Showing posts with label Chin-lung Hu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chin-lung Hu. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Igarashi & Hu demoted, Beato Activated

Following streaks of poor performance, Mets optioned releiver Royota Igarashi and Ching-Lung Hu to Triple A- Buffalo early this morning, activating Pedro Beato and infielder Ruben Tejada (heir to shortstop but will play 2nd base for now.) "Given the fact that we're without the two corners in our infield, we need some more consistent offense off the bench," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "And ultimately we need someone who can play second base on a regular basis." According to's Anthony DiComo, Tejada, 21, who made his Major League debut with the Mets last season and was batting .267, with three home runs in 39 games at Buffalo. Tejada will instead play second base, allowing Daniel Murphy to start at first base and Justin Turner to shift over to third in the absence of Wright. The Mets also plan to recall corner infielder Nick Evans from Buffalo on Tuesday.

The Mets initially kept Hu, a career .177 hitter, on the team for his superior defense. But Hu's struggles, along with Turner's strong play at several positions, forced them to reconsider his roster spot.

Poor performance was also the rationale behind outrighting Igarashi, the losing pitcher in Monday's game. Bouncing between New York and Buffalo throughout the past year, Igarashi allowed runs in each of his final two games with the Mets.

"I completely understand the decision," Igarashi said through an interpreter. "I've given up a lot of walks recently and I've given up some runs, so I understand the decision."

The Mets were eager to activate Beato, their most consistent reliever in April. Prior to landing on the disabled list with a bout of right elbow tendinitis, the rookie Beato had not allowed an earned run over his first 17 big league innings.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What To Do with Chin-lung "Boo?"

The great thing in sports about having a first or last name that has two "o's" next to each other or a "u" is that fans love cheering the name, even though it sounds like the player is getting booed.

Carlos Boozer of the Chicago Bulls, Mets first base coach Mookie Wilson, Mets farmhand Lucas Duda and scores of others have enjoyed this luxury.

When the Mets signed Chin-lung Hu this offseason, they added another player who fits this mold.

For the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hu had never been more than a backup infielder, since he struggled offensively. He did, however, play a terrific defensive shortstop.

While many fans questioned this signing, I was one of the few who thought it was great (at the time). Hu could provide strong defense late in games, especially if Daniel Murphy was going to receive the bulk of the playing time at second base.

If he could just do an adequate job with the bat, Hu would hear his name chanted loudly every time he took the field.

Well, Hu has been hearing a similar chant lately, but it's not the customary "Hu" sound. He's been getting booed for his extremely poor performance.

Hu has only one hit in 18 at-bats, which translates to an .056 batting average. Even worse, of these 18 at-bats, Hu has struck out a whopping 11 times.

Being a reserve player has to be a tough task offensively. You sit around all game and then are expected to produce, usually in a tight situation.

Hu did have that clutch sacrifice fly in Washington a few weeks ago, but other than that his Mets tenure has been lackluster to say the least.

While he has been solid defensively, there are other players out there who are just as good with the glove and can also handle the bat better.

How patient will the Mets be with Hu? "Who" do they have to replace him?

It's not like he's one of the regulars struggling this much, so if he keeps this up, he'll be sent packing very soon. The Mets have already shown that they have a quick leash with underperforming players like Brad Emaus and Blaine Boyer).

The one thing I will miss about Hu is the puns that Keith Hernandez and Howie Rose constantly reference during the Mets television and radio broadcast. That never gets old!

But what's getting old fast is Hu's terrible play.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Daniel Murphy, Chin-lung Hu Best Options at 2B

Mets manager Terry Collins has said that he would like to get each of his potential second base candidates some more at-bats over the next few days as he starts to whittle down the playing field.

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Collins wanted Luis Hernandez to be the Mets starter at second base. However, those reports were quickly shot down and might have only been done to light a fire under the other candidates.

Today we learned that Daniel Murphy is likely out of the competition and will be used more as a super-utility player. If that's the case, at least Murphy should have a spot on the team.

That being said, Murphy is starting to today at second base, so it begs the question of whether or not he's really still in the competition.

