my guy”.

Despite riding the Heath Bell express throughout his two years in the big apple, Figueroa has generally been reliable to make a spot start or a long relief appearance.

He maybe 35 years of age, which makes him no youngster, but Figgy has shown this year he can still pitch effectively at the major league level.

As a matter of fact in his one of his recent starts against the Chicago Cubs, Figueroa pitched one of the best games in his career when he struck out ten batters and held the opposition to only one run.

In 38 innings pitched this year, Figueroa has maintained a 4.74 ERA, which is just a hair above his career average (4.62).

One thing to keep in mind with Nelson is that he is not a lights out pitcher, and he generally does not pitch very deep into games.

What makes Figueroa so attractive is the bevy of international experience this player has. He has pitched all over the globe and has found success pretty much everywhere he has been.

Verdict:I like what Figueroa has done for the depleted ball club this year, however I would not give him a guaranteed major league deal, which he has been seeking the past few seasons. What I would offer him, though, is another minor league deal that way he could possibly help the club later on next season if injuries strike. The rest of the decision would be left in his hands.

Tim Redding -

It’s been a rough year for The Honeymooners star, Joyce Randolph’s grand-nephrew, Tim Redding. Sidelined by a foot injury in Spring Training that resulted in arm trouble later on, Redding has had a tough season to say the least. To add insult to injury had it not been for the rash of injuries, Redding would have been released a couple of months ago.

Luckily, for him he has strung together three strong outings in his past three starts, including holding the potent Philadelphia Phillies lineup to just one run over five innings. Redding brings to the table veteran experience and has had some success at the major league level with both Houston and Washington.

This year with the Mets, Redding has appeared in 25 games and started 12 of them. Over that period of time he has pitched to a 5.70 ERA with a 60:37 K:BB Ratio.

Looking solely at the stats it would appear that Redding is an easy candidate to be let go at the year’s end, but he does make a case to stay.

Despite, being ridiculed by both the fans and the media, and even being shunned by his own teammates Redding has still kept his head up and remained professional.

Also, as field reporter, Kevin Burkhardt, pointed out, Redding is still arbitration eligible, which could improve the chances of him being brought back.

Verdict: Even with a strong showing down the stretch I don’t see Redding pitching in a Mets uniform. It’s a shame because he seems like a good guy overall and a good teammate, but it is what it is. I think he will find work at as back-of-the-rotation starter on another NL team.

Pat Misch -

Pat Misch has been quite a bargain for the Mets, since they claimed him off of waivers from the Giants earlier in the year. Before joining the Mets, Misch had spent two seasons as both a starter and reliever in San Francisco. At that time it appeared Misch did not have big league stuff.

However, Pat has put all that behind him and cherished the change of scenery from one coast to the other. In his brief Mets tenure Misch has been rather impressive.

In 17 games this year with New York, Misch has posted a 2.48 ERA. This includes two appearances as a starter, both of which lasted seven innings.

Misch is not a hard thrower and doesn’t strike out many batters. As a matter of fact his K:BB ratio with the Mets is practically 1:1 (18:14). Instead of trying to baffle hitters he pitches to contact and induces many fly outs.

His pitching style fits Citi Field rather well because the ballpark does not yield many home runs due to it’s deep dimensions.

Although Misch is pitching very well as a starter right now, I do not see that being his role with the team for the long term.

As Ed Ryan at Mets Fever points out, Misch’s career numbers as a reliever (2.85 ERA) are far better than those in the twelve games he has started (6.32).

Thus, I see him as a long reliever, who can also take some of the burden off of Pedro Feliciano when it comes to getting left-handed hitters out.

Verdict: Misch should absolutely be brought back next season. He’s cheap, young and has good stuff. The Mets cannot count on him to be a starter, but I think he would be very successful out of the bullpen. In the event of an injury Misch would be available to slide in and provide the team with a player, who has the ability to pitch quality outings.

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Mile High Meltdown: Mets Fall To Rockies 5-2 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 12:00:03 +0000 Tim Redding’s late season renaissance continued, as he enjoyed his third consecutive solid outing.  However, his enjoyment of the game was short-lived, as party pooper Brian Stokes gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for the second time in five games, including a bases loaded two-run pinch-hit single to former Yankee Jason Giambi.  The latest Rockie Rally gave Colorado a 5-2 victory over the Mets Wednesday night in Denver.

Before the Mets came to the Mile High city, the Rockies were showing signs of wilting in the late summer heat.  They had lost five straight games and visions of a Rocktober sequel appeared to be fading.  Enter the perfect remedy for Colorado’s case of defeat-itis: the Mets.

Ubaldo Jimenez took the mound for the Rockies, hoping to keep his team in the Wild Card lead after the Giants had won earlier in the day.  Jimenez had just completed a brilliant month of August in which he went 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA.  But the Mets wasted little time in putting together a run.

Angel Pagan led off the game with a double to deep center field.  This was followed by a beautifully placed bunt single by Luis Castillo.  Daniel Murphy then hit a sacrifice fly to left field and the Mets took the early lead on the Rockies.

Tim Redding was so unfamiliar working with an early lead that he gave it right back two batters into the game.  After retiring Carlos Gonzalez to begin the first inning, Redding gave up a solo home run to Seth Smith.  The blast tied the game at 1.

