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The season continued to dwindle away toward meaningless August and September games tonight. Even the alternate “Los Mets” uniforms couldn’t help this team’s offense. The Mets had next to none with only 4 hits off Braves pitching and couldn’t get anything going against Tim Hudson after an RBI double by David Wright in the first inning. Wright went 2 for 4 and there wasn’t much happening in the lineup after him.
R.A. Dickey pitched really well but went into double-digit losses tonight (5-10). He threw 7 innings and allowed 2 runs, good enough to win with a decent team behind him. Tim Byrdak and Ryota Igarashi allowed a pair of insurance runs for the Braves in the eighth and the game was over. The back of the Braves bullpen doesn’t give up leads.
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The Mets needed an eighth inning rally to come back from down 4-0 to beat the last place Astros. The Astros have the worst record in the National League but Bud Norris held the Mets scoreless until Jason Bay hit a solo shot to deep left field in the seventh inning. Bay’s homer was a long shot to the top of the big wall in left near the train tracks.
In the eighth inning, Fernando Martinez hit another long home run off Norris into deep right field as a pinch hitter. David Wright followed with a line drive home run into the short left field seats scoring 2 runs and giving the Mets the lead.
Dillon Gee’s line wasn’t very good pitching 5 innings and giving up 4 runs. But Ryota Igarashi relieved him in the sixth and allowed 2 inherited runners to score. Igarashi threw gas on the fire and that didn’t help Gee’s ERA. But Gee was having trouble throwing his curveball for strikes.
It was a good comeback win on the road but the Astros are a terrible team, only the Twins have a worse record in MLB.
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There is no doubt that Terry Collins and the New York Mets staff have slim pickings when it comes to the bullpen. There are a few young guys, a few guys who have struggled, and two veterans who don’t pitch because the Mets never have the lead in the 8th or the 9th.
However, the bullpen problem isn’t just the pitchers themselves. Management and the staff deserve some of the blame too.
Can anyone tell me why Terry Collins hasn’t used Pedro Beato in a big spot yet? He continues to pitch Bobby Parnell who is giving up hit after hit (.290 BAA). It’s ridiculous! Quit using the guy! He has had one good outing this entire season so far and other than that he has been terrible. What do you think will happen, one night he will find it?
Beato, on the other hand, has been the lone bright spot in the bullpen this year. The 24 year old has the second best WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched) in the bullpen behind Jason Isringhausen. Yet, thanks to Collins, Met fans have to deal with Bobby Parnell stinking up the show every night. Continue reading
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The Mets dropped the first game of the three game series to the lowly Houston Astros. Jon Niese took the loss to drop to 0-3 but he didn’t pitch that badly giving up 2 runs over 6 innings. He wasn’t especially sharp giving up 7 hits and 5 walks but managed to work out of a lot of trouble.
For all the talk about playing the game the right way, the Mets look like a bumbling crew that doesn’t play the game the right way to me. The bullpen was terrible Ryota Igarashi and Tim Byrdak not getting the job done. And Bobby Parnell had another melt down on the mound balking in a run before he threw a pitch and then giving up an RBI hit.
Scott Hairston blew another ball in left field for an error. It’s just a sad state of affairs. The Mets only had 4 hits as a team and the only run was scored on Carlos Beltran’s solo home run. There wasn’t much to cheer about for the few fans that showed up to Citi Field tonight.
We can all see where this is going. Chris Capuano is a soft-tossing lefty starter that could easily replace Oliver Perez on the Major League roster. Taylor Buchholz should find a spot in the bullpen as a right-handed middle reliever. The Mets had to make room on the roster and Ryota Igarashi was designated for assignment.
Capuano signed for 1-year/$1.5 million with performance bonuses. Buchholz signed a non-guaranteed $600,000 contract with bonuses. The Mets are on the hook for $1.75 million for Igarashi for this year as part of the lost money they’ll be responsible for.
Capuano has been through two Tommy John surgeries and couldn’t keep a spot in the awful Brewers rotation last year. Although his numbers look like Felix Hernandez compared to Perez. He was 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA last year in 9 starts and 15 relief appearances.
The bottom line is that the Mets are signing some players on the cheap as we knew they would. They’re not making any major financial commitments and hoping they can find a diamond in the rough.
The Mets lost a close one tonight that Leo Nunez almost blew for the Marlins in the ninth. It started though with Pat Misch being pretty shaky right off the bat. He went 6 innings but gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits. He had several jams that he got out of though including bases loaded in the first and only allowing 1 run in that frame.
Ryota Igarashi took over for Misch in the seventh and didn’t look good again. He gave up a run on 2 hits. It’s funny with him. I really like his stuff and could see how a scout would like him. But he can’t translate good stuff into getting outs.
The Mets reverted back to having no offense again. Although young Alex Sanabia looked really good for the Marlins. The biggest hit was David Wright’s solo shot to straight away center leading off the ninth. That got the Mets within one run. Jeff Francouer and Josh Thole singled to follow Wright. But Mike Hessman and Jose Reyes couldn’t manage to bring them around.
The Mets and the Marlins will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow.
There actually was some good news in a night when Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, and Jason Bay didn’t start the game. That news? Johan Santana pitched really well after four really bad starts in a row. As usual, the Mets didn’t back up Santana with any runs. The just couldn’t do anything against Livan Hernandez. Santana went 7 strong innings giving up 1 run on 98 pitches. It looked like he made an argument to Jerry Manuel to stay in the game but lost the argument.
The Mets offense was weak against Hernandez and the Nationals with only 8 hits and no walks. Henry Blanco and Jesus Feliciano had two hits apiece but all 8 Mets hits were singles.
The game was 1-0 until the bottom of the seventh when the Nats tied it off Santana. It was lost in the bottom of the ninth when Pedro Feliciano loaded the bases and Ryan Zimmermann hit a sac fly off Ryota Igarashi.
The Mets will activate Ryota Igarashi from the disabled list today. Manny Acosta is the one that will lose his roster spot. He’ll be optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. The surprise is that Jenrry Mejia isn’t the one being optioned. There have been rumors all week that he was going to Buffalo to stretch out in an effort to come back at some point as a starter.
Not so surprising is that Oliver Perez won’t go to the minors. He’s dead weight on the roster right now. The word is that he told the Mets that he’s not interested in going to the minors to work out his problems.
Acosta has pitched pretty well for the Mets in 12 games this season. He hasn’t given up a run in his last seven appearances. But he has allowed 50% of his inherited runners to score.