Kyle Lohse and How Omar Minaya Missed The Boat

The biggest question mark for the New York Mets is starting pitching. There’s no denying that. Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Mike Pelfrey, and the substitute starters are all sources of concern for fans, and I would guess the front office as well.

I’m sure that Nelson Figueroa is a good guy and obviously dedicated to the sport to move around the world in search of pitching jobs. But having to give him a start this early in the season is somewhat disconcerting for Mets fans. I hope he does a great job on Friday, needless to say.

That being said, Omar Minaya missed the boat with Kyle Lohse. This passage is from Sean Deveney of the Sporting News from today:

Any front office executives kicking themselves over the nice work turned in thus far by Cardinals RHP Kyle Lohse? Lohse threw five shutout innings in his first start, allowing just three hits, then followed that up with seven shutout innings Sunday against the Nationals. The Cardinals signed Lohse late in spring training for the low price of one year and $4.25 million. Don’t blame the Phillies, for whom Lohse pitched over the final two months of the 2007 season. They offered Lohse three years and $21 million early in the offseason, which he turned down. . . .

How badly could we use that kind of pitching right now? Lohse is one of those guys with good stuff that should be more successful than he is. His combined numbers between the Cincinnatti Reds and Philadelphia Phillies from last year are:

9-12 4.45ERA 192.2 innings 32 starts 2 CG 1 SHO 122 K’s 57 BB’s

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2 thoughts on “Kyle Lohse and How Omar Minaya Missed The Boat

  1. hdarvick

    You claim that having to give Nelson Figueroa a start this early in the season is somewhat disconcerting for Mets fans. Really? In his last start in Florida, with the better half of the Mets at Port St. Lucie in a Pedro game, Nelson Figueroa pitched 4 innings against the full-strength Houston Astros allowing 1 run on 1 hit (a Lance Berkman HR). In January, in the 4-team round-robin Caribe World Series, he pitched his first game against Licey (Dominican Republic), the eventual winners, and pitched into the 10th inning, allowing 1 run (no decision). He came back 2 days later in relief (against Licey again) in a 4-4 game, bottom of the 9th, 1st & 3rd, one out, and got the last 2 outs on 3 pitches (pop up, ground out). Figueroa was voted the Caribe Series MVP over Miguel Tejada and others. Of course there’s his ten complete games in Mexico Triple A in 2007… And Nelson Figueroa pitching on Friday is “somewhat disconcerting for Mets fans”? I predict he pitches at least into the 7th inning.

  2. Dave Post author

    The Nelson Figueroa Fan Club has been well represented in the Comment section here. I really do hope that he has a good game on Friday. I’m a Mets fan so why wouldn’t I?

    What’s disconcerting to me is the deviation from the “plan” this early. Pedro should be the #2 and Pelfrey or El Duque should be the #5. It’s early in the season to stray so far from that ideal rotation.

    I don’t want to start tearing down Figueroa but you’re putting me in that position in this conversation. There’s no denying that he’s had great success outside of the US. You can’t really be serious about spring training numbers? Ask John Maine how his great spring translated into his first start in Atlanta.

    Look at Figueroa’s career against major league hitters. That’s the body of work that you should use to judge him on. He’s not on his way to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Oh, and by the way he’ll be 34 years old next month.

    After all that, I honestly hope he throws a complete game shutout on Friday. By the way, that would be his first in the major leagues. He’s never pitched a complete game in the majors before.

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