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The FLA series couldn’t have gone much worse for the Mets, with Jonathon Niese capping it off by aggravating his right hamstring this afternoon. With Oliver Perez completely ineffective and banished to the bullpen, even Jerry Manuel stated it was unlikely they’d put him back in the rotation if Niese misses multiple starts. The Mets already need a starter for Wednesday’s game and assuming Niese cannot go on Friday, they’ll need one then too.
Hisinori Takahashi pitched 3 innings today and is no longer a candidate to start Wednesday’s game, though Raul Valdes may make a spot start out of the pen. If Valdes does not get the nod, then a minor league reliever could be promoted. Jenrry Mejia is apparently not an option to start.
There are a few starting pitching options in AAA, with Dillon Gee being the most exciting prospect there, though he is currently not on the 40-man roster. He pitched 48.1 innings in Buffalo last year, and if you include the 41 innings he’s pitched this year there, his peripherals are pretty good. In those 89 AAA innings, he has a 1.30 whip with a 2.68 SO/BB%. He last pitched on May 12th and is a candidate to start on Wednesday if he is scratched from his start tomorrow.
Other non-40 man roster candidates include R.A. Dickey and Pat Misch. Dickey last pitched on Friday and he is is performing the best with a 1.04 WHIP in 60.2 innings with 37 strikeouts and only 8 walks. If added to the 40-man Dickey could feasibly start on Wednesday. Misch pitched a 9 inning shutout on Saturday and is second on the team in innings pitched with 43.2. He has a 1.21 whip with 25 strikeouts to 9 walks. Misch would not pitch on short rest, but could get the nod for Friday if added to the 40-man and if the Mets change their plans with Takahashi.
Tobi Stoner, already on the 40 man roster and having been called up once already, is another option to start. He has been pretty hittable this year though, yielding 43 hits in 36 innings pitched with 21 strikeouts to 13 walks. He is scheduled to start on Tuesday for the Bisons.
None of these options are particularly reassuring and once again the Nelson Figueroa DFA should be called into question. It may be wise to just let Oliver Perez make a spot start against the Nats and hope for the best. Hopefully Niese won’t have to miss more than 1 start, otherwise the organization may have to go outside their system to resolve their rotation issues sooner than they’d like to.
The business of spring training is the business of locking down the last two-to-three roster spots at its heart. That’s probably not as romantically as it’s been put, but it’s the truth. So, in the parlance of Donald Rumsfeld, let’s list the known knowns going into Spring Training, so that we can figure out the known unknowns and see which players we should watch closely.
1B Daniel Murphy
2B Luis Castillo
3B David Wright
SS Jose Reyes
LF Jason Bay
CF Angel Pagan
RF Jeff Francoeur
Backup MI Alex Cora
Backup OF Gary Matthews Jr.
SP Johan Santana
SP John Maine
SP Mike Pelfrey
SP Oliver Perez
SP Jonathon Niese
CL Francisco Rodriguez
RP Pedro Feliciano
RP Ryota Igarashi
RP Sean Green
RP Bobby Parnell
DL Kelvim Escobar
DL Carlos Beltran
+1 BN P/OF
So that doesn’t leave much suspense, does it? I could easily have penciled in the catchers – the early money is on Rod Barajas to be the number 1 and Henry Blanco to back him up, with Blanco maybe getting the nod against lefty starters because of his superior split OPS. Nelson Figueroa and Fernando Nieve are the favorites for those last two pitcher spots – although they could just sign Figueroa for the minor leagues as they have done the last two years.
Backup corner infield is probably the most interesting battle in camp, so we’ll spend a whole post or ten talking about Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis who are battling for that spot. If the 25th man is not a pitcher, the loser of that battle will jump into the fray with Chris Carter, Fernando Martinez, speedster Jason Pridie, and good old Nick Evans. This isn’t a bad group of players to watch and discuss in the coming weeks.