Since all along Collins and Sandy Alderson have been saying that they want second base to be an offensive position, why on earth would they settle for Hernandez?

Hernandez is a .245 career hitter who's played for three different teams. Maybe the Mets are hoping this Hernandez hits like Keith? That's unlikely.

Hernandez has looked decent at the plate so far this spring but in limited action. He'll be starting at shortstop today.

He's out of options, so he would have to clear waivers before being sent to Buffalo. Most likely, another team in need of middle infield depth would pick him up. However, would that be the worst thing that happens?

The Mets have other players out of options, most notably Nick Evans. I would rather see the team keep Evans as a bench player than have Hernandez as the starting second baseman.

If Collins and Alderson are true to their word, Murphy is the answer at second base. Unfortunately, Murphy hasn't had enough chances in the field, especially on double plays, to show he is ready.

Murphy has six doubles this spring and has driven in seven runs. He would be a nice compliment to the back end of the Mets lineup.

I was at first worried that if Murphy was the starter at second, the bottom of the order would be chock full of lefties. Murphy, Ike Davis and Josh Thole all bat left-handed.

However, if the Mets were to face a tough left hander, Ronny Paulino could get a start behind the dish, and Chin-lung Hu, not Brad Emaus, could slide in at second.

That's right: Chin-lung Hu. Hu could also be a late defensive replacement for Murphy.

Though Hu has swung the bat well this spring, Hu/Murphy would by no means be a platoon. I guess it would be a defensive platoon if such a thing existed.

Murphy would start and hopefully get a few hits and drive in some runs. If the game is close late, Collins would insert Hu defensively to sure up the middle infield, especially if a double play is necessary.

If this was the case, the following would all have to occur. Emaus gets sent back to Toronto; Luis Castillo gets released; Luis Hernandez is either picked up by another team or sent to Buffalo; Justin Turner appears destined for Buffalo anyway since he has options left; the Mets would likely have to carry Nick Evans to provide some right-handed punch off the bench because they wouldn't get that from Hu.

The speculation will continue to evolve in the coming days about which player or combination of players will man second base. What I presented combines the Mets best offensive and defensive player.

In a perfect world, this could work great. However, what if the Mets are in a tie ballgame in the fifth inning and the opposing team has the bases loaded with one out. A slow chopper is hit out to Jose Reyes who flips to Murphy, who then botches the double play, which allows two runs to score and keeps the inning alive. The Mets fall behind which usually spells their fate.

It's a tough call either way, so I'm glad I'm not the one making the decision. I definitely don't think Hernandez is the answer, but other than that it's really just a guessing game until we find out who is.

Maybe Murphy's Irish luck will allow him to open some eyes today during St. Patrick's Day.

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Originally features at Mets Merized Online.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 16 - Mets vs Wash

Final Score: Washington 6, NY Mets 5 

Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche each drilled two- run doubles, as the Washington Nationals held off a late New York Mets' rally for a 6-5 win in Grapefruit League play.

Ian Desmond had two hits and scored twice while Alex Cora went 2-for-3 for the Nationals. Pitcher Chad Gaudin had a solid outing, pitching five scoreless innings with six strikeouts.

Lucas Duda had a three-run homer in the ninth inning where the Mets threatened with four runs but failed to plate the equalizer. Chin-Lung Hu had two hits, while starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey went four innings giving up four runs on three hits. 

Box score: Click here

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Audio: Alderson, Hu talk to ESPN at Citi-Field

Listen to Sandy Alderson talk to ESPN Radio about Chin-lung Hu and other possible Roster moves.

Click Here to Listen

Listen to Chin-lung Hu  about his relationship with Terry Collins

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New 2011 Mets Player Numbers

The Mets have added Player numbers to their roster. Some notables :  Beato (70), Buchholz (33), Capuano (38), Carrasco (77), Young (55), Paulino (9), Emaus (68), Chin-ling hu (25), Hairston (12) courtesy of

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Video: Chin-Lung Hu taking part in World Baseball Classic

Some things from this 5 min video.

For One, he speaks English so communication with coaches and players will be rather easy.

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith compliments his play at shortstop and in the video says "he is going to be a good one."

Let's see what he can do as all eyes will be on him in Spring Training..

