Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Bullpen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Bullpen. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mets Game Notes: Road Runs, Valdespin, Tejada, Torres, Thole, Pitching Notes, Bullpen


Mets Game Notes:

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost a season-high five straight games...The last time the Mets had a longer losing streak was a six game skid from September 10-15, 2011...New York is 3-7 in its last 10 games...New York suffered its fifth walkoff loss of the year last night and its second this season at Washington (Also, June 5 in a 7-6, 12-inning setback)...The Mets are 1-3 in extra innings this year.

ON THE ROAD: New York is 20-24 on the road this year...The Mets are 0-4 on their current six-game road trip and 7-7 in their last 14 games away from Citi Field...David Wright leads the majors with a .378 road batting average...The Mets are 6-8 in road series this season and 13-14-2 in overall series.

ROAD RUNS: The Mets have scored 223 runs in 44 road games, for an average of 5.07 runs per road game, the highest in the majors...New York has a .268 road batting average, the highest in the National League and the fourth-highest in the majors...New York has allowed 226 runs on the road, for an average of 5.14, the fourth most in the majors.

JORDANY VALDESPIN: Hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the ninth inning last night...Valdespin has three pinch-hits in his brief career, all have been home runs...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three other players who began their career since 1960, have had their first three pinch-hits all go for home runs: Brant Alyea, Bo Jackson and Matt Mieske...Valdespin is the only hitter in the majors this season with two go-ahead pinch-hit home runs in the ninth inning or later...Also, the last time the Mets were down 2-0 in the ninth inning and got a three-run home run to go ahead was Mike Piazza on September 16, 1998 at Houston...Research courtesy of ESPN.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Roster Moves: Edgin moving into the pen


Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin will join the Mets for Friday's second-half opener in Atlanta, taking Dillon Gee's roster spot.

Edgin was 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA in 35 relief appearances with Triple-A Buffalo.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Winning Teams, Attendance, Francisco, Dickey's Streak, Second Lefty, Little Jerry Seinfeld, Davis, Mejia


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets completed a stretch of eight straight series against teams with winning records -- versus the Phillies, Cardinals, Nationals, Yankees, Rays, Reds, Orioles and Yankees again -- with a 12-13 record (including 1-5 against their Bronx rivals).

The Mets attendance for the Yankees three-game series drew a combined attendance of 124,677. The Mets had been averaging 28,279 per game entering the series. (It's fair to note that the season average includes midweek/bad-weather games earlier in the year, whereas the Yankees series fell during a time attendance would naturally be higher anyway -- although not as high, obviously, had the Bombers not been visiting Queens.)


Frank Francisco landed on the disabled list before Sunday's series finale with a left oblique strain. The Mets also demoted Jordany Valdespin, freeing roster spots for the returns of shortstop Ruben Tejada and reliever Ramon Ramirez from the disabled list. Terry Collins had indicated Bobby Parnell would get the first crack at closing in Francisco's absence Sunday, but the opportunity did not materialize. Valdespin's playing time would have been minimal with the number of middle infielders active -- Tejada, Ronny CedeƱo, Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner and Omar Quintanilla. Quintanilla is out of options, and team officials had been concerned they would lose him off waivers if they tried to get him through in order to attempt to send him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Dickey's streak was the second longest in franchise history without allowing an earned run, narrowly shy of Dwight Gooden's franchise-record 49 innings in 1985. The knuckleballer's streak without allowing an earned run was the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser posted his MLB-record 59-inning streak without allowing any runs in '88. (Hershiser was Dickey's pitching coach with the Rangers when Dickey went from conventional pitcher to committing full time to the knuckleball.)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Mets News and Notes: VS PHILLY, COMEBACKS, TWO-OUTS, RISP, NIEUWENHUIS, WRIGHT, BULLPEN, MEJIA, HISTORY


METS NEWS AND NOTES:

FIVE WINS: With a win tonight, the Mets would be five games over .500 for the first time since losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 19, 2010 (49-44)...This is the fifth time the Mets have been four games over .500 (4-0, 6-2, 7-3, 13-9 and 17-13) this year...The last time the Mets won five in a row was July 25-29, 2011.