The game of “you score one, I score one” continued when the Rockies took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning, only to have Jeff Francoeur tie the game in the top of the fourth inning with a home run to left field.  It was his 12th home run of the season, surpassing his total for 2008, and his seventh home run for the Mets since being traded to New York from the Braves in July.

After the home run by Francoeur tied the game, the Mets were only able to manage one measly hit for the remainder of the game.  Fortunately for them, Tim Redding was able to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard until he was taken out of the game with two outs in the seventh inning.  It was his third consecutive good outing for the Mets.  However, he only has one win to show for it, despite the 2.45 ERA and .197 batting average against him in 18.1 innings pitched.  Tonight he held the Rockies to two runs on seven hits in his 6.2 innings of work.  He also added six strikeouts and walked only one batter.

With the score still tied at 2 heading to the bottom of the eighth, Jerry Manuel brought in Brian Stokes to start the inning.  It was Stokes who gave up the go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning to Alfonso Soriano last Friday in Chicago to turn a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 deficit.  As Yogi Berra used to say, it was deja vu all over again.

Stokes started off well by getting Todd Helton to ground out to third base.  However, the dreaded walk came back to haunt the Mets as Troy Tulowitzki drew a free pass from Stokes.  This was followed by a double into the left field corner by Brad Hawpe.  Ian Stewart was intentionally walked to load up the bases for Clint Barmes.  However, it was not Barmes who stepped up to the plate for the Rockies, but recently acquired slugger Jason Giambi.

Giambi had left his Village People cover band in New York this past offseason when he reunited with his original band in Oakland.  However, that reunion did not last long, as he was clearly not the same mustachioed marauder he used to be during his first stint with the band.  Oakland released him and the Rockies signed him to be a spark off the bench.  What a spark he provided tonight!

He lined the first pitch by Stokes over the outstretched glove of Anderson Hernandez into center field for a two-run single, giving the Rockies a 4-2 lead over the Mets.  An RBI single by neglected stepchild Yorvit Torrealba added another run, giving the Rockies their final run in the 5-2 victory.

Although the Mets will not win a series for the tenth straight time (eight series losses, two splits dating back to their last series victory in late July over the Rockies), they can still avoid a sweep with a victory in tomorrow’s afternoon affair.  They were able to avoid the broom in each of their last two series by taking the finales against the Marlins and the Cubs, respectively.

Pat Misch will take the mound in the finale against the Rockies.  He will be faced by 14-game winner Jason Marquis.  Game time for the matinee will be at 3:10 PM.

Misch pitched well in his last start against the Cubs.  He may not have a future as a starting pitcher for the Mets, but another solid performance could lead to renewed confidence and a role on next year’s team.  As long as he doesn’t pitch like Brian Stokes pitched on Wednesday night, the Mets might be able to avoid the bristles of the Rockies’ broom.

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Bang! Zoom! Mets End Skid With 10-3 Win Thu, 27 Aug 2009 22:53:12 +0000

The Mets put on an Amazin’ exhibition of power and offense for the two fans who showed up this afternoon at Land Shark Stadium to see the Mets beat the Marlins 10-3.

Tim Redding started and allowed three homeruns, and yet somehow these Miracle Mets were able to pull off the upset victory and avoid a sweep in Miami. Redding was fortunate that all three bombs were of the solo variety. He ended up pitching 6.2 innings and allowing just the three runs on five hits, for his second consecutive decent start. For his effort, he earned his second victory of the season while reducing his ERA to 5.94. Let’s bring him back next year, or better yet, give him a three-year extension!

The Marlins cheerleaders did a great job of cheering up their two fans who had the place to themselves. As you already know, the Marlins are locked in a great battle for a spot in the post season. In Marlins fans’ defense, I’m sure at least 500 fans were watching on TV and at least twice that many were tuned into their AM radios.

Offensively, the Mets were as good as you can get. As a matter of fact, every Met hitter in the starting lineup had two or more hits. They pounded out 17 hits, 5 doubles, 4 walks, and Angel Pagan and Fernando Tatis each homered in the game. The hit total was a season high.

Not bad for a rag-tag patchwork team… Daniel Murphy had some words of wisdom afterward,

“We really were locked in at the plate. It’s one of those things that is so contagious. It just starts rolling, and everybody starts putting together really good at-bats, and all of a sudden those good at-bats are with runners in scoring position with two out, and those are backbreakers.”

Of course it’s always helpful when the opposing pitcher has a 5.25 ERA in his last 19 starts.

Hey, it’s a win right?

We’re off to Wrigley Field to take on the Cubs starting tomorrow, and Pat Misch will make his first start of the season. Hopefully, the Mets saved some of that offense for him.

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Mets Get Reeled In By The Marlins 5-3 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 02:31:55 +0000

The Mets lost to the Florida Marlins Wednesday night by a score of 5-3. Mike Pelfrey took the loss going 5.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 11 hits. Josh Johnson got the win for the Fish going 6 innings and giving up 3 runs on 9 hits.

Pelfrey has always had trouble with the Marlins in his career and tonight he continued to have difficulties. I am in the camp that believes Pelfrey threw too many innings last year and is still getting used to the work load of a major league season. Either way, Pelfrey needs to become more consistent to become the pitcher he is capable of being.

