Morning Grind: Why Are Acosta and Batista Still On The Roster?

Why are Manny Acosta and Miguel Batista still New York Mets? With ERA’s of 9.69 and 6.92 respectively in a combined 26 innings of “work” –if you can call their awful outings work–, they do not deserve to be at the major league level in any way, shape or form.

In an offseason centered around creating a strong and formidable bullpen, Sandy Alderson and the Mets are letting that effort go to waste by leaving these two in the major leagues while plenty of guys in Triple-A are more than capable of putting together better relief outings than these two. The work of guys like Jon Rauch, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell are being ruined because of Acosta and Batista’s lack of effectiveness coming out of the ‘pen. They get themselves into trouble without being able to get themselves out. They cannot hold runners on let alone a lead when it’s late and close.

In Buffalo, Fernando Cabrera and Chuck James both have ERA’s under 1.00 in a combined 20 innings of work. If James and Cabrera had been hurling their 20 innings in place of those unfortunate 26 innings pitched by Acosta and Batista, maybe the Mets would be atop the NL East right now.

Though I respect Acosta and Batista for their effective 2011 campaigns, this year is a completely different story. They have a .351 and .340 BAA in 2012. They both have a 2.23 WHIP, a combined 24 walks, five home runs and most importantly an 0-3 record. That does not deserve to be on any major league ball club.

Sandy, get these guys off and give someone else the call, I’d rather have DJ Carrasco up! He can’t do much worse than these two…

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