Showing posts with label Blaine Boyer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blaine Boyer. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mets Showing Little Patience Early

Though the season is a little more than two weeks old, the New York Mets have already shown that they are not afraid to pull the trigger if a player is underperforming.

The combination of Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins is attempting to light a fire under their players. Part of the way they’re going about this is by letting players know that if they don’t show up, they’ll be sent out.

The first instance occurred with Blaine Boyer.

Boyer pitched his way onto the Mets roster in spring training and looked to be a good find. His sinker was working great, which caused him to get a lot of ground balls. Such would be extremely valuable late in games if the Mets were in dire need of a double play.

Boyer pitched so well that the Mets asked fan-favorite Jason Isringhausen to go to extended spring training. Izzy did have injury concerns, which also aided in this decision.

However, things didn’t work out so well for Boyer. He appeared in five games and went 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA. He gave up eight earned in just 6.2 innings—not exactly what you look for out of a reliever.

Rather than ride out Boyer’s hot start in spring training, the Mets cut ties with Boyer in favor of Izzy. Boyer opted for free agency rather than accepting a minor league assignment.

In the most recent example, the Mets sent Brad Emaus back to the minors and called up the rightful owner of Emaus’ roster spot: Justin Turner.

After winning the second base competition basically by default, Emaus couldn’t handle major league pitching. He hit just .162 with one RBI in 37 at-bats, and his fielding wasn’t what it was hyped to be.

Maybe Emaus can turn himself into a Major League player, but it won’t be with the Mets.

Earlier last week, Terry Collins announced that he would give Emaus a set number of at-bats in which to evaluate him. Well, that number turned out to be just seven at-bats; Emaus was 0-for-7.

Daniel Murphy has hit well and surprisingly fielded well, turning in some highlight-reel plays. He and Turner will form the new second base tandem.

The moves of Boyer and Emaus show that the Mets will have a short leash this year. Since they don’t have the personnel or depth of the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves, the Mets will need significant contributions for every member on their roster if they expect to compete.

One or two slip ups is all it takes for a fringe team—which the Mets are—to fall way out of contention.

You may be thinking that the Mets aren’t even good enough to be a fringe team. In my opinion, every team right now is a fringe team at least early on in the season.

The teams that got off to fast starts can fade, and the teams that started slow can get hot. That’s the great thing about baseball. That’s the reason they play all the games.

This homestand will prove if the Mets are serious. They play the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks—two teams that aren’t exactly knocking on the door of a World Series title anytime soon. If the Mets can’t take at least 4-of-6 from these teams, then it may be time to consider panicking.

Even so, we’re still in April, so panic really shouldn’t set in until the summer.

I do have to say, it’s a positive sign that Alderson and Collins won’t tolerate mediocrity. Though the team may not have the strength to make a run this year, the fruits of a winning organization are slowly but surely being planted.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mets News and Notes : Bullpen Moves, Duda

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Jason Isringhausen is back with the Mets more than a decade after leaving New York in a trade.

New York purchased the contract of the veteran right-hander after Sunday's game and designated reliever Blaine Boyer for assignment.

Jason Isringhausen pitches for the Mets in spring training. The right-hander will try to help ease the load of an already overworked bullpen. 

Boyer allowed four runs in the 11th inning Sunday, three on a pinch-hit three-run homer by the Washington Nationals' Laynce Nix. Boyer had a 10.80 ERA in five appearances with New York.

Isringhausen, 38, began the season in extended spring training to build arm strength. He was signed to a minor league contract prior to the start of training camp but was still working his way back from 2009 elbow surgery. He pitched well enough to be in contention with Boyer for the final spot on the opening day pitching staff.

New York dealt Isringhausen to the Oakland Athletics at the July 31 deadline in 1999. He became a top closer for the A’s and St. Louis Cardinals before injuries limited his effectiveness.

The Mets also recalled right-hander Ryota Igarashi from Class AAA Buffalo on Sunday and optioned outfielder Lucas Duda to Buffalo. The move gives the Mets 13 pitchers on their staff.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Boyer gets the last spot in Mets Bullpen, Izzy's Fate Unclear

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Blaine Boyer was told by Terry Collins that he has earned the final spot in the team’s bullpen.

Mets officials approached Jason Isringhausen, the 38-year-old who was  Boyer’s competition, with a different proposal:

The Mets want Izzy to remain at the team complex in Port St. Lucie for extended spring training. There, he could continue to build strength in his right arm, which has undergone a trio of Tommy John operations.

They now await Isringhausen’s decision. Izzy was quoted after the Mets 8-2 Spring Training victory, “Nothing’s up,”

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Last Bullpen Spot Down to Izzy and Boyer ?

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It looks like the last bullpen spot is down to Blaine Boyer and Jason Isringhausen.

Izzy was quoted about the competition, "Me and [Blaine] Boyer hate each other, just to let you guys know," he said, laughing.

Isringhausen is a 38-year-old Tommy John survivor who felt a pop in his elbow earlier this month -- and who freely admits he could feel another at any time.

Boyer is a less flashy choice, but a less injury-prone one as well.

"They've both had very, very good springs," manager Terry Collins said. "They're both throwing the ball well. We'll just have to sit down and look at all the options we have, and make a decision."

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mets sign Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract

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Right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer has agreed to a minor league deal with the Mets and will receive a spring-training invite.

Boyer by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Pitching | Fielding
2005 Atl 43 0 0 0 37.2 32 13 13 1 17 33 4 2 0 9 2 1.303.11
2006 Atl 2 0 0 0 0.2 4 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -- 7.5040.50
2007 Atl 5 0 0 0 5.1 10 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 -- 2.063.38
2008 Atl 76 0 0 0 72.0 73 51 47 10 25 67 2 6 1 14 4 1.365.88
2009 Atl 3 0 0 0 1.1 3 6 6 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 -- 4.5040.50
2009 StL 15 0 0 0 16.1 14 10 8 1 5 9 0 0 0 2 -- 1.164.41
2009 Ari 30 0 0 0 37.0 39 20 11 0 12 18 0 1 0 2 -- 1.382.68
2009 -- 48 0 0 0 54.2 56 36 25 1 20 29 0 2 0 4 -- 1.394.12
2010 Ari 54 0 0 0 57.0 59 32 27 3 29 29 3 2 0 5 4 1.544.26
Total -- 228 0 0 0 227.1 234 138 117 15 93 161 9 12 1 34 -- 1.444.63
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