Showing posts with label Kelly Shoppach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kelly Shoppach. Show all posts

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Citizen Bank Park, Harvey, Shoppach, Quick Pitch, Cecchini, Nimmo, Bye-Bye Buffalo, First basemen Homers

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets are now 7-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season. And they already have clinched their third series win in Philadelphia in 2012. The only other season in which the Amazin's won three series of three-plus games in the City of Brotherly Love came in 1989.

Collins acknowledged pregame that Harvey is expected to be shut down before the end of the season due to an innings limit. Including Wednesday's workload and his minor league duty, Harvey has now logged 152 1/3 innings. Sandy Alderson previously suggested Harvey may be capped in the 165- to 170-inning range, although a team insider said the total may get to 175.

Kelly Shoppach started the past two games, although Collins said Josh Thole now would catch through Saturday, with Shoppach's next opportunity Sunday in Miami against southpaw Mark Buehrle. The manager said Shoppach needs to play enough so the Mets can gauge if he's a match for 2013. Thole is 0-for-21 over his past seven starts. “We’re going to see more righties than lefties,” Collins said. “I want to give Kelly a shot. We brought him here to find out if it’s going to be a fit. So I think he needs some playing time to find that out.”

The Mets entered Wednesday averaging just 20.4 seconds between pitches, according to FanGraphs, the fastest pace in the majors. Their starting pitchers have been particularly brisk, averaging 19.4 seconds between pitches, more than half a second faster than any other team. There is, of course, no trophy for working the fastest. And speed is not a prerequisite for success. But Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen strongly discourages pitchers from dawdling on the mound.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Complete Game, Season Worst, Dickey, Lineup Change, Six-Man Rotation, Shoppach, Soccer

Mets News and Notes:

Mike Leake yesterday became the third pitcher to toss a complete game against the Mets this season, joining Toronto's Brandon Morrow and Atlanta's Paul Maholm.

The Mets dropped a season-worst seven games under .500.

The Mets have not been swept in Cincinnati since the season-opening series in 2005, when stopgap closer Braden Looper blew Pedro Martinez's debut with the organization on Opening Day by serving up consecutive ninth-inning homers to Adam Dunn and Joe Randa.

Plate umpire James Hoye, supported by crew chief Jim Joyce, instructed R.A. Dickey to remove a pair a bracelets from the wrist of his glove hand during the second inning of  last night's game. Dickey said the bracelets had been made by his daughters before his offseason climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, and that he had worn the jewelry since January. Trainer Ray Ramirez had to be cut the bracelets because they were homemade and did not have fasteners.

Dickey admitted being angry in the moment, but downplayed the significance on his performance -- even though Terry Collins said pitchers loathe changes to their patterns and suggested it may have affected the knuckleballer.

Joyce told Mark Hale in the Post after Wednesday's game: "You cannot wear anything on either hand, bracelet-type or anything like that." Told Dickey had worn it all season, Joyce added: "Tonight we saw it, this crew saw it, and we just asked him to take it off."

Mets Manager Terry Collins predicted he would go with a different lineup look Thursday, although there is a limit to how much maneuverability the manager has.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Mets' Acquire Catcher Kelly Shoppach

The New York Mets have acquired 32-year old catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. Shoppach is hitting .250, with five homers and 17 RBI this season. He has spent his entire eight year career in the American League having stints with Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and twice with the Red Sox. It will be interesting to see how he fairs in the National League. Josh Thole has been struggling this year, and the Mets are in dying need of a catcher. It was only in 2008 when Shoppach blasted a career high 21 home runs with Cleveland. Look for Rob Johnson to be sent down to Triple-A, but he could be called back up when the rosters expand in 18 days. If Shoppach can provide half of what he did in 2008, then this trade is a win.
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