METS VS PHILLY: With wins on Monday and Tuesday, the Mets won their second series at Philadelphia this year...The Mets took two of three from the Phillies, April 13-15...The last time New York won two series at Philadelphia was in 2008...The last time the Mets swept a three-game series at Philadelphia was June 13-15, 2006...The Mets swept a three-game series from the Phillies at Citi Field May 26-27, 2010...After this series, the Mets only have one trip to Philadelphia remaining on the schedule, August 28-30...The Mets host the Phillies at Citi Field for the first time on May 28-30.

METS VS NL EAST: The Mets are 12-5 (.706) vs. the National League East this year...That winning percentage is the best for any team vs. teams in its own division this year (minimum of five games)...St.Louis is second (16-11, .593 vs. NL Central)...The Mets play the Marlins on Friday in Miami...That series will be the Mets’ seventh
vs. an NL East team already this season...New York is 4-2 in those previous six series.

METS COMEBACKS: Ten of New York’s 17 wins have been come-from behind victories, including last night...The Mets are tied with the Braves for the most comeback wins in the majors...New York has five come-from-behind victories on the road.

TWO-OUTS SITUATIONS: The Mets scored five of their seven runs last night with two outs, including all four runs in the seventh inning and have scored 10 two-out runs in this series...Over its last 14 games, New York has scored 40 runs with two outs...The Mets have scored 67 runs with two outs this year, the most in the majors...The Mets are hitting .294 with two outs, the highest average in the majors...New York’s pitching staff has allowed 52 runs with two outs, tied for the
10th most in the majors.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright, RISP, Mets Bullpen ,Carrasco


Here are some Mets News and Notes:

Recent Mets:
New York has lost a season-high four straight games...This three-game home stand is the club’s shortest of the year...New York is 8-6 at home this season...New York was 34-47 at home last year.

Snake Meeting:
Last night was the 100th meeting between the Mets and Diamondbacks...The Mets are 50-50 all-time vs. Arizona...New York is 24-27 at home and 26-23 in the desert.

FALLING BEHIND EARLY:
The opposition has scored first in five of New York’s last six games.

WRIGHT:
David Wright is second in the National League and third in the majors with a .395 batting average...Wright leads the majors with a .505 on-base percentage...He is tied for fourth in the majors with 19 walks and ninth with a .580 slugging percentage.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Mets contract details for Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, here are the precise terms of the contracts relievers Frank Francisco (two years, $12 million) and Jon Rauch (one year, $3.5 million) agreed to in December.

Francisco's contract is slightly backloaded, with $5.5 million owed in 2012 and $6.5 million in 2013. There are no performance incentives.

Rauch can earned $500,000 in performance bonuses in addition to his $3.5 million salary, all based on games finished.

He gets $50,000 apiece for finishing 30 and 35 games, $75,000 apiece for finishing 40 and 45 games, and $125,000 apiece for finishing 50 and 55 games.

Rauch's highest games-finished total came in 2008, when he had a combined 51 with the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks while tallying 18 saves.

Francisco has been anointed as the closer by Terry Collins.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mets Make it official, they sign Frank Francisco


The New York Mets made it official Today as they sign Frank Francisco to a two year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports at the Winter Meetings earlier this month indicated the pact to be worth $12 million.

Francisco is expected to become the closer for the Mets. He was 1-4 with 17 saves and a 3.55 earned run average in 54 games for Toronto last year. He converted each of his seven save opportunities and posted a 1.37 ERA after the All-Star break.

The 32-year-old right-hander notched 25 saves in 2009 with Texas, then helped the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 in a set up role. He ranks fifth among American League relievers with 302 strikeouts over the last five seasons.

Francisco owns a career record of 18-19 with 49 saves and a 3.72 ERA in 331 games over seven seasons with Texas and Toronto. He has also fanned 368 batters in 334 lifetime innings.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mets sign P Chuck James to a minor league deal


Seeking additional bullpen help and potential rotation depth, the Mets announced
Thursday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Chuck James to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.

