For the second straight game the Mets lost in extra innings to the Phillies. The Mets have to lead the league in debilitating losses this season, and this is another one. Raul Ibanez hit a 3-run homer off Ken Takahashi in the 10th inning for the win.
The Mets had a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning and Tim Redding was pitching pretty well. Redding ended up going 7 innings and giving up 3 runs. That’s a solid performance that’ll give Jerry Manuel the confidence to run him out there again in five days.
The offense came from Luis Castillo with 3 hits and Carlos Beltran kept driving him in. David Wright also continued his hot hitting going 3 for 4.
Overall, it’s an incredibly disappointing series to lose two extra inning games at home to the Phillies.
Tim Redding had his second straight bad start today and that puts the Mets out of the game early. Going up against Josh Johnson and with a Mets lineup filled with backup’s, Redding had to be very good and he wasn’t. He gave up 7 runs and couldn’t even get an out in the fifth inning when he was pulled by Jerry Manuel. The bullpen came in and did a good job again, highlighted by Ken Takahashi going 3 innings in releif without giving up a run.
There wasn’t much in the Mets offense to write about. Several of the regulars were sitting out and Carlos Beltran had to leave the game due to stomach problems. Fernando Martinez got his first big league hit and RBI going 2- for-5 with a double.
There’s no disputing the fact that something, and maybe everything, is going horribly wrong for Oliver Perez this season. He’s made five starts now and is pitching to a 1-2 record with a 9.97 ERA. Obviously, he’s hurting the team and shouldn’t continue in the starting rotation. The only debate right now is whether he should be sent to Triple-A Buffalo or stay with the Mets in the bullpen in an attempt to right the ship.
I believe that Perez should stay with the Mets in the bullpen. He doesn’t even need to pitch out of the bullpen, but he should stay with the Mets not be banished to Buffalo.
The Mets should bring up Nelson Figueroa to take Perez’ spot in the rotation for one start. This will give Perez a chance to continue his work with pitching coach Dan Warthen and Johan Santana. Figueroa could take Ken Takahashi’s spot on the roster. Perez will have the pressure off him for 10 games and have a chance to just work on finding himself.
Perez is going to be a part of the Mets for the next three seasons. His 3-year/$36 million contract that he just signed assures him of that. So the Mets need to go forward with Perez on the major league roster and show some confidence in him. I think he needs that right now. The going is tough for him but it’ll get better. You can see it on his face that he’s disappointed in himself.
There are examples of established major league pitchers that have gone to the minors and come back better for it. Steve Trachsel did it for the Mets. But you can also look at Barry Zito with the Giants from last season. On April 29, 2008 Zito was off to an 0-6 start with a 7.53 ERA and was moved to the bullpen. He skipped a start and came back much better. He finished the season at 10-11 record after the bullpen move, and that’s with a bad team that finished the season 72-90. Take a look at Zito’s 2008 game log here. I could see the same type of season for Perez this year.
The Mets made a prett sizable investment in Perez this offseason. They shouldn’t give up on him after one bad month. He should stay with the team and work with the best pitching coaches in the organization. That means he stays with the major league team and works through his problems.
It looks like Casey Fossum will be joining the New York Yankees on a minor league deal. He was designated for assignment, effectively cut, by the Mets after pitching against the Nationals on April 27, 2009. Ken Takahashi was called up by the Mets to replace Fossum on the major league roster. Takahashi has yet to appear in a game for the Mets.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton, PA reports that Fossum will start for the Yankees Triple-A Scranton team today. Thanks to MLB Trade Rumors for the link.
Casey Fossum was designated for assingment after today’s game against the Nationals. He pitched in 3 games for the Mets after getting called up from Triple-A Buffalo when Nelson Figueroa was DFA’d.
Ken Takahashi is a 40 year old lefty who’s pitched very well at Buffalo. He’s pitched in 6 games, going 11.2 innings and has a 0.77 ERA.
I’m not sure what the Mets didn’t like about Fossum. He did give up 3 hits and 3 walks to the Nationals today. But that’s nothing compared to the disaster that Oliver Perez threw today. Then again, Fossum doesn’t make $12 million/year. So I guess that’s what happens.
Ken Takahashi signed a minor league deal with the Mets only days after the lefty was released by the Toronto Blue Jays. Takahashi is 39 years old and only pitched in one exhibition game for the Blue Jays. He’ll be an insurance policy at Triple-A Buffalo in case the Mets find as they get into the season that they really need a lefty in the bullpen. Currently, Pedro Feliciano is the only lefty reliever on the team.