The Mets took an early lead in the ball game on a double by Fernando Tatis scoring Cory Sullivan. Anderson Hernandez followed Tatis’ double with a single to put the Mets ahead 2-0.However, the lead didn’t last long when Pelfrey’s nemisis Cody Ross tripled in two runs to tie the game. The Mets would not regain the lead the rest of the way.

Tatis improved his career stats against Josh Johnson to 9 of 12 against the big righty. However, Pelfrey continued to struggle against Cody Ross who seems to get a big hit every time he faces Pelfrey.

The Mets finish their series against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon when Tim Redding (1-4, 6.10) takes on Anibal Sanchez (2-4, 4.97) at 1:10 EST.

Editors Note: Drew Costello originally wrote this for Mets Fans Forever

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No Miracle on ’69 Night; Mets Fall To Phils 4-1 Sun, 23 Aug 2009 05:55:33 +0000 On a star-studded evening when the Mets celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Miracle Mets bringing home the franchise’s first World Championship, the 2009 Mets could not provide an amazin’ finish of their own as the bullpen spoiled a surprisingly good performance by Tim Redding.

The Phillies were able to overcome being stymied by Redding through the first five innings and punished the Mets’ bullpen for four runs, eventually defeating the 2009 Miracle Whip Mets by the final score of 4-1.

The night began with an on-field ceremony that brought back many members of the 1969 World Champion Mets.  After the introduction of the players, including the first appearance of Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan in a Mets uniform since the team traded him after the 1971 season for “legendary” infielder Jim Fregosi (why isn’t Fregosi’s number retired on the wall?  He was supposed to be the third baseman of the future when the Mets acquired him.), Ryan, Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver threw out the ceremonial first pitches to Jerry Grote, Duffy Dyer and Yogi Berra.

It’s too bad neither Ryan, Seaver or Koosman were available to come out of the bullpen.  Perhaps the outcome might have been a little different.

Tim Redding was acquired before the season with the hopes that he could continue his mastery of the Phillies.  After all, last year he was 3-1 against them for a lowly Washington Nationals team.  Redding was excellent against a strong Phillies lineup in his five innings of work.  He had a one-hit shutout through his five-inning, 77-pitch effort.  Unfortunately, since he hadn’t thrown so many pitches in quite some time (before the game, Jerry Manuel had said that Redding would be on a pitch count of 60-70 pitches), he was removed from the game and was replaced by Pat Misch to start the sixth inning.  Misch was called upon to protect a slim 1-0 lead.  Was he successful?  I’ll let the following picture answer that question.

Expecting the recently recalled reliever to hold the lead was certainly a “Misch-ion Impossible”, as two batters into his performance, Misch had already coughed up the lead.  A leadoff walk to Shane “The Beer ShamWow” Victorino followed by a two-run homer to Chase Utley (as seen in the picture above) gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

Sean Green was then brought into the game to put out the fire started by Misch.  Unfortunately, he forgot to leave his gasoline can in the bullpen.  After striking out Jayson Werth, Green gave up back-to-back doubles to Raul Ibañez and Pedro Feliz to produce the third run of the inning.

The Phillies added another run in the eighth inning off Pedro Feliciano.  A walk to Ryan Howard was followed by a Jayson Werth double and an intentional walk to Pedro Feliz.  Carlos Ruiz took advantage of the bases loaded situation by hitting a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Howard to make the score 4-1.  It proved to be the final tally of the game as the Mets could not muster a rally against the Phillies’ bullpen.

J.A. Happ continued his strong season as a leading candidate for the National League Rookie of The Year Award.  He improved his record to 10-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.59.  He has been exceptionally strong in August, going 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA.  Despite allowing ten baserunners (eight hits and two walks) in seven innings of work, Happ limited the Mets to one run, being helped by two double plays hit into by the Mets.

Tomorrow will be game three of the four-game wraparound series.  The Phillies will send Pedro Martinez to the mound in his first return to Flushing since not being re-signed by the Mets.  He will be opposed by Oliver Perez.  Game time is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

The Miracle Mets were reunited for their 40th anniversary at Citi Field on Saturday night.  Unfortunately, they could not supply any more magic to help the current squad.  I guess their miracles had an expiration date.

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More Of The Same Next Year! Tue, 21 Jul 2009 19:00:09 +0000 Yesterday on his twitter Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman posted the following:

“minaya, manuel have been told by mets boss jeff wilpon they wont be fired over this painful season.”

This organization continues to amaze me. The past 2 seasons have ended with the Mets missing the post season by 1 game, losing that important 1 game the last day of the season.  The Wilpons decide before the Madoff scandal broke that they want a lower payroll than last year.  They figured with the same team, a team that couldn’t score more than 5 runs in a 3 game series with each game a must win that this team suddenly had the ability to win in 2009.  Omar Minaya got a big extension and Jerry Manuel even though he managed the Mets to yet another collapse was brought back for the 2009 season.  Some are willing to let Jerry slide because of the injuries, I don’t like it, I would love to see Jerry fired but I do see their point.  However Omar has been relying far too long now on what he has done for the Mets in the past and not what he has done in the present.   Let’s take a short look for the last season or 2 at what the inept GM has done for this team.