If the 25th man is a pitcher, you’re looking at someone out of the group that’s in camp: lefties Hisanori Takahashi and Jay Marshall and righties Pat Misch, Tobi Stoner, Eddie Kunz make up that group. We’ll keep an eye on this group, because some of the younger guys used to have promise, but it’s not a very scintillating collection of arms. Given all the injuries the Mets’ position players had last year, the bet is that someone like Carter or Tatis takes that final spot. And it’s starting to look like Winter League MVP F-Mart will play every day in AAA to start 2010, isn’t it? Once Beltran returns, three reserve outfielders is a bit much.
Happy spring watching Stoner, Pridie and Jacobs battle for the roster!
Over the last couple of days, the Mets have made a flurry of moves, most of which could be described as moving desk chairs around on the titanic. In fact, summed up in total, they reveal just how desperate the minor league situation has become under Omar Minaya‘s watch.
First, there is the debacle that is the treatment of Johan Santana and his expensive elbow. According to this Rob Neyer post, Santana hasn’t pitched bullpens between starts since before the all-star break. Neyer even details the moment when a responsible organization should have pulled the plug on Santana’s season: Houston, July 4. Santana pitched over 120 pitches and lost the game, leaving the Mets behind in the division and the wild-card race by double digit games, with eight teams between them and the wild card leader.
Sounds like just about the time to shut your ace down if he’s having elbow troubles. If Santana ends up with TJ surgery, it will be on the Mets organization and therefore on Minaya’s shoulders. The same Minaya who claimed that he didn’t remember Santana’s troubles in Spring Training that almost cost him the opening day start. Wow.
To replace Santana on the roster, the Mets called up Pat Misch. About all these two players have in common are the arms they use to pitch. Everything about Misch is average. He is currently sporting a 5.32 K/9, which accompanied by his 5.32 BB/9 was probably the reason he was put on waivers by the Giants this year. Even his career rates (6.07 K/9, 3.11 BB/9) would only be marginally useful. If these rates had a great groundball rate backing them up (and they are not (43.9% career)), he could be even be a find. His low flyball rate (33.8%) is about the best thing you can say about him because his repertoire (86.4 MPH fastball, 84.9 MPH slider, 75.2 MPH curveball and 81 MPH changeup) is underwhelming at best.
One thing you can say about Misch, though, is that he’s a better pitcher than the guy the Mets called up to replace the departed Billy Wagner. Though Lance Broadway has a name made for New York, he does not have a game suited for the bright lights. Because he only has 40 innings at the major league level, it’s better to look at his minor league numbers. Or should I say it’s more informative to look at those numbers, because they are not pretty. A 6.4 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 won’t translate to much at the major league level. He’s pitched a little better against righties, though, and perhaps he can be a middle inning bullpen guy. At best.
I have little hope for the other big callup, either. We’ve been vocal in this space about trading Nick Evans, but with his play so far this year (.231/.302/.430 in AA and AAA, in parks that are decently offense-friendly), he’s probably not attractive to any team. Let’s not waste any more space talking about his contributions to the team.
Let’s, instead, look to the player most likely to be arriving in from the Billy Wagner trade. Chris Carter, not to be confused with the powerful Chris Carter in Oakland, is what Nick Evans was supposed to be: a medium-stick medium-glove first baseman/outfielder. Carter actually looked pretty nice last year, when he hit .300/.356/.515 and had better than a .800 OPS for the third straight year at AAA. He wasn’t his fault that he played for a stacked organization like Boston’s.
That isn’t to say that there aren’t any flaws in his game. His OPS versus left-handers (.782) suggests that he may need a platoon partner at first base. Also, it’s possible that Carter lost a little motivation, as his fourth try at AAA (.279/.340/.439) was his worst production in the minors. However, if paired with Daniel Murphy, who is decent against lefties, the Mets may have first base figured out at best, and have given their depth a big boost at worst. A decent move from Omar Minaya, as Carter seems ready to play in the majors and the Mets can’t afford to rebuild for long.