Go Mets

Hypothetical Mets 2011 Bench

With the acquisition of Chin-lung Hu, let's take a look at some bench options this year for the Mets. Strong depth is always an important factor for success. Just look at the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Usually, National League teams carry 12 pitchers so that leaves 13 spots for position players. Eight of those will be starters, so the Mets have to construct a bench made up of five players.

The first of those five will be back-up catcher Ronny Paulino. Paulino will serve as a right-hand hitting complement to Josh Thole. I don't think it will be a platoon, but Paulino will certainly get the bulk of his at-bats against lefties.

If Luis Castillo somehow wins the starting second base job, Daniel Murphy should still have a spot on the roster. He has shown he can play a variety of positions, albeit some better than others. He can spell Ike Davis at first and maybe even do some corner outfield duty. He would serve as the primary left-handed pinch hitter off the bench.

Speaking of which, why did Mets not sign Chris Carter? Yes he had his moments of inconsistency, but who didn't in 2010? He was the perfect power threat off the bench, but kind of like Murphy, he didn't really have a defensive position. He's likely gone so the Mets must make due without him.

The next spot should be an open competition for the utility infielder position, the role that Alex Cora used to play. Candidates are Hu, Luis Hernandez, Justin Turner and Brad Emaus. Basically, if these players fail to win the starting second base job, the runner-up will likely stick with the big club. From what I've heard, Hu plays solid defense and has above average speed so he may be the best of the bunch. Turner and Hernandez are out of options however, and Emaus would have to be returned to the Blue Jays if he's not on the roster.

The Mets seem to still be in the market for a fourth outfielder. Reed Johnson is a free agent as well as Scott Podsednik. Podsednik may look for an opportunity to play everyday, but Johnson would accept his role. With a healthy Bay, Beltran and Pagan, there won't be too many at-bats for the fourth outfielder. That's why it would be wise to let Lucas Duda play everyday in the minors and wait for an injury, which is bound to happen. Come on, it's the Mets. Fred Lewis may also be available via trade. Internal candidate Jason Pridie has some major league experience with the Twins and might be the fall back option.

The final spot could go to Nick Evans. He would be the right-handed bench threat. He's got a little pop and also can play several positions. Unlike Duda, Evans has now had a few cups of coffee in the bigs, and if the Mets see him more as a full-time reserve, this would be a good opportunity for him to show he can stick with the big league roster.

So in review, a bench looking something like the following could be serviceable for the 2011 Mets:

Ronny Paulino, Daniel Murphy, Chin-lung Hu, Reed Johnson and Nick Evans.

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mets acquire Shortstop Chin-lung Hu in minor trade with Dodgers

The Mets quietly announced a minor trade Monday, acquiring shortstop Chin-lung Hu from the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league left-handed pitcher Mike Antonini. Hu, 26, split last season between the Dodgers and Triple-A Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League. The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder started the season with the Triple-A Isotopes before being recalled to the majors on June 17. The right-hand-hitting Hu returned to Triple-A on June 23, before he was called back to the Dodgers on September 6. He appeared in 14 games with the Dodgers in 2010 and got 3 hits in 23 at-bats. Hu was considered a defensive gem, however he was unable to build upon a minor-league campaign in 2007 when he had an on-base percentage of .364 and slugging percentage of .507 in Double-A and Triple-A combined. In his major-league career, Hu has a .241 OBP and .283 slugging over 191 plate appearances. The Mets now have seven middle infielders on their 40-man roster, including Hu, Justin Turner and recent Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus, all of whom will presumably battle for a bench role in Spring Training. This should light a fire under Reyes to stay healthy and play better defense.. Hu by the Numbers:
Career: Batting | Fielding
2007 LA 12 29 5 7 0 1 2 5 0 8 0 0 .241 .241 .517 .758
2008 LA 65 116 16 21 2 2 0 9 11 23 2 0 .181 .252 .233 .485
2009 LA 5 5 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .400 .333 .600 .933
2010 LAD 14 23 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 .130 .160 .174 .334
Total -- 96 173 25 33 4 3 2 17 11 38 3 0 .191 .241 .283 .524
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