Omar Minaya:

  • Last season signs Luis Castillo to a $25 million dollar contract, a guy who can’t catch a routine pop up by the way.  His range is gone, he calls himself a switch hitter but lets face it when he bats lefty he slaps the ball.  His knees are bad, you can see him wince in pain when has to run hard.  He’s with the Mets for the next 2 years.  The Mets could have just cut him loose like the Tigers did with Sheffield and the Jays have done with B.J. Ryan, signed Orlando Hudson to play 2nd base but Omar refused.
  • Signs Ollie Perez to a $36 million dollar contract.  Perez had never shown he was worth that kind of money.  He at best is a number 3 in the rotation guy.  He comes to the Mets after signing this undeserved contract out of shape and lazy, not willing to work on getting back to game shape.  He is downright horrible when the season starts.  The Mets ask him to take a minor league assignment to work on his game, he runs to his agent and squashes it, forcing the Mets to add him to the DL.
  • He turns down a trade that would have gotten the Mets Jason Marquis.  Jason Marquis this past weekend became the first pitcher to win 12 games this season.  Johan Santana, Oliver Perez, C.C. Sabathia and Roy Halladay among other pitchers.
  • Signs Fernando Tatis to a 1.7 million dollar contract.  Fernando Tatis when he comes up to bat with runners on you know it’s a double play waiting to happen.  Tatis knows his swing is different from last year yet we never see or hear of him working on it before the game.
  • Tim Redding who was coming off of an injury and was still injured gets a guaranteed contract worth $2 million!  He comes to Spring Training and is still injured.  His ERA is over 7 and is now doing bullpen duty.
  • One of the biggest guys on the trade market this season is Blue Jays pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay.  This season Halladay is currently 11-3 with an ERA of 2.73.  He has pitched so far 4 complete games.  Among many of the teams rumored to be after Halladay are the Phillies, the Mets biggest rival in the NL East.  The Blue Jays according to Jon Heyman offered the Mets the following deal:

#mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay”

  • How can you not jump on that deal?  F-Mart might be a good player but I’m not holding my breath on that.  Niese I still think is overrated, no matter what he’s doing right now at AAA, Parnell is at best a # 4 starter, perhaps a setup guy some day and Tejada has a lot of potential but the Mets already have a good shortstop whose young, they don’t need him in the immediate future.  I wonder if it was perhaps Murphy and Evans instead of F-Mart and Tejada the deal would have been done.

Let’s not forget the guys he could have gotten for cheap in the off season but didn’t pull the trigger.  Omar has done a horrible job building up the farm system which is evident this past season with all the injuries and the terrible players currently on the team.  Met fans this is starting to feel like the 90′s again to me.  2006 was a fluke, time to accept and move on.

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One Hit Wonders – Mets Fall To Yankees 5-0 Sun, 28 Jun 2009 03:05:54 +0000 It was a tough game to watch tonight at Citi Field, as the Mets were shutout by the Yankees 5-0.

Alex Cora’s single in the sixth inning was the only hit the Mets had tonight, as the Yankees came so close to pitching the first no-hitter at Citi Field… For the second day in a row!

What I found most puzzling is that after getting shutout by Burnett at Yankee Stadium on June 16th, I expected the Mets to come out swinging, and instead they were still clueless and inept even after they got a good long look at his stuff a week ago.

Read it and weep…

Cora, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .257
Reyes, A, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167
Wright, D, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .346
Church, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .267
Sheffield, LF 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 .273
Murphy, Dn, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .248
Reed, CF 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 .286
Schneider, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .237
Redding, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .091
  Stokes, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Misch, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Martinez, F, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .164
  Dessens, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 0 1 0 3 10 7  
a-Grounded out for Misch in the 8th.
TB: Cora.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schneider.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 4.

The Mets lineup featured four players hitting below .250. Gary Cohen mentioned in the broadcast that the Mets starting lineup had a combined 21 homeruns, while the Yankees had 76. We are clearly overmatched by them.

In the last three games against the Yankees, the Mets have been outscored 29-1.

Sadly, Omar Minaya reiterated before the game that they will not be making a deal for a big bat.

Tim Redding started the game and he did battle Burnett for five innings after allowing a solo homerun to Nick Swisher, but it all came crashing down in the sixth inning when Redding allowed four hits on four consecutive pitches with the back-breaker being a three-run homer by Jorge Posada.

Not only did the Yankees maul us, but the Yankee fans mauled us too. This idiotic Yankee fan not only interfered with what looked like a certain catch by Wright, but he pounded his chest and taunted Wright after the ball was deflected to the ground. Yankee fans have no class…

The Mets are now 1 1/2 games out of first as the Phillies won 10-0 tonight.

Livan Hernandez will be on the mound as the Mets look to salvage the last game of the series tomorrow.

Okay here goes… Lets Go Mets!

There… I said it…

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Mets Fall To Orioles 6-4 Despite 12 Hit Attack Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:53:24 +0000 Game Summary

The Mets lost another one of those games that could have easily been a win for them if not for shooting blanks whenever they needed a timely hit. The Orioles outscored them 6-4 despite a 12 hit attack from the Mets offense.

Game Recap

Tim Redding, making his sixth start of the season started off solid but in the end he was charged with four runs on seven hits in 5-1/3 innings, including a two-run homer in the second inning by Orioles rookie catcher Matt Wieters. Redding said he didn’t have his best stuff after the game.

In the seventh inning, Pedro Feliciano cam into the game with the score tied at 4-4, but made a couple of bad pitches giving up a single to Nick Markakis and two-run homer to Aubrey Huff to put the Birds ahead for good.

Bobby Parnell and Brian Stokes both had scoreless stints and rebounded from shaky outings last time out.

Offensively, Gary Sheffield homered in the sixth inning to bring the Mets a run closer. It was part of a 2 hit day for Sheff, and he has now homered in three of his last five games.

After Sheffield homered, the Mets loaded the bases, and pitcher Mark Hendrickson walked Alex Cora to force in a run and make it 4-4. But in a critical spot and with a chance to break the game wide open, Fernando Tatis grounded into a double play.

Daniel Murphy had three hits in the game, all singles, and scored a run.

Carlos Beltran and David Wright went 1-10 in the game, leaving six runners on base between them.

Ryan Church had two hits, and I wish we could just leave the guy alone in rightfield. With consistent playing time, Church could give us a big second half.

Game Thoughts and Notes

Despite playing with a DH and playing games in two of the top three homerun hitting parks in the game, the Mets have not found their power stroke. Where would they be without Gary Sheffield? If you take away Sheffield homers, the Mets would be ranked dead last in MLB. As it stands now, they are ranked 28th with 41 homers.

Feliciano was holding lefthanded hitter to a .125 average coming into the game last night. He was as close to being automatic as you can get before being tagged by Huff for a two-run homer. After the game he admitted he shouldn’t have shook off Brian Schneider on that pitch.

For rookie Matt Wieters, it was the first homerun of his career. It seems like the Mets give up a lot of these first homeruns going all the way back to 2007. I wonder if they keep stats on things like that?

The good news? The Phillies also lost last night, so the Mets still remain just three games back.

Game Ball

Gary Sheffield

On Deck

The Mets will send Livan Hernandez to the mound to try and nail down the rubber game tonight.

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This Is Why The Mets Acquired Tim Redding! Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:14:59 +0000

Back in January, the Mets were looking to acquire a big name pitcher to pair up with Johan Santana at the top of the rotation.  Before missing out on Derek Lowe and settling for Oliver Perez, the Mets decided to shore up the back end of the rotation by signing Tim Redding to a one year deal worth $2.25 million.  At the time, some fans did not understand why this signing took place and why it was made before they signed a number 2 starter.  After watching Redding’s performance against the Phillies, those fans might have their answer.

Although Redding came into this season with a career record of 34-51 and a 4.92 ERA, he had always pitched effectively against the Phillies.  Prior to the 2009 season, Redding was 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA against our hated rivals, including a 3-1 record in 2008 for a Nationals team that lost 102 games.  In addition to the won-loss record, Redding did an excellent job of keeping the Phillies power-hitting lineup in the ballpark, allowing only four home runs in 65 2/3 career innings.  This had to factor into Omar Minaya’s thinking when he signed Redding.

Unfortunately, Redding’s first four starts for the Mets were making the non-believers ask for his head, or at the very least, a one-way ticket to Buffalo.  He began the season 0-2 with an ERA hovering around 7.00.  Then a funny thing happened on the way to Citi Field.  The Phillies were next on the schedule and Redding added another fine performance against them.  He did not factor into the decision, but he pitched seven strong innings and got many key outs.  After Chase Utley ripped a one-out RBI double down the right field line in the sixth inning, Redding could have reverted to his old, ineffective ways.  However, he turned it up a notch, striking out Ryan Howard and Raul Ibañez to strand Utley on second base.  Then in the seventh inning, after the Phillies had tied the game at 3, Jimmy Rollins stepped up to the plate with the go-ahead run on third base.  After falling behind 3-1, Redding proceeded to induce Rollins to hit a lazy fly ball to Carlos Beltran to temporarily prevent the Phillies from taking the lead.

The Mets eventually went on to lose the game on a three-run HR by Raul Ibañez in the tenth inning, but it was Redding’s performance that kept them in the game.  The Phillies hit six home runs in the first two games of the series, including four off of Mets ace Johan (‘Han the Man) Santana.  Following his career trends, Redding did not allow any home runs.  He forced the Phillies to play small ball, a concept they’re not all too familiar with.  By preventing the big inning, he afforded himself the opportunity to pitch seven good innings.  Redding might not have gotten the win, but he proved that he can pitch against the big boys, especially the biggest boys of them all.

If the Mets want to end the Phillies’ two-year reign as division champions, the Mets will need Tim Redding to pitch well against teams other than the Phillies.  But as long as he continues to pitch effectively against Philadelphia, I will not be worried whenever I see his name pencilled in as a starter against them.

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Can We Now Say Livan is #2? Wed, 27 May 2009 15:54:18 +0000 During spring training, there were several pitchers competing for the fifth spot in the Mets’ rotation—Livan Hernandez, Tim Redding, Jon Niese and Freddy Garcia.  When the smoke cleared, the (ahem) 34-year-old Hernandez won that spot and never looked back.  Now, after winning his fourth game against one loss last night by giving up one run and GOING THE DISTANCE against Washington, it’s safe to say that signing Livan was one of Omar Minaya’s best moves in the off-season. 


My question is this, though…..for as dominating as Livan has been so far, does last night’s game cement him as our #2 starter behind Johan?  I mean, Pelfrey and Maine are doing better than their collective April indicated, and have similar ERAs and won-loss records, but Livan has been a downright stopper.  Forget the radar gun too….he’s got stuff on his pitches that have kept his career going, and the fact that he throws so slow most of the time is a big reason Livan was able to pitch nine innings last night, throwing 127 pitches. 


True, in the grand scheme of the 2009 season, it doesn’t matter who is #2 or 3 or 4 or 5, and there is still a lot of baseball to be pitched and played this season.  But not only has Livan been a pleasant surprise and made many of us forget about Ollie Perez’ horrendous start, but he just might be the piece of the off-season puzzle that gets the Mets back to the postseason.  And who could have predicted that?

So is he #2?  Do you care?  I know I don’t, as long as he keeps doing what he’s doing. 

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Mets Win Series, But Lose Finale To Sox 12-5 Sun, 24 May 2009 21:34:41 +0000 After the Mets got a little help from technology to complete a late rally and win a second consecutive game, the Mets look to take game three and sweep the Red Sox at Fenway. The Mets will have their newly acquired Tim Redding who is getting his second start with a 0-0 record and a 3.00 ERA. The Mets will go up against the knuckleballer Tim Wakefield who is 5-2 with a 3.59 ERA. Let the battle of the Tims begin!

Tim Redding has never won at Fenway Park. In two career starts in Boston, he is 0-2 with a 12.72 ERA.

Wakefield is 2-3 lifetime against the Mets, with a 2.43 ERA in seven career appearances.

Today’s Qoute

“I’ve never experienced pain like I have right right now,” Frankie Rodriguez said. “The pain is strong, even to walk.”


First, second, third run: 2nd inning, Lowell homered to left, Bay and Drew scored.
Fourth run: 5th inning, Kottaras doubled to deep right center, Drew scored, Lowell to third.
Fifth run: 5th inning, Kottaras doubled to deep right center, Drew scored, Lowell to third.
Sixth run: 5th inning, Green singled to right, Lowell and Kottaras scored, Green out at second.
Seventh run: 6th inning, Bay singled to left center, Pedroia scored, Youkilis to third.
Eight run: 6th inning, Drew doubled to right, Youkilis scored, Bay to third.
Ninth run: 7th inning, Pedroia singled to left, Green scored, Ellsbury to second.
Tenth, eleventh, twelfth run: Youkilis homered to left, Ellsbury and Pedroia scored.

T Redding (L, 0-1) 4.2 8 6 6 4 4 1 94-53 6.75
S Green 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1-1 7.36
K Takahashi 0.2 0 1 1 1 1 0 14-7 3.86
B Stokes 1.1 6 5 5 1 1 1 33-20 2.89
P Feliciano 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 13-9 2.50
Totals 8.0 16 12 12 6 7 2 155-90


First run: 2nd inning, Castro homered to left.
Second run: 3rd inning, Beltran grounded out to shortstop, Castillo scored, Murphy to third.
Third run: 3rd inning, Wright singled to left center, Murphy scored, Sheffield to second.
Fourth run: 3rd inning, Reed singled to right, Sheffield scored, Wright to second.
Fifth run: 5th inning, Sheffield singled to left, Pagan scored, Beltran to second.

1. Murphy: 1-4   .248
2. Pagan: 0-1   .286
3. Beltran: 1-4   .361
4. Sheffield: 1-3   .263
5. Wright: 1-3   .350
6. Reed: 1-4   .311
7. Castro: 2-4   .253
8. Martinez: 0-3   .087
   a- Tatis: 0-1   .278
9. Castillo: 1-4   .273

a- Tatis pinch hit in 8th.

HR: Castro (3)
RBI: Castro (13), Beltran (30), Wright (30), Reed (3), Sheffield (11)
R: Castro (5), Castillo (22), Murphy (20), Sheffield (20), Pagan (2)
2B: Castro (4)
Sac: Pagan (2)
K: Sheffield (15), Murphy (13), Reed (10), Pagan (6), Wright (44)
BB: Pagan 2 (1,2), Murphy (15), Sheffield (18)


SB: Pagan (3)

Additional Info

Happy birthday to Bill Wakefield, Tim Wakefield’s father, who played for the Mets in 1964.

Rain delay: 35 minutes, bottom of the first.

Back-to-back games where the instant replay was needed. Youkilis’ homerun was fair of foul. FOUL!

Takahashi balked in the 6th inning.

Mets finish road series, 5-5.

The NL East took 3 of the series against the AL East in inter-league play.

Game Ball

Castro (HR)

Game ends: 5:07 P.M.

Up Next

John Maine (3-3, 4.53) will begin the Mets home series against the Nationals’ pitching ace John Lannan (2-3, 3.63).

Happy Memorial Day to all of those who have served this country.

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Game Recap: Mets Lose 3-2 in 11 Innings Tue, 19 May 2009 09:42:05 +0000 The Mets began game one tonight against the NL leading Dodgers (26-13). The Dodgers came in winning 5 of their last 6 games. The Mets have Tim Redding play his first game of the season after only allowing 4 runs in 13 innings in the minor leagues. He’s also 1-3 with a 5.64 ERA in four starts and six lifetime appearances against the Dodgers. Randy Wolf started for the Dodgers, Wolf is 5-0, with a 3.60 ERA in his last seven starts against the Mets.


Tim Redding had his first start of the season and immediately walked the lead off guy, giving up 2 runs in the first inning. After a rough first inning, Redding had settled down nicely. 5 shut down innings, giving him a nice start, but no win for him tonight with the lack of hits and runs from the offense. Redding was pulled after 6 innings for Parnell. Parnell had another nice game going 1 inning, striking out one. JJ Putz came into the 8th inning and got his 3 outs to keep the game tied 2-2. Since the Mets offense couldn’t get another run, Green came into the game to hopefully take the game into extra innings. However, he did not, but Feliciano came in and did. Stokes came into 10th inning after Mets continue not to score a run. Stokes get a 1-2-3 tenth inning. *GAH! I’m getting tired.* Stokes stays in fro eleventh inning. Everything fell apart for the Mets, Beltran and Pagan don’t communicate and lose the ball. Bases loaded bottom of the eleventh no outs. Beltran plays behind second base. Reed throws away the ball hit to him. Mets lose 3-2 in 11 innings.

Redding: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER/R, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 93-54 pc-st, 3.00 ERA.
Parnell: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER/R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 13-7 pc-st, 1.96 ERA.
Putz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER/R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 16-15 pc-st, 3.68 ERA.
Green: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER/R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 16-8 pc-st, 7.94 ERA.
Feliciano: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER/R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 2-1 pc-st, 2.81 ERA.
Stokes: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER/R, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, – pc-st, . ERA.


The Mets out hit the Dodgers 11 to 5 but the Mets couldn’t get much run support for their pitchers. Mets went 1-8 RISP, and 8 LOB. Another example of a Met problem this season, sliding, as in the eighth inning Ryan Church almost got tagged out at first because he did not slid into first. He was tagged out, but the ump didn’t call it that way. Another problem with Church; Angel Pagan hits a ball into left, Church comes around third, BUT MISSES THE BAG! He gets out. Church came up limping after sliding into home. It’s just one of those nights for Church.

Mets first run was in the second inning. Wright doubles, Martinez grounded out to shortstop, Wright scored.
Second run. Pagan doubles, Sheffield singled to right, Pagan scored. 

1. Pagan: 4-6   .500
2. Castillo: 0-5   .278
3. Beltran: 0-4   .367
4. Sheffield: 1-3   .257
    Putz: 0-0   0.00
    Green: 0-0   0.00
    Feliciano: 0-0   0.00
    c-Reed ph-1b: 1-1  .379
5. Wright: 2-3  .359
6. Tatis: 0-5   .286
    Stokes: 0-0   0.00
7. Martinez: 0-5   0.00
8. Castro: 0-5   .254
9. Redding: 1-2   .500
    a-Murphy PH: 0-1   .269
    Parnell: 0-0   0.00
    b-Church RF: 2-2  .276

a- hit for Redding in 7th inning.
b- double switch: Sheffield comes out for Putz, Church goes to RF.
c- hit for Feliciano in 10th inning. Double switch: Tatis comes out for Stokes. Reed goes to first base.

BB: Beltran (26), Sheffield (15), Wright 2 (22, 23)
K: Castro (14), Redding (1), Pagan (1)
DP: Castillo
2B:  Wright 2 (11,12), Pagan 2 (1,2)
RBI: Martinez (1), Sheffield (8)

Baserunning/ Fielding

Error: Martinez 2 (1,2), Green (1), Beltran (2), Reed (1)
WP: Redding (1)
DP: 1 (Castro – Castillo)

Additional Info

Nelson Figueroa has his 35th birthday today. Happy Birthday to him.
Sadly Figueroa was DFA’d… again.

Carlos Delgado will go for surgery on Tuesday, and will miss at least the next 8 weeks. Our prayers will go out to him for a successful surgery.

Alex Cora goes to disabled list. Ramon Martinez plays SS.
Reyes still out of the lineup, that is 5 games now.
Both Ramon Martinez and Angel Pagan had their first starts of the season.

David Wright now pases Mike Piazza for 4th most Met career doubles.
Wright- 195.
Piazza- 193. 

Pagan’s first ever 4-hit game.

David Wright hitting streak: 10 games.
Carlos Beltran hitting streak ends at 9 games.

Aflac trivia question: Who is the youngest player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Aflac trivia answer: Sandy Koufax (age 36)

Game Ball

Pagan and Wright. Or who ever is left standing… 1:54 A.M. GOOD NIGHT!.

Up Next

John Maine (3-2) will go up against Billingsley (5-1) in another late night game @ 10:10 PM tomorrow night.

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Tim Redding To Start On Monday Sat, 16 May 2009 01:01:23 +0000 According to Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post, Tim Redding will come off the DL and make his first start of the season on Monday against the Dodgers.

He also writes,

Redding, the former National who was signed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal in the offseason, has been sidelined since early in spring training with a strain in his right rotator cuff.

Redding will square off against Dodgers lefty Randy Wolf, whom the Mets considered in free agency before signing Redding.

Redding made two rehab assignments at Triple-A Buffalo, failing to record a decision in either game but notching a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings.

 I figured Nelson Figueroa would get the start, with Redding working out of the bullpen initially. He pitched well during his rehab, so I hope that leads to some success with the Mets.

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Tim Redding Impresses At AAA-Buffalo Thu, 07 May 2009 14:49:37 +0000 Adam Rubin of the Daily News reported on pitcher Tim Redding yesterday who made a rehab start for the Buffalo Bisons and looked solid.

He writes,

Tim Redding, who had been signed to a $2.25 million guaranteed contract during the offseason, looks ready to contribute at the major-league level. Redding limited Lehigh Valley to one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five on Wednesday night in a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Buffalo.

Redding’s fastball sat at 86-89 mph, and topped out at 91 mph. He threw 58 of 85 pitches for strikes. The lone run came on an RBI triple by ex-Met David Newhan, which scored former Met farmhand Andy Tracy, who had doubled earlier in the fourth.

It’s my guess that Jon Niese will probably make just one start against the Pirates and then go back down to Buffalo so that the Mets can clear a roster spot for Tim Redding who is very close to being activated.

Redding has a guaranteed contract for $2.25 million, and was initially slotted for the long-relief role. The 31-year-old righthander was experiencing achiness and weakness in his right shoulder and the Mets DL’ed him for what they called shoulder fatigue.

Redding had some moderate success last season while pitching for a very bad Washington Nationals team. He may fit right in and plug a big hole for the Mets and even provide us with some quality starts.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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Mets Notes – Figgy Back, Big Pelf, Redding, Heads Rolling Sat, 25 Apr 2009 16:02:52 +0000 The Daily News reports that Nelson Figueroa has decided to re-sign with the organization after testing free agency by refusing a minor-league assignment earlier in the week. Apparently, sometimes the best opportunity is where they know and like you, even if he was abruptly designated for assignment to make room for a second lefty reliever, Casey Fossum, after Figueroa allowed three runs in six innings against the Brewers on Sunday.

I know that Figueroa is nothing more than a spot starter and back of the bullpen guy, but he’s helped us a few times in a pinch, and I kind of like having him around.

General manager Omar Minaya shot down reports that he is planning a major shakeup of the rotation and coaching staff in the wake of the Mets’ 7-9 start. “I think it’s too early to panic,” Minaya said before last night’s 4-3 win over the Nationals snapped the Mets’ four-game skid. “As far as to start thinking about changes already, I think you have to let guys perform.”

GM’s are supposed to say things like that even if it’s far from the truth. Last year, Omar Minaya supported Willie Randolph all the way up to the moment he fired him. That’s just the way it goes. Let’s just say it’s June 1st and the Mets find themselves at or below .500, you can certainly bet some heads are going to roll.

Mike Pelfrey, was made aware of manager Jerry Manuel’s comments that all members of the Mets’ starting rotation besides Johan Santana are in jeopardy of losing their spots unless they improve immediately. “It might have an effect on somebody. That person might be me, it might be somebody else. I read his comments. Somebody brought it up to me, but he’s right,” said Pelfrey, who has an 8.10 ERA in two starts. “It’s a business. Besides Johan, I don’t think you can come up with any other starter and say, ‘Hey, you’re pitching great.’

I don’t even want to think about the repercussions of four bad pitching performances in the next four days. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed and hope that these guys find a way to elevate their performance and start to meet or exceed expectations. Maybe Jerry’s stern warning will resonate and have a positive and lasting effect on these guys.

Tim Redding, who signed a $2.25 million deal as a free agent before experiencing rotator-cuff problems in spring training, is slated to throw up to four innings today in an extended spring-training game and could be ready after one additional start at Triple-A Buffalo.

Redding’s become the forgotten man and it looks like he’s close to being activated. I think it’s safe to say that Bobby Parnell is safe. Somebody will have to go, heck your guess is as good as mine.

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Manuel To Starters: Swim or Sink? Fri, 24 Apr 2009 14:03:15 +0000 Following yesterday’s game, Mets manager Jerry Manuel spoke to reporters at his post game presser and said that he will use his current starting pitchers one more time through the rotation. But he also cautioned that if things do not get better, he will make some changes.

“It’s not rocket science,” Manuel said.  “If they ain’t pitching, then you’ve got to find somebody who will.”

I don’t know what he possibly could do as a manager other than keep pitching them… I mean unless Omar goes out and lands him some new arms, what exactly can he do?

If you’re going to make a statement like that at least back it up. Sure Redding is a week or two away, but I don’t think he’s going to scare any of his starters into pitching better by letting them think Redding will take their spot in the rotation.

Does anybody really believe that if Oliver Perez gives up five runs in his next start that he’ll be bounced from the rotation? 

Manuel also said he would probably add an additional relief pitcher to the bullpen for this weekend’s series against the Nationals.

Does he clear this stuff with Omar before hand?

I got an idea, why not call up Nelson Figueroa? Oh yeah, he ditched up after we ditched him…

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