James, 30, posted a 6.10 ERA during a brief stay in Minnesota's bullpen last summer, also compiling a 3-2 record, one save and a 2.30 ERA over 62 2/3 innings with the organization's Triple-A Rochester affiliate.

A Georgia native whom the Braves selected in the 20th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, James once ranked amongst Atlanta's brightest young starting pitchers, winning 18 games with a 3.78 ERA as a rookie in 2006. But the left-hander stumbled in his sophomore season as injuries began derailing his career.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mets Officially Announce the Jon Rauch Signing


The Mets and right-handed reliever Jon Rauch have officially agreed to a one-year contract, the club announced Wednesday night.

Rauch, 33, appeared in 53 games with the Blue Jays last season, going 5-4 with 11 saves and a 4.85 ERA. He also struck out 36 batters and pitched at least one inning in 39 of his 53 appearances.

The 6-foot-10 righty will likely set up Frank Francisco, whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $12 million deal but have yet to officially announce.


Rauch, an eight-year veteran, is 39-31 with 58 saves and a 3.82 ERA in his career.

Since 2006, Rauch leads all relievers with 31 wins and his 434 appearances during that time are the second-most by a reliever.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Reaction to revamped Bullpen and Angel Pagan's exit to left coast


First off let me tell you that had I stayed up, I would of reported all the Mets moves..So I apologize. Mets Chronicle does not pay the bills, but other things do..

That being said, Sandy Alderson said it best when he did not opt to go after a backup catcher, he wanted use that money to fix the pen and bring in multiple arms and he did. How much quality did Alderson get back?  Well with what monetary units he has to work with, it's almost amazing he got anything done..

The signing of  Frank Francisco was not a surprise , who Steve Popper (of the Bergen record) nailed it and said would be the closer of the Mets as Mets Chronicle posted.. Getting Jon Rauch too was a surprise.. I did not think were going to get both, but it was good to see Sandy and Crew upgrade the pen a bit.. The Mets have some attitude in the back of the bullpen again with Francisco and Rauch..

FRANK FRANCISCO'S STATS

GPGSCGSHOIPHRERHRBBSOWLSVHLDBLSVWHIPERA
2011 Regular Season5400050.2492120718531417241.323.55
Career331000334.02861451383414536818194966211.293.72

JON RAUCH'S STATS

GPGSCGSHOIPHRERHRBBSOWLSVHLDBLSVWHIPERA
2011 Regular Season5300052.05628281114365411451.354.85
Career4681100520.24912362216216041839315880271.253.82
Both off into the sunset


In a classic swap of players coming off disappointing seasons, the Mets dealt outfielder Angel Pagan in exchange for Giants Center Fielder Andres Torres and right-hander Ramon Ramirez Tuesday night.


All three players were eligible for arbitration and not certain to be tendered contracts by Monday’s deadline. The deal, the structure of which was first reported by Bay Area News Group, is pending a physical and might not become official until later this week.


Torres and Ramirez were hugely productive in 2010 while helping the Giants to the NL West title on their way to the World Series. Torres, in particular, emerged as a fan favorite because of his energy and gallantry, along with his gliding defense in center field. But he struggled mightily with physical and mental issues in 2011 and was no longer seen as an everyday solution.

ANDRES TORRES' STATS

GPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
2011 Regular Season11234850772414194295196.221.312.330.643
Career41512641973087921271181313256021.244.318.403.721

Monday, December 05, 2011

Rumor Mill: Mets inquire about RHP Chad Qualls, Mets lose out on Matt Capps to Twins


Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have inquired about free agent reliever Chad Qualls.

Qualls posted a 3.51 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings with the Padres this season. The 33-year-old right-hander enjoyed most of his success at the spacious PETCO Park, posting a 2.09 ERA at home compared to an ugly 5.05 ERA on the road.

The Mets are weighing a wide variety of low-cost bounce-back types for the back-end of their bullpen, including Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch, but considering that Qualls’ strikeout rate has declined over the past two seasons and he was a disaster as Arizona’s closer in 2010, he’s probably better suited to a seventh or eighth-inning role at